Love pets and plants? Sadly, creating a safe oasis for you and your pets amongst your urban jungle can be a challenge. Here’s a guide to five common Crimson plants that are less likely to irritate your pets, making your urban jungle safe for all!
We always recommend doing some of your own research and double checking if you have an especially hungry animal!
Calatheas are beautiful, with stunning colors and leaf patterns, but can be a bit tricky. They enjoy very bright, indirect light, and to be watered often enough to keep the soil evenly moist without being soggy.
The true secret to maintaining a Calathea is monitoring temperature and humidity. Calatheas like to be in humid spaces above 65 degrees. Consider keeping Calatheas in the warmest part of your house on a pebble tray.
Ah Hoyas. So diverse. So easy.
There are many varieties of Hoya, though the most common ones (and the ones we often carry) are types of Hoya Carnosa. Other Hoyas to look out for a Hoya Obovata and Hoya Compacta (Hindu Rope), as well as many other more rare varieties.
Hoyas like very bright but indirect light, though they can take some passing direct light. Keep an eye on watering the brighter the light, and watch out for sunburn.
They like to dry out between waterings and are tolerant of being root bound, so long as they’re fertilized regularly to replenish soil nutrients.
Pileas are another variety of plant with infinite possibilities. Most Pileas are relatively easy, if you’re willing to water once or twice a week.
Pileas typically want bright indirect light, though some can tolerate lower or brighter light. Most of them want to be watered when the top inch of the soil is dry to the touch.
Because of the variety of Pileas, we recommend researching your specific Pilea, or contacting us for more info.
Check out some of our favorite Pileas -- Pilea Peperomioides, Pilea Aquamarine, Pilea Cadierei, and Pilea Involucrata.
Often mistaken for Pileas, Peperomias are another diverse and easy to care for type of plant.
Requiring almost identical care to Pileas, most Peperomias want bright, indirect light, and to be watered when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. There are some Peperomias that like quite bright light, though, and can tolerate drying out. We recommend researching your specific Peperomia, or asking us for help.
Here are some of our favorite Peperomias -- Peperomia Rotundifolia ‘Hope’, Peperomia Puteolata ‘Parallel’, Peperomia Red Ripple, and Peperomia Argyreia ‘Watermelon.’
Maranta / Prayer Plant
With enough bright light, Marantas are almost as simple as a Pothos. (Pothos, on that note, are toxic to pets.)
A little less flashy than Peperomia, Marantas can bring color and structure to a space. Growing in a vining yet outward fashion, they can easily become a focal point on a bookshelf or side table.
Marantas prefer bright, indirect light and like to be watered when the top half of their soil is dry. Give them good conditions and they’ll reward you with near constant growth and, if you’re lucky, little white flowers.
While there are many other plants that will be safe for your pets, these are a few we carry often and enjoy. Feel free to ask us via email, phone, or in the shop for more recommendations. Best of luck, and happy growing!