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9 Pet-Friendly Tropical Plants

9 Pet-Friendly Tropical Plants

Plants and pets don’t always go well together. Some plants are actually highly toxic to pets, which makes it a bit more complicated to find suitable plants. In this article, we’ll only highlight pet-friendly plants, so you can see how many options there are to choose from. Keep in mind that there are many more options than the 9 listed below, so feel free to ask our team for advice to find out more pet-friendly tropicals.

Spider Plant

This is one of pet owners’ favourite plants because it’s easy to grow indoors and very resilient. Last but not least, they are air purifiers, which help to get rid of toxins. Spider plants don’t need direct sunlight, but indirect bright light conditions are where they flourish best.

Parlor Palm

The Parlor Palm is a plant that grows slowly and needs a few hours of indirect sunlight every day. Make sure to keep the soil evenly moist, for the best results.

Calathea Orbifolia

This is one of the plants that have a special appearance with an exquisite leaf pattern. The best spot for the Calathea Orbifolia is in partial shade, so this plant is the perfect match for a bedroom that doesn’t get a lot of light. Regular watering is very important, just like some misting for optimal humidity.

African Violet

The African Violet could be the extra touch of colour to your interior, that’s pet-friendly and that brings some flourishing accents. With indirect sunlight, this plant will bloom beautifully. Because they can bloom year-round, it’s important to fertilize regularly.


These flowers will blossom in colours such as purple, pink, red, or blue. The Gloxinia needs a sunny window spot and moist soil. Make sure to feed liquid plant food every two weeks.

Polka Dot Plant

The Polka Dot Plant brings a playful pattern and some extra colour to your plant collection. A bright, indirect light spot would be the best, with a moderate amount of moisture in the soil.

Watermelon Peperomia

One look at the Watermelon Peperomia and it’s obvious where the name comes from. This plant needs a lot of water to stay happy and prefers to be kept out of direct sunlight.


The elegant Orchid can boost your interior without any risks for your pet. Orchids do best in partial light, with some water once a week in winter and autumn, and twice a week in summer and spring


For a more tropical ambiance, the bromeliad is your go-to plant. They have flowers that can last up to a few months and that bring some great liveliness to any room. They need an open area with windows and indirect sunlight to flower to their best ability. Some thorough watering once every one to two months is enough. If your house is quite dry, we recommend using a humidifier.

Shopping list

Here’s a recommended shopping list for you to start your indoor gardening career:

  • Moisture metre, 1 for each plant
  • Watering can
  • Nurseryland Indoor Potting Mix or Organic Indoor Potting Mix
  • Nurseryland Succulent & Cactus Soil
  • Nurseryland Succulent & Cactus Food

More Tips on Plants That Are Safe for Pets?

If you’re not sure about the safety of a plant for your pets, feel free to ask our staff for advice. Visit one of our stores and we will be happy to help you with personal advice.