During the lockdown, people missed their evening walks, the green parks, and their lawns. So, it was widely seen people growing plants inside their homes to recreate their favorite views. Some people are so fond of plants, that they fill their homes with plants. While getting absorbed in this craziness most of them don’t research the side effects and other factors of such indoor plants. This is a huge mistake. Although being indoor plants, some plants could affect your health if exposed daily. It is advised to avoid such plants in your home.
Some indoor plants may cause allergies or they may be really bad for infants and children. Your pets can also be affected by some plants. So, it is important to select your indoor plants carefully. Now let’s see some of the plants that are not good for home, so that next time you buy a plant you can avoid these plants.
1. Areca Palms
Do you want to recreate some chilling tropical vibes in your home? Well then, Areca Palms is perfect for you. Areca palms are also called butterfly palms, yellow palms, and cane palms. They are large plants that can fill and brighten up void spaces in your home.
But before getting one, you should know what you are getting into. First of all, Areca palms are expensive so if you are on a budget then these palms might not be your best option. They are also a spider and pest magnet. Spider mites attack the plant and eat away their leaves. So, as soon they are planted bitten leaves and webbing starts showing off. I am sure that such damaged plants are not your idea of welcoming your guest. So, avoid buying Areca palms during your nursery visit.
Bonsai is the “mini-tree” of indoor plants. Do you prefer the tree to small plants? Bonsai is perfect to grow a small, strong tree inside your home. But the beautiful min-tree comes with the problem of pest infestation. They can also cause skin rashes. They are also harmful to people with tree allergies. Black mold is another severe issue with Bonsai. The mold which is perfect to grow in the soil of the bonsai tree can cause a wide range of memory issues.
Oleander is a beautiful shrub-like flowering plant. It is also called Nerium. They produce eye-soothing gorgeous pink flowers. But behind all prettiness, there are a lot of health issues hiding. According to the studies, Oleander is highly toxic for humans and animals. It causes vomiting and many other temporary health issues. It can even lead to heart diseases. So, if you are so stubborn as to keep it in your house, take good precautions to keep it away from kids and pets.
4. Spider Plants
Are you allergic? Then forget about getting spider plants for your home. Spider plants are seen in many houses these days. It is budget-friendly, very subtle and pretty, easy maintenance, not space consuming, and are good for purification of air. But the disadvantage of spider plants is that they are a certain trigger for allergies. If exposed daily, you will have symptoms like sneezing, watery eyes, etc. So, if you are worried about your health get rid of them.
Succulents are small shrub like plants that have been widely used as indoor plants these days. They are such soothing to the eyes that they can be placed anywhere. But looks can be deceiving, you know. They have a great chance to get infested with mealybugs. These bugs are really dangerous in that they can spread to neighboring plants. So, make sure you bring good, not infected succulents to home.
6. Elephant Ear
Do you love your pets? Then you won’t take an “Elephant ear” to your home. Because these plants are really dangerous for cats and dogs. They cause swelling, burning sensations in the tongue and mouth. Increased salivation, vomiting, and difficulties in swallowing are also the side effects of ingesting elephant ears. So, the elephant ear is not the perfect indoor plant for homes with pets.
7. Easter Lilly
If you are a cat person, Easter lilies are your worst enemy. Easter lilies are really gorgeous and an eye catcher if kept in your living room. But the effect it has on cats is seriously fatal. It can cause vomiting, kidney failure, etc. But if you don’t have a cat Easter lilies are a perfect indoor plant.
Cyclamen are really gorgeous and attractive. But its looks come with a price. Infestation by vine weevils is really a concerning problem if it is kept in your home. The infestation grows really fast and is really hard to control. If ingested it can cause gastrointestinal issues and even poisoning. So, make sure you keep away these plants from children.
Orchids are the typical indoor plants seen in almost every house. Orchids evidently don’t cause any health issues. The only drawback of orchids is their maintenance. Only people who take good care and invest time for them. So, if you are planning to grow orchids, then get ready for a herculean job.
10. Devil’s Ivy
Devil’s Ivy or Potos is the perfect plant for air purification. It is so popular because of its easy maintenance and its easy looks. But even they have their own disadvantages. Potos are really toxic for animals. For humans, if ingested accidentally, it causes diarrhea, vomiting, irritation, and swelling. For animals, the effects can be serious even fatal. So next time you buy a Devil’s Ivy, make sure you keep it away from your pets.
11. Jade Plant
The Jade plant is so fitting for a home. They are short and pretty. They are the perfect plant for beginners. But they can make your pets suffer from decreased heart rate, vomiting, and depression.
12. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is known for its healing properties. It is seen in almost every house these days. They can be grown and maintained easily. But these so-called healthy plants are not as healthy as dogs. The spiky edges of aloe vera can cause a serious problem with a dog’s digestive system if ingested. So, it is not advised to grow Aloe Vera in an environment with dogs.
These are the few plants which you have to avoid in your homes. So, from now onwards double check before buying plants for your home and make sure it is safe for both humans and pets.