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9 Pet-Safe Flower Bouquets for Mother’s Day

For as long as people have been arranging flowers, pets have been chewing on them. These stems are sure to make mom smile (and not make her pet sick).

by Kat L. Smith
April 21, 2022
Dog crossing road on a leash with pet parent carrying a bouquet of flowers
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People have been dabbling in floristry as far back as 2800 BCE, when Ancient Egyptians arranged flowers like violets, jasmine, and narcissus in vases and baskets. Floral arrangement aesthetics have been in a constant state of growth across the world, from Japan’s minimalist Ikebana style to the loud purples and pinks of the American Victorian period. It may be a coincidence that Mother’s Day falls in May, when the most vibrant flowers bloom (that’s a history lesson for another day), but it is pretty great timing considering gifting a bouquet is as classic as it gets.

But for as long as people have been arranging flowers, our pets have been chewing on them. Maybe your dog wants to add a little cronch to his chicken dinner or your cat is jealous that the vase has the prime sunny spot on the sill. Unfortunately, there are tons of flowers that are toxic to dogs and downright deadly to cats. So as you shop for the perfect arrangement for Mom, keep her pet in mind too. Don’t stress — we’ve got you covered. Below, nine bouquets that we cross-referenced with the ASPCA’s extensive database of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants to guarantee their safety. Bonus: They’ll all arrive in time for Mother’s Day.

The Best Pet-Safe Flower Bouquets Online

BloomsyBox: Pet-Safe Blooms

If you’re feeling a little bit of decision paralysis over all of the options for pet-safe flowers, then you can let BloomsyBox do the picking for you. Their Pet-Safe Blooms bouquet features an arrangement that won’t put your feline and canine companions at risk. Every bundle of flowers is different. Depending on what’s available, it may include marigolds, roses, snapdragons, sunflowers, waxflower, pincushions, campanulas, and more.

$50 at BloomsyBox
Bloomscape African Violets

Want to brighten up your space with florals that’ll last longer than a bouquet, but won’t harm your furry bestie should they be tempted to sample a taste? Try Bloomscape’s Bi-Color African Violet. These little plants brighten up any space with their purple, pink, or white blossoms and their cute, fuzzy leaves. Give them bright, indirect light and bottom water it (place the pot in a bowl of room temperature water) when the soil begins to dry.

$49 at Bloomscape
FTD Sunkissed Gerbera Bouquet

This cheery bouquet from FTD features gerberas, a bright and colorful daisy-like flower that’s beloved by anthophiles everywhere. Originating from South Africa, these plants are actually an herb, and their rosette-shaped blooms come in a wide array of colors, including pink, red, orange, yellow, and white. This bouquet includes a clear glass vase, so you don’t have to worry about providing your own.

$43 at FTD
From You Flowers Orchids

Orchids make up one of the most diverse groups of flowering plants in the world, numbering about 25,000 different species. You can find them on every continent in the world except Antarctica. This bouquet of purple orchids by From You Flowers features the dendrobium genus, which contains more than 1,800 species. These fragrant tropical blooms, which are said to smell like raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb, and hyacinth, will stand out in any room.

$48 at From You Flowers
1-800 Flowers Sunflower Bouquet

With their bright, sunny blossoms and delicious seeds, what’s not to love about sunflowers? The scientific name for these light-seeking flowers — Helianthus annuus — comes from the Greek words for “sun” and “flower.” In the garden, they’re beloved by bumblebees and birds alike, and in the home, they provide joyous bursts of bright yellow wherever they sit. This bouquet of 20 sunflowers from 1-800 Flowers comes in a shabby-chic woodland vase.

$65 at 1-800 Flowers
Terrain Fresh Snapdragon Bouquet

Native to the rocky landscapes of Europe, the US, Canada, and North Africa, the majestic snapdragon gets its name due to its flowers’ resemblance to a dragon’s face. Their height ranges from as short as six inches to as tall as three feet, and their flowers unfurl in colors of white, red, yellow, pink, orange, and peach. This gorgeous bundle of snapdragons from Terrain may feature a wide array of hues, depending on what’s currently available.

$88 at Terrain
Bouqs Four Seasons

Want something that you can keep on display for months on end? This dried bouquet from Bouqs features a timeless arrangement of gold pampas, white loofahs, wild oats, aster, and green spear palms, accented with a round wicker fan. Its neutral colors are giving cottagecore vibes that’ll fit right in on a table accented with a vintage lace runner or anywhere you please.

$79 at Bouqs

How to Keep a Bouquet Looking Fresh

Once your bouquet arrives, you’ll want to take a few steps to ensure that the flowers stay fresh for as long as possible. First, keep in mind that your bouquet may arrive with a few unopened buds — don’t worry, that’s normal. It can take up to three days for the blossoms to reach their full glory, but some might take longer. (Most of the companies that make the bouquets on the list will specify how many days it may take for the blossoms to open.) With that in mind, here are some tips to ensure that they last:

  • After you’ve unwrapped your bouquet, trim the stems at a 45-degree angle, which will help them efficiently absorb water. Remove any leaves that will be submerged below the waterline. 

  • Place the flowers in a vase of lukewarm water, and add flower food (most bouquets will come with a packet). 

  • Trim the ends of your flowers every few days, and change the water daily with cold water. If you run out of flower food, you can DIY it by adding 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon or lime juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, and ½ tablespoon bleach to a quart of lukewarm water. Last, but not least, keep the vase in indirect sunlight to prevent burning. 

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Kat L Smith

Kat L. Smith

Kat L. Smith is a writer and editor based in Queens, New York. They have written for LIVEKINDLY about a wide range of topics related to sustainability, lifestyle, house plant care, and food. They share their apartment with their adopted dog, Layla, and Vivi, a one-eared cat.