Indoor plants: 5 species that are non-toxic to humans and animals


With cold weather and darkness, there is nothing better than stocking up on new plants to brighten up your interior. But be careful to choose them properly to avoid unpleasant surprises!

Although you can place your plants above, it is important to know that some species are poisonous to humans and pets when eaten.

If in doubt, consult one of the 28 Passion Jardins merchants in Quebec. “touski shoot” experts will gladly advise you on the purchase and general maintenance of the various plants available at garden centers.

Here are 5 indoor plants that will bring cheer to your home this winter:

1. The spider plant


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Good news for novice gardeners: the spider plant (Chlorophytum) adapts to different light, humidity and soil conditions. Not only are its long ribbon-like leaves non-toxic to cats and dogs, but this houseplant is also known as one of the most effective depolluting species in the world.

Note that this specimen from South Africa will particularly appreciate the humidity of your bathroom. In terms of maintenance, all you need to do is opt for a quality potting soil and practice regular, but moderate, watering. Also remember to give him a fertilizer to dilute all purpose.

2. The calathea


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You will surely fall in love with the beautiful striped or veined leaves of various types of calatheas or “peacock plant”. Displaying beautiful shades from white to dark green, through purple and pink, this tropical plant native to South America is particularly happy in shady areas.

Sometimes, calathea needs humus-rich soil and constant moisture. In summer, water twice a week and switch to weekly mode in winter. If necessary, spray the leaves directly with fresh water.

You can also put a saucer of clay pebbles in the bottom of the pot. The balls take in water during watering, and release it gradually as they dry out, creating a humid environment that many green plants appreciate.

3. The haworthia


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This small succulent plant native to South Africa, which includes more than 150 species, is sure to beautify your desk or your bedside table. Easy to maintain, haworthia will enjoy growing in a bright room, but be careful not to expose it to direct sunlight so as not to burn its leaves.

At home, bet on a pot that’s wider than it’s deep and see if it has holes in the bottom to promote drainage.

In addition, this plant likes to be crowded in its pot, and some species even produce many babies that allow the plant to spread to a good width.

4. The palm tree


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Except for the fishtail palm (caryota), all palms are non-toxic to humans and animals. To bring a tropical atmosphere to your bedroom or living room, bet on an areca palm (dyspsis lutescens), a species native to Madagascar that can grow up to two meters tall indoors.

To maintain beautiful green leaves, give it plenty of light and some shade. Not forgetting to make sure that its environment is always moist and sufficiently removed by frequent misting of your palm tree, in summer, and about two to three times a month, in winter. Finally, in spring and summer, bet on adding liquid fertilizer to facilitate its growth.

5. the ramshackle


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Characterized by small roots or spotted leaves, maranta also called “praying plant” is a type of animal that loves moisture and can help purify the air in your home. This small plant, which can be grown in pots or hanging, will add a nice green touch to your decor.

Watering and the level of humidity in the air will be two important factors for the well-being of maranta. So, the best thing is to give it a bright space, but no direct sun, and do frequent watering to keep its soil moist as well as daily misting of its leaves.

Trust the experts of Passion Jardins dealers in Quebec to advise you in choosing your indoor plants. And to discover 5 rarer non-toxic plants, watch Mélanie Grégoire’s TV segment on Salut Bonjour.

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