Houseplants provide many benefits, aesthetically and beyond, but for pet owners, some extra research is required before bringing a new plant home to your apartment. It may come as a shock, but many common houseplants are actually toxic to cats and dogs. To help you determine the safest plant options for your apartment, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite houseplants that are non-toxic and safe for cats and dogs. Use our suggestions as a guide before committing to any new houseplants.
While some ferns can be highly dangerous to animals, the Boston Fern is a safe choice for fur-parents. Boston Ferns thrive in humid environments, and they prefer indirect light. To ensure that your space is humid enough for your fern to thrive, you can purchase a small humidifier, or try spraying your fern with water about twice a week.
The African Violet is an ideal choice if you have your heart set on a houseplant that blooms. The gorgeous plant comes in a variety of purple tones. It’s a low-maintenance pick that doesn’t require much light to grow and thrive, so it’s perfect for apartment dwellers.
The holidays are coming up, and this festive choice is a safer alternative than other seasonal yet toxic houseplants, such as poinsettias. Christmas Cacti are actually succulents, and they do require a bit more care than some plants, but the pretty blooms are well worth the extra effort. If you want your Christmas Cactus to bloom in December, you’ll have to keep it in the dark for at least a few weeks ahead of time.
Spider Plants are a popular choice for beginner indoor gardeners, not only because they’re safe for cats and dogs, but also because of their unique, “spidery” look. They are also one of the easiest plants to care for—they do great indoors and can withstand most conditions, though they do best in bright light. Spider Plants are also popular because they don’t suffer from any serious issues other than brown tips.
If you have a roomier apartment, consider an Areca Palm. These plants are more “tree” like than the others on this list and can grow up to 7 feet in height. They are a safe choice for households with pets, and they’re relatively easy to care for. They prefer dry soil, so you’ll only need to water them about once a week.