April 7

Easy & Safe Plants

Posted by lori . 6 Comments

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I’ve never been good with plants, inside or outside; but recently, in order to use a Groupon I’d impulsively purchased, I got a lovely houseplant.  Now, I’m thinking about more.  After scouring the internet, here’s a list of plants that are easy to care for and safe for animals.

Jade Plant  – This soft succulent requires some indirect light.  It stores water like a cactus making it easy to care for by careless folks like myself.

Aspidistra – Also known as the cast iron plant, this was a favorite in Victorian homes which were typically dark.

African Violet – Although I don’t have a good reputation with plants, I’ve successfully grown African Violets.  The key for me…proper watering.  They don’t like their leaves to get wet, so an African Violet pot is particularly helpful because it allows you to water the plant from the bottom.

Christmas Cactus – I’m a little skeptical about this one.  These may be easy to grow if you have a sunny space, but I think they’re a little tricky if you want flowers.

Boston Fern – This one shows up on the “easy to care for” lists, but personally, I’ve killed several ferns in my lifetime.

I’ll take a look around and see if I have a nice place for a plant.  Even if a plant is “safe,” I like them up and out of the way.  I think the dirt would be a little too tempting for several members of the household.

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A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

Benjamin Franklin

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6 Responses to " Easy & Safe Plants"

  • Pip says:

    I have always wanted to try a Jade plant. They are kind of interesting. I hate to admit this, but I have not had very good luck with African Violets. I know they are supposed to be pretty hardy, but they didn’t last with me!

  • Bassetmomma says:

    Always good to know which plants are pet safe! Have a Happy Easter!

  • houndstooth says:

    I’ve had very good luck with a Christmas cactus. The trick is having them in a bright room with lots of indirect sunlight. I only watered it rarely. Sadly, it was killed when the pot was knocked over. *looks at husband*

    Mother In Law’s Tongue is another one that I’ve found pretty easy, and aloe plants, too!

  • Penelope says:

    We don’t have the “jungle” we used to have. With a young cat several had falls! (7 violets down to 2). And we lost several more to cold weather when we moved. I do have 3 favorites that are “easy-peasy” hanging plants.
    1. A pair of Hoyas that were propagated from a plant which belonged to my Grandmother, which came from a plant from her mother. Hoya carnosa is and excellent remover of pollutants in the indoor environment and some species were used for medicinal purposes. They bloom in the spring/summer. They are climbers/hanging plants and don’t need a lot of light (however light makes them bloom) or care.
    2. My Grape Ivy! They guy has a stalk like a small tree! He grows prolifically and gets a “hair cut” often!
    3. A hanging “heart-leaf” philodendron. They grow better than most other houseplants under adverse conditions. We have one that has had several “resurrections” and lives from rooted cuttings. If you are not careful, they often end up long and straggly. They need to have the tips trimmed and rooted cuttings stuck back in the pot. We also have a window where we put our bottle collection of Phil’s cuttings.
    Hanging plants don’t get “sampled” or knocked over as often by pets, they create a great natural window curtains and many of them are really excellent at “cleaning” the air.
    Have fun!
    Nellie’s Mom

  • We have a Christmas cactus that’s 5 or 6 years old, and it does great!
    Dachshund Nola

  • Declan says:

    I have only one thing to say….. Crocheted Cactus!! Deccy x


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