House plants have become a huge form of decoration as of late, with many local homeowners getting on board the jungalow (a portmanteau for jungle and bungalow) trend and furnishing their homes with gorgeous potted plants.
If you’re looking to jump on the trend too, here are some nurseries in Singapore totally worth the visit! Plants can be costly as well, depending on the size and type, so we’ve put together this list based on budget, from most affordable to splurge-worthy.
World Farm – also known as Hua Hng Trading – is one of the largest nurseries around. They have a huge selection of plants and gardening supplies, and as a “wholesale garden centre”, their prices are cheap.
But while their prices are more affordable than most, World Farm carries pretty common plants. If you are after exotic or rare plants, you’d be hard pressed to find them here.
It’s also quite far – World Farm is located off Sembawang Road; the nearest MRT is Khatib.
Address: 15 Bah Soon Pah Road, Singapore 769962
Some plant enthusiasts call this a “bonsai heaven”, and it sure seems like it. The nursery is massive, and it really is mostly filled with mini trees.
They are one of the most affordable of the nurseries that specialise in bonsais, with tabletop trees going for as cheap as $20 to $30. We’re not bonsai experts, but according to forums, shoppers have found beautiful shui mei bonsais (that would cost over $1,000 elsewhere) selling for just $300+.
Address: 51 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 698997
Love our national flower? Head to Toh Garden, which specialises in orchids.
Despite requiring quite experienced care, these flowers are super popular in Singapore, and can get notoriously expensive – costing up to a $200+ per pot.
You can find orchids at most nurseries, but at Toh Garden, you’ll have more to choose from, and they’re usually priced slightly below the market rate.
Toh Garden has a website which lists their flowers and prices, so you can check the prices before going down.
Address: 11 Lorong Pasu, Singapore 699191
Sing See Soon is located at Punggol East, near the hip cafes like Whisk & Paddle at Tebing Lane. We find that BLG Nursery (the leftmost one) is cheaper, but Sing See Soon is the biggest of the few nurseries along that stretch, and seems to have the widest variety of plants. The prices are decent, and if you get more than one plant, you can try your luck bargaining. Aside from the usual suspects, they sometimes carry rare plants too. Sing See Soon also recently opened an outlet at Simei.
Address: 32 Punggol E, Singapore 828824 & 5 Simei Lane, Singapore 528710
Spa Flora is located furthest west of the famous “Far East Flora stretch” in Thomson. Contrary to popular drivers-by belief – yes, it isn’t just Far East Flora there.
The first thing you’d notice about Spa Flora is not flowers, but huge, hanging air plants. The common, smaller ones are just a few dollars, but if you want a huge, green “chandelier”, it’ll cost more (like, a hundred dollars more).
Address: 553 Thomson Road, Singapore 298139
This one needs little introduction – if you’ve driven past Thomson Road, you would have seen Far East Flora’s huge signage. It’s possibly the most well known nursery in Singapore, and for good reason.
It’s got everything you need, just not at super cheap prices. But that’s to be expected of a one-stop shop, right? You pay a little more for convenience. Far East Flora has a website where you can order your plants too.
Next to Far East Flora, you will find Goodwood Florist, which is actually part of Far East Flora as well. We personally find Goodwood slightly more affordable, with more “green” plants. Far East sells a lot of flowers, potted or fresh-cut.
If you’re into huge plants (for your garden, perhaps), head to Hawaii Landscape. During our trip there, we noticed that even their potted plants are quite big. Judging from that (and their name, obviously), we’re guessing that they cater to the garden crowd.
Address: 565 Thomson Road, Singapore 298184
Spa Flora is on the far left of the Thomson stretch, while Candy Floriculture is on the far right. Why the ghost town? Because Candy’s is expensive. They bring in a lot of bonsai from Japan, like the popular black pine and shimpaku. We once saw a tabletop-size pine bonsai going for $21,000.
Address: 567 Thomson Rd, Singapore 298183
Text: Eugenia Liew/MoneySmart, Additional reporting: Atika Lim