One of the most popular ways to spruce up the inside of your apartment is by adding a few indoor plants around your space. However, if you are a pet owner, you need to be careful when deciding on plants for your apartment. Many plants are actually toxic to animals. The levels of toxicity can vary from minor toxicity, major toxicity, or dermatitis. According to the ASPCA, over 233,000 cases of potential animal poisonings are reported every year. That is why it’s important to know which specific plants are okay to have in your home near your furry friends. Here is a list of 10 pet safe plants for your apartment along with care instructions!
The African Violet plant including the flowers that bloom from it are non toxic to animals.
African Violets are a great option for low-maintenance pet safe plants for your apartment. They grow the best in indirect sunlight in temperatures of 68-77 degrees F with moderate watering.
Bamboo is non-toxic to both dogs and cats.
Growing bamboo indoors is quite challenging, but can be done. To start, you will need a sturdy pot to grow it in. The plant needs frequent light of at least 6 hours a day and high humidity levels. You should put your plant in a window that received the most sunlight throughout the day.
Boston Ferns are great pet safe plants for your apartment. They are also extremely sturdy plants which is great if you have pets who like to tug at and play with your plants.
Boston Ferns grow successfully in humid conditions and when their soil is just lightly moist. They should be placed in indirect sunlight away from drafts or heater vents.
All variations of the Calathea plant are non-toxic and safe for all pets including cats and dogs.
Calathea plants are known for their beautiful patterns and variety of colored leaves. They thrive in small locations with medium to little light exposure. They would make a great addition to shelving in your apartment.
Chinese Money Plant
The Chinese Money Plant is a member of Pilea genus which are plants that are considered pet safe plants for your apartment.
Chinese Money plants are known for their ability to decorate and liven up a room. They have round shaped green leaves and is easy to propagate. This means you can cut of pieces of the plant and share them with others without destroying the plant. They like bright indirect sunlight and survive with light watering.
Many herbs including basil, rosemary, thyme, dill, sage, cilantro, and savory are non-toxic and safe for pets.
Most herbs need to be watered regularly and placed in direct sunlight by a window or door. Typically it takes around 75 to 100 days for your first herb harvest.
Orchids are a beautiful option for pet safe plants for your apartment.
Orchids are known for their beautiful blooms. They grow best in partial light in warm and humid locations. You should water the plant once a week in colder months and twice a week in the warmer months.
Parlor Palm plants are a type of palm tree that is non toxic and safe for pets.
Parlor Palms are tall plants that like to grow in indirect light. With proper care they can grow up to 8 feet tall sometimes and make a great decor statement piece in your apartment.
Spider plants are another great options when shopping for pet safe plants for your apartment.
Spider plants are very easy to grow indoors because they thrive in indirect sunlight and can grow in temperatures of 60-80 degrees F. They are also great air purifiers and help remove toxins from the air in your apartment.
Succulents (*Certain Ones)
Only some types of succulents are considered to be pet-friendly. The most common ones are Haworthia, Echeveria, or air plants.
Succulents need a lot of direct sunlight to grow successfully. They can be watered every two weeks and make sure that the soil dries up between waterings. Succulents are a great option if you are looking for a plant that doesn’t require soil.