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If you plan to have pets and indulge your penchant for greenery in your new home, it’s a good idea to know which plants are safe for your furry friends.

To help you with your decision, here are six pet-friendly plants that will help you create a home that is both stylish and safe for everyone at home.

Spider plant

This foliage just demands to be noticed. The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) has long, spiky leaves that create a dramatic effect without overdoing it. The spider plant’s ability to produce dangling ‘plantlets’ also makes it ideal for hanging baskets.

While there is a pure green variety, you’re most likely to spot these in garden centres in a green and white striped ‘variegatum.’ More mature spider plants have small white flowers. If you want your spider plant to thrive, give them access to bright light and water them liberally through summer. Just make sure you dry them out between waterings.

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Lemon Button Fern

With its small arching stems and button-like foliage, the lemon button fern is the perfect accent piece for a shelf or tabletop. The lemon button fern’s curved form and delicate leaves also make it ideal for hanging baskets. At the same time, a simple terracotta pot is a perfect receptacle for this dainty, yet eye-catching plant.

Low to medium light is ideal to help your fern thrive, and it’s best to keep the soil moist without over-saturating the plant.

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Areca Palm

You might be dying to add some tropical greenery to your interior, but finding that more often than not, a quick research attempt reveals that your plant of choice is toxic to cats and dogs. Search no more! the areca palm is a safe option.

This is the kind of plant you can display with pride in a big pot (such as a metallic planter for a retro yet modern look). Talk about an instant focal point for the room!

Known for its air-purifying effects, the areca palm is fairly easy to care for. It’s important not to over-water the plant, but it’s a good idea to hydrate it when the soil below the surface begins to feel dry.

Baby Rubber Plant

Looking for a plant that works well in containers and glistens with style? The baby rubber plant is shiny and bright, yet low-maintenance. The waxy round leaves give it a special sheen and a shape that’s ideal for the pot of your choice.

Baby rubber plants love bright, indirect light, and it’s easy to overwater them, so resist the temptation. In fact, allowing the soil to dry out almost entirely between waterings is a good idea for this no-fuss plant.

Ponytail Palm

A wide base, a striking trunk and a full display of long leaves gives the aptly named ponytail palm a sculptural look.

It’s hard to imagine a plant more dramatic than the ponytail palm. Maybe that’s why it often takes centre stage in modern living rooms?

Bright light works best for this plant, as does a relaxed watering schedule of once every one or two weeks. Display it alone, or go for a tropical look with a row of ponytail palms that creates a resort-style feel.

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Prayer Plant

Last but not least, we have the prayer plant, which grabs attention with intricate leaves that boast a variety of green shades, as well as pink detailing.

This plant does just fine in medium lighting, and it’s important to keep the soil moist but not too wet. It’s also a good idea to avoid direct light, as it will cause the leaves to fade.

Trying to decide how to display your prayer plant? Just make sure whichever pot you choose doesn’t detract from the plant’s unforgettable leaves. Sometimes simple is best!

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