Buying plants can be especially tricky when you have a pet or small children at home, as they can often be poisonous to our furry friends. So if you’re planning to add to your garden or invest in some green foliage for your home, the team at Uswitch reveal which plants you should consider if you have pets.
If you are looking for a low-maintenance plant that looks slightly different, why not opt for a Burros Tail? The plant is easy to grow and comes with teardrop hanging leaves that make it the perfect addition to any room in your house. So if you are looking for a plant that is perfectly safe around your pooch, a Burro’s Tail is a great place to start.
Cast Iron plant
Cast Iron plants are ideal if you look for shrubs that are hard to kill and non-toxic to your pets. The plant earned its name by surviving the worst of conditions – even outdoors. To get healthy-looking leaves, place your Cast Iron plant somewhere shady and with plenty of space for its sword-like leaves to grow. The shrub also comes in a variegated version with white stripes for those who want something different.
Maidenhair ferns are beautiful looking plants that are perfect to have around your dog if you are looking to add to your greenery collection in your home. Not only are they really easy to take care of once you know to water them regularly, but they also flourish when given the right light conditions too, making them a wonderful addition to any pet-friendly home.
If you are a frequent traveller or forget to water your plants, then a ponytail plant is an easy-care, non-toxic addition to your home that will provide a bit of tranquillity. Its big leaves add character to your home and only require water every one to two weeks. Despite being unharmful to your pets, it’s best to keep the plant somewhere out of reach from your pup to avoid chewed or damaged leaves.
Another plant to get your hands that is totally safe for your pooch is a Spider plant, but don’t worry – they aren’t as scary as they sound. Among the most popular house plants out there, Spider plants not only have pretty striped leaves, but they are also super easy to take care of. Place them in a light shade or a window sill where your fluffy friend can’t chew on its attractive leaves.
Also known as a Hoya plant, Wax plants are defined as semi-succulents due to their wax-like leaves that makes them easy to care for. Not only do they come in lots of shapes and sizes that make them an interesting feature in your home, if you have curious pets that love to sniff or inspect new additions to your foliage, it’s also totally safe for your furry friend.
Zebra Plants are attractive cacti that are easy to spot thanks to their speckled spiky leaves. While it possesses qualities similar to an Aloe Vera (poisonous to cats and dogs), the Zebra Plant is perfectly pet-safe. They are also fairly hardy plants that don’t require much maintenance at all. Place in a spot with a bit of shade and water every one to two weeks, and you should have a perfectly healthy plant.
Low maintenance plants FAQs
With many people having upped their plant game to give their home a new lease of life, managing their care can be overwhelming. That’s why with the help of Anna Sissons, Garden Designer at Sitting Spiritually, we have the answers on how to care for your plants if you are a first-time gardener:
Which indoor plants are the most drought-resistant / good for hot weather?
Succulents and cacti will withstand long periods without water compared to other plants, but just like all of us, they still need water and food. Again, like us, they need more water in hotter weather and more food during the growing season. Only water cacti and succulents when the soil has almost completely dried out, and then saturate the soil again fully.
How can you be more eco-friendly when using water in your garden?
Rainwater harvesting is easy to do, and your plants will benefit much more from rainwater than treated tap water. It can be as simple as keeping a bucket outside, which fills with water but covers it not to evaporate. You can go a step further and replace your downpipe with a rain chain or water butt, which can then overflow into the mains water when it is full.
Which indoor plants should you keep out of reach of pets and why?
Popular indoor plants such as Aloe Vera are poisonous to dogs, so take the time to research your pets needs on websites such as The Dogs Trust in the case of puppies. Even if the plant is not poisonous, a puppy will likely have a nibble, so it is worth moving out of reach anyway!
Do you have any tips for beginner gardeners?
Don’t worry about making mistakes, as that is how you will learn. What’s most important is enjoying the process of gardening, getting soil under the fingernails and spending time outside.
Choose plants you want to be close to but do a little research into conditions such as aspect, soil PH, and drainage. Finally, saving some space in the garden to grow your own fruit and vegetables is exceptionally rewarding and tasty.