Updated: May 8

There are two things I love deeply in life: plants and pets. The bad news is that many common plants are not safe for cats and dogs. Even the most well-behaved pets are bound to take a bite of a houseplant at some point. I know this too well before I founded the ginger jungle I helped hundreds of pooches and owners with their problematic pets and I witness firsthand the effect of toxic plants or other substances. Since we strongly support adding plants to your home to help benefit your mood and help clean your air we also have to make sure your furry friends are safe and sound.

Check out our favourite nontoxic plants that are safe for cats and dogs.


Calathea

In nature, Calatheas thrive in the dense, shaded, and vegetated tropical rainforests of South America - they love the Shade! They could be the perfect choice for that shaded spot in your hall, office, or workplace where the light may be a little lower. Calathea's are also pet-safe too, which makes them ideal for any space!




Spider Plant

A favorite among vets and nans, this plant is easy to grow indoors and incredibly resilient. Spider plants are also great air purifiers, so they can help get rid of your home’s toxins.



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Did you know! Spider plants contain chemicals that are similar to those found in opium? These substances have a mildly hallucinogenic effect on our feline pals. If you've ever noticed that Fluffy tends to look rather wide-eyed after eating these plants, well, now you know why.





Watermelon Peperomia


The Peperomia family includes lots of varieties, but we’re partial to the Watermelon (a quick look at its leaves makes it clear how it got its name). They prefer to be kept out of direct sunlight and don’t need a ton of water to stay happy.




Staghorn Fern


The staghorn fern will do well in any room with bright or indirect light, but never in a dark room. Depending on the weather and humidity, you can water it every one to three weeks (the more humidity, the less you need to water it). If you place it in a bathroom, you’ll need to water and mist it only every three weeks.



Maranta Prayer Plant


With its eye-catching leaves and elegant coloration, it’s bound to make your pet curious about its beauty.



Hoya


Hoyas are defined as semi-succulents, making them easy to care for and slow to wilt. They come in a ton of shapes and sizes all of which are safe to have around pets.






Puppies and Houseplants




Puppy training tips


A lot of young puppies will go crazy at certain points in the day. For me and my clients, it was normally around 6 pm...I called this a witching hour also known as the zoomies. Your puppy or kitten could quite happily ignore your plants all day but when it came to the witching hour your plants or you can become easy targets as your angelic puppy suddenly turns into a demon!

Witching hour tips


Using a high-value distraction at only these points is vital in keeping your plants and pets happy and safe.


Find some smelly chews which are safe for puppies (the larger the better) and only use these in the "witching hours" for short bursts - If you have a safe den for your pup that's the perfect place to use the high-value reward. Which will also keep your plants and your toes safe!


Freezing chews will make them last longer and also help teething puppies. (Which can be very painful for many puppies) Frozen carrots, apples, and bananas can help soothe your puppies' gums. A KONG toy is a fantastic way to distract your puppy which can be stuffed with smelly food such as tuna (in spring water), pet-safe peanut butter, and liver paste.



Kong toys https://www.kongcompany.com/en-uk/

Training time, but at the right time


Short training sessions can help but you may find that some puppies are just too excited to listen as they start to enter the witching hour. I would suggest to my clients to do a short training session after their puppy has had a good chew and calmed down after about 20 mins.

Treat toys


Treat dispenser toys are also great! Simply place some smelly treats inside the ball and watch them go as they paw and nudge the ball around to get the tasty rewards!



Play time

It's very tempting to play with your puppy in the witching hours/zoomies as most owners feel they need to wear their puppies out. However, this tends to create more excitement which can cause your puppy to become over-excited which can increase bad habits such as biting and pestery behaviour as your pup matures. I would always recommend picking the right state of mind to interact which your puppy It is best to do these types of games when they are calm not during the witching hour.




I hope these tips help if you would like more tips please feel free to message me.

Suzanne xxx

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As autumn starts to make her appearance this week I have been getting my own houseplants ready for this seasonal shift. The changing of the seasons can affect plants the same way it affects us humans. So, now is the perfect time to give your houseplants the extra attention they need to help them thrive over the next few months.


Here are the things I focused on this week to help keep my plants looking and feeling good.


The Last Supper? - I have to admit that with my own houseplants I am not the greatest at keeping a consistent feeding schedule. I tend to forget or I am too busy taking care of all our stock here. However, my own plants still seem super happy so I try not to feel too guilty about it, and nor should you. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend giving all your own plants a good feed over the next few weeks to help keep them happy over these winter months. Why I hear you ask? This is because as the days get shorter, and the heating goes on, most indoor plants begin to change their growing habits, notably slowing down. Autumn’s low light and cooler temperatures can make plants go dormant, into a sort of winter hibernation if you like. So, by the end of October, I tend to stop fertilising until the end of March/April. So now is the perfect time to make sure all your lovely house plants are all fed!



Pokon Plant Feed




















It's Moving Time - I just love moving my houseplants about! It can change the feel and look of a room in an instance! It's quite easy for me to do as I don't have a lot of furniture in my flat (more room for plants lol) so at this time of year, I tend to shuffle them all about.


Here are a few thoughts I consider when moving my houseplants.


