There are many outdoor plants that enjoy living inside. You must plant them indoors if you are looking for a non-toxic, beautiful looking plant. It can cause some negative reactions in some people with heightened sensitivities. African violets are also rich with historic significance and symbolism. GARDENER'S PATH® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF ASK THE EXPERTS LLC. For people with children, Wandering Jew is an ideal alternative to the toxic pothos ivy. They can tolerate low light, but do exceptionally well in bright, indirect sunlight. Some children may have allergic reactions to certain plants. COPYRIGHT © 2020 ASK THE EXPERTS LLC. Poisonous Plants. As long as you practice plant safety and choose suitable non-toxic plants, everyone can enjoy your house plants. They can be moved to semi-shady locations outside during the summer, but they are not as heat and drought-tolerant as other cacti. It can quickly become invasive too. It’s native to Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico and thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. I push my finger or a clean, dry chopstick into the soil two to three inches, and if it comes up dry, it’s time to water. My cat was recently ill for 2 weeks from eating the leaves of this plant. And which are easy to grow? African Violet plants can be “miniatures” about 6 inches in diameter or standards 8-12 inches in diameter. However, this may not be due solely to their beauty. 7. An interesting feature of this undemanding variety is its exceptionally strong root system that often works its way out of drainage holes in a tangled web. However, some people have been lucky using regular lighting too. It is an excellent air-purifying plant. I learned a lot from this. No worries – spiders take well to repotting. Be careful where you toss its plant cuttings. Safe for children? 1. Unfortunately, they can be very difficult for some people to grow. Always monitor children when you're introducing plants to your home. In addition, “mother plants” send out trailing stems that produce tiny white flowers, and these become mini-spiders. Even if someone calls a plant by one name, take the time to do research and be sure of the kind of plant you have. As its name implies, the African violet (Saintpaulia) is native to Africa. In some homes, these plants may require special lighting before they produce their blooms. The information divided into 3 sections: poisonous plants, non-poisonous plants, and ; … Houseplants are a great way to go green!! Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 10, 2013: Thank you for the visit and the comment, drbj. Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants List. If someone has extra seedlings, they can be transplanted to a pot and moved indoors. As a plant from an arid natural habitat, the gerbera needs enough moisture to keep its roots from drying out, and no more. Safe for children? One of the UGA’s Agricultural Experiment Station’s super ornamentals, variegated wax is not only great for indoor air quality, it is nontoxic to dogs, cats, and humans. If you are good with plants though, you might try to raise a Boston fern. Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on June 13, 2013: @Melissa--thank you for reading and commenting! It is a climbing evergreen. These tolerant plants are easy to grow and propagate, and look great even without a 70s style macramé holder. I never had a problem with house plants and my cats until my last cat, Stella, was introduced to our household. But they prefer several hours of morning sunlight a day. Ensure that everyone lives with plants safely by implementing a few rules and practices: You don't have to limit your indoor plants to those that are marketed as house plants. This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. It produces beautiful, grass-like leaves that can range from pale to emerald green. Gerberas typically bloom from late summer through the fall. No, according to the ASPCA, it's highly toxic for dogs and cats. 16. Here are some herbs, flowers, and other outdoor plants that make safe, attractive house plants: In addition to being lovely, child and pet-friendly plants, herbs can be used to make natural cleaners, insect repellents, breath fresheners, grooming products, and more. As with all of NASA’s study varieties, gerberas will tolerate low light. Wax does best with several hours of indirect, bright sunlight each day. The green spider boasts variegated green and white foliage that resembles cascading ornamental grass. See our TOS for more details. Unlike other plants, they bloom from November through January, and they can bring a lot of color to homes during winter. Select your house plants carefully and place them out of reach so pets and children stay safe. wabash annie from Colorado Front Range on July 17, 2013: I learned a lot from your hub. Always insist on hand-washing after handling plants or their debris. If you notice brown leaves, you may be under-watering. Under optimum conditions, certain species of the jade plant