Do you love cats and plants? If so, this blog post is for you! In today's post, we will be discussing 10 types of indoor plants that are perfect for cat lovers. Many people don't realise that common household plants can be toxic to cats. So, if you're a cat lover who likes to decorate your home with plants, it's important to choose plants that are safe for your feline friends.
1. Beaucamea recurvata ‘Ponytail Palm’
The ponytail palm is native to Mexico and gets its name from its long, slender leaves that resemble a ponytail. This plant is easy to care for and does not require a lot of water. Ponytail palms are also known to purify the air, making them a great choice for people who suffer from allergies or asthma.
2. Asplenium nidus ‘Bird's Nest Fern’
The bird's nest fern is native to tropical regions and gets its name from its unusual shape. The bird's nest fern has long, curved leaves that form a cup-like shape. The bird's nest fern thrives in tropical environments with high humidity. If you are in an area that gets cold weather like we do in Melbourne, it is a good idea to place this plant somewhere in your house with high humidity and a more controlled temperature, like the bathroom.
3. Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Boston Fern’
This plant is native to tropical regions and gets its name from the city of Boston, Massachusetts, where it was first introduced. This plant is very easy to care for and is a low light tolerant plant, meaning it requires six to eight hours of indirect light daily. The Boston fern is also known to purify the air, which, like the Ponytail Palm, makes it a great choice for people who suffer from allergies or asthma.
4. Calathea concinna ‘Freddie’ / ‘Zebra Plant’
The fourth plant on our list is the Calathea Freddie. This plant is native to Brazil and gets its name from its distinctive leaves. The Calathea Freddie has long, slender leaves that are striped with green and white. The Calathea Freddie has more particular needs in terms of its light, water, and fertiliser requirements, so be sure to properly research how to take care of this type of plant. Our quick tip- to avoid browning the tips, don’t use regular tap water!
5. Peperomia argyreia ‘Watermelon Peperomia’
This plant is native to South America and also gets its name from its unique leaves. The watermelon peperomia has round green leaves that are striped with white. For those seeking this low-maintenance plant baby, make sure you let us know and we’ll fit you with the correct potting medium.
6. Orchidaceae sp. ‘Orchids’
Orchids are a type of flowering plant that comes in a wide variety of colours and shapes. They are native to tropical regions and are a beautiful addition to a cat lover's space. Different orchid species require different care. If you are not sure what conditions they like, be sure to research how to take care of your orchid or ask us in-store.
7. Maranta leuconeura ‘Prayer Plant’
This plant is native to tropical regions and gets its name from the unusual shape of its leaves. The prayer plant has long, slender leaves that are striped with green and white. These plants prefer a more tropical climate, so they make a good addition to the bathroom!
8. Dactylis glomerata ‘Cat Grass’
Cat grass is a type of grass that is safe for cats to eat. It is a great choice for cat lovers because it provides a source of food for their feline friends. Additionally, cat grass is super easy and inexpensive to grow!
9. Chamaedorea elegans ‘Parlor Palm’
This plant is native to tropical regions and gets its name from the fact that it was often used as a houseplant in Victorian-era homes. It is a great plant for beginners as it is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors and it is extremely low-maintenance.
10. Pilea peperomioides ‘Chinese Money Plant’
More commonly known as the Chinese Money Plant, the Pilea peperomioides is native to China and gets its name from its distinctive leaves (-mioides = similar to peperomia). The Pilea peperomioides have round, green leaves that look like coins. This plant is a great addition to any cat lover’s home and easy to take care of!
We hope you enjoyed our list of indoor plants that are perfect for cat lovers! If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave us a comment below, visit us in-store or contact us on 0414 345 901. Happy planting!