Studies show that having indoor plants have many benefits. Not only do they add the greenery color to your home environment, but they have been known to improve mood, reduce stress, concentration, and productivity. And best of all plants clean air by absorbing toxins, produce oxygen and increase humidity.
But there are many everyday houseplants that are also toxic to your dog or cat.
Here are the ten most popular houseplants if you have pets.
Spider Plant is very easy to look after. Water when the soil feels dry, usually once a week. Keep out of direct sunlight and they will grow little offshoots or spidery stems.
Parlour Palm is a popular indoor plant that slowly grows to around 3-4 feet. Keep out of direct sunlight and water when the soil in dry.
Ponytail Palm is in fact a succulent rather than a palm. The trunck is used to store water and it has long hair-like leaves. Being a succulent it needs little watering, probably every 2-3 weeks in the summer and even less in the winter.
Cathathea Orbifolia is not a drought tolerant indoor plant so needs regular watering with the soil remaining damp but not saturated. They prefer a room with bright but indirect light.
Gloxinia is a pretty flowering houseplant. Unfortunately being a blooming plant they are grown as annuals and last in blossom for about two months. They like a sunny area near a window and soil should be kept moist.
Boston Fern is another popular houseplant that likes indirect sunlight and a little humidity, so misting them with water twice a week helps. The best way of watering is to put a tray of pebbles with water and put the tern on top of the pebbles.
Asparagus Fern is often found in hangin baskets during the summer, but in the winter needs humidity so should be misted once a day and the pot put on a tray of peebles and water.
Orchids are very popular and add a great look as a indoor flowering plant. They come in many varities and like bright but indirect sunlight and should be watered when dry. A good method of watering is with a couple of ice-cubes which acts like a show drip as they melt.
Bromeliad like bright but not direct sunlight and should be damp, watering once a week with good drainage.
Areca Palm generally have a lifespan of around 10 years if trimmed and looked after with watering 2 or 3 times a week.