If you’re a dog owner, one concern you may have when purchasing a houseplant is knowing which houseplants are safe for dogs. It is important to do your research, but since I already did I am sharing 10 houseplants that are safe for dogs. Houseplants & Dogs?!
Yep, you can definitely have a home with both!
I realized that I haven’t written anything in quite some time related to Kenzo & Vík. And, since our blog is named after them I figured today was the day. As you all know, we have a huge collection of houseplants in our home. The last time I counted, we had 53 plant friends. We have everything from old cacti, to tiny baby succulents, to a giant ficus in our living room.
With all of these plants growing (and frequently coming) into our home, I am always doing my research to figure out which ones are dog (pet) friendly houseplants. Certain varieties of our houseplants do need to be off the floor because our old cats are known to nibble on the lower hanging leaves. Yes, there are certain plants that are toxic to dogs, cats, and people (so don’t let your kids eat these either.)
Luckily, our dogs have never been interested in the houseplants, but we have instilled that behavior since they were pups. But, if that is not the case with your dog OR you just want to be sure, I’ve created this list of dog safe houseplants. They are non-toxic so your pets and kids will be safe even if they tend to eat things they aren’t supposed to!
I buy the majority of our houseplants via Amazon specifically from Hirt’s Gardens based in Ohio. Hirt’s Gardens is one of Ohio’s oldest horticultural establishments. Hirt’s Gardens specializes in hard-to-find perennials, unusual and exotic house plants, and seeds and bulbs from around the world!
10 Houseplants That Are Safe for Dogs
- Birds Nest Fern. The Asplenium nidus plant has become the go-to choice for many dog owners who want a non-toxic houseplant for dogs. It’s suitable for a low-to-medium light and only needs weekly watering. It can even hang on the wall, making it an excellent choice for pet owners.
- Spider Plant. Another popular choice for dog owners would be to look at getting a Chlorophytum comosum. They are suitable for medium-to-bright, indirect sunlight. They are also excellent for adding variety to your plant collection, as they have such a unique look. Weekly watering is ample for spider plants.
- Staghorn Fern. The staghorn Fern, or Platycerium, is another popular choice, especially for those who are busy. They need watering once every 1-2 weeks and are perfect for medium-to-bright, indirect sunlight. They look great and work excellently on the wall. In fact, it’s like a natural set of antlers fitted to the wall!
- Xerographica Air Plants. While a little abstract, Tillandsia xerographica is a common air plant for those who like something a bit different. The silvery texture makes it stand out, and it only needs a weekly watering session. Great for those who want plants that thrive in direct, bright sunlight day-in, day-out.
- Money Tree. While it might not actually grow you cash, a Pachira aquatica is a popular choice of tree for many reasons. They need very rare watering (once every 1-2 weeks) and suit medium to bright indirect sunlight. They tend to grow strong and sizeable quite quickly, too, even with mild watering.
- Butterfly Palm AKA Victorian Parlor Palm. The Dypsis lutescensis a popular tree that you should enjoy setting up for a good reason. They don’t require much watering and can grow as high as 6-8ft tall. They are also great for killing off toxins, which is ideal for your health and your pet’s health.
- Purple Waffle Plant. Next up on our list is the purple waffle plant, or Hemigraphis alternata a very popular form of plant. It’s great for those who want a plant that does not need extensive sunlight, and it’s easy to tell when it needs to be watered: simply touch the soil. Keep it near humidity for the best results and performance.
- Boston Fern. Another choice is the Nephrolepis exaltata a very popular form of plant that can fit into any size of planter. It’s great with indirect soil, again, but please be aware that this fern does produce spores which can look alarming at first!
- Lilyturf. While not for everyone, another dog-friendly houseplant is that of the Liriope. They look interesting AND reduce ammonia levels in the air while keeping the room looking bright. They tend to produce strips of lavender during the summer, too, brightening up your home interior with ease.
- Wax Plant. Last but by no means least the wax plant or Hoya carnosa. They are great for dealing with toxic solutions in the air and are entirely non-toxic. It’s great for killing off chemicals in the air from paint, gasoline, and the like. I suggest the wax plant for those who care about household air quality.
And that’s it! 10 beautiful plants that are safe for pets. With so many dog-friendly houseplants to pick from, the biggest challenge for you is now going to be choosing the ones that you like most!
For new houseplant owners, I would suggest getting a Spider Plant. We have a Spider Plant that is thriving in the spare bathroom that was gifted to us by our sweet neighbor, Nina. If you’re reading this, thanks again!!