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Pet-Safe Plants For Terrible Gardeners

Plants can not only make your home look nice, they can also help filter the air. This can be quite helpful in beating stinky pet odors. Of course, if you have a brown thumb, you’ll want to pick hardy, easy-to-care for houseplants. Read on as a local Jacksonville, FL vet lists some pet-safe plants for people that are terrible at gardening.

African Violets

African violets are both hardy and pretty, which makes them a great choice for bad gardeners. These colorful flowers can live indoors or outdoors, and don’t need full sunlight.

Orchids

Are you surprised to find orchids on this list? These beautiful flowers actually aren’t difficult to care for, as long as you have the right soil. They don’t need a lot of water, and only need snipping after the blooms have died. Tiger orchids, jewel orchids, Phalaenopsis orchids, Brazilian orchids, Golden lace orchids, and many others are all pet-safe.

Spider Plants

Your cat may have a better chance of killing this plant than you would: kitties for some reason just can’t resist these pretty plants!

Succulents

Although not all succulents are pet-safe, echeveria, jade, and kalanchoe are all fine, and don’t need to be watered very often. The Christmas cactus is another good option.

Cast Iron Plants

As the name suggests, cast iron plants are pretty sturdy. If you frequently forget to water or fertilize your plants, and don’t have a lot of light, they may be the perfect plant for you!

Potted Trees

Money trees may not do anything for your bank account, but they are both safe and easy to keep. American rubber plants, Ponytail palms and Areca palms are also good options.

Herbs

Herbs are often quite easy to grow. You’ll not only keep your pet safe, but you’ll also have fresh ingredients for cooking with! Lavender, rosemary, thyme, parsley, and lemon grass are all fine. Catnip is another good choice.

Tips

Keep in mind that even non-toxic plants can be dangerous if they are covered in pesticides or fertilizers. Some, like roses, can also cause injuries with sharp thorns. It’s generally best to keep most plants out of paws’ reach. If you don’t know whether a specific plant is poisonous or not, check the ASPCA site here.

Please contact us, your Jacksonville, FL vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!

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