I’ve created a handy list of non-toxic houseplants to help dog owners choose houseplants that they can feel safe about.
Choosing houseplants can be a challenge especially if you own a dog that likes to nibble and chew on houseplants. To take the stress out of selecting houseplants that are non-toxic to dogs, I am sharing a list of houseplants that will help ease your mind when bringing them into your home.
I am not a veterinarian, but I advise all houseplant owners to not let their dogs, cats, or kids eat their houseplants – speak to your vet about any questions you may have in regard to your dog eating houseplants.
Buy Your Non-Toxic Houseplant:
2) Boston Fern
4) Spider Plant
Non-Toxic Houseplants for Dogs
You can feel completely at ease when purchasing any of these houseplants that are safe and non-toxic for dogs.
- The Dwarf Banana Tree is a tropical plant with broad paddle-shaped leaves that grow out from its stalky center.
- My mom gifted Caleb and me one when we got engaged. When we first got it it was maybe 1 foot tall; now, 4 years later, it touches the ceiling in our foyer!
- This dog safe houseplant originated in East Asia and loves humidity.
- It is relatively easy to care for but does require ample humidity and frequent watering.
- Buy Your Dwarf Banana Tree
2) Boston Fern
- We have one of these in our living room.
- The Boston Fern is one of my favorites, not only because of its pleasing appearance but because it generates more oxygen per square inch than almost any other plant.
- It also transpires water, making it a natural humidifier.
- Buy Your Boston Fern
- Oddly enough, a ponytail palm tree is neither a palm nor a tree. The ponytail palm is a member of the Agave family and is actually a succulent.
- Other common names for this dog safe houseplant include the bottle palm tree or the elephant foot tree.
- The common characteristics of this plant include a bulbous trunk, which is used to store water, and its long, hair-like leaves that grow from the top of the trunk like a ponytail, giving the plant its renowned name.
- Buy Your Ponytail Palm Tree
4) Spider Plant
- Spider Plants are non-toxic to dogs and great for reducing toxins in your home. They love humidity, so they also will thrive in bathrooms.
- If you are noticing the ends of the leaves turning brown, give it a tad more water or move it to a location with higher humidity (such as the above-mentioned bathroom). Another reason the tips of the leaves are turning brown is that there may be too much fluoride in your tap water; simply trim off the brown tips and switch to distilled water.
- Buy Your Spider Plant
- Bromeliad’s come in different colors and sizes, but the typical colors you will see are yellow and red. We have a rarer one, a “Silver Vase” with bright pink flowers.
- The Bromeliad fasciata have unique leaves that grow circularly, forming a cup in the center as they grow. The central œcup collects the water for the plant, and as the plant matures, it will produce a tall flower stalk with pink bracts.
- They require very bright light to flower. I use plant lights to supplement the limited sunlight during the winter and fall.
- Fun Fact! Bromeliads remove formaldehyde from the air.
- Buy Your Bromeliad
- Venus flytraps love humidity and moist soil.
- Never let your plants constantly stand in water – it is best to grow them in a pot with drainage holes or fill the bottom of your planter with gravel, stones, or old golf balls.
- Good air circulation is also essential in growing Venus flytraps so having it by a fan or an open window during the summer is a great idea!
- Buy Your Venus Fly Trap
- Peperomias are like the mini-me of the Rubber Plant. These non-toxic houseplants are in the peppercorn family; Piperaceae.
- They are super easy to care for, require minimal watering, and are natural air purifiers.
- They are unique houseplants because they come in so many different varieties.
Buy Your Non-Toxic Houseplant
1) Dwarf Banana Tree | 2) Boston Fern | 3) Ponytail Palm Tree | 4) Spider Plant | 5) Bromeliad | 6) Venus Fly Trap | 7) Peperomia