You are a proud owner of a wonderful dog, and you two have a great relationship, and this pooch is the best companion you ever asked for. Now, since you have a pet, you want to invest in the next most important thing, indoor plants, but you are uncertain which plants are safe for your dog. This is a surprise for most people, however, some indoor plants are extremely dangerous to dogs, it doesn’t matter how good you train them, they are bound to nibble on it once in a while, and for that reason, it becomes important to know which one’s are safe for dogs.
Best Dog-Friendly Indoor Plants
1. Spider Plant
Don’t be afraid of this species, because contrary to the name, it is not a cluster of spiders, it is called this due to its leaves that resemble spider legs. It is extremely resilient, and can even grow under the supervision of a person who somehow even makes plastic plants die. Additionally, they are completely harmless to your dog, your pooch can nibble away all it wants and will be completely fine. One thing to remember is that this is an indoor plant, i.e., it gets burnt in direct sunlight, so just keep it in indirect light and it will flourish.
2. Rattlesnake Plant
Fan of the infamous rattlesnake, but can’t keep it as a pet? How about a rattlesnake plant? Well, okay these are completely different things, but this is a safe plant for your pooch. Similar to the previous plant, this one is called such because its leaves appear like a rattle of a rattlesnake, except for the color and no rattling sound. Since it is an indoor plant as well, keep it away from direct sunlight and only water it if the top of the soil is dry.
3. Variegated Wax Plant
It is a form of succulents, and if you know anything about succulents, these are low-maintenance plants that don’t require much attention or care as long as you can keep them in direct sunlight. Also, they only need water once their soil is completely dry. There are a lot of succulents available in the market, but most of them are toxic to dogs. Fortunately, this one is safe for your lovely pooch.
4. Calathea Orbifolia
This plant was made for the indoors, and nature knew you’d have a furry friend with you, and made it dog-friendly as well. Calathea, appear like an art show project made out of plastic and wax because it is a majestic plant. The reason why I stated that it is made for the indoors is due to its need for shade. Partial sunlight can be provided to this plant, but it certainly enjoys a humid environment, so, technically you can even place it in the bathroom.
5. Parlor Palm
While these are fairly low-maintenance plants, they do need quite a bit of time to grow. Parlor palms can take anywhere from 2 to 3 years to reach their height of 3 or 4 feet, but since they grow in indirect sunlight you wouldn’t need to worry much about them. These are safe for your pet, however, the same cannot be said for the plant, as your pooch might be nibbling it away. Just keep the soil for this plant evenly moist, and they’ll thrive.
A beautiful plant, to say the least, these blossoms in vivid red, pink, purple, or even in blue color. While gloxinia tends to scorch in direct sunlight, these do grow nicely in bright indirect sunlight. Though these do require a feed every 2 weeks with moist soil, I’m certain your dog will be taken away by this plant’s beauty.
7. Venus Flytrap
Yes, I know, a little strange addition to this list, however, these are completely safe for your dog and even cats. While you can keep them indoors, these do require a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight each day, and their soil must be moist all the time. However, one great thing about this plant is that it can sustain itself as long as there are insects around it. Got a pesky little fly in your room? Just get this plant and it will devour it. Also, since it’s a different kind of plant, it will only drink distilled water.
8. Watermelon Peperomia
I don’t need to tell you why this plant is called a watermelon, just look at it. The Peperomia family does include a large variety, this is the one that is safe for dogs, and did I mention its leaves look like 2-D watermelons? These only require water once the upper soil is dry, and just keep them away from direct sunlight.
9. Friendship Plant
With a name like this, it is not a surprise that it is safe for dogs. The leaves of this plant are soft to the touch and chances are your pooch might rub itself against this plant. These can even survive in low light conditions, however, they thrive upon receiving moderate amounts of indirect sunlight. As for the watering needs, you must water them regularly.
10. Polka Dot Plant
These are very striking plants to look at, its leaves are nothing short of an artist’s project. These grow up to 10 inches indoor and require to be kept in bright indirect sunlight. While their soil shouldn’t be completely wet, some moisture must be present. These also require feeding once a month and are safe for dogs.