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!
My Top Picks for Dog Safe Houseplants
- Birds Nest Fern
- Spider Plant
- Staghorn Fern
- Xerographica Air Plants
- Money Tree
- Butterfly Palm (Victorian Parlor Palm)
- Purple Waffle Plant
- Boston Fern
- Wax Plant
I realized that I hadn’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 189 plant friends. We have everything from a 10 year old cactus, 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 researching 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 most 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 worldwide!
10 Houseplants That Are Safe for Dogs
Dogs and houseplants don’t have to be a dangerous combination. There are plenty of plants that are safe for your furry friend to be around. Here are 10 of the best houseplants for dog owners.
1) 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 low-to-medium light and only needs weekly watering. It can even hang on the wall, making it an excellent choice for pet owners.
Native to Australia and Southeast Asia, it’s a great addition to any garden seeking to bring natural beauty. Its subtle green hue gives off an important sense of peace among busy lives and hectic days, while also providing fresh oxygen during warm summer months. With proper care this fern will last you years as a staple of your outdoor paradise or interior decoration.
2) 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.
3) 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!
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) Butterfly Palm (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.
7) Purple Waffle Plant
Next up on our list is the purple waffle plant, or Hemigraphis alternata a very popular form of the 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.
8) 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!
While not for everyone, another dog-friendly houseplant is 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.
10) 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 choosing the ones 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!!
What if my plant is not pet-safe?
If you have any poisonous plants in your home, make sure to keep them out of reach of children and pets. Remember that if your pet or child does ingest a poisonous plant, seek medical attention immediately.
Here are 3 precautions to take around poisonous houseplants:
- Don’t allow pets to lick the poisonous plants.
- Don’t allow babies or young children to play with poisonous plants.
- Place the poisonous plants out of reach, so that no one gets in touch with them. I have these West Elm wall planters in our house to keep toxic plants out of reach.
What do I do if my dog eats a poisonous plant?
If you suspect your dog or cat has ingested a houseplant, get help immediately. Immediate treatment can save your dog’s life.
Call your veterinarian for advice ASAP. They may recommend that you induce vomiting, give your dog water or milk to drink, take a wait-and-see approach, or bring your puppy to them immediately for treatment.