Posted 5M ago by @hoyahead

Looking for (preferably *pet-safe*) tall indoor plant recommendations!
Hi #GregGang! Happy #TransformationTuesday! Iโ€™m looking to transform my space by adding a large/tall plant. Iโ€™ve done some research, but I would love to hear from you guys. Does anyone have any experience with big plants? Iโ€™m looking for something:
โ€ข that gets really tall ๐Ÿ” (preferably free-standing as opposed to using climbing stakes) #bigplants #tallplants]
โ€ข easy to care for ๐Ÿ–ค (because itโ€™s hard keeping up with 70 plants lol) #easycareonly #LowMaintenance #IndoorOasis #Indoorplants]
โ€ข somewhat adaptable ๐Ÿ˜Ž (i.e. okay with average household humidity/temp, etc.) #LowLightPlants #resilientplants]
โ€ข preferably pet-safe ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ› (although thankfully my cat isnโ€™t interested in chewing plant leaves anymore, the most heโ€™ll do is occasionally smack or swat at the leaves) #PetsAndPlants #PetsOfGreg #CatsOfGreg #PetSafePlants]

So far Iโ€™ve been looking at:
1. #MoneyTree
2. #FicusElasticaTineke or #FicusElasticaRuby
3. #SwissCheesePlant
4. #KentiaPalm or #LadyPalm
5. #BirdOfParadise

โ€ฆbut Iโ€™m open to any and all suggestions! Iโ€™m just curious to hear about yโ€™allโ€™s experiences with tall plants and any #advice or #recommendations you might have to share! Thanks #Greggers ๐Ÿ™‚
Best Answer
I will suggest no plants that have hanging leaves, cats will somehow want to jump up and play with their flailing leaves here and there ๐Ÿ˜…

I go with a bird of paradise :)
I recommend a #BirdOfParadise
What about a #CornstalkDracaena ?
@ABCD cool, thanks peter ๐Ÿ™
@ABCD oh yeah iโ€™ve heard those are good! personally trying to stay away from the dracaenas bc theyโ€™re a bit more toxic to cats due to their active toxic principal saponins that can affect a catโ€™s nervous system. usually if i bring a โ€œtoxicโ€ plant into the house, i try to make sure that the potential side effects would only be uncomfortable (e.g. oral irritation) as opposed to dangerous (e.g. dracaenas can cause depression/anorexia/dilated pupils/etc.). but it sucks that theyโ€™re more toxic, because theyโ€™re definitely pretty and seem easy to care for!
@lazyplantparent thatโ€™s weird, itโ€™s under Pet Friendly in the Discover section
What do you think about the #FiddleLeafFig? #FicusLyrata

I saw some recently at a local nursery and they were HUGE and so gorgeous with the big olโ€™ leaves. Also, my neighbor has one in her window and I love to walk by it everyday, instant happiness!

Otherwise, I recommend the #4 on your list, so beautiful!
I love bird of paradise I donโ€™t have one but I want one!! I have a large cornstalk dracenea which isnโ€™t on your list but I love the way it looks in my space! Except the time it fell over. I got it at Costco last weekend for $30!
I feel like itโ€™s great and doesnโ€™t take up a lot of space very streamlined
I think some snake plants might be pet-safe, and if so these would be perfect for you. Water them every once in a while and they can live in any amount of light.
@ABCD yeah the discover section def needs an update ๐Ÿ˜ฌ i go off of whatโ€™s on the aspca website
@LadyAlula iโ€™m interested in the ficus lyrata bush form โ€” i heard those are better for beginners (iโ€™m super intimidated by standard fiddle leaf figs lol, iโ€™ve heard theyโ€™re super fussy)
@AshleyK ooh your cornstalk is so pretty thanks for sharing the pic! and definitely will keep my eyes on BoP
@tmbryant37 just checked on the aspca website and while they are toxic, iโ€™m more comfortable with their level of toxicity (potential side effects include nausea/vomiting/diarrhea). if for some reason my cat got into it, it would definitely be uncomfortable, but doesnโ€™t sound ultimately dangerous ๐Ÿ˜…
I donโ€™t think they are pet safe but the leaves are at the top so maybe less enticing for kitty
@ABCD it would be so nice if we could submit edits to plant pages to correct stuff like this! i would love to have the ability to make the discover page and plant pages in general more accurate! @RJG ๐Ÿคž
I think palms are more difficult than people think. And I think the prefer more than low light. What about like a really big snake plant? Look how big Kevin is in my oasis for example
Oh I see you've already decided to avoid these! Nvm!
@RJG thanks for the suggestions! definitely interested in a snake plant. wondering if thereโ€™s any way for us to submit corrections for specific plant pages? @ABCD noticed that dracaena was marked as pet safe on the discover page, and iโ€™d love to be able to correct this/other plant pages if possible!
@RJG Golden Pothos is the first thing that appears on Pet Safeโ€ฆ?
@ABCD BOP and Draceana not pet safe
@ABCD ๐Ÿ˜ฌ yikes haha, but good catch on your part
@lazyplantparent I think this plant youโ€™re looking for doesnโ€™t exist. I think youโ€™ll have to bite the bullet and get a toxic plant
@ABCD yeah i definitely think so too haha, except for maybe the money tree! those are pet safe! hey, a girl can dreamโ€ฆ (insert impossible wishlist here) ๐Ÿคก
Money Tree
Easy Care: โŒ
Gets very tall: โŒ
My initial thought was snake, I have many and have had them around 3 cats that haven't showed interest. That said, cats ๐Ÿ˜ผ.

