Paws & Plants: The Top 10 Pet Friendly Plants You Need to Know

Paws & Plants: The Top 10 Pet Friendly Plants You Need to Know

Did you know that Grow Urban is not just your typical plant and coffee shop – it's a haven for dog lovers too? Their ‘Plant Gurus’ are truly dedicated to the well-being of Edinburgh's furry friends. That's why we're thrilled to announce our partnership with them to bring you some fantastic pet-friendly content. We want to help you create a home filled with an abundance of safe plants for your pets and sustainable dog products (Free shipping over £60).

In general, plants only pose a risk to our furry friends when ingested and most of our pets are more interested in our dinner plates than our houseplants. However, for those with more inquisitive pets, let's explore the options for pet-friendly plants that will ensure your dog stays healthy, even if they occasionally nibble on your greenery!



Calathea are firm favourites when it comes to pet friendly houseplants. Their gorgeous patterns and bold colours are sure to stand out in your houseplant collection and there are so many varieties to choose from! Calatheas do best in bright, in-direct light and should be watered once the top inch of the compost has dried out. Mist frequently throughout the week to stop their leaves from turning crispy!


Looking for something low maintenance? Look no further than the Peperomia genus! There are over 1500 different varieties of Peperomia so you are really not limited when selecting a pet friendly option. Peperomias thrive in bright, indirect light and can tolerate some direct light in the morning and evening. They should be watered only when the soil has dried out completely and do not require misting.


A popular choice with the Victorians, palms offer a leafy elegance like no other! From Areca palms to Kentia palms these bushy plants are the perfect addition to pet friendly plant collections. Palms thrive in bright, indirect light, but can also tolerate shady spots. They should be watered when the top inch of compost dries out and require frequent misting throughout the week.


This ancient genus can be found in forests across the world in tropical and temperate zones. Favoured for their bushy nature and elegant fronds these plants are another pet friendly favourite at grow urban. Ferns prefer to be placed in bright, indirect light however can tolerate some shadier spots in the home. These plants prefer humid conditions. Their soil should be kept moist and they should be misted frequently throughout the week. These plants are a great option from humid bathrooms! Beware Asparagus ferns are not a true fern and therefore do not have the same pet safe qualities as the fern genus.


Tillandsia, commonly known as air plants, are an epiphytic genus and this means they do not require compost and can be found growing naturally on the trunks of trees. Tillandsia love bright, indirect light and can tolerate some direct light in the morning and evening. They require lots of misting throughout the week to prevent their leaves from becoming crispy. Dunk in water once every two weeks.


Phalaenopsis are another popular epiphytic, pet friendly plant. Commonly known as orchids, these plants are sought-after for their blooms that come in an array of gorgeous colours including shades of pinks, purples and even orange! Orchids do best in bright, indirect light and can tolerate some direct light in the mornings and evenings. They love frequent misting throughout the week on their leaves and roots. These plants naturally grow on the trunks of trees and therefore should be allowed to dry out completely between waterings. Look out for roots turning from green to silver as a sign to water.


A 70s classic, the humble spider plant is renowned for it’s easy-care nature and retro aesthetic. Their bushy growing habit and striped leaves are often a popular patterned option for pet parents and house plant lovers. Chlorophytum should be kept in bright, indirect light. Water when the top inch of soil dries out and mist occasionally with water in a spray bottle.


Looking for a trailing option? Ceropegia are generally known for their delegate stems adorned with succulent like leaves. The most popular member of this genus is the string of hearts, however lesser-known varieties of this genus are just as stunning and are another excellent pet friendly option.

Pachira Aquatica

Looking to go larger? Why not make a statement with the incredible Pachira Aquatica? These trees are favoured for their elegant leaves and fascinating braided stems. Place in bright, indirect light and water when the top half of the pot has dried out. Over watering will cause the trunk to rot. Mist the leaves occasionally with water in a spray bottle.


Commonly known as the Chinese Money Plant, Pileas are often seen as a symbol of prosperity. Their funky circular leaves and semi-succulent qualities make for statement plant that isn’t high maintenance. Pilea do best in bright, indirect light and should be watered when the top inch of soil has dried out. Do not mist and avoid placing in any draughty spots. Are you worried about down-sizing your jungle to protect your pet? Look no further than 


Grow Urban’s Pet Friendly Section to keep your urban jungle lush and your furry friends happy and healthy!

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