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Ashleigh Smith

Jan 6
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Pet Friendly Houseplants

Our pets are a part of the family right? So while we want to surround ourselves with plants to uplift us and clean the air, we also want them to be safe for our furry friends. When it comes to houseplants there are many commonly used plants that are toxic. This can create some sticky situations for pet owners as there is no real telling sign that a houseplant may be harmful to pets.

To help you understand which plants will work we have provided this non-exhaustive list. If you are like us you also want to use sustainable and healthy choices when at all possible. To help you to not only have plants that are safe for your pets we want to tell you about our organic soil that is free of animal by-products.

Here at True Leaf Market we strive to provide the best tools for safe and healthy growing. This soil mix is perfect for your potted house plants as it will provide excellent drainage. We use it for anything from growing microgreens, to potted plants and vegetables.

If you are a longtime TLM customer you may know that we are big fans of our warehouse cat Taylor. She is our chief pest officer helping us to keep our warehouse pest free. We strive to provide her with the best sources of food, including wheatgrass.

Can you believe that? Wheatgrass is actually very beneficial for your pets digestive health. We have created these easy to use wheatgrass kits for you to grow your own sweet treat for your best friends.

If you haven’t grown much wheatgrass before, let alone for your pets, we recommend reviewing this information page. Here we have answered a few of our most frequently asked questions with regard to pet wheatgrass kits.

If you have a dog who likes to eat grass I highly recommend trying out these kits. I have a little terrier who loves to nibble on the grass. Knowing that this wheatgrass will be safe and beneficial to her health helps put my mind at ease as I can know exactly what is going into its growth. It is even the perfect size for those living in small homes or apartments.

Pet Safe Houseplants:

  • Rattlesnake plan
  • Spider plant
  • Parlor palm
  • Calathea orbifolia
  • Ponytail palm
  • Some succulents
  • African violet
  • Birds nest fern
  • Gloxinia
  • Venus flytrap
  • Boston fern
  • Peperomia
  • Orchid
  • Staghorn Fern
  • Bromeliad
  • Friendship Plant
  • Date Palm
  • Prayer Plant
  • Air Plants
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Lace Flower Vine
  • Lipstick Plant
  • Some garden herbs including: Basil, Rosemary, and Thyme
Ashleigh Smith's photo

I'm Ashleigh Smith, a native to Northern Utah. I first gained a love of gardening with my grandmother as I helped her each summer. I decided to make a career of it and have recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Brigham Young University - Idaho. My studies have focused on plant production while I also have experience in Nursery & Garden Center Operations.


Ashleigh Smith

Piotr, we are sorry to hear about your cat. One way to prevent pets from eating houseplants is to make them smell displeasing. Cats generally don’t like citrus smells like lemon, orange, etc. Putting some rinds or wedges in the pot would help deter them from lingering around the plant. Just DON"T use concentrated citrus oils. You can also add some cayenne pepper as they dislike the strong spice scent.

Piotr Sucharski

My cat is eating the Papyrus plant that I have at home and then … the cat is vomiting it back on the floor. And I don’t know how to stop this cat :))