Indoor plants can liven up the décor in any home. They give you a pop of color. They freshen and detoxify the air. A few plants even help elevate your mood. And with colder weather causing outdoor plants to lose their luster, now is the perfect time to enliven your living space with a few indoor plants.
If you’re a pet owner, however, you need to be selective in the plants you choose. What looks beautiful to us can actually be toxic to cats and dogs. Make sure your plant selections are pet friendly with these gorgeous options.
The favorite food of the giant panda, bamboo is considered a symbol of luck and good fortune in some cultures. While technically a grass, bamboo is a popular houseplant because it grows easily with little light and requires minimal attention. Bamboo grows well in a stone-filled vase with water reaching the top of the stones. Add some fertilizer if you really want to see it grow, and this lucky little plant will add flair to any room in your home. Just avoid picking out a plant called Lucky Bamboo, which actually isn’t bamboo at all, and is definitely not pet friendly.
The ponytail palm looks like a fern or a palm, but is actually a member of the lily family. The long, thin leaves flow out from the center stalk like (you guessed it) a ponytail. This pet-friendly plant needs a decent amount of light but prefers semi-dry soil, so keep the watering to a minimum. The ponytail palm tree is a great choice for those looking to make a statement in their home.
With their waxy leaves and cute, purple flowers, the adorable African Violet will give a feminine touch to your home. While the African Violet is safe for cats and for dogs, it is a little more high maintenance than other options. But if a beautiful, flowering, indoor plant is what you want, then this is a terrific choice. The soil needs to be misted daily, and you should avoid getting the leaves wet. Fertilize your African Violet every few weeks and the vibrant, purple flowers will make you forget that winter is coming.
If you have a sunny spot near a window, consider growing a selection of herbs. Not only are they quick growing plants that will spice up your space, fresh herbs can also spice up your meals. Not all herbs are safe for pets, so research your options. Basil, cilantro, dill, and parsley are all great choices to get you started. Mint is also perfectly safe for pets, but remember that catnip is a member of the mint family. There’s a good chance that if you grow mint your cat may end up enjoying it just as much as you do.