Hanging Plants Safe for Pets

While I do have a climbing plants post already on the blog, this is different. How? These are hanging plants, plants that just vibe from the ceiling. Lush, Gardens of Babylon waterfalling plants that cascade over a shelf or your bed or on your shoulders like leafy epaulettes.

Is a list of non-toxic plants really necessary? Does it matter if they’re non-toxic? If it’s hanging off the ground it’s out of pet reach anyway, right?

First, not everyone wants plants hanging from the ceiling. Plus if you’re a renter or just don’t want 600 holes in the ceiling, hanging plants from above may not be the best choice. I, personally, also don’t like things suspended from the ceiling. People who put whole bookshelves or giant art above their bed are tempting fate. A remedy is plant shelves or tall standing planters, they are tres perfecto for hanging and vining plants, granted they’re on the tallish side. I keep most cascading plants on my IKEA glass shelf, so they are still swapable/munchable/pulldownable since they’re (at most) 4 feet off the ground. All the more reason to keep any plants at this level non-toxic.

Second, hanging plants are great. If you’re a beginner plant parent and want a luscious tropical backdrop for your Zoom calls, hanging plants are a fun way to achieve that. Vining plants (which have climbing qualities) are even better. And third, I wanted to let everyone know that there are other hanging plants in the world other than Pothos. Pothos are fine, I’m just over them and this is my blog and a Pothos-free zone.

The List of Hanging Plants

Normally, if this were a blog post from 4-5 years ago I would have made a lengthy story-time post about my plants and their relationship to my cats. But I’m a millennial and I know now that people just want the information now. No stories about how your cat knocked over your Peperomia hope or that Krusty the kitten grabbed a whole loaf of bread off the counter, or that you are currently looking for agents so you can publish your book. Agents, let’s get in touch, yes?

Stories aside, let’s get into 10 (yes 10!) pet safe hanging plants. This might be the biggest pet safe hanging plant list on the interwebs so let’s gooooo.

Goldfish Plant (Hypocyrta nummularia)

Goldfish Plant, pet safe hanging plant
Photo from greenobsessions.com, which also has a great care guide!

String of Turtles (Peperomia prostata)

String of Turtles, pet safe hanging plant

String of Nickles (Dischidia nummularia)

String of Nickles, pet safe hanging plant
Dischidia photo from growurban.uk, a UK online plant seller.

Hoya Hindu Rope (Hoya carnosa)

Hoya Hindu Rope, pet safe hanging plant
Photo by Anna @littleandlush

Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata)

Watermelon Dischidia
Photo by Hannah @murochkainsg

Peperomia Hope

Peperomia Hope

Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus)

Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus)
Photo and styling from The Plant Society

Trailing Watermelon Begonia (Pellionia pulchra)

Trailing Watermelon Begonia (Pellionia pulchra)

Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

Burro's Tail (Sedum morganianum)
From succulentcity.com, which has great succulent guides.

How many pet safe hanging plants do you have? Did I miss any? Probably. Leave a comment below.

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