From your list I would say #ficus all day. I've had great luck with mine and while they prefer more light, I've had luck with lower light conditions. My current one was pruned at 10' then again at 8'. You could always add a grow light if you're planning a big plant that likely won't be moving around so you could pick a light/lamp you like for it and not have to worry about moving it around too.
@PlantMompy thanks for sharing ashley! i will definitely have to look into ficus varieties more!
@kscape thanks for the advice, that definitely makes sense. BoP is pulling ahead!
I will say the variegated varieties need the most light, my biggest is a solid, dark green tree. So that may be a factor if you choose #ficus
@ABCD is the internet lying to me again?! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ
Nope I was ๐Ÿ™ˆ! At least about it getting tall. I heard theyโ€™re fussy.
The only person I know that has a happy Money Tree is @RJG . Everyone else I know that has a Money Tree has reported trouble.
@ABCD lol itโ€™s all good, i just get so overwhelmed bc trying to research plants online is such a frustrating experience with all the conflicting info out there versus the real tea i hear from people irl ugh ๐Ÿ˜‚ but i actually have a small money tree (heโ€™s just a wee lad, maybe a foot tall), and itโ€™s so easy for me! heโ€™s not picky at all! iโ€™ve had him in medium light, bright light, forgotten to water, and heโ€™s still hanging in there ๐Ÿ˜…
I think a #MoneyTree is right for you then. It grows tall (๐Ÿ™ˆ), itโ€™s pet friendly, and you know how to keep it happy!
@ABCD ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š donโ€™t jinx me lol, weโ€™ll see if lil Fausto is merely surviving or if heโ€™s actuallly thriving
I just looked at him in your oasis, Iโ€™d say he is.
I love my lady palm, itโ€™s slow growing though. Itโ€™ll take years to get as tall as I hope.
@lazyplantparent I have two money trees and no regrets. My first had only one shoot survived because my Yorkie would get impatient with me and pluck off a leaf and bark. In this process only one shoot survived that is now 6 ft and for my new one is about 3 ft only three shoots survived in the braid but it's so much better. I'm also considering the bird of paradise myself I read that they're very easy and easy is good for me
The tags on discovery are all controlled by the user reviews we used to have tied to the old plant card. The pet safe tag is something we're working on remedying asap! Cc @ABCD
@RJG thanks for the update drew i really appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚
I went too big on pot size but he's happier with rain water. I will attempt to braid soon I just don't have the courage
Iโ€™d say just a classic fiddle leaf figs! When it comes to the ficus trees theyโ€™re very slow growing and itโ€™s hard to find big ones especially in a decent price range
@lazyplantparent appreciate you guys keeping us on our toes!
A few I didnโ€™t see mentioned (sorry I skimmed)
You could also try a ginger- alpinia purpurata; mine has been super easy so far and very banana-like in looks and growth. #RedGinger Bird of paradise is a great choice in my opinion too!
I canโ€™t keep a money tree alive to save my life sadly; but my Ficus Ruby is where itโ€™s at! Super easy and non-fussy, but loves as much sunlight as I can give itโ€ฆso a non variegated version would require less light :)

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