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8 of the Best Pet-Friendly Houseplants

Sometimes being a pet owner and a plant lover at the same time is difficult. Especially if you have naughty puppies that get into everything, or cats that will nibble on any leaf in sight, you have to be careful which houseplants you add to your home. Read on for a list of some of our favorite pet-friendly houseplants that you can add to your home worry-free!

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1. Ponytail Palm

The ponytail palm is an excellent choice for a pet-friendly houseplant. It is a desert plant, so it will thrive in full sun. Water deeply once the soil has dried out, about every two weeks. Pot in well-draining soil in a pot with a drainage hole.

2. Peperomia Hope

The Peperomia family are all pet-friendly houseplants, but we especially love Peperomia Hope! With thick, waxy leaves similar to a hoya, Hope is an easier houseplant than some other Peperomia varieties. It does well in medium to bright indirect light. Allow soil to dry before watering, every 1-2 weeks. It looks lovely in a hanging basket where it is able to trail!

3. Calathea Dottie

Calatheas are another family of houseplants that are pet-friendly. We love so many of them, but Calathea Dottie has stolen our hearts right now! With dark burgundy and pink coloring, Calathea Dottie provides a gorgeous contrast to the usual greens of houseplants. Calatheas like low to medium indirect light, and need more water than most houseplants.

4. Echeveria

Many succulents are pet-friendly, including the echeveria, gasteria, haworthia, sempervivum, opuntia, and sedum families. It’s always best to look up the specific type of succulent for pet safety, but most are nontoxic!

There are hundreds of types of echeveria, and we love them all! The echeveria pictured is “setosa”, a unique houseplant with hairy leaves. Echeveria are low-maintenance, pet-friendly houseplants that thrive in full sunlight. As a succulent, they don’t need frequent watering. Water when soil is very dry, every few weeks.

5. Spider Plant

Spider plants are one of the easiest houseplants out there! They are a great choice for a beginner houseplant owner who is also looking for pet-friendly options. There are green spider plants as well as variegated, which is pictured here.  Spider plants do extremely well in hanging baskets in low to bright light. Water when soil is dry, every 1-2 weeks. Spider plants produce offshoots that produce babies, which can be cut off and put into their own pot!

6. String of Hearts

String of hearts are a dainty vining succulent that looks beautiful in a hanging basket! There are a few varieties of string of hearts, with the variegated version pictured here. While string of hearts is pet-friendly, many other “string of -” succulents are not, including the common “string of pearls”.  String of hearts is a great alternative, and is even easier to care for than string of pearls! These plants like bright indirect light, and water once soil has dried, about every 2 weeks.

7. Bromeliads

Bromeliads are a unique tropical houseplant beloved for their uniquely shaped, colorful flowers. An excellent pet-friendly option, bromeliads like bright light and humidity. Mist your bromeliad regularly or place a saucer of river rocks and water beneath it to create humidity. In nature, bromeliads are found clinging to trees to better reach the sunlight. They do well in orchid bark or an airy, well-draining soil in a shallow pot.

8. Hoyas

Last but certainly not least are hoyas! Hoyas might be our favorite pet-friendly houseplants, as they are easy and there are hundreds of varieties! A great starter hoya is “carnosa tricolor”, a thick-leaved, waxy hoya with multicolored leaves that turn pink in bright light. Hoyas are versatile and do well in medium to bright light, in hanging baskets, pots, or climbing up a trellis. Water hoyas every 1-2 weeks, once the soil has fully dried.

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