We love to keep our pets safe from harm, and that includes choosing pet-friendly houseplants just in case your beloved pet decides to munch on your perfect petals! Here's five plants that are safe for pets:
1. Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea)
With an elegant shape and arching palm leaves, the Parlour Palm needs only a few hours of indirect sunlight per day, making an easy choice for many different rooms in your home. A relatively slow-growing plant, it likes to be kept moist and should be fed sparingly during its main growing season in summer.
2. Calathea Orbifolia
One of our best-selling foliage plants, the Calathea also prefers indirect sunlight but doesn't like to be too cold. Water regularly and mist with a water sprayer now and again.
3. Venus Flytrap
Don't worry; these won't eat your pets like they do with flies! Allow it plenty of direct sunlight and stand in a tray of water (include pebbles if you like) so the soil is constantly moist. If you can use filtered water, even better!
The Peperomia family is considered non-toxic, and with so many to choose from, you could have a houseful. They are very easy to propagate as well. We love the Watermelon Peperomia and the Raindrop variety. Indirect light (direct sunlight will burn the leaves) and low watering levels are needed.
The tropical-looking Bromeliad might look like it could be toxic, but the brightly coloured flowers and foliage are safe for your pets. Indirect light is preferable, and some fresh air will keep it thriving. Mist and water it frequently to keep it slightly moist.
At Merryhatton, we regularly have most of these plants in stock and if you need some advice choosing the plants that are best for your home (and pets!) our plant team will be happy to help. You can also see a selection online at https://www.merryhatton.co.uk/plants-for-the-home