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Pet-Friendly Alternatives to Sago Palm

by Theresa Shoptaw 09/21/2022

Palms are an excellent way to bring the tropics home. With many varieties to choose from, it's important to know which will work best for your household and everyone in it. Unlike the highly toxic sago palm, there are plenty of palm plants perfectly safe for pets and humans. Here are some suggestions to inspire you:

Parlor Palm

Parlor palms are a favorite indoor plant all over the world. In addition to being non-toxic, parlor palms can adapt well to low-light environments and cooler temperatures. With a parlor palm, less is more: they are sensitive both to sunburn and overwatering. They are a great beginner plant due to their low-maintenance care and are completely safe in case curious pets want to take a bite of its long fronds.

Areca Palm

Areca palms are another popular palm variety, also safe for animals. Unlike parlor palms, areca palms need bright, indirect light for as much of the day as possible to thrive. Placing your areca palm near a South-facing window will ensure it gets exactly the right amount of light. These palms like to keep their soil moist but are easy to overwater if you're not careful. To avoid this, let the soil dry out a bit between waterings, and try to use distilled water or rainwater to prevent browning of the leaves.

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palms are a whimsical looking type of palm requiring minimal attention and maintenance. Incredibly drought-tolerant, the ponytail palm can go longer without watering than some other palms. It's also forgiving in less-than-ideal lighting situations, though it prefers bright, indirect light as much as possible. This plant loves to be outdoors during the summer months, but be sure to protect it from colder temperatures and drafts from air conditioner vents or windows when indoors.

All of these are excellent options for pet owners who want to bring a palm tree home. Remember these varieties when considering your next addition to your plant collection.

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Theresa Shoptaw

Theresa Shoptaw has worked with and learned from some of the industry’s top agents and coaches to enhance her understanding of the market and all aspects of real estate.

A longtime resident of Southern Maryland, Theresa sells residential properties in Charles, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, and Calvert Counties and the surrounding areas. Specializing in sellers, move-up buyers, relocation, military moves, first-time homebuyers, and market value price, Theresa's multi-faceted expertise is of great benefit to her clients.

Theresa truly understands the dynamics of the Southern Maryland real estate market and is an expert at educating her clients so they can make the best decision for their needs. She knows how to use the latest internet technologies to market and find homes at an expert level.