Cats (and other pets) and house plants don’t often go well together, but after my sister mentioned that she was on the hunt for a house tree I started to look myself. We like a lot of the same things, and also I like to copy her home + clothing style too.
Then I saw this post from Emily and I was even more inspired to give some houses plants and house trees a shot.
I found a lot of websites that offer lengthy lists on which plants to avoid if you have cats, but it was easier for me to navigate sites that simply shared the plants that are safe for cats. This one was particularly helpful and straight forward.
The only tree I bought was this braided money tree and Grits took interest immediately. And then he lost interest shortly thereafter. I loved that the base of it is braided, how apropos.
I need to get a nicer pot for it, but I just thought it was pretty and simple. Apparently, these trees are supposed to bring money and fortune if you follow any Feng Shui, which I don’t, but if I’m suddenly super rich or win the lottery or find a bag of money on my doorstep I’ll let you know and we can all buy dozens and dozens of money trees for our homes.
Another tree/plant I considered was the ponytail palm because of obvious reasons, but the leaves were pretty long and it looked like it may be too enticing for the cats at first. As time passes, I’ll gauge their interest and decide whether or not to add a ponytail palm to the family.
Next up is a little fern plant, of which I don’t know the proper name. It just said “fern” on the pot! I liked the shorter and longer stems, and it now lives on my coffee bar.
The prayer plant is one of my favorites. In the evening this plant will close it’s leaves as if it’s praying. I think that’s so cool! This plant is living near my fireplace that I’m dying to renovate, but I think it fits in quite nicely.
Lastly, I added two ferns to my kitchen. It gets a fair amount of indirect light, but I’m going to keep a close eye on these guys to make sure they are doing okay in there. They are leafy with thin stems and add a nice amount of color to my countertops!
I asked the garden center if they had any catnip, and they did but it was pretty sad looking. And that’s not a knock on the garden center, they just only had 2 catnip plants left. Apparently you can snip off some leaves of catnip and let your cats roll around with them for awhile. Gravy would be in HEAVEN with a catnip plant here. Anytime I get a new catnip toy for him, he commandeers it for hours. So catnip is on my list of what to get next. Also, cat grass which I’ve had before but it’s been many years!
I posted a photo on Instagram yesterday and received a lot of helpful tips already. One of them was to put rocks in the base of my pots to allow the soil to drain versus drilling holes in my pots. So yesterday afternoon David, Luke, and I went into the backyard, dug up some rocks, and David sorted the baby rocks from the big rocks and filled my pots with just enough.
I’m hopeful that I can keep these guys alive and I’ll share anything I learn along the way on snapchat (K8_smallthings). And I’d love any houseplant tips you have, so please share in the comments below!