Bring Nature into Your Home

Growing a green oasis indoors is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with these handy décor tips!

Issue: Feb 2015

Having plants indoors not only adds to the aesthetics of the space, it also improves the air quality of the room because plants can absorb pollutants in the air
Having plants indoors not only adds to the aesthetics of the space, it also improves the air quality of the room because plants can absorb pollutants in the air

If you have always wanted a garden of your own but never had the yard space, indoor gardens may be something you want to consider. Plants improve the air quality of a room - they not only give out oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, they also absorb pollutants, giving you the right mix for bringing a bit of Nature home.

1. Pick a Plant

(Left) Most plants can grow indoors; (Right) You can have a carpet of greenery inside your home with artificial grass
(Left) Most plants can grow indoors but make sure to choose those that require low or indirect light if your room does not get much sun; (Right) You can have a carpet of greenery inside your home with artificial grass that looks like the real deal but is much easier to maintain

Most plants can grow indoors if they do not get too large.

“Popular indoor plants include Bamboo Palm, Yellow Cane Palm, Money Plant, Sweetheart Vine and Dwarf Umbrella Plant. But remember, even indoor plants need four to six hours of filtered sunlight,” says Tammy Chia from landscape specialist, Earthscape Concepts Pte Ltd.

If you want a vegetable garden, know that they do best with 14 to 16 hours of light. The plant will tell you whether it is getting enough or not. Plants with insufficient light have small leaves, thin stems and lighter colours than usual.

You can even recreate a lawn indoors with artificial turf. These synthetic fibres look just like grass minus the hassle and the stains.


Where to shop for seeds and plants
Raffles Florist
Petals by SF
NTUC FairPrice
Cold Storage

2. Pick a Place

get to know the light in your room when deciding where to put your indoor garden
North-facing rooms do not get much light while south-facing ones do and east- or west-facing rooms only get sunlight during some parts of the day so get to know the light in your room when deciding where to put your indoor garden

One of the most important things plants need is light. South-facing rooms are sunnier. East- and west-facing ones get sunlight for parts of a day. Once you know how much light each space gets, you can decide where and what kinds of plants you want.

Then comes the creative part – designing your indoor garden. Here are some options to pique your imagination.

Green walls let you have an indoor garden with minimal space requirements
Green walls let you have an indoor garden with minimal space requirements

Grow up with a Green Wall Every room has walls so why not turn them into gardens? Green walls are all the rage these days and they are one of the best ways to have some greenery in your house when you do not have much space.

“Locate vertical gardens where there’s ample natural light filtering in. If this is not possible, then you need to install artificial grow lights,” says Chia.

The usually un-used space beneath the stairs make for a great place to have an indoor garden
The usually un-used space beneath the stairs make for a great place to have an indoor garden

Stairway to Nature The space beneath the stairs is often a white elephant. Use it to create your indoor garden.

Hydroponics in the Bathroom Plants love moisture and mist, and bathrooms are full of these. Conventionalists put potted plants in their bathroom. Creative thinkers take it a step further by using the toilet tank as a planter. The constant supply of water makes it a great place to experiment with hydroponics (growing plants in nutrient-rich water instead of in soil).

Think Terrarium People have long had aquariums at home. These same clear tanks can be used as terrariums. An entire mini garden can be recreated here.

“Pick small shade tolerant plants that prefer high humidity such as ferns. You will need three to four types of plants per terrarium and then decorate it with wood, moss, stones, or other natural objects to give context among the plants. Ensure there is enough space around the objects and plants to give a sense of scale,” advises Chia.

Turn a fish tank into a terrarium where you can recreate an entire garden for show in your room
Turn a fish tank into a terrarium where you can recreate an entire garden for show in your room

Where to shop for pebbles and fences
Daiso
Where to shop for tanks
Pet Lovers Centre

3. Pick a Pot

Most indoor gardens are container gardens with plants in pots. Here is where you can let your creativity blossom.

Old bicycles and wooden clogs can be turned into planters and pots for your quirky garden indoors
Old bicycles and wooden clogs can be turned into planters and pots for your quirky garden indoors

Reuse and recycle Old items like bicycles or a chest of drawers can be turned into planters for your indoor garden. Even old footwear can be given a new lease of life as a pot. Nail them to a wall to make a hanging garden with a difference.

The kitchen offers plenty of options when looking for items to be used as containers for your plant
The kitchen offers plenty of options when looking for items to be used as containers for your plant

Raid the Kitchen Used water bottles, jam jars and tin cans aside, the kitchen is full of items that can be turned into pots like colanders, mugs and even kettles.

Just make sure that your container is always a little bigger than what your plant might need so that it has plenty of space to grow and develop a more stable root system that will allow it to last longer between watering.

“Indoor plants usually only need watering not more than two to three times a week if you wet the entire root ball. If the pot is small, water them in the sink or place them in shallow dish filled with water until it is all absorbed. For bigger pots, place shallow dishes or outer pots with no drainage holes under the potted plants and sprinkle anti mosquito granules into dishes or outer pots,” says Chia.


Where to shop for creative containers
Crate and Barrel
Spotlight
Daiso

Creating a green oasis inside your house can be a wonderful exercise. So why not let your inner gardener loose and allow your ideas to grow as you work on bringing a bit of Nature home?

