Your furry friends are like family. You would never want to bring something into your home that could potentially pose a danger to your pet. Likewise, you also probably don’t want to invest in a plant your pet has the potential to harm. Luckily, there are a variety of quick and easy solutions to creating a harmonious home environment for both your pets and your orchid.
Here are our five best tips for helping your orchids and pets coexist in peace.
1. Don’t Worry
A little peace of mind goes a long way: Phalaenopsis orchids are deemed safe by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, so even if your pet does munch on a few leaves, there’s no cause for concern. The leaves, roots and flowers are all non-toxic and edible.
2. Keep Fertilizer Away From Leaves
This tip is not only good for your pet – it’s also good for the health of your orchid. While the leaves of your plant are non-toxic on their own, some fertilizers or pesticides could cause problems. Since the leaves and blooms of an orchid are what pets generally try to eat, make sure to keep them clear of all chemicals.
3. Go on the Offensive
Even though eating your orchid might not be toxic to your pet, you still want to discourage the behavior. Try misting the leaves and sprinkling them with cinnamon or cayenne pepper so the bitter taste will deter your pet from making your plant an afternoon snack in the future.
4. Practice Careful Placement
Try placing your orchids in a spot in your home that is inaccessible to your pets. This might be slightly more difficult for a crafty cat, but high mantles or bookshelves certainly pose more of a challenge than a living room side table.
5. Use Booby Traps
However, if your heart is set on having your orchid in a pet-accessible place, you can quickly teach your cat that your orchid shouldn’t be messed with by including a few booby traps. Try sticking double-sided tape around the perimeter of the space your plant occupies (but be wary of sticking tape to any painted surface or finished furniture – use rolled painter’s tape to avoid damage). Your cat will be so upset to have tape on his paws that he won’t risk going near your orchid again.
You don’t have to choose between your pet and your love for orchids. With a little extra awareness and planning, you can make orchids a regular feature in your home that can coexist right alongside your favorite furry companion.
Bonus: Here are 10 more ways you can make sure you’re providing the best care to your orchid.