There’s nothing like a leafy plant or two to bring life to your space. We found the low-maintenance indoor plants ideal for Singapore to help you go green
We’ve been all about that cosy, resortesque jungalow style recently, as it’s all about antiques, mismatched bright prints and our new favourite home decor feature: indoor plants. As a new mum of three leafy ones, I can attest to this: they make any space feel instantly brighter and warmer. But don’t fret if you’re not blessed with a green thumb, I too was once an utter newbie to the world of foliage. Take it slow – start with an easy succulent or terrarium before moving up the ladder to the (still easy-to-grow) tall ones with massive leaves. The commitment is worth it. Keen to start? Here’s where to buy house plants in Singapore…
Noah Garden Centre
Online shopping for plants? We’re into it. Plant shopping has never been easier. Noah Garden City categorises its plants according to sizes (small to extra tall), and gives specific instructions on the amount of sunlight and water needed – perfect for those of us who just aren’t blessed with a natural green thumb. If you’re shopping here, make sure you grab a couple, as delivery and repotting is free for orders above $100.
Shop Noah Garden Centre online
Far East Flora
Unarguably Singapore’s most famous nursery, Far East Flora lets you shop online for your indoor plants, leaving you plenty of time to thoroughly research on specific plant care (and not impulsively buy!). The selection for houseplants is expectedly vast, and even come in pretty coloured pots of gold, silver and matte black. Prefer function over fashion? Far East Flora stocks a variety of herbs, including parsley and mint, for your indoor garden. We strongly suggest making a trip down to its flagship store to browse through its endless rows of plants.
Far East Flora Garden Centre, Locations in Thomson (flagship retail centre), Queensway, as well as Goodwood Florist, and Bedok Garden & Landscape
Also known as Hua Hng Trading, World Farm is one of the biggest garden centres on the island – so big, I lost my way several times. You’ll be seriously spoilt for choice here. From your drop-off point, make your way to the shaded areas. There, you’ll find indoor plants of all types, from small cacti, to monsteras and large banana leaf plants. Don’t be too bewildered by the shopping process here. Simply grab a trolley, load your plants on it and pick up the accompanying pots and bits and bobs located near the cashier.
World Farm, 17 Bah Soon Pah Road, Singapore 769971
Candy Floriculture helps urbanites spruce up their living spaces, offering indoor plants that flourish with little sunlight or water. Pick up a succulent or two here to decorate your desk with – the range includes everything from small and dainty Haworthias, to ever-popular Echeverias, with their rosette-shaped leaves. Bonus: Prices are affordable too, as they range from $3.50 to $12.
Candy Floriculture Pte Ltd, 567 Thomson Road, Singapore 298183
What doesn’t IKEA have? Unsurprisingly, this furniture behemoth is home to a number of indoor plants, as befitting its Scandi aesthetic. If you’re looking for a ‘starter’ plant, get the palm plant, as its low-maintenance, and requires indirect sunlight. Prefer smaller decorative plants? Take your pick from cacti and small ferns.
IKEA, Locations in Tampines and Queenstown
Ban Nee Chen
Before you buy a plant, know that taking care of one is a real commitment. Needless to say, choosing the right one is no easy task either. At Ban Nee Chen, the experienced staff will be on hand to talk you through your choices, and guide you towards choosing the right indoor plant for your lifestyle.
Ban Nee Chen, 16 Tampines Road, Singapore 535068
Pick a Plant
For low-maintenance plants which don’t need much attention, pick an air plant. Also known as tillandsia, they get most of their nutrients from the air and don’t need to grow from soil. Watering is easy; most recommend soaking your plant in room temperature water every 10-14 days, gently shaking off the excess water, and leaving it to air dry. Here, you’ll tillandsias are categorised for easy shopping; groups include air plants beginners (like the cotton candy), assorted sizes (from minis to giants) and even collector’s ones.
Pick a Plant, 50 Old Choa Chu Kang Road, Track 14, Singapore 698940
Well-known for its landscaping abilities and ground-breaking work in introducing new species of plants to Singapore, one-stop island centre Island Group caters to all your gardening needs, including indoor ones. Head to its retail space on Thomson Road to view its plant displays, or simply to view its retail space. You can shop online too; the indoor plant selection includes the slow-growing Yucca Elephantipes, low-maintenance snake plant and money plant.
Island Landscape & Nursery Pte Ltd, Plot 13, Joan Road / Thomson Road, Singapore 298897
Want to make terrarium-making your newfound hobby? Green Banana, which stocks an extensive catalogue of pre-designed terrariums and accessories, also offers basic terrarium-making classes – perfect for beginners.
Green Banana, see website for more details.