Hello! I used to have a lot of house plants before I got the bunnies, and didn't consider whether or not they were poisonous because it didn't really matter. Most of my plants have been given away because I was worried about the bunnies somehow getting ahold of a leaf (which Rory did once). I really miss having houseplants though. What houseplants do you all keep that aren't toxic to bunnies? I'm not necessarily planning on keeping plants where the bunnies can reach them, I'd like to hang some from the ceiling and have them on windowsills, but I don't want to have to worry if a leaf or something flutters to the floor and a bunny gets it.
Thanks in advance! I can't wait to hear your replies.
I had a similar problem recently when i cam home with a Yukka plant and another one (that I can't pronounce) recently.
After showing great skill Daphne jumped up onto the table and scruff jumped INTO the yukka bowl, and they both started munching away. needless to say that both plants and rabbits are kept well away from one another and with careful attention and pruning your plants shouldn't shed before you see it's about to.
However I would suggest googling, these are afew sites I've come up with, with the search 'non toxic plants'.
I can vouch for the coleus being non toxic. I couldn't figure out why my coleus plants kept falling off the shelf, and why they were losing leaves...until one day I caught Hershey climbing up onto the shelf and knocking them off! Then he'd climb down and eat them! lol!
Acorns are listed on the toxic list. Hershey eats them now again too. They fall into his outdoor run. They don't seem to hurt him though.
Here's a list from our library, but the site itself won't copy the info, so I have to paste it in here. If I were you, I'd go ahead and save this to your puter for future ref. Think I will do the same!
Darn it! The link I provided didn't work when I tried it from here, so I deleted it. I have saved it as a Word Doc, so I will email it to you. Give send me your addy!
Sorry about this glitch. It's the site we got it from initially that's causing the problem, it may no longer exist.
I am partial to "spider plants" (some people (from Southern Africa) call them "hen and chicks"). They have been shown to reduce indoor air pollution They look like this:
They can be hung or put in a high planter (because they droop to the ground). If they are hung up high(er), they are out of a bunny's reach and shouldn't be a problem. Mine very rarely drop their leaves. You can tell when a leaf is dying and pluck it off long before it would fall.
The most common one for a houseplant is Chlorophytum comosum. That will come in handy if you feel like "Googling" it.
EDIT: Oh! Another one I have (I don't think it's harmful) is called the "Wandering Jew". It's like a vine and has green/white on the top of the leaves and purple on the underside. I've caught Toby nibbling away at these before (he's normally not allowed where they are) and he has never gotten sick. I've never read anything saying they were dangerous, either. It's binomial name is Tradescantia zebrina (for googling).
Tradescantia zebrina - Wandering Jew
Also, yucca is safe for rabbits (I am pretty sure) but it is toxic to other pets. It's on the ASPCA list of no-no's.
Khermann, I do have a spider plant upstairs, out of reach of the bunnies. I've also had a wandering jew, I think they're lovely! For some reason I thought they were poisonous though.... and I remember mine dropped leaves fairly easily. The spider plant is a good suggestion though because like you said they don't really drop leaves. Also, we have little space to put a potted plant, but finding a spot for a hanging plant would be easier Thanks for the idea!
No problem! I HAVE to have houseplants, too. I get depressed without them.
My wandering jew doesn't seem to drop leaves much. If you trim them just right (when the stems are getting too long and the leaves are getting yucky), two sprouts will grow back in one place. Then the plant is bushier and it keeps the leaves from dying/falling.
You could also get a cactus I don't think anyone would bother it lol