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Pet Friendly Plants

Indoor plants can add so much life and character to any room, with countless varieties to choose from when decorating your home. But not every plant is a great option when you have pets in your home.

Fortunately, there are plenty of beautiful plants that are just as safe for your pets as they are for you! Our real estate agents have the facts on eight houseplants that are pet safe, easy to care for, and sure to look fantastic in your home.

  1. Spider Plant
    If you want a plant that's easy to care for, has a unique look, and is considered one of the safest houseplants for pets, it's tough to top the spider plant. These plants thrive in warmer conditions and grow best when placed in bright, indirect light rather than direct sunlight. As an added bonus, spider plants also make great air purifiers.

  2. Ponytail Palm
    So you've just finished shopping for Naples homes for sale, and now you want the perfect plant that fits the character of the surroundings of your new Florida home. Look no further than the ponytail palm, which looks like a tiny palm tree with verdant green fronds growing from the top. This plant prefers dry soil and only needs to be fertilized a couple of times a year, so it's an easy one to keep healthy.

  3. Venus Flytrap
    While it's not friendly to house flies, the Venus flytrap is actually very safe for pets. In addition to its unique look, the Venus flytrap is easy to care for, just like the first two entries on our list. It needs at least four hours of direct sunlight each day and is ideal for decorating your porch. The only quirk is that this plant does require distilled, pure water to stay healthy.

  4. Orchids
    Few other plants offer the diverse, stunning beauty of orchids, and fortunately, these plants are just as safe for your pets as they are for you. They do require a little more care than the other plants on our list, but the results are more than worth it. Since there are so many different varieties of orchids, make sure to ask your favorite garden shop for care instructions for the type of orchid that you choose.

  5. Friendship Plant
    With its soft, delicately patterned leaves, the friendship plant certainly stands out for its unique look. It grows up to 12 inches tall and only needs a few hours of sunlight per day to thrive. At certain times of the year, this plant will flower with light pink buds, adding to its beauty.

  6. Polka Dot Plant
    Native to Madagascar, the polka dot plant is an excellent choice when you want to add a pet-safe splash of color to any room. The patterned, brightly colored leaves on this plant will make it the center of attention. Just make sure to keep it in indirect light and keep the soil moderately moist at all times.

  7. Rattlesnake Plant
    With unusually shaped, colorful purple and green leaves, the rattlesnake plant offers a unique look while requiring minimal maintenance. It needs to be fertilized about once per month in the spring and summer while being placed somewhere away from direct light. Make sure to water it when the leaves or soil look dry to keep this plant healthy all year long.

  8. Bird's Nest Fern
    Another plant with unique-looking leaves, the bird's nest fern is an excellent choice when you want to add something green to your bathroom. These plants do great in a variety of humidity conditions, which is why they're such a popular choice for bathrooms. Just be sure to water your bird's nest fern whenever the soil feels dry to the touch, and fertilize it once per month throughout the spring and summer.

Thinking of a temperate, tropical theme for your next home? Our team is here to help with all of your Southwest Florida real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Naples, FL, area.

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