I have a good question about plants in an iguana habitat. ..... I'm trying to research some different plants I can put in my Genevive's room when I get it set up..... is bamboo a safe one to use cause I'm already going to use some dandilions and hibiscus. ...... any opinions will be appreciated. ....
Post by JennaAndIguanaGwen on Aug 20, 2013 19:34:44 GMT -8
Hello again jay I honestly wouldn't recommend live plants. Some of the common issues with live plants, even ones that are edible, is that iguanas tend to dig in the potting soil, ingest some of it, dig in it, make a mess of it, and bugs can take up residence in the potting soil. Hibiscus is a great treat but shouldn't be part of a daily diet - and really I think Genevive might just chow down on the hibiscus and end up killing it. It can be difficult to keep plants alive around iguanas because they tend to trample around without thought about what they are trampling on.
If you do decide to use live plants use caution. Don't use miracle grow or anything like that as soil; it would not be good to ingest. Also be very wary of plants treated with pesticides. Most shops to have treated plants and even if they say they are organic I would suggest a quarantine time of at least a month. I've heard that it can be good to trade out the soil that the plant comes in because if the plant was treated then the soil would also be affected.
I'm not sure if Bamboo is a safe plant for iguanas but I wouldn't take the chance of her eating the leaves on it or the ones that fall to the ground.
Live plants can be a big hassle but they could also be rewarding. Some people enjoy having live plants, I just use fake plants though