Houseplants 101: Plants and Pets

Houseplants 101: Plants and Pets

Houseplants and Pets

What does it mean to say a houseplant is pet-friendly? Simply that it is non-toxic. Did you know that many common houseplants are actually quite poisonous?

Some of our favorite plants that are not safe for pets (or people!) to chew on or eat include: philodendrons, most euphorbias, aglaonemas, anthuriums, asparagus ferns, dracaenas, sansevierias, begonias, tradescantias, ficus, and many more.

Some of our Favorite Non-toxic Houseplants

If you can’t stop your pets (or kids!) from eating your plants, it is certainly best to not have toxic ones within their reach. Luckily there is quite a long list of non-toxic plants to choose from.

We have over 100 plants in our common houseplant inventory to choose from! 

Here’s the full list.

It includes many ferns, hanging and vining plants, flowering and foliage plants, palms, and succulents.

Please keep in mind that even if plants are non-toxic, they may still not be safe to let your pet have access to unattended. Plants could present choking hazards or a heavy, falling pot could cause injury.

Even if plants are safe for pets, pets might not be safe for your plants!

Move Plants Out of Reach

Sometimes it’s best to just keep pets and plants separate from each other.

Sturdy plant stands, tall bookshelves, or hanging planters can be great ways to keep your plants and pets out of each other’s way. Having a dedicated plant room where pets are not allowed to be unattended can be a great solution too.

Cover Soil

Sometimes pets are attracted to plants because of the soil. Cats may confuse your pots with the litter box, or dogs might be looking for a place to bury something. There are a few ways to deter animals from the soil. Sometimes covering the surface of the soil with river pebbles is enough. Some people use forks or sticks to make the pot uncomfortable for guests.

Cutting a piece of rigid plastic or coated cardboard to lay on top of the soil with space for the plant to poke out can work too.

Spices / Deterrent Sprays

There are some spices that are repellent to pets, such as cayenne pepper. In addition, you may have luck with some commercially available mixes created for this purpose.

ASPCA official list

If all else fails, check the ASPCA app!

For more information, visit the official ASPCA list.