Alright calling out all pet owners out there who have a huge interest in taking care of plants while taking care of their furry friends! Having plants at home can be a huge issue considering that your pet can be quite a mischievous one! To our understanding, not ALL plants are toxic but most of them consist of chemical compounds that could cause a chemical reaction if ever consumed or touched on any part of the plants. Some plants have thorns alongside the growing branches as it is a form of defense mechanism to protect themselves from getting eaten by huge predators! Now we know why our lovely roses are filled with thorns! A beautiful danger.
Other plants contain liquid sap that could cause an upset tummy and irregular bowel movement. Though, it depends on the toxicity of the plant, some of them can be quite fatal. One of the dangerous plants is the Dumbcane plant, or also known as Dieffenbachia sp. It contains needle-shaped oxalate crystals or oxalic acid, that may cause burning sensation on the mouth, skin irritation and also shortness of breath. A huge no to owners who have pets who are very feisty and playful!
Well, fret not! I am here, writing this article out, to acknowledge the different types of pet-friendly plants that will definitely help to amp up your living room or garden, without having to worry about it harming anyone or anything for that matter. These plants that will be mentioned will not only benefit the people and pets around you but also your living environment! I shall not waste your time any further, let us begin.
Spider plants a.k.a Chlorophytum comosum
Spider plant is an herbaceous perennial houseplant, spider plant prefers medium light levels.It grows best in moist soil and medium air humidity, though it is tolerant of drought and dry soil. According to NASA, spider plants are considered to be one of the houseplants that help in purifying the environment, cleaning the air we breathe in.
Boston fern a.k.a Nephrolepis exaltata
Boston fern is a perennial plant species that can grow as tall as 2-3 feet tall and wide. Boston fern thrives well in indirect bright light and moist soil. Its beautiful foliar arrangement is what attracts homeowners to own and nurture them, beautifully. It definitely goes well with interior design that gravitates towards Japanese house inspired design.
Parlor palm a.k.a Chamaedorea elegans
Is a type of small houseplant palm that grows as tall as 2-6 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. It loves a brighter exposure to sunlight and moist, well-drained soil to grow in. Over watering may cause root rot and kill the proposed plants.
Chinese money plants a.k.a Pilea peperomioides
Pilea peperomioides is a small petite plant that can grow as tall as 2 - 3 feet if placed in its ideal location. It loves bright areas and well-draining soil. Only water them when the soil is thoroughly dry. Harsh exposure to beams of sunlight may cause leaves to scorch!
Prayer plants a.k.a Maranta leuconeura
It is a perennial plant that can grow up to 12 inches tall and wide. However, maranta species plants are considered to be high maintenance plants. They love to be placed in partial shade areas. For growing medium, prayer plants like moist soil but also well drained. It is a hard plant to take care of! But it is certainly one of the most beautiful plants to have and take care of.
Though, that is not all of it! There are many plants and flowers out there that are not listed, that do not possess any harmful agent that could cause catastrophic effects to you and your loved ones. It is better to be safe than sorry right? I hope by reading this article, it can help you out abit, to allow yourself to live comfortably with the people around you together with your furry friends while maintaining your green babies! Sounds a lot! But i know you guys got this!