If you’re looking for the best pet friendly plants to add to your menajere, here are 15 of the most common.
With its fuzzy leaves and deep purple color, what’s not to love about the African violet. It does best in bright light with above average temperatures and humidity levels. Make sure not to overwater as the African violet is prone to developing root rot.
Sometimes mistaken for four-leaf clover, baby’s tears is a lush plant that makes a good ground cover to other plants. The leggy stems are covered in tear-shaped leaves and grow well in a traditional pot or container or in a hanging basket. Make sure it has lower levels of light, moist but draining soil, with average indoor temperatures and humidity levels.
If you’d rather a houseplant provide a little drama instead of your pet, consider a banana plant. Under the right conditions, it can grow up to six feet tall indoors. Give this showstopper full sun, loamy soil, and warm indoor temperatures with high humidity.
Spider plants have adorned homes with pets for decades thanks to their hardiness and gentle elegance. The slender leaves can grow up to 18-inches long and as the plant matures, it produces small plantlets on the stem. The spider plant grows best in partial light, loose but well-draining soil and slightly moist soil with warm indoor temperatures and higher humidity.
Venus Fly Trap
Perhaps the only interactive plant on this list, the Venus fly trap keeps flies and other small insects at bay with its modified leaf. Because this plant is found in bogs, it needs a peat-based potting soil that drains well. Rainwater is best, but distilled water will do — don’t use tap water as the minerals could harm the Venus fly trap.
Whether you keep an areca palm in your bedroom or in a sunroom, it’ll add a tropical touch any time of the year. For best results, keep this palm near a south- or west-facing window and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Like most palms, the areca can develop root rot with too much water or wet soil.
This pet friendly fern may look like a giant toy to some pets, but its layers of bushy fronds prefer to be left alone. Give your Boston fern plenty of bright but indirect light with average humidity and temperatures and it’ll add a pop of deep green texture to your home for years.
The calathea is known for its large striped or stippled leaves, but does have particular care needs. It needs filtered light or shade so as to not fade the leaves; loamy soil; regular waterings; and above average temperatures and humidity levels.
An ornamental plant, the peperomia family has piquant leaves that have a range of colors, textures, and shapes. They do best in partial to full sun, well-draining soil, and average indoor temperatures but humidity levels.
Orchids prefer their own tight spaces, such as when it becomes root bound. They’re known to add pops of color during cold winter months as this is when they bloom for up to weeks at a time. Give your orchid indirect sunlight and average to above average indoor humidity and indoor temperatures.
White or pink veins create nearly symmetric mosaics on this plant’s deep green leaves. Its small, almost compact size makes it good for small spaces. The mosaic plant thrives in low to indirect light, but high humidity levels through either a humidifier, frequent misting, or with a tray filled with pebbles and water underneath the pot.
Bromeliads can grow without soil, attaching themselves to a log or other organic amendment. Most only need bright light and above average humidity and temperatures to thrive. And although bromeliads are known for their stunning cone-shaped bloom, most only bloom once in their lifespan.
Though it doesn’t look like it, the ponytail palm is related to edible asparagus and can grow up to six feet tall indoors. It’s an easy tree to take care of, needing full sun, sandy soil, and normal indoor temperatures. The ponytail palm is slow growing but can live for decades.
Royal Velvet Plant
Emerald and purple blend together in beautiful ways on the royal velvet plant’s leaves. The leaves are covered in hundreds of fine hairs that give an iridescent shimmer in the right light angle. This plant needs moist but well-draining soil, bright light, and average indoor temperatures and humidity levels.