Houseplants add life to sterile indoor environments. Caring for plants boosts your mood and concentration. Live plants in our living spaces help to clean the air, improve productivity, and reduce stress. If you enjoy houseplants and have pets, you might be concerned about the safety of the greenery in your home. Curious pets sometimes play with or chew a plant, so it’s important the plants within their reach are non-toxic. Read on to learn more about a few pet-safe houseplants for your home.

Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis orchids will thrive in the relatively high humidity of between 55% and 70%. They prefer bright, indirect light. A bathroom with a window is a wonderful place to grow this type of plant. Phalaenopsis is safe in households with cats or dogs and it will produce bold flowers when optimal growing conditions are met.

Money Trees (Pachira aquatica) are Pet-Safe Houseplants

A money tree grows best in bright, indirect light. Too much sun will scorch the leaves. This plant enjoys higher humidity. Indoors, your money plant can grow up to 6 feet tall, but most average about 3 feet in height. Let the soil dry out between waterings, otherwise, root rot could occur. A money tree will enjoy light misting from a spray bottle and temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees.

Boston Ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Boston ferns are easy to grow indoors. The soil should remain slightly damp. These plants also enjoy high humidity and indirect light. Bathrooms or the kitchen can be perfect spaces to display your Boston fern. In the winter, indoor air can be dry. Place the pot on a tray of pebbles and keep the pebbles wet. Like the money tree, a Boston fern will appreciate occasional misting, especially in low humidity environments. If the fern’s fronds start to fade and yellow, this is a clear sign that there is not enough moisture in the air.

Pet-Safe Houseplants Include Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

A spider plant is one of the easiest houseplants to care for. It needs bright, indirect light and plenty of water, but the soil should dry out between waterings. Spider plants prefer to be snug in their containers, so you won’t need to re-pot this one frequently. When grown in ideal conditions they produce smaller plants that will grow roots and can then be potted in containers of their own. These plants are safe for pets, but because of the long, thin shape of the leaves, cats often enjoy playing with them. Spider plants look attractive in a hanging basket and this is an easy way to keep your plant out of your cat’s reach.

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