Pet-Safe Indoor Plants
As autumn comes nearer, the trees are preparing to take their seasonal slumber. Overcast clouds will be covering our humble city for the next several months, but not all is lost–you can still keep summer’s cheer with you in your abode with the help of indoor plants.
Pet safety is our number one concern, and while not all of our plants are dog and cat-safe, we have a healthy selection of plants that are! Our relatively new plant section started off as a small collection for our wonderful reptile parents to be able to add something more natural to their scaled babies’ habitat, but it has grown into one of Pets On Broadway’s most visited section of the store. Now this section offers something for everyone–even those who don’t have a green thumb.
These are three featured plants that are dog and cat safe and easy to care for:
Spider Plants (Chlorophytum species)
Spider plants are one of the easiest and most forgiving plants you’ll encounter. They can endure long dry spells but do love to be watered. They don’t need much light but can tolerate full sun. The reason they’re called “Spider Plants” is because they produce little plantlets that looks like spiders crawling down a web.
- Prayer plants are tolerant to low light but prefer bright, indirect light. Direct light can cause them to lose their coloration.
- They prefer humidity so misting them once to twice a day or growing them in a bathroom will be beneficial.
- Keep soil moist but not water-logged. When repotting, make sure you use a well-draining but moisture-holding soil. Most soil labeled as “potting soil” should be usable.
Prayer Plants (Maranta species)
Your prayers have been answered if you’ve prayed for a plant with eye-popping patterns and colorful foliage that’s easy to care for. The prayer plant will tolerate shade and thrive under indirect light. Keep this plant moist during the growing season and dryer during the winter.
These plants are as fascinating as their name. Their leaves open up during sunlight hours and close around sunset, resembling hands coming together in a prayer and thus inspiring their name.
- Spider plants can tolerate full sun (as long as you slowly acclimate your plant to full sun.) to bright indirect light.
- They are highly adaptable to many types of soil and some people grow them with roots in water for short term. Spider plants are drought tolerant AND moisture tolerant which makes them ideal for anyone that claims to have a “brown thumb”.
- Water them when the soil feels dry to the touch two inches under the soil. When repotting, make sure you use a well-draining but moisture-holding soil. Most soil labeled as “potting soil” should be usable.
Air Plants (Tillandsia species)
This nontraditional plant can certainly make you question the meaning of plants entirely. Air plants do not rely on root systems to absorb nutrients; instead, they absorb water through their leaves.
Keep in mind that these plants do not want to be planted in soil. Instead, you can mount them by using hot glue on their “roots” and stick them wherever you want. You can also simply place them wherever you want them to grow. They DO grow roots in order to anchor themselves to what they’re growing next to rather than to pull nutrients from soil.
There about 730 species with several more hybrids, but their care is similar with two main differences:
- Generally, the more grey and powdery the individual plant is the more sun and dryness they can handle; think “arid.” They are very easy to care for–just dunk them in water for an hour once a week then set them back in place.
- The waxier and greener the tillandsia is, the more water and humidity they’ll prefer along with less light; think “tropical.” Spray the plant down every third day with a typical household spray bottle.