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DANGEROUS Houseplants ~ Don't Give These as Welcoming Gifts!

Greenthings in the home can be TOXIC to  pets!

I have written about Indoor Air Quality and shared a list of the Top 10 plants
 that actually have been shown to improve breathing air at home.
A couple of the plants I mentioned here
actually groove on off-gassing chemicals from new carpets, for example.

Luckily, a comment on this very BLOG may have saved the life of a number of pets!
THANKS  to Charles who wrote,
" I wouldn't recommend Lillies to people who own cats. They are toxic to them."

–Charles, your comment sent me out in a flurry of activity to do some research...
right after I removed my three Peace Lily plants over to the Office
(where we can use a little "Fresh Air "from time-to-time )
 and out of the way of my furry companions here at home ...

Of the Top 10 plants that promote indoor air quality ..get THIS!
six (6!!!) are toxic to animals! 

I used to delight in Peace Lily giving as a Welcoming Gift!
(Watch out for Easter Lilies, too) No more. I have been visiting, BAMBOO plant
in hand for the past month, checking in with clients to whom I gave those green goblins
hoping not to hear sad news.Fortunately, the assorted feline and canine companions
are still with us.

Here is the Top 10 List I Offered
….ONLY the TOP FOUR(4) or OK…*
all the rest are TOXIC!

1  *Areca palm       
2. * Reed palm
3. * Dwarf date palm
4. * Boston fern

5.  Janet Craig dracaena  (do NOT get Dracena Marginata! That IS toxic)
6.  English ivy 
7   Australian sword fern
8.   Peace lily
9.   Rubber plant (all parts)
10.  Weeping fig

No wonder Q had a runny nose!


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