can grow close to 6 feet tall. Second, it inhibits infestation by spider mites, a common palm pest. Rosemary can also be used for bonsai. But did you also know that scientists have long known that plants may filter toxins from the air we breathe inside our homes? Give your palm a good rinse once in a while, if you can get it to a shower or outdoors. Make a Romantic Blooming Heart Centerpiece in 6 Easy Steps, Keep Your Containers Looking Great With These 6 Simple Tricks, How to Grow Rutabagas: A Cool-Weather Crop Perfect for Fall, The Best Companion Plants to Grow with Kale. Another NASA Clean Air plant, spiders are nontoxic to dogs, cats, and humans. There are many non-toxic and non-poisonous houseplants out there, some plants are only mildly so and only a small number are actually deadly. This makes it easy to expand your plant collection. They require minimal care to provide you with years of a healthier home environment. The flowers you grow indoors and out may threaten the life of Fido or Fluffy if your pets happen to consume these dangerous plants. It can grow with relative ease in a household setting. For that, we need to cross-reference the above two lists with the ASPCA list of plants that are toxic and nontoxic to cats and dogs, and the Poison Control National Capital Poison Center list of plants that are toxic and nontoxic to humans. How to Grow and Care for Amaryllis Flowers, How to Grow Asian Persimmon Trees (Diospyros kaki), Philodendron (elephant ear, heart leaf, and lacy tree). Then rinse the plant under a steady stream of water to detach and destroy insects. Why not start with a cheery pot on the windowsill and see where it takes you? In addition to watering at the roots, mist palm fronds frequently. To keep on the safe side I have included plants that the ASPCA include on their toxic list.If you don't see a plant on the list above then it's most likely not known to be poisonous to the ASPCA. There are even trailing and hanging varieties. Now that we know which plants may remove toxins from indoor environments, we also want to learn which ones are safe for pets and children. The Spider Plant is not only a non-toxic houseplant; it’s one of the most versatile plants you can buy for your home. Like most plants, your palm will let you know what it needs: Dust and dryness are attractive to these pests, so I like to use my electrostatic duster on the fronds each week when I clean. Blooming doesn’t always take place in the first year. Keep writing. If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry! These are the common names of the plants that were tested: Scientists discovered that these plants exhibited various degrees of “phytoremediation,” or the ability of leaves, roots, and soil microorganisms to remove harmful gases from indoor air. Be sure to shake the duster outside when you’re finished, and then wash it for next time. An eye opener infact. They were in high demand in Europe after their discovery in the 1800s, and they had to be grown in hothouses. I am pinning safe plants for my fur babies and double checking the plants on the ASPCA Poison list and I am finding that several plants that people say are safe are actually on the toxic list. All are non-poisonous #plants Check this page for house plants safe for cats and other pets. Note: These plants are safe to grow around children and pets, but some may still be toxic. Plus, they're known for inviting in luck and prosperity, and won't bother any curious critters. However, cats and dogs do love the taste of the spider plant, and sometimes they will eat enough to make them sick. The money tree, or money plant, not only works to reduce toxins such as formaldehyde from the air, but is an excellent choice for anyone with asthma, lung issues, or calls a smoggy city home. You may know that when plants convert sunlight to energy in the process of photosynthesis, they contribute oxygen to our indoor environments. Melissa A Smith from New York on June 12, 2013: This is useful information Sharkye11, thanks. Native to Asia, purple waffle prefers conditions rich in moisture with abundant sunshine. Very useful and voted up! Be sure to have adequate drainage holes to prevent standing water. Hardy and affordable, the bamboo palm is fairly easy to maintain. Bamboo is highly toxic to cats, avoid especially the “lucky bamboo” sold in stores. If you don't want more coleus, be sure to pinch off the flowers before they start to seed, as one plant can parent hundreds of babies! Yes, you can have beautiful plants in your home without having to worry about your pets! The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) has a scary name, but it poses no threat to other living beings. Spider aficionados are generally quite happy to snip off a “plantlet” for a friend, so keep this in mind if you’d like to grow a spider at your house! NOTE: Although coleus is listed as toxic for animals, I have hundreds in my yard and the pets never mess with them. This plant (also known as airplane plant) is great for many reasons. © Ask the Experts, LLC. His group reported that 5 had superior phytomediation rates for benzene, toluene, octane, alpha-pinene, and TCE, making them “super ornamentals.”