Your guide to pet safe indoor plants - guest post by Fleur from Stupid Egg
Hi guys - Today i hand over blog to Fleur from Stupid Egg interiors - who was kind enough to write a post for us - highlighting some of pet safe plants you could grow indoors - i hope you enjoy this very helpful guide - safe to say one of my dogs Lilly is already "on it"-ok under it ;) Pati x
Hello, my name is Fleur, my Husband Colin and I run Stupid Egg Interiors – a little online shop for indoor planters and houseplants. I sometimes get asked what plants are safe to have in the house with a dog. For a lot of people having a plant in the house that would be considered toxic wouldn't cross your mind and there are some plants that can cause problems if eaten or even brushed past by your dog that at the very least can end up with an unwanted trip to the vets!
So every dog is different but let's assume that worst case scenario - your dog has a penchant for nibbling some of your houseplants - what are the best (and easiest!) ones to have around?
Pilea Peperomioides - also known as Chinese money plant. All plants in the Pilea genus are usually considered non-toxic to both cats and dogs. Pilea peperomioides is likely no exception. This also includes Plantinum Peperomia, Silver leaf Peperomia, Ivy leaf Peperomia. These striking house plants like a slightly moist soil ( with a tiny amount of dry time in between watering) and a bright spot
Spider Plants - these trusty and easy to care for plants have the potential for a little nibble from dogs due to their hanging leaves but nothing to worry about if that is the case! You may want to put these out of reach for the plant's benefit more than the dog! These come in two forms, the green and the variegated version. They take approx 1 year to mature before producing baby plantlets.
Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata). These might be even more tempting to nibble on than a spider plant but they are considered harmless for Dogs in case they do have a munch! These plants are very easy to care for and can go a couple of weeks at a time without being watered. Their strong trunk acts as a water storage organ for dry times in their natural habitat.
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Haworthia (many cultivars) - These gorgeous little succulents in all their forms pose no threat to Rover if he should feel peckish! Due to them being succulents they can be ignored for some time! The most common problem people have with these is over watering! (little tip: these plants are always best watered from the bottom - it stops water getting into the plant itself which can't drain and causes rot!)
You can purchase those along with a concrete planter at Stupid Egg here
Kentia Palm. These majestic plants that have been exported around the world since the 1870s and can grow pretty big over a 10-15 year period if you keep them that long!. They can tolerate bright and partial shade but not a fan of full sun. It has average water requirements; ie don't let it go without for long periods of time, but don't over water either!
Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis) Given that these gorgeous plants are so plentiful in supermarkets these days and far outlast cut flowers it is a good job that they are dog friendly!
When you water these - remember that in the wild these are epiphytes ( ie they naturally live in trees) and therefore don't like sitting in water! leave under a running tap for a minute until their fleshy roots become green. Leave to drain for 10 minutes before putting the plastic pot back into the outer planter.
These are just a few of many houseplants that are dog friendly. There are also many plants (inside and out) that aren't. If you suspect that your dog has eaten a poisonous plant then take the plant or a piece of it with you to the vets. Never give the dog a drink of milk (it can bind the fatty poisons and encourage the body to take up more)Stay calm. Give as much accurate information about the kind and timing of the poisoning. Hopefully you'll never have to experience a negative side of plants but it is always useful to know what to do in case!
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