Are you thinking of adding some new plants to the house but are hesitant because of toddlers or cats?
I had been wanting to add house plants around our apartment but I was scared that
1) I would kill them
2) our cat would eat them
3) Melina would not leave them alone! (we have a very curious 2-year-old!)
I really, REALLY wanted indoor plants to clean our air (we live in a new apartment that was recently painted) and to make our surroundings more peaceful and tranquil.
I recently read on the EPA that the air inside our homes and workplaces are significantly dirtier than the air outside. Some studies say that it can be about ten times as bad as the outside air and the majority of us spend 90% of our time indoors. You might want to pick up a plant for your office while you’re at it!
I took the leap and added some plants to our apartment! Finally! After debating for like 4 months!
Shopping for house plants while having a cat can be a pain! I felt like every plant that I really liked was toxic to my little furry friend.
Also, make sure you have the list of indoor plants that you are specifically looking for because I found that most of the employees at the nursery’s that I browsed did not know which plants were cat-friendly. After spending over an hour at English Gardens we had found some that we were excited to take home.
At least I was excited about taking them home and re-potting them in my cute pots that took me forever to pick out. My husband had the “I’m ready to leave eyes” as my 18-month-old daughter was having another tantrum.
All that mattered is that we got some plants and Mama was very happy!
Here’s our list of the 4 houseplants that have survived cat munchies and toddler pickings the past 6 months!
We luckily found this one on clearance at English Gardens! It was a larger plant which is what we wanted for our family room.
Bamboo Palms survive in shade and requires moderate watering, allowing the soil to dry in between watering. Bamboo Palms are known for their air purifying qualities. Filtering out toluene, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene.
What a cute little tree! When I first saw it I couldn’t wait to find out if it was non-toxic for animals, which it is! This tree is the perfect addition to our bedroom.
Not only is it supposed to bring good fortune(who wouldn’t want that?) but it is also one of the easiest indoor plants to maintain. For mamas that have enough to worry about this is a good plant to have and not be concerned that you are going to kill it.
It can survive in indirect light as well and most likely cannot be killed from overwatering which is common!
This is a beautiful plant but honestly, I hate the name! I debated whether or not getting it because the name just threw me off (yes I am silly like that).
But I really enjoy the beautiful two-toned leaves that sprout from the plant.
This is another plant that is easy to care for enjoying indirect light and moderate watering.
Spider plants are known to filter out toxins like Formaldehyde, Benzene, Xylene, and Carbon Monoxide!
I can tolerate the name of the plant to improve our air quality!
I have never seen Bromeliads before shopping for nontoxic plants. These plants offer unique style into the home and adding a pop of color. We went with a Scarlet Star Plant that has a deep pink color in its flower and we love it on our dining table!
Bromeliads require indirect light with moderate watering as well. They enjoy humid conditions so it is helpful to mist the leaves every couple of days. These plants only bloom once and last for about 5 months but provide offsets that can be propagated.
Obviously, there are more plants out there that are cat-friendly and strong enough to handle a toddler touching it. I hope to continue to add more indoor plants to our living space because it really has made a difference in our environment. Being a pretty anxious person, I find peace in seeing beautiful plants around that make me feel our environment is soothing and serene.
Other purifying indoor plants that are safe for toddlers, cats, and dogs:
- Boston Fern
- Blue Echeveria
- African Violet
- Baby Rubber Plant (Safe alternative to the original Rubber Plant that is toxic)
- Baby’s Tears Fern
- Swedish Ivy
- Prayer Pant
- Wax Plant
- Areca Palm
- Parlour Palm
- Burro’s Tail
- Ponytail Palm
- Cast-Iron Plant
- Phalaenopsis Orchids
- Barberton Daisy (It can flower any time of year lasting 4-6 weeks)
- Friendship Plant
- Do not over water them! I learned the hard way and had little bugs flying around because I over watered the plants allowing there to be too much moisture which resulted in fungus growing. I just didn’t want them to die…oops!
- If you do have little bugs or mold growing in your plant; sprinkler cinnamon on the leaves and soil. This will help kill off the gnats and prevent future fungus.
- Rotate plants so that they evenly grow. I noticed my money tree leaning towards the window after not rotating it for about a month. Now I make it a habit to turn it slightly when I water.
- If you live in a climate with cold winter months, make sure you are misting your tropical plants and running a humidifier often to provide moisture back into the air. RUnning the furnace nonstop drys out the air, making it difficult for those house plants to thrive.
- Remember to fertilize your indoor plants about every six weeks for optimal growth. If you do have pets, try to bury your fertilizer in the soil a few inches so they cannot easily eat it or put the plants somewhere non-accessible for a few days. I have a natural fertilizer that we use that smells a bit fishy and the animals go crazy for it.
- If you want plants that are toxic to animals or very sensitive to little hands, remember that you can always place them on high shelves or hang them from the ceiling.