. The Staghorn Fern, with its fuzzy, antler-shaped leaves, and the Australian Sword Fern are other houseplants that are safe to keep around pets and children. This is not a toxic reaction. Buy gerberas from a nursery, as opposed to a florist who would typically sell cut flowers, and avoid purchasing during holiday gift-giving periods. However, in 2009, University of Georgia researcher Stanley Kays participated in a study funded by the UGA’s Agricultural Experiment Stations  that tested 28 plants. Nan Schiller is a writer with deep roots in the soil of southeastern Pennsylvania. Of course this is different if you have small children or pets like cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs or pet birds that are allowed to roam the house freely. It is sometimes sold in stores that carry aquarium supplies. This might make it less desirable to someone with limited space, but most of the jade plants I have seen ended up being about 1 foot tall. Unfortunately for dog lovers, the ASPCA lists wandering Jew as toxic due to its tendency to cause dermatitis or allergies in dogs. Here is a good resource for what plants are toxic and non-toxic for children, and here is a list for dogs and cats (and horses, if you happen to have a horse that lives in your house). It's just a little upset tummy from over-indulging. In addition, the misting that I recommend is another way to keep little critters from setting up housekeeping. Always make sure your plant is properly identified. Do you have tips to share about your experiences with houseplants? After blooming, the wax plant needs time to rejuvenate. They are also toxic to cats and dogs, with symptoms of ingestion including oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing according to Pet Helpful . This website is DANGEROUSLY wrong for animals. Still, the ease with which it can be propagated and grown is part of its attraction. This treatment may be done periodically to keep mites at bay. Watering is required frequently to maintain moisture-rich soil, and misting is recommended to increase humidity. In addition to light, water, and pest management, plants also benefit from periodic nutrient supplementation, particularly during growth periods. Palms like soil that is moist, but not wet. In our plant articles, there is a section in the Care Instructions which details if that particular plant is poisonous or not and where relevant we provide a bit more context surrounding this. There are even variegated varieties. Yes, coleus is safe for humans. Anything to keep these angels safe in our homes. See more ideas about indoor plants, plants, house plants. I want to get her a really easy, essentially black thumb proof plant. According to the ASPCA, Boston ferns are non-toxic to both cats and dogs. Crassula Ovata, or “Jade” A rubber plant popular for its hard-to-kill properties, crassula ovata, commonly known as jade, is toxic to pets and can cause vomiting and a slow heart rate in addition to a hard-to-identify symptom: depression. Please make a correction, the jade plant or rubber plant is toxic to cats and dogs. We’d love to hear them in the comments section below. Gerbera daisies are native to South Africa, where the climate is hot and dry. With time, these plants can grow to a height of 4 feet. An advocate of organic gardening with native plants, she’s always got dirt under her nails and freckles on her nose. In this case, attempt to remove stressed plant material and allow the pot to dry out. Plants cannot move to escape their predators, so they must have other means of protecting themselves from herbivorous animals. Although there are many house plants that are considered safe, I will focus on varieties that are popular or common, including: You may already have many of these plants, or you may know someone who has a few of them. The University … The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is one of the top recommended plants for all homes. 2. Some of the most popular houseplants which are of potentially dangerous poisonous levels are listed here. Sometimes planted in gardens around the home, this beautiful flowering shrub is known for its white, pink or yellow blossoms—and for being one of the most poisonous plants around the house. Occasionally, a waffle plant may become infested with scale or whiteflies. I leave it there until the dripping stops, then return it to a sunny spot. