There’s no quick and easy answer for living plants and your geckos safety. So, best to sit down and do some reading…It could save your geckos life.
There’s two main things to consider as far as safety goes when getting a live plant for your gecko…
1) Is it toxic? 2) The soil could be even more toxic than the plant. So, take notes from this blog!
Why soil could be deadly:
Potting mix soil from nursery’s that your plant comes in could be potentially fatal to your critter. It’s extremely important to remove all of this previous soil and any moisture retainers (vermiculite, perlite, etc) from the roots of the plant. Why? Slow release fertilizers OR the plants soil has been previously fertilized and some has retained in the soil. For these reasons your plants soil could kill your gecko. No need to stress, this toxicity is preventable. Simply remove all of the soil with a hose without damaging to roots of the plant too much (we will not be held responsible for any damage that comes to plants as this is a delicate process and should be done with care in a time sensitive matter for the plants well being…oh the things we do for our scaly critters). Once the roots are completely exposed to air and all original soil is removed, you can now transfer your plant to a new reptile friendly potting mix (you can use the original pot the plant came in, just rinse it out well). You’re now ready for the next step.
Safe soil for reptile plants:
Simply purchase organic peat moss from your nursery or hardware store, and tropical soil from your pet store. *Do not use soil from outside as protozoan and parasitic infections are very likely* Mix the peat moss and tropical soil in a bucket with room temperature water so it’s ready for your plant!
List of SAFE plants for geckos:
For your geckos safety do not venture on past these plants. Better be safe than sorry.
- Acalphya (copperleafs, chenille plants)
- Adiantum (maidenhair ferns) *My favourite* do best in low light conditions (see fern care blog here)
- Aglaonema (Chinese evergreens)
- Alocasia (elephant ears)
- Asplenium (Bird’s nest fern) ferns can be tricky, visit fern car blog for more info
- Air plants (especially for abronia)
- Calathea zebrine – (Zebra plant)
- Chlorophytum (spider plants) wil
- Cissus (kangaroo vines, grape ivys)
- Crassula ovata – (Jade Plant, Friendship tree or Money plant)
- Dracaena (Dragon plants)
- Ficus benjamina (uroplatus especially love these)
- Gynura aurantiaca – (purple passion)
- Maranta (prayer plant)
- Monolina primuliflora (Monolena)
- Sanseveria (Snake Plants)
- Scindapsus (Pothos)
- Schefflera arboricola (Umbrella Plant)
- Seemania sylvatica
- Pillow Moss and other moss varieties