7 Pet-Friendly Non-Toxic Houseplants for Dogs

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I've created a handy list of non-toxic houseplants to help dog owners choose houseplants that they can feel safe about.

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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.

ren lenhof at botanical garden with coffee cup

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

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.

1) Dwarf Banana Tree

  • 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

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

boston fern plant

3) Ponytail Palm Tree

  • 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

pony tail palm tree plant

 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

green and white spider plant

 

5) Bromeliad

  • 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

bromeliad houseplant with red

6) Venus Fly Trap

  • 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

venus fly trap houseplant

7) Peperomia

  • 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.
  • Peperomia

 

different Peperomia houseplants

 

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

7 Non-Toxic Houseplants for Dogs

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