New to gardening or urban farming, and wondering where to buy plant pots in Singapore? Whether you are seeking common or fancy plastic pots, rustic or painted terracotta pots, or stylish, perhaps quirky looking plant pots, there are lots of options locally. Here are some of my personal recommendations of where you can find pots to suit any space.
Lightweight, affordable and practical, plastic pots are also better at retaining moisture than terracotta pots. However the lower quality pots may not last more than a few years, depending on how much sunlight it is exposed to. This is due to photodegradation from UV rays.
One thing that bothers me about some types of plastic posts is how it can get powdery as it deteriorates, and that is when I throw them out because I don’t want this plastic dust getting into my soil, especially for my edible plants.
I tend to veer towards the larger, long planters, which I can use to grow a mix of plants in, although it ends up being harder to move around.
Here are some places where you can find plastic pots:
Practically a one-stop shop for all things gardening, World Farm is pretty much the most affordable place to buy essential gardening items and they have a massive variety of ornamental, fruiting, flowering plants and edible herbs. The physical store stocks a variety of plastic pots and planters, and you can find the commonly used plastic pots in different sizes here, they also have colourful, small round ones. Find them at 15 Bah Soon Pah Road in Yishun.
2. Noah Garden Centre
Online however, Noah Garden Centre has one of the widest range of attractive plant pots in various materials within Singapore. They also offer a good variety of garden essentials, and even nice plant stands. First time buyers get 10% off, how lovely.
3. Far East Flora
A household name, Far East Flora’s physical stores have a lot of good quality products and their online shop is hard to top. They offer a wide variety of plants and gardening items in their Thomson, Bedok and Queensway branches. Online shoppers get 10% off their first purchase and Singapore Gardening Society members are eligible for discounts in their physical stores, remember to flash your membership card.
Natural and rustic looking, terracotta lends a warm aesthetic to its surroundings. Admittedly, I have a soft spot for terracotta and my garden is filled with them.
It is little heavy to carry, and hence not always the most practical option, but it is a good alternative to plastic and can last you a lifetime if no accidents occur.
It has porous walls which allow for movement of air and water in the soil but this also means that it can dry it out sooner, and therefore requires more watering. Over time, salts and minerals from soil become visible on the outside of the pot, appearing as white, powdery sediment, which can be cleaned off.
1.Far East Flora
If you are after the classic round terracotta pot which has a rough, natural texture, Far East Flora is your best bet. I’ve had a couple of their small sized pots (Diameter of 19cm) for years, and for $4.90 each, I find it value for money considering the amount of time it has lasted me.
2. Candy Floriculture
Also located at Thomson Road, Candy has a decently-sized section dedicated to pots, and I would recommend visiting them if you like terracotta pots. They have a selection in different shapes – round, square, rectangular, even oval – for those looking for some variation. Candy is located at 567 Thomson Road.
3. Elements Concept
If you’re looking for something modern and funky, check out the Mozambique range, which are made of terracotta and hand-painted. Medium sized pots start from $90.
Seeing that Ikea is such a popular destination, you are probably familiar with this one. They have a couple versions in-store that look like terracotta – both are round with a smooth, polished appearance – one is curvy, like an inverted bell shape (this one is actually earthernware), and the other has a conical shape (above). Prices start at $12.90. Find them at their Tampines and Alexandra outlets.
5. Noah Garden Centre
Interestingly, they also stock hand-painted terracotta pots. Featuring fun motifs such as avocados and pineapples, the pots are quirky and different, and lend a bit of cheerfulness to your home garden.
6. World Farm
They certainly have a large area dedicated to medium to large plant pots. I don’t remember seeing round terracotta pots here, but I know they stock strawberry pots, which are helpful for growing herbs and yes – strawberries if you’re so inclined. Ask their friendly staff for help on this, they have a catalogue on file which you can flip through.
If you are looking to add character to your work or home, patterned ceramic pots will certainly do that for you. Expect to pay a pretty penny for larger and more elaborately designed pots.
If you are after stylish and quirky pots, Tumbleweed offers a good range for you to choose from. Aside from ceramic pots, the store also stocks fibre reinforced cement pots. Pop by their stores at 33 Tembeling Road and Tiong Bahru Road to take a gander, #01–02.
2. Maissone Home
A homewares shop featuring sleek and streamlined design, Maissone Home has some simple yet elegant pots. Their store is located at 25 Yong Siak Street.
3. Cat Socrates
While visiting their Yong Siak Street branch, I found a section of fancy, small ceramic plant pots. It is worth checking out for its affordable and presentable range of pots. Find them at 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-14.
4. The Nature Company
Located near the Thomson Road cluster of garden nurseries, The Nature Company has an outdoor area with a selection of large ceramic pots. You can find it at 15 Joan Road.
Garden Pots in Other Materials
Here are some other unique materials you can consider to enhance the look of your space, and bring out your plants’ best side:
2. Journey East
A trendy furniture store, Journey East is a stockist of House Doctor planters – a stylish range of metal planters – these are great accent pieces. The store is located at 315 Outram Road, #03-02, Tan Boon Liat Building.
3. Affordable Style Files
Run by stylist Hong Henwood, Affordable Style Files stocks a range of homewares, including the iconic Pop and Scott pots. These are made with lightweight plaster and fibreglass, and hand-painted in Australia. Visit them at 6A Dempsey Road.
4. Crate & Barrel
A household name when it comes to home furnishings, Crate & Barrel have planters for the home too. They come in materials such as iron, aluminium and stainless steel, cement and stoneware. Find them at orchardgateway@emerald, 218 Orchard Road and at ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #04-21/22.
Do you know of other great places to buy garden pots? Please share them in the comments below!