Budgies should be let out of their cages daily to get exercise and to alleviate boredom. Keeping the kinds of houseplants that budgies can eat will make exercise time more enjoyable for you and your budgie. Houseplants will also provide cleaner air for the budgie. They absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, making the air healthier for budgies and people.
Dracaenas are easy to grow and safe for budgies to eat. They have a single-stem, tree-like growth habit that makes them sturdy enough for a budgie to climb up and around on. This plant can provide an opportunity for exercise and a sense of foraging similar to the bird's natural activities in the wild. The madagascar dragon tree (dracaena marginata) is a tall-growing type that can reach a height of 12 feet. The leaves are long and narrow, growing to a length of 2 feet, with red to purple striping on the edges. Dracaena deremensis is a shorter variety that generally grows to a height of 3 to 4 feet. It has 2- to 3-inch-wide, 18- to 24-inch-long leaves that resemble a corn plant. There are many other types of dracaenas to choose from in a wide variety of sizes and leaf color variations that are all safe for budgies to eat and explore. Dracaenas grow best in bright indirect sunshine and do well in average household temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees F.
Prayer plants (Maranta leuconeura) are short, bushy-type plants. They are often grown as hanging plants but will grow nicely in a regular container kept on a flat surface. While they are not suitable for budgies to climb up, the leaves can be cut off the plant to give to the bird, and the plant will still look nice in its hanging basket or container. They have medium-sized, oval-shaped leaves. The kerchoveana variety has narrow, burgundy-to-brown stripes on the leaves. The erythrophylla variety has red veins and lighter green splotches on the center of the leaves with light grayish-green striping on the edges. This is an excellent choice for rooms that do not get a lot of bright sunshine. They prefer a somewhat dimly lit location and too much bright sunshine will cause the leaf color to fade. As with the dracaena, this plant does fine in average household temperatures.
Schefflera Arboricola, commonly called dwarf umbrella trees, reach a maximum height of 6 to 12 feet. Its strong, woody branches could easily hold a budgie while he explores and nibbles the leaves. They are very resilient plants that are used in bonsai and can easily handle a great deal of pruning from people and budgies. The foliage is medium to dark green. The 4- to 7-inch oblong leaves grow in groups of six or seven leaves at the ends of small stems growing from the woody branches. Dwarf umbrella trees grow best in bright indirect sunlight, but will also do fine in more dimly lit locations. The more light it receives the faster it will grow. Average household temperatures are perfect for this plant.