Don’t let anyone fool you: growing indoor plants is easy, low-maintenance, and just as much fun as having your own outdoor garden.
Indoor plants do not just act as cute decorating tools, they also clean the environment around them. We have found the 15 best indoor plants that anyone can keep alive and thriving. These are all pet-safe as well, so don’t fear for your furry children.
The Best Indoor Plants for Your Apartment
When it comes to growing plants indoors, there is no easier choice than the spider-plant. Not only are they easy to care for, but they also grow well in low-light conditions and can help clean the air in our homes. Also, they are really pretty and come in different varieties. They are non-toxic, but try and keep them somewhere your cat cannot reach them (For the plant’s safety, not the cats).
There are tons of different types of true palms: Areca, bamboo, parlor, and ponytail are some of the most common indoor palm plants, and they’re all pretty easy to grow, too. Palm plants don’t need a lot of light, either, which makes them great for just about any room in the house. It should be noted, however, that sago palms are toxic to pets. While the word “palm” is part of the common name, sago plants are not a “true” palm; they’re a cycad and should not be grown in homes with pets.
Bamboo plants are one of the best indoor plants to have in your house. I remember one day coming home from work to see that my cat had been snacking on mine. Luckily, I knew that they’re non-toxic. These plants are also extremely easy to grow and fun to collect.
4. African Violet
If you’re looking for easy-to-grow houseplants that have constantly-blooming and pet-friendly flowers, then African violets are for you. Keep them in a warm location where they can get plenty of light, and watch these little beauties bloom in no time.
5. Boston Fern
A cool room with high humidity and indirect light. That’s what you’ll need to care for this pretty plant. The care for the Boston Fern isn’t difficult, but it is specific. Try setting your fern’s pot on a tray of pebbles filled with water to keep it moist. You can also try lightly misting your fern once or twice a week to help it get the humidity it needs.
6. Burros tail succulent (Sedum morganianum)
Burros tail succulents are safe, but when it comes to ensuring that other succulents are pet-friendly houseplants, it can be hit or miss. So make sure to search for each specific variety of succulent plant you grow.
7. Cast iron plant
The cast iron plant definitely lives up to its name; it’s one of the toughest houseplants out there. Not only are they beautiful, but they will thrive in just about any room of the house.
If you’re looking for some color with your indoor plants, but don’t have much light in your house to give it, then Bromeliads are for you! One of the most common flowering houseplants (which is especially nice in the winter months), and you can find them just about anywhere these days! Bromeliads also come in a variety of colors, so they’re a fun plant to collect.
9. Christmas cactus
What’s better than an indoor plant that blooms in the dead of winter? Christmas cacti are easy to grow indoor plants that that will flower right around Christmas time, and they are gorgeous!
10. Haworthia succulents
Haworthias are delightful little succulents that form very attractive and singular small houseplants. In terms of appeal, these small, low growing plants form rosettes of fleshy green leaves that are generously covered with white, pearly warts or bands, giving them a distinctive appearance. These plants appreciate bright light, adequate moisture in the summer, and relatively drier conditions in the winter. Avoid overwatering, but don’t let them dry out too much.
There are tons of different varieties of peperomia, and they come in all sorts of different colors and sizes. Many of them are trailing plants that look great in hanging baskets or spilling over the edge of a high shelf.
12. Phalaenopsis orchids
Not only are Phalaenopsis orchids cat and dog safe indoor plants, they are popular edible flowers too. If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, you might remember seeing orchid flowers garnishing food plates and tropical drinks all the time. Using phalaenopsis orchids to garnish and decorate food is becoming the mainstream (and it’s one of my favorite trends!).
13. Prayer plant
This is one of my favorite indoor plants, so I was happy to find out that they’re non-toxic. This cute little plant closes its leaves at night (like prayer hands), and it’s a super fun plant to grow. They’re also easy to grow, and if you’re nice to them they’ll show tiny flowers.
14. Swedish Ivy
Swedish ivy plants are great for growing indoors, and also commonly sold as annual plants in the summertime.
15. Lipstick plant
Lipstick plants are fun to grow, unique, and they make great indoor plants. Not only are they pet-friendly, but Lipstick plants are easy to care for too. Plus, they’re also beautiful flowering plants, which makes them even better especially for those that live in cold climates.