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5 Plants You Should Never Buy From Stores

FYI, plantitos and plantitas!

With all the quarantine activities, perhaps the most trending one is cultivating your own garden. Even celebrities have joined the bandwagon—and honestly, who wouldn’t, right? 

Plants clean and purify the air we breathe and they also serve as inexpensive and attractive decor. However, when more and more people started hopping on the trend and became a plant parent, seedlings and buds have risen to exorbitant prices! (Read: 5 Celebrities Who Are Now a Certified Plant Tito or Plant Tita)

What’s worse is that some people have resorted to sneaking into their neighbors’ gardens or thieving from protected nature sanctuaries so that they could sell or collect in-demand plants. Because of this, many plantitos and plantitas get tricked into buying plants that they didn’t know are invasive or dangerous to have indoors.

So, to guide you to becoming a smarter plant parent, My Pope lists five plants that you should never collect or buy from stores.

Nerium Oleander

Photos from Boething Treeland Farms and TY Nursery

Oleander, or nerium oleander, has beautiful pink flowers that are hard to miss. However, as pretty as these blooms are, they are dangerous! (Read: Here’s Why You Must Try Urban Gardening, According to Miss PH Earth 2020)

The US Library of Medicine says that oleanders contain several lethal toxins that are dangerous to both humans and pets. When ingested, this plant may cause severe vomiting, lightheadedness, and even heart block. So, if you see this plant sold anywhere, DO NOT BUY IT. 

Pothos or Devil’s Ivy

Photos from CitySens and

Much like oleander, it’s easy for a pothos plant to capture the eyes of a plantita. It is one of the most popular indoor plants these days, as it works best at purifying the air we breathe.

However, as beautiful as they seem, the pothos plant is actually dangerous to you and your furry friends. If a human accidentally ingests it, they may experience irritation, swelling, vomiting, and diarrhea. For your pets, it is much worse—they may suffer from choking, swelling, difficulty breathing, renal failure, or even death. (Read: Play Ideas Perfect for Your Pet’s Personality)

Croton Plant

Photos from Gardening Know How and Garden Goods Direct

Before starting your garden, you must ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” Maybe some of you will say that they want to relax. If that’s your answer, then think again before getting a croton plant. (Read: The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Certified Plant Tita or Tito)

While its colors are super pretty—bright red to pink to yellow and orange—these plants can be dangerous for your pets. When ingested, a croton plant may cause drooling, vomiting, and/or diarrhea among animals. Its sap, when exposed to the skin, may also cause irritation.

Elephant Ear

Photo from The Spruce

Elephant ear plants trended a few weeks ago—and for a good reason. But if you have one of these in your home, you have to take extra precautions.

Yes, elephant ear plants are undoubtedly pretty. However, it is one of the most toxic plants for cats and dogs. It also causes swelling, burning of the mouth and tongue, and vomiting if they accidentally ingest it.

Areca Palms

Photos from PNGitem and Pinterest

Areca palms are very popular among those who love to collect large plants. Also known as golden cane palm, these can immediately brighten any space and give a tropical vibe—think Madagascar!

However, the problem with areca palms is that they are not just costly, but they also make a great home for spider mites. Spider mites, when left unchecked, can hinder plant growth and eat on the leaves of your very expensive plant. What a waste, right?

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