Plants offer greenery and a boost of color to freshen up your living spaces. If you have pets, it’s important to choose plants that aren’t dangerous to them. Here are five suggestions for pet-friendly plants that add a nice touch to your home, patio, and gardens.
There are more than 50 species of this beautiful plant so you have plenty of options. Dry rock gardens are a good habitat for African daisies in the earliest part of their seasonal bloom. Flower beds or windowsills that receive direct sunlight are great places for an African daisy to thrive.
Boston Ferns are Pet-Friendly Plants
While it’s usually easy to grow a Boston fern indoors, if you move them outside, watch for slugs, whiteflies, and mealybugs. Make sure the soil remains damp and don’t allow it to dry out. If your Boston fern turns yellow, that means there is not enough moisture in the air. Increase the humidity in its environment to keep the plant healthy.
Pot marigolds bloom in spring, summer, and fall. Marigolds are a self-seeding annual, so you may find it coming back year after year. Water the plant more often when it’s still a seedling. Only occasional watering is needed once the marigold matures. Feed your pot marigold once per month using a basic fertilizer diluted with water.
Mistletoe cactus can survive with only low to medium amounts of sunlight. Direct sunlight is okay on occasion, more so in Northern climates. It’s best to let the soil dry out a bit between waterings.
Pet-Friendly Plants Include Phalaenopsis Orchids
Orchids thrive in indirect sunlight. Place your phalaenopsis in a north or east-facing window. For best results, keep the temperature between 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Orchids enjoy a bit of humidity along with some air circulation. These colorful plants will adapt to their environment whether inside or outside.