BORDENTOWN, NJ -- Did you know that the plants in your house can harm your furry friend? Although plants bring beauty and health benefits to the lives of people, there are numerous plants that simply are not good to have in the household if you have pets.

According to the Humane Society, these poisonous plants can cause adverse reactions from mild nausea to even death in pets. Depending on the plant species, your pet can be considered vulnerable. As a result, just like you would child-proof your home to keep your children safe, you should consider “pet-proofing” too. Where do you start?

Consider only putting plants in your home that are considered safe for pets. 

Sign Up for Bordentown Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

For example, the Spider Plant is considered one of the most adaptable houseplants according to Gardening Know How. It is an easy plant to grow and can grow within multiple conditions. It is best to keep this plant around 55 to 65 degrees and to cut it back to the base often. These plants can grow up to 60 cm tall.

 The elegant African Violet can liven up any space with its approximately 20 species and thousands of hybrids! It is important for this plant to be planted in a mixed soil of peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite equally. It must be watered with lukewarm water that stands for 48 hours. If this plant is left in water or dried out, it can cause a lack of growth.

Also known as the pepper face plant, the American Rubber has over 1,000 species. Growing up to 25-30 cm, this plant has glossy palate leaves that grow close to the main stem and round out towards the ends. Humidity and light are important when it comes to caring for this plant. As a result, a good place to display it is a windowsill or green-lace.

While name reminds us of the holidays, the Christmas Cactus is suitable at any point during the cooler months. It blooms best during the cooler temperatures and longer nights of fall.  Be prepared to water this plant every two to three weeks and keep it around 50 to 60 degrees to cause the flower buds to form.

Brought to the United States from Central America, the Parlor Palm gained instant popularity. This plant is adapted to low light, can handle lower temperatures, and grows in clumps with light-textured foliage. Be careful when caring for this plant because it is sensitive to too much water and light.

Follow us on Facebook and sign up for TAPinto Bordentown E-News alerts to be the first to read about all things local!

Download the FREE TAPinto App!  Click here for Android - Click here for iOS for breaking news, traffic/weather alerts and special offers.

Know a story we should share with readers? Email Editors Elizabeth Meyers and Kristin Antonello and tell them about it.