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Which Plants are Safe for Pets?

Cats and dogs often chew on anything they can find, which can prove to be difficult when you’re growing a garden. Also make sure to only use bugicide that is safe for birds and bees.

Some plants aren’t just harmful to your pets – they can cause fatal issues. Flowers can be very fragrant and attractive to your pets and must be kept somewhere they can’t reach.

Invest in plants safe for cats, like spider plants and ferns, and in safe plants for dogs, like African violets and zinnias. A organic granules makes sure that their roots grow healthily, and a organic plant fertiliser will assist micro-organisms and beneficial fungi.

Toxic Plants for Cats and Dogs

Note that this isn’t an extensive list!

  • Aloe Vera. Can cause tremors, vomiting, and diarrhoea.
  • Tulips. Once ingested, the flower can cause gastrointestinal problems, convulsions, and cardiac issues.
  • Amaryllis. The bulbs can cause diarrhoea, abdominal pain, tremors, and hypersalivation.
  • Begonias. Eating the bulbs will cause difficulty swallowing and irritation of the mouth.
  • Carnations. They can cause mild gastrointestinal issues.
  • Hydrangeas. Large quantities of these flowers, when ingested, can be poisonous.
  • Crocus. Ingestion of the bulbs can cause gastrointestinal problems.
  • Lilies. Cats can have kidney failure should they ingest this plant.
  • Poinsettia. Can cause stomach and mouth irritation in kittens and puppies.
  • Hyacinth. The bulb damages your pets’ oesophagus and mouth and causes violent tremors.
  • Daffodil and Jonquil. The bulbs can cause vomiting, cardiac issues, diarrhoea, and convulsions.
  • Chrysanthemum. Causes loss of coordination and discomfort if ingested.

You should also be careful with cocoa mulch, compost heaps, and acorns and conkers.

Which Plants are Safe for Cats?


If you’re looking for both an adaptable and easy to grow plant, then a spider plant is the right choice for you. Bright yet indirect sunlight and well-drained soil is all you’ll need to grow spider plants. Browning of the leaves is normal and doesn’t harm the plants, as it’s typically related to the water having fluoride and causing salt build-up in the soil. Make sure to use a flush product to leach plants at flush out excess salts.

A wide number of ferns can withstand cold and warmth very well. You can easily plant them in areas with less sunlight, as ferns require minimal attention. Caring for fern plants will depend on the variety that you wish to grow, from lady ferns, Christmas ferns, southern maidenhair ferns, male ferns, and autumn ferns. Ferns are also safe for dogs.

Snapdragon plants need a well-drained soil under the sun, with regular watering near the crown so there isn’t any overwatering. These plants can handle frost pretty well, so you can start planting them around late-winter. Depending on the variety of snapdragon, you may need to provide your plants with vertical support.

You can choose from one-foot high sunflower plants to 12-foot high, with the traditional yellow colour, an orange shade, or a burgundy red. Sunflowers are one of the easiest plants to grow – all they need is a bit of sunshine. They will flourish in good soil, although they can tolerate harsher conditions. Make sure that you don’t plant your sunflowers near grass due to the toxicity in sunflower seeds.

Which Plants are Safe for Dogs?

PuppyThe seeds of gerbera daisies lose their viability very quickly and must be sown as soon as possible. You can also grow them from seedlings or division, which is a much easier method. Make sure these flowers are facing the sun and have sandy soil for healthy growth. Avoid planting them too deeply in the soil so they are at less risk of crown rot.

Easy to grow and ever-blooming, African violets are great plants for your home and your pets. Also known as Saintpaulias, these flowers like warm locations and plenty of light. Their colours vary from purple to white or red and pink, providing your garden or your home with colourful blossoming. You can plant African violets from spring to autumn on east or west-facing areas and on south-facing areas during winter.

A great annual flower, zinnias have daisy-like flowerheads of a bright colour. These plants are better grown from seed because they don’t tolerate being transplanted too well. Similar to African violets, make sure to choose a location with plenty of sun. The soil should be rich in nutrients, well-drained, and slightly acidic for the best growing conditions.

Bamboo plants are perennial and easy to grow. Due to having the possibility of becoming an invasive species, it’s recommended that you keep bamboo under control. These plants can often tolerate the majority of soil types, but it’s worth making sure that your variety of bamboo doesn’t need any specific nutrient or soil condition.

Always confirm with your vet or with a plant specialist which flowers, fruits, or other plants are safe to be planted within reach of your pets. You can also get in touch with our friendly team on 01695 554 080 to know which products to use for healthy plant growth.

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