Plants add natural beauty to our living spaces with green foliage and flowers. If you enjoy houseplants but are concerned about keeping children and pets safe, here is a list of non-toxic plants you can grow at home.
Non-Toxic Plants That are Easy to Grow
If you want to keep houseplants in your home but struggle with keeping plants alive, here are a few plants that are easy to care for. These plants require minimal effort and grow successfully in most homes.
Spider plants like good drainage and medium to bright indirect light. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. If your spider plant isn’t thriving, try adjusting its water intake or move it to a different location. These plants are non-toxic to children and pets, but be aware that cats do like chewing on the leaves. Spider plants grow well in hanging baskets, so if your cat won’t stay away, move the plant out of reach.
Air plants are epiphytes. They absorb water from the humidity in the air. These plants are non-toxic and easy for most people to care for. Every 7 to 10 days, bathe your air plant in water for about an hour. These plants enjoy bright, diffused sunlight. Because they don’t require soil, air plants can grow on a well-lit bookshelf, on an air plant display, or in a bowl filled with wine corks or tree bark.
Many Succulents are Non-Toxic Plants
There are many types of succulents. Most succulents are easy to care for, requiring well-drained soil and bright light. They only need occasional watering, and most unhealthy succulents simply require more sunlight. Safety depends on the plant. Aloe vera, a popular succulent, is toxic to animals. Hens and chicks (sempervivum tectorum) and Echeveria are safe in a household with pets and children.
Enjoy These Non-Toxic Plants Outdoors
Now that spring is here, you may be making improvements to your outdoor living spaces. Many houseplants do well outside during the summer. Your succulents and spider plants will enjoy the warm weather. If you’d like to decorate your deck, give your houseplants time to adjust. Move them to a shady spot outdoors and bring them back inside at night. After about two weeks, you can gradually move them into sunnier areas, depending on the plant’s needs. Bring houseplants indoors any time the temperature will drop below 55°.
A money plant is non-toxic for children and pets. These plants prefer indirect sunlight or partial sun. Let the soil dry between waterings. Money plants are great for shaded patios and decks. If the leaves start to turn brown, this can indicate the humidity is too low. Place the plant on a tray of pebbles and keep the pebbles watered.
The lipstick plant is a beautiful tropical, trailing plant that looks great in hanging baskets. This plant is considered safe for pets and children. To stay healthy, it needs moist soil with good drainage and bright, indirect light for at least 6 hours every day. To bloom, adequate light and warm temperatures (70°- 85°) are necessary.
The Parlor Palm is a Great Non-Toxic Plant for Outdoors
The parlor palm, growing to between 3 and 8 feet tall, is a great accent plant for a front porch or deck. It needs moist but well-drained soil and indirect sunlight. The fronds will turn brown with too much light. Grow a parlor palm in a container on a somewhat shady area on your deck. They will also do well on an enclosed porch or a shaded patio. These trees love humidity. In drier areas, you’ll need to spray it with a water bottle every few days to provide moisture.