Indoor plants! Seems like they’re everywhere these days—used as home and office décor, featured in health and beauty publications, posted and shared on social media, and even growing in our schools, libraries, and hospitals. As our lives become evermore urban, tech-based, and harried, we have come to embrace plants and nature as selfless companions and tools to help us relax, purify the air, feed our families, and beautify our surroundings. Especially during winter months when we spend more time indoors, it is great to add color and life to your home with houseplants. Here are a few of our favorite non-toxic and easy care indoor plants:
Nerve Plant (Fittonia vershaffetii)
The nerve plant has distinctly colorful veining on the leaves that can be silver, white, or pink. It is a small, compact grower and a great choice for terrariums or small spaces. It has the best color when grown in bright, indirect light with evenly moist, but never soggy soil. Nerve plants thrive in high humidity.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
The spider plant is a well-known plant with excellent air-purifying skills and a graceful, hanging habit for bright, indirect light. Although they prefer high humidity, always allow the top half of the soil to dry out before watering, and avoid water softeners or water high in salts and chemicals, as this can cause brown tips on the leaves. Spider plants prefer to be slightly root-bound; this often stimulates the production of “babies”.
This classic indoor succulent has pudgy leaves growing in a rosette form with colors ranging from deep greens and teals to burgundy or silver foliage. Best foliage colors occur in bright light, but green varieties also grow well in medium light. Allow soil to dry completely before watering; plant in cactus mix. Ideally, containers should have drainage holes.
Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei)
The Aluminum plant has shiny, silvery striped foliage that makes the plant shimmer in spite of its small stature; it usually stays around 12-18 inches tall. It prefers bright, indirect light with slightly moist soil, but not soggy. Aluminum plants thrive in high humidity.
Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
The prayer plant is named for its odd tendency to fold up its foliage at night and open again in the morning. The large, paddle-shaped leaves have beautiful dark green or red stripes with various patterns. Prayer plants do best in medium to bright light with high humidity and moist, but never soggy soil. Fertilize them in spring and summer with acid-loving plant food at ½ strength. Keep in a shallow container to prevent potential root-rot conditions.
Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
Bird’s Nest (Asplenium nidus), Boston (Nephrolepis exaltata), Maidenhair (Adiantum), Staghorn (Platycerium bifurcatum), Rabbit’s Foot (Davillia fejeensis), and Kangaroo Paw ferns (Microsorum diversifolium) are all non-toxic fern options.
But Toxic Plants Are Beautiful
If you love the aesthetic of plants that are toxic, consider alternative ways to display them in your home. It can be as easy as propping them up with a trendy plant stand, hanging them from the ceiling or placing them high on a shelf or bookcase out of reach from a curious child or pet.
Take time to evaluate the plants you already have and be mindful when selecting new plants. If you need help to identify your plants, bring in a picture for one of our experts to look at. Each of our garden centers is well-stocked for you to create your very own indoor jungle, so stop in soon! We will be happy to help you find just the right plant to keep you and your family growing!
*For a comprehensive list of toxic and non-toxic plants for pets click here.