Going for your flat selection appointment soon? All you need is L-O-V-E!

Going for your flat selection appointment soon? All you need is L-O-V-E!

Looking to flex your green fingers? Here is a guide for beginner gardeners looking to buy new plants for their home.


Tips for Buying New Houseplants

Houseplants are a must-have for any new home these days. And if you are celebrating Chinese New Year, now is the time to spiff up your home with a pot or two.

But if you have never flexed your green fingers before and are afraid your plants would die on you, no problem! We answer some of the most commonly asked questions by beginners, and show you how easy it is to nurture your plants and go on to grow your own indoor garden.

Where