small potted garden - Knowledgebase Question

aurora, Co
Question by vityabala
August 7, 2009
i would like to grow flowering potted plants inside my house & patio for good oxygen & liveliness. but need advice to select them based on low maintenance and poison control as i have a baby. and also would like to keep the plant as it is buying from your store no transplanting is it possible? and attract few birds & butterflies.


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Answer from NGA
August 7, 2009

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You can usually leave plants in their original containers for 2-3 years but they probably should be repotted after that amount of time. I'll include a list of plants that are considered non-toxic but it's still a good idea to keep children from eating them. As for attractive birds and butterflies, choose plants with bright flowers and you should have no problems. Here are the non-toxic plants:
African Violet ? Saintpaulia species; Aluminum Plant ? Pilea cadierei; Air Plant ? Tillandsia species; Airplane Plant ? Chlorophytum comosum (a.k.a. Spider Plant);
Aralia ? Aralia japonica (a.k.a. Fatsia); Artillery Plant ? Pilea microphylla;
Baby Tears ? Soleirolia soleirolii; Banana Tree- Musa species; Bear?s Paw ? Cotyledon tomentosa; Begonia ? Begonia species; Boston Fern ? Nephrolepis exaltata (a.k.a. Sword Fern); Bridal Veil ? Gibasis geniculata; Bromeliads ? Guzmania species; Cabbage Palm ? Cordyline species; Calathea ? Calathea zebrina (a.k.a. Zebra Plant); Cast Iron Plant ? Aspidistra elatior; Cat Grass ? Avena sativa (a.k.a. Common Oat); Catnip ? Nepeta cataria (a.k.a. Catmint); Cattleya orchid ? Cattleya species and cultivars; Christmas Cactus ? Schlumbergera species; Coleus ? Coleus species; Cordyline ? Cordyline species (a.k.a. Spike Plant); Creeping Jenny ? Lysimachia nummularia (a.k.a. Gold Moneywort); Cymbidium orchid ? Cymbidium species and cultivars; Donkey?s Tail ? Sedum morganianum; False Aralias ? Schefflera elegantissima; False Banana Tree ? Ensete species; Fatsia ? Aralia japonica;
Ferns ? All houseplant types; Friendship Plant ? Billbergia nutans (a.k.a. Queen?s Tears); Gardenia ? Gardenia jasminoides; Gloxinia ? Gloxinia slyvatica;
Goldfish Plant ? Nematanthus gregarious (Handling plant may irritate skin);
Hens and Chicks ? Sempervivum tectorum; Hindu Rope Plant ? Hoya species; Hoya ? Hoya species (a.k.a. Wax Plant, Hindu Rope Plant); Irish Moss ? Sagina subulata.

Each plant will have a tag explaining the light requirements and watering needs. Enjoy your new collection of plants!

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