Detoxifying Plants That are Safe for Dogs Part 2
Be careful about any plant you bring into your home.
Most people know that their dogs shouldn’t ingest chocolate or mushrooms, but few people think about plants when it comes to things that can endanger their dogs. If you have a puppy, and you want to keep the odors and toxins at bay in your home, it might be time to consider protecting your home with puppy mats and purifying the air with detoxifying plants. However, many of those plants can actually be poisonous for our furry friends, and the last thing anyone wants is put their dog in harm’s way. In our last blog, we touched on a few detoxifying plants that are safe around dogs, so check it out, and keep reading to learn about a few more of them.
#4. Spider Plant
Spider plants get more and more beautiful the bigger they get. Because these plants help to reduce the amount of xylene, toluene and formaldehyde in the air, they are ideal in freshly painted homes and in homes near big, polluted cities. Caring for spider plants is incredibly easy, making them ideal even if you don’t have a green thumb. All you need to make spider plants flourish is indirect sunlight and well-drained soil.
#5. Bamboo Palm
Bamboo palm — or Chamaedorea seifrizii — brings beauty and warmth to any home, and also helps to filter out formaldehyde, toluene and xylene from the air. At maturity, they can reach anywhere from four to 12 feet and have a span of three to five feet. They are more high maintenance than many of the other plants we discussed in terms of care. You’ll need to keep the soil evenly moist using filtered, room temperature water, and you’ll need to check your plant regularly to ensure that it is draining properly.
#6. Moth Orchids
Moth orchids — also called Phalaenopsis orchids or phals — are beautiful enough to brighten any room, and they help to reduce levels of toluene and xylene in the air. These stunning flowers come in a number of colors, and they are actually relatively easy to care for. These orchids are the types of plants that you’re more likely to kill overwatering than underwatering. They are planted in either sphagnum moss or bark, but regardless, you should let the material dry out between waterings.
Lilyturf — or Liriope — is a groundcover plant, so it’s not usually used indoors. However, with weekly waterings and partial shade, it can thrive indoors. These pretty plants have white or blue flowers, and they help to improve indoor air quality by increasing oxygen levels and removing toluene, ammonia, formaldehyde and xylene from the air.