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Pet Lovers Centre
311 New Upper Changi Road
Bedok Mall
#B2-59
Singapore 467360
Tel: (65) 6844 9791
www.petloverscentre.com
Pet Lovers Centre
80 Middle Road
Bugis Junction
#01-71/72
Singapore 188966
Tel: (65) 633 6781
www.petloverscentre.com
Pet Lovers Centre
2 Jurong East Street 21
IMM Building
#02-27A
Singapore 609601
Tel: (65) 6567 1519
www.petloverscentre.com
Pet Lovers Centre
Jurong East Central 1
JCube
#B1-17
Singapore 609731
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Pet Lovers Centre
9 Bishan Place
Junction 8
#B1-14
Singapore 579837
Tel: (65) 6352 8469
www.petloverscentre.com
Pet Lovers Centre
21 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
Lot One Shoppers’ Mall
#B1-19
Singapore 689812
Tel: (65) 6764 9927
www.petloverscentre.com
Pet Lovers Centre
68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura
#B2-19A
Singapore 238839
Tel: (65) 6336 6728
www.petloverscentre.com
Pet Lovers Centre
604 Sembawang Road
Sembawang Shopping Centre
#B1-07
Singapore 758459
Tel: (65) 6483 0837
www.petloverscentre.com
Pet Lovers Centre
4 Tampines Central 5
Tampines Mall
#B1-25
Singapore 529510
Tel: (65) 6788 6630
www.petloverscentre.com
Raffles Florist
9 Bishan Place
#B1-06
Junction 8
Singapore 579837
Tel: (65) 6258 8389
www.rafflesflorist.com
Raffles Florist
200 Victoria Street
Bugis Junction
#01-69A
Singapore 188021
Tel: (65) 6339 8589
www.rafflesflorist.com
Petals by SF
2 Jurong East St 21
IMM Building
#01-01
Singapore 609601
Tel: (65) 6565 9909
www.steveflorist.com.sg
NTUC FairPrice
311 New Upper Changi Road
Bedok Mall
#B2-60
Singapore 467360
Tel: (65) 6844 9846 / (65) 6844 9845
www.fairprice.com.sg
NTUC FairPrice
9 Bishan Place
Junction 8 Shopping Centre
#B1-01
Singapore 579837
Tel: (65) 6259 0461 / (65) 6259 4437
www.fairprice.com.sg
NTUC FairPrice
21 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
Lot 1 Shoppers' Mall
#B1-05
Singapore 689812
Tel: (65) 6766 5009 / (65) 6766 2784
www.fairprice.com.sg
NTUC FairPrice
1 Jelebu Road
Bukit Panjang Plaza
#01-15 & 02-11/12
Singapore 677743
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www.fairprice.com.sg
NTUC FairPrice
11 Rivervale Cresent
Rivervale Mall
#03-01
Singapore 545082
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NTUC FairPrice
Tampines Central 5
Tampines Mall
#B1-12
Singapore 529510
Tel: (65) 6786 1953 / (65) 6786 5234
www.fairprice.com.sg
Cold Storage
230 Victoria Street
Bugis Junction
#B1-16
Singapore 188024
Tel: (65) 6336 1990
www.coldstorage.com.sg
Cold Storage
109 North Bridge Road
Funan DigitaLife Mall
#B1-04
Singapore 179097
Tel: (65) 6338 9983
www.coldstorage.com.sg
Cold Storage
2 Jurong East Central 1
JCube
#B1-12
Singapore 609731
Tel: (65) 6684 4216 / (65) 6684 4217
www.coldstorage.com.sg
Cold Storage
68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura
B2-15/16
Singapore 238839
Tel: (65) 6238 6761
www.coldstorage.com.sg
Cold Storage
1 Vista Exchange Green
The Star Vista
#B1-02&35/36
Singapore 138617
Tel: (65) 6694 3224 / (65)6694 3229
www.coldstorage.com.sg
Cold Storage
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Singapore
#B1-01
Singapore 179103
Tel: (65) 6336 2676
www.coldstorage.com.sg
Cold Storage
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#B4-17-19
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6509 1322
www.coldstorage.com.sg
Crate and Barrel
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#04-21/22, #03-05
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6634 4222
www.crateandbarrel.com
Spotlight
68 Orchard Rd
Plaza Singapura
#05-11-19
Singapore 238839
Tel: (65) 6733 9808
www.spotlight.com.sg
Daiso
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#B4-47
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6634 7801
Daiso
68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura
#04-01
Singapore 2338839
Tel: (65) 6884 9210
Daiso
2 Jurong East Street 21
IMM Building
#03-48/50
Singapore 609601
Tel: (65) 566 9585
Daiso
1 Jelebu Road
Bukit Panjang Plaza
#04-03/04
Singapore 677743
Tel: (65) 6766 1677
Daiso
604 Sembawang Road
Sembawang Shopping Centre
#01-18
Singapore 758459
Tel: (65) 6484 3418
Daiso
11 Rivervale Crescent
Rivervale Mall
#02-01
Singapore 545082
Tel: (65) 6384 3040
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