Let Their Be Light - I have quite a few plants (especially the rarer ones) that I know will benefit from some extra light as these darker days creep upon us all - I move these particular ones closer to the light source wherein the summer months I could not place them due to it being far too hot. Also adding some yellow LED grow lights will definitely be appreciated by your plants. I like to use warm yellow lights as they give the room a more cozy feel which boosts my mood, anything to help with those dreary dark days ahead.


Hot or Not? - It's a good time to move your plants away from any radiators and off any draughty windowsills. Most houseplants don't really do too well being near too much heat or cold draught. So its best to move them around before the heating is turned on. I have lost a few plants in the past due to not moving them which have mostly been Calathea and Ficus family.


Humidity - This can also be a little concern for some, as once the heating is turned up the humidity in most homes will decrease making the air drier. This could cause some crispy leaves in some houseplants.

What I find best for me is grouping my plants closer together and making sure that the fussy ones are placed on a tray of Leca/clay pebbles balls. I keep the Leca moist all the time. This helps raise the humidity around the plants as the water evaporate. If you wanted to spend a little money investing in humidity will certainly help too.


To Mist Or Not To Mist?

Over my many years of owning houseplants, I have actually relaxed with this I used to mist wayyy too much and I actually found I ran into a few problems with my plants getting bacteria issues. I later found out this was due to not have good airflow in the home in the winter month. So personally, I don't do this now. But if you love to mist your houseplant maybe do it on a day where you can have a window open to help with the airflow in your home this will make sure your plants do not have water just sitting on the leaves for too long.


Time For That Autumn Clean


The Deep Clean - As always, its good to check over your plants weekly as part of a healthy plant care routine. Personally, I love doing this and I make sure to do this every Sunday morning. I find it a great way to de-stress and have some much-needed me-time. If anything it’s an act of self-love. Plus it keeps your plant happy and pest-free, which is an important plant-parent duty.


Dusting - Yes this can be quite time-consuming. However, keeping your plant's leaves free of dust will help them photosynthesise. And let’s face it - who doesn't like a shiny leaf! Its simple to do: Just gently wipe the leaves individually with a soft microfibre cloth, I like to use springs leaf shine spray which is harmless, non-toxic, and ozone-safe.



Spring® leaf shine is the top quality leafshine. The only leafshine made from an original recipe. It is harmless, non-toxic and ozone-safe. It is extremely economical because it works immediately. The regular application renders plants free of dust, water, and oxidation spots.













Time to Aerate - In the wild, worms and insects are constantly shifting and breaking apart soil particles. In a home environment over time the soil becomes too compacted which makes it a lot harder for your plant's roots to breathe. Overly compact soil will increase the risk of your plants getting root rot because it's a lot harder for the water to drain through efficiently. Simply get a chopstick or stick of a similar size, poke the stick deep into the soil all the way down a few times (don't worry if you accidentally catch a few roots). When you water your plants you will see how much more quickly the water now travels through the soil, and trust me this is very satisfying.






Re-pot - Admittedly, this is still on my autumn to do list, and I am conscious not to leave it any longer. So, if you have any last-minute plants you feel need a re-pot now is a perfect time, otherwise its best to wait until spring.


Lastly - Whilst I am in 'the deep clean mode' I like to remove any dead leaves, and personally, I quite like to take some cuttings to grow over the winter months. Yes, these cuttings will grow a lot slower than spring cuttings, but I still enjoy watching them develop over the winter month.


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It's crazy to think just 10 months ago I was running the GJ from my garden shed and just under two years ago from a tiny spare bedroom! I still find this mind-boggling. But, It's been the best (and the scariest) roller coaster ride I have ever been on and I can't wait to share the next ride with you guys!


Our brand new Jungle


We have just moved for the 5th and hopefully final time, as some of you may know we moved from my home in Sussex up to a new premise in London back March 2021. We're still in the same warehouse but had a new unit built from scratch - it's just lovely, self-contained, I even have my own office and feel very grown up. (lol)


The plant room which I've called, The warm room sits comfortably at 21 c and around 80% humidity walking in is like a breath of fresh air...And the plants are loving it!


I have added some new fancy LED grow lights to each shelf plus some T5 fluorescent LED lights on the high ceiling. This means we can provide the best environment for your plants until they reach their new homes. I can already see a big difference compared to our old unit (not forgot the shed!)

The packing area has two packing benches with everything easy to reach which has made packing your plants a lot more comfortable. I picked the astroturf flooring as I wanted to bring the outside inside and of course, we love the colour green!


Plants are personal!


From the very first day I decide to jump in the deep end and start The Ginger Jungle it's always been my mission to create a personal online experience. It's not just about selling plants - To me, plants are more than just objects...


They become your home - bringing your space to life, a healthy addiction that gives you that much need 'me-time and I know from my own experience and for many others a even lifeline!


Plants are personal and it's always been important to carry this message throughout this journey and I am so proud to finally have a space for our customers to come and enjoy, learn, and connect with.


Come and give us a visit!

We are open Monday's - Friday's via appointment and soon will be holding open days, every other Saturday. You can come and collect your order or come and have a browse and a cup of tea and a chat! You will get in-store discounts and can take advantage of our rescue plant section.


Take a peak at our new place


Our Journey snap shots



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