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10 Best Pet-Friendly Houseplants to Add to Your Home This Summer
Market Research by eco-friendly houseplant brand Pointless Plants finds 215% increase in pet/plant friendly search terms
Summer ushers in new boom in houseplant sales as people turn their homes in to tropical paradises
Pointless Plants MD Nathan Raab names the top ten pet-friendly plants to add to your home this summer and how to keep them at their best
The summer is FINALLY here. June has finally kicked off with some sunshine and people across the UK are making the most of it. From gardens to conservatories, people are using everything in their arsenal to add some greenery and texture to their homes.
When it comes to houseplants, people often have a few questions - and one always stands out.
Which plants are safe for pets?
That’s because many prospective plant owners are also pet owners, and since some plants can be toxic, it’s important to know which ones are safe to add to your home if you have some furry friends.
Recent market research conducted by the company found a 215% increase in search terms relating to pet-friendly houseplants.
We spoke to Nathan Raab, former pilot turned plant specialist and MD of Pointless Plants to talk about the results and find out which plants can transform your conservatory into a vibrant tropical paradise this summer.
"Many people are keen plant parents as well as pet parents, so you're always going to want to make sure they get along. But some pets can get a little too curious and decide to eat their houseplant siblings, which can cause a whole host of health issues. So it's not suprising that owners want to be vigilant by making sure the plants they add to their home are safe for their pets.
With the summer coming in, more and more people are looking for ways to add some colour and texture to their homes, so we thought we'd put together a helpful list of some of the most popular plants that would be a perfect fit for a home with some pets running around."
Kentia Palm (Howea Forsteriana)
“Originally found on the topical island of Lord Howe in the South Pacific, Kentia Palms can handle weather and temperature changes pretty well, which makes them a great choice for most conservatories. They love the light but are pretty happy in the shade too, and they’re pretty forgiving if you forget to water them on occasion. Pet friendly and a wonderful air-purifier, this little palm is a great choice for new plant parents.”
Medium - £39.99
Big - £49.99
Calathea - Calathea Orbifolia
“Calathea’s always appear on popular houseplant lists, and for good reason. With their striking, large round leaves with groovy stripes, they’re a fantastic choice if you want to add a tropical to your home. And they’re not just 100% pet-friendly, they’re also a great air purifier, making them the perfect triple threat houseplant.
Calathea Orbifolia are happy in partial shade but grow faster in well lit rooms. They do well with small and regular amounts of water, and prefer places with high humidity, so consider adding them to your bathroom or give it a regular spritz now and then to keep it in good condition.”
Small - £19.99
Big - £39.99
“Usually found in southern Brazil, the distinctive bright striped and groovy leaves of the Calathea Zebrina make it a really popular ornamental houseplant that will definitely help turn your home into a personal indoor jungle. They’re completely non-toxic so they’re perfectly safe to have around curious pets and excitable toddlers.
They prefer temperatures of at least 18°C, so they do really well in conservatories and living rooms, but make sure to keep them away from direct sunlight and cold drafts or their beautiful leaves will start to curl!”
Small - £22.99
Big - £34.99
“Zebra Plant’s have bright green leaves with attractive dark green stripes across their leaves, a pattern they developed in their original home in the Amazon rainforest. Their bright leaves and love of medium light make them a perfect choice for a living room, especially if you have a few pets who love to roam around.
They enjoy dappled sunlight, high humidity and lovely warm temperatures of at least 20ºC, so consider adding them to your collection during the warm summer months to see them in their prime!
Small - £17.99
“Another member of the Calathea family, the Flamestar’s variegated leaves and dramatic purple underside gives it an almost otherworldly feel, making it a truly bold choice for any interior. 100% kid and pet-friendly, this absolute stand out is 100% non-toxic so it can be placed at any level around your home.
Like it’s siblings, Flamestar’s originate in the Amazon rainforest where they enjoy dappled sunlight, warm temperatures and high levels of humidity. For home care their ideal temperature is between 18-25°C and if possible try to avoid letting the temperature dip lower than 15°C otherwise their leaves will start to curl.”
Big - £39.99
Cast Iron Plant - Aspidistra Elatior
“One of the hardiest houseplants around, Cast Iron Plant’s are pretty much unkillable. They can survive a couple of weeks without watering and thrive in shady corners, which makes them a great choice in addition to spaces where other plants wouldn’t flourish as well.
For a tropical houseplant native to Taiwan and Japan, they’re more laid back than you’d expect and will be perfectly happy in your home. Overall, they’re great for beginners and a perfect gift for any prospective plant parents you know.”
Small - £24.99
Medium - £34.99
Big - £54.99
Rattlesnake Plant - Calathea Lancifolia
“With its punchy green and red coloring and long slender leaves, adding a Calathea Lancifolia to your space can be an absolute gamechanger, especially as a centrepiece for a coffee or dining room table. But no matter where you place it, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that it’s 100% non-toxic, even if Fido or Felix decide it looks like a delicious snack instead of a stunning houseplant.
Like other members of the Calathea family they prefer temperatures over 20°C, high moisture levels and areas that aren’t susceptible to cold drafts. To keep them looking at their best, keep them regularly misted, place them near a humidifier or add a few to a lovely steamy and warm bathroom.”
Small - £17.99
Medium - £27.99
Big - £34.99
Cardamom Tree - Elettaria Cardamomum
“Also known as the True or Green Cardamom, the Cardamom Tree is another truly hardy plant and goes weeks without watering, making it a perfect choice for beginners or for those forgetful folks among us.
A member of the ginger family, the Cardamom Tree is a herbal plant that produces cardamom pods full of seeds that are most traditionally used in Thai and Indian cooking. But don’t worry, houseplant variants don’t produce pods, so they’re completely safe for pets-a-plenty households.”
Small - £22.99
Areca Palm - Dypsis Lutescens
“The Areca Palm is a favourite because it’s a hardy little plant that is a must-have plant for beginners. Normally found in Madagascan tropical forests, it enjoys filtered light and warm temperatures. They’re perfect for small spaces, from little nooks in your house to your office desks it's perfectly at home wherever you place it.
It’s lush green foliage is very easy to maintain and it’s not only toxin free (making it furry-friend friendly) but it's also a natural air purifier - so if you leave it alone, it’ll just do it’s own thing to help keep your home’s air clean and fresh. Known to emit moisture and absorb common household toxins, you won’t regret adding these little guys to your plant posse.”
Baby - £8.99
Commonly known as the Chinese Money Plant, Pilea Peperomioides became super popular back in 2017 and has remained in high demand ever since. Easily ID’d by its gorgeous circular leaves, it's considered quite a lucky little plant, and since it’s non-toxic, it’ll definitely be a lucky choice if you have pets who want to try it as a snack!
A quirky little plant,the perfect temperature for the Chinese money plant is between 15-30°C and I recommend rotating it every week to make sure every leaf gets a touch of light to keep it at it’s best, since they love well lit spaces.
Small - £19.99
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Pointless Plants are a plant-delivery service on an eco-mission. Their MD, Nathan Raab, quit his job as a pilot to pursue his dream of a greener world. For every plant sold, Pointless Plants will plant 10 trees.
They’ve currently planted 58,918 with new additions everyday! And that’s just the start of it. Since their launch the company has rocketed to success, and has some ambitious plans for the future: By the end of 2021, they aim to be totally carbon neutral, and by the end of 2022 they hope to go carbon negative!
For more information visit - https://pointlessplants.com/