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What are the best plants when I have Pets in my home?

If you are a pet lover and a plant lover, you might be wondering what are the safest plants to add to your home. You want to ensure you create a green and beautiful environment that is also healthy and comfortable for your furry friends. Luckily, there are many pet-friendly plants that can thrive in Melbourne’s climate and add a touch of nature to your urban oasis. These are some of our top favourites and, we can guide you on some of the best plants for pets.

One of the most popular pet-friendly plant is the calathea (Calathea spp.). This plant has stunning foliage with various patterns and colours, such as stripes, spots, or veins. Calathea plants are native to tropical regions, so they prefer humid and warm conditions. You can mist them regularly or place them near a humidifier to keep them happy. Calathea plants are safe for both cats and dogs, and they can grow well in low to medium light and moist soil.

Another great option for pet-friendly plants is the Peperomia. Peperomia plants have thick, fleshy leaves that can be shaped, textured, or patterned in various ways. Some of them have succulent stems or tubers that store water for dry conditions. They prefer bright but indirect light and well-draining soil. They do not need much fertilizer or pruning and can tolerate some frost. However, they should be protected from direct sunlight and overwatering to prevent leaf burn and root rot. Peperomia plants are also considered clean-air plants because they can help purify the air in your living space.

If you are looking for a larger and more exotic plant for your pets, you might want to consider the parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans). This plant is a miniature palm tree that can grow up to 1.2 metres tall indoors. It has elegant fronds that create a tropical vibe in your home. Parlor palms are safe for both cats and dogs, and they can adapt to various light and water conditions. They prefer bright, indirect light and moist but well-drained soil.

These are just some of the pet-friendly plants that you can find at our urban garden nursery. We have a wide range of indoor plants that are suitable for different types of pets, such as catnip, cat grass, money plant, zebra plant, maidenhair fern, and more. We are happy to help you choose the best plants for your pets and provide you with tips on how to care for them. Dig in with us, and discover home is where the plants are!