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Nerium oleander ought to be mentioned in the list of poisonous house plants, too. This lovely plant may be permitted to elongate, or may be pruned for a bushy appearance. First, it creates humidity, which all tropicals love. They are a favorite plant among cats who love to nibble at and play with the long fronds. This plant is non-toxic, and its fronds do not have stickers. Safe for dogs and cats? It is evergreen, which makes it pleasant as a year-round house plant. The word “toxic” can have varying meanings – just because a plant is considered toxic doesn’t mean it’s necessarily deadly poisonous, it just means that the plants typically cause a harmful reaction if eaten or rubbed on the skin. Jade plant info is incorrect. Add a few cuttings to outdoor containers for a lovely cascading addition to your flower beds. Kays also noted that while plants may enhance indoor air quality, it is possible to have an unintended adverse effect by bringing these into your home, via chemicals in plastic pots and pesticides. Wax Plant (Hoya Carnosa) A climbing plant that has waxy leaves giving rise to its name the wax plant and produces scented flowers making it a very popular house plant. During the winter months, the wax plant usually requires less moisture. Boston ferns (Nephrolepis) are an enduring houseplant favorite, but their shaggy fronds may tempt cats and dogs to chew. If so, snip them off, and be sure to check the plant daily until you get a handle on its needs. I like to test moisture with an unvarnished take-out chopstick. People have died after mistaking hemlock for wild carrots. If you have toxic plants, consider participating in a plant swap with a friend who may have pet- or child-safe plants, but doesn't have pets or children. Let me know if you have any tips as well! Any plant can be dangerous when it is brought indoors where it can be accessed by children or pets. If you have pets or children, it's important to do your research on a plant before blindly bringing it into your home. Saintpaulia was given the common namef African Violet plant because it originated in Africa and its flowers resemble those .of a violet plant. If it’s dry, water. Boston ferns prefer a humid environment and indirect sunlight. Use a chopstick inserted two-thirds down into the pot. The Jade plant is toxic according to ASPCA. Still popular after years, they are also non-toxic — a solid and safe way to add visual interest to a room. A rose is still a good choice if you have big south-facing windows, and plenty of extra time to devote to pampering it. I have no small children, however, my son (31) has a dog and I have cats. It has all the benefits you can think of; it’s extremely easy to care for, (basically impossible to kill), it does well in low light areas of your home or office, and it’s an excellent air purifier! Just remember that even a non-toxic plant (including grass) can make a pet appear sick if they eat too much. These pets sometimes like to nibble on leaves, stems or twigs and expose themselves to the toxins. This plant is safe for children and pets, and the miniature varieties are thornless, so there's no risk of injury! Thanks for sharing this useful information. Bromeliads will provide an exotic touch to the interior of your home with their showy red and yellow flowers over contrasting green foliage. Unique among houseplants for their ability to produce flowers in low-light levels, peace lilies are easy to care for and provide joy for years to come. Poisonous houseplants can cause skin irritations, stomach upsets, and burning of the mouth and throat. If after reasonable diligence you do see evidence of mites, mix up a solution of one tablespoon baby shampoo or other mild soap to one-half gallon water. I like to take my gerbera to the kitchen sink and run the tap gently over the soil until the drainage holes drip water. This plant is mildly toxic for humans, so be careful if you have children. Rather than avoiding the most dangerous plants, though, it’s often easier (and safer) to concentrate on including dog safe plants instead. Some of these links may be affiliate in nature, meaning we earn small commissions if items are purchased. Please correct your list so animals are not harmed by misinformation. One of my favorite plants, it was among the first I was given to nurture as a child, and it thrived magnificently in a glass globe suspended by a macramé hanger near my bedroom window. I enjoyed the article and the pictures and I hope that you can update this. In these cases, plants should be kept out of reach, or children should be taught not to touch them. She is so worth it. Gerberas that are too wet are susceptible to mites, mildew, and root rot. Ensure that they get the elements they need with an organic, all purpose, slow acting fertilizer. It is also easy to grow, even in low light conditions. No, it is listed by the ASPCA as toxic to both dogs and cats. Just like people, plants – especially those that live inside – need vitamins and minerals to thrive. Keeping a rose indoors requires a lot of light and a regular room temperature. Are you ready to welcome a new member of the family? I think because plants are such strange things to her she tries to eat them all. Plants can: In another article, I listed 10 plants that are toxic to both children and pets. If you notice discolored or distorted leaves, pinch them off and discard them. House plants have many names, and some are misleading. Jack-in-the-pulpit (Three-leaved indian turnip, Devil's dear, Wake robin, Starch wort, Wild turnip, Dragon root, Bog onion, Pepper turnip, Brown dragon, Memory root) | Scientific Names: Arisaema triphyllum | … Regularly trim plants and clean up leaves, stems, and other debris to prevent choking or ingestion. It also puts out "vines" or "legs," making it a lovely selection for a hanging basket. wikimedia commons CC-BY-SA 3.0 - There are two kinds of gardeners in the world. One su… But, my mom has both a cat and dog so it needs to be non toxic. As others have noted, wandering jew is also toxic to cats and dogs. This plant is one of the super ornamentals of the UGA’s Agricultural Experiment Stations study, it has a demonstrated ability to contribute to indoor air quality, and is nontoxic to dogs, cats, and humans. However, the health benefits of having house plants outweigh the risks as long as you choose your plants with care and establish a few household rules regarding the foliage. If this is a problem, place your spider plants in high places, such as on top of a refrigerator or dresser. With feathery green fronds and clumps of brown fibrous stems, this graceful beauty may reach a height of seven feet, for a stunning botanical focal point. The key is to just find a few plants that fit your criteria, then stick to them. help. Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on August 01, 2015: Jaymie, this was another excellent hub from you. Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on September 10, 2016: It is a very useful and informative hub. Spider plants are safe for children and all pets. If roses aren't your thing, consider the Wandering Jew (Tradescantia). Philodendron: There are many types of philodendrons and they are popular, low-maintenance house plants. Uncredited photos: Shutterstock. Common methods for removing the pests are with rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs, a steady stream of tap water, or the mixture of shampoo and water mentioned earlier. All of these house plants are non toxic plants for cats and dogs! Professional growers and master gardeners are usually eager to offer advice and discuss their favorites, so don’t hesitate to ask questions! Artist, blogger, freelance writer. Poisonous plants are plants that produce toxins that deter herbivores from consuming them. Teach children which plants can be touched from an early age. What about a Philodendron plant? It can save lives! It is nontoxic to dogs, cats, and people. Are they dangerous to pets? Jade Plant is HIGHLY TOXIC to cats and dogs. However, it also thrives well in brighter light, provided it is indirect. When a gerbera blooms, be sure to prune spent blossoms by snipping cleanly across the stem, just above the leaves. Often sold to unsuspecting fish tank aficionados as an aquatic plant, purple waffle is not an aquatic, and will not last long under water. Ankita Siddiqui from India on November 26, 2015: Informative hub. Test for water as previously described, and water and drain thoroughly as needed. wildfeur via wikimedia commons CC-SA-BY 3.0. The risks of some plants outweigh the benefits, as they can be toxic to both people and pets. Not only do plants add a touch of lively color, they also help to freshen and purify the air inside your home.. If it’s dry when you pull it out, it’s time to water. See more: Indoor Plants For Office. Parsley (may cause digestive upset in large quantities, but it is not fatal). Native to Asia and Australia, the variegated wax plant has trailing stems of waxy green leaves and fragrant, waxy pink-white flowers. A plant that isn't necessarily dangerous to eat might still cause a child or pet with sensitive skin to have a bad reaction. Mokkie, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Related: 20 Plants That Will Improve the Air Quality in Your Home. And of course, let’s just try and avoid eating houseplants in the first place. In 1989, the famous NASA Clean Air Study was conducted to determine the contribution of 19 low-light houseplants to indoor air quality, in terms of their ability to remove toxins from the air, such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene (TCE), and xylene. The foliage is non-toxic to cats and dogs, so brighten up your guest room or bathroom with these lush plants. It is a great friendship plant too. Rosemary is non-toxic, and be grown in containers. Two definitive studies have been instrumental over the years in helping people choose houseplants for their homes. Mist leaves to provide humidity. While able to grow in low light, its leaves will fade without the bright, indirect light it craves. I like to water mine in the bathtub, and let it drain completely before re-hanging it. Jade plants can also be used for bonsai. FlourishAnyway from USA on June 13, 2013: Good information. These plants are also known as "Thanksgiving Cactus" and "Holiday Cactus.". thank you so much for this informative and non-confusing article! Children are often tempted by colorful fruit or berries and might eat some without anybody noticing.That is just too dangerous!

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