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Which Plants are Pet Safe in an Apartment?

Having a variety of houseplants is one of the best ways to add life to your apartment. Serving several purposes — including keeping the air filtered and clean and adding instant brightness to any room — a houseplant can make your apartment feel more like home. However, if you share your apartment with your furry friend, you’ll need to do some research before you head over to your local nursery to go plant shopping. Many plants can be quite toxic to dogs and cats, causing harm if ingested. But fear not! The following 5 houseplants are pet safe and perfect for apartment living.

1.   Cat Palm

A cat palm, formally referred to as the Cataractarum Palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum) is an excellent plant to brighten up your apartment. This palm plant can get relatively large and is adaptable to different climates. It adds a splash of bright green to any space, and is large enough to easily take up a corner of any room. Cat palms are relatively easy to take care of, just keep the soil moist and occasionally mist the palm leaves to keep this plant healthy. Your pets will be plenty safe around this plant, so it is perfect for your furry roommate!

2.   Catnip

While catnip is commonly seen in its dried form as a cat treat, the catnip plant (Nepeta cataria) is also a great plant to have growing inside your apartment! Catnip is a natural insect repellent, making it great to put by a sunny window. You can also use the leaves of catnip to make your own tea, or dry them and give them to your cat to munch and roll around in! This pretty plant will add some color to your space, is easy to care for, and has multiple safe uses for both you and your pets.

3.   Bamboo

Bamboo is an equally stylish and hearty plant, making it perfect for apartment dwellers who are nervous about getting a plant. Bamboo requires little water, indirect sunlight, and very little attention! Bamboo helps purify the air in an apartment, making it the perfect addition to a small side table or desk. This plant is completely pet safe, so start with a couple of stalks and go from there!

4.   Spider Plant

A spider plant (Chlorophytum Comosum) is a popular plant for apartment homes. This plant is commonly seen in hanging planters, which makes it great for spaces with limited floor or table space. The spider plant does well in low light environments, is great for keeping the air purified, and looks super stylish in any apartment setting. The spider plant is also perfectly safe for pets to be around.

5.   Swedish Ivy

Swedish ivy (Plectranthus australis) is a common indoor and outdoor houseplant. This plant is simple to take care of and will easily thrive in your apartment! Swedish ivy does well in a hanging basket, so it is another great space-saving plant. This plant will thrive in bright, indirect light (like right inside a window) and likes a drier soil — watering every day is not necessary. Swedish ivy is pet safe, so you won’t need to worry about your pet getting into it and getting sick!

Pet Friendly and Plant Friendly Apartment Living in Denville, NJ

Estling Village is a pet friendly and plant friendly apartment community in Denville, NJ. We offer several expansive floor plans and residential features in a community packed with amenities for our residents. Learn more about leasing at Estling Village — and bringing your furry friend along with you – by contacting us today!