Pet-friendly plants for low light

Plants labeled pet-friendly are non-toxic, so even if your pets and kids tend to nibble on the decor, they’ll be safe.

What makes plants toxic?

Plants, to protect themselves from hungry predators like humans and animals, have evolved to repel them using toxins. These toxins aren’t made to kill; rather, they’re intended to prevent curious nibblers from coming back for seconds. It would take the plant a lot of energy to become toxic to the point of death.

What most plants do is create a bitter taste that will make a potential eater’s mouth swollen and painful. But although large ingestions are rare, “safe” is a relative term. So keep it simple: None of your houseplants should be eaten by people or pets.

What to do if your pet has nibbled on a plant

The most common symptoms of houseplant poisoning are drooling, confusion, disorientation, vomiting, and diarrhea. Signs can get worse if a pet’s body does tolerate large amounts of a plant; the vomiting and diarrhea can seriously dehydrate it, causing electrolyte imbalances and sending your pet into shock.

The swelling of the mouth, tongue, and upper airway can lead to breathing trouble and difficulty in swallowing. So if you think your pet has eaten parts of an indoor plant, keep calm and try to identify what it’s eaten and how much of it. Then give your vet a call and explain what’s happened: she will tell you what to do.


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Light guide

The amount of light your space receives depends on the direction of the window and how far from it the plant is.

Check the direction of your window, then put your plant within the range suggested below. 

NORTH

EAST/WEST

SOUTH

Size Guide

Plants come in nursing pots, usually plastic containers that could use a little  personalizing. They come in standard sizes: 4″, 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″ (the number refers to diameter), bare root(b/r) or preplanted in decarateive pot (pot) .

When choosing a decorative pot to slide the nursing container in, look for a size slightly larger (1-2″ larger), so it can fit comfortably. E.g. For a 4″ nursing pot, pick a decorative pot with a 6″ diameter.

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