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Plants: What to Have Around Pets and What Not To

by Shelly Eshelman 05/10/2020

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Plants can enhance the look and feel of your home, and some can even improve your indoor air quality. But if you have pets, you need to be selective about the plants you bring into your home. Choosing the right plants allows you to enjoy a lush indoor herb garden or a striking bowl of succulents without worrying about your pet's health. Choose one of the plants below to ensure you can beautify your space risk and worry-free.

Pet Friendly Indoor Plants

  • Spider Plants: Lush, full and capable of spawning dozens of offspring at a time, spider plants add a delightful splash of green to any location in your home. Long a favorite of veterinarians, spider plants are safe, easy to grow and can even help improve the air quality in your home, according to Architectural Digest.
  • Indoor herb garden: Many of the same culinary herbs humans enjoy are safe for pets. Liven up your kitchen and your meals with an indoor herb garden using some pet safe herbs, including mint, chamomile, thyme and basil. You can also add catnip, but this will attract your cats to your herbs, even in its natural, undried state.
  • Air plants and succulents: Add air plants of any type and choose from a wide variety of succulents, the vast majority and the most common varieties are pet safe. Avoid jade plant and aloe, but other popular succulents, like Christmas cactus, Hens and Chicks and Echeverias are all pet friendly. Place in a terrarium or enclosure to keep pets away; succulents have short roots, and a curious pet could easily dislodge them, killing the plant you've been caring for and enjoying.

Dangerous Plants if you Have Pets

There are plenty of plants that are hazardous to pets and that should be enjoyed in another setting, not your home. Check any plant you are considering bringing home for pet-friendliness -- and avoid the plants below; these are considered dangerous to animals:

  • Aloe
  • Amaryllis
  • Begonia
  • Poinsettia
  • Lily, most varieties
  • Tulips and daffodils (potted, the bulbs are the dangerous parts)
  • Philodendron, most varieties
  • Snake Plant

Choosing the right plants lets you enjoy the benefits of greenery indoors, without risk; choose from the first list above to ensure you add a colorful accent to your home without worrying about your pet's health. If you're not sure about a plant, check the ASPCA list of toxic plants to ensure the pieces you bring into your home are truly safe.

About the Author
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Shelly Eshelman

  

My sole purpose is not just to have clients. My life’s purpose and mission is to create more

Homes for Special Needs Adults, the disabled and senior citizens.

Having many years in Real Estate as well as lending experience allows me to understand all the aspects of the transaction, to share my knowledge with you. 

I am third generation Real Estate Broker Entrepreneur and helped my grandmother drop flyers door to door as a little girl for her business. She taught me so much, which molded me to become the realtor and person I am today.

Scope of work:

Buyer’s looking to buy and seller’s looking to sell. 

All areas of Southern California. My areas of focus, 

Luxury Home Sales, Residential Homes Sales.

Turn Around Sales and Mission to be Sold Fast homes. I work

with all different types of situations. Divorce, Probate, trusts,

REO’s, fix and Flips, for Investors.

Need someone to manage the properties/homes? I offer 

Property Management Services for both residential and commercial 

Homes and zoning areas.

Additional services and Business areas:

Rental properties and Residential Property Management Services to help renters find homes

to move into and landlords to find great tenants.

●Commercial Sales and Property Management

●Consulting, selling, startups for:

●Adults with Mental Disabilities (ARF’s)

● Residential Care Facilities (RCFE’s)

● Skilled Nursing Homes (SNIF’s)

●Urgent Care setups/Exiting,

●Radiography-MRI & CT

Education/Certifications:

● MBA in Business and enthesis in Project Management, ● BA in Business● AA in Real Estate

● Certification in Real Estate ● DSP I & DSP 2 ● CPI Training ● Admin Cert’s for RCFE & ARF

Published Author of the following books:

1. 27 Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make And How To Avoid Them

2. How To Sell Your Homes For More Money

3. How To Sell Homes Fast For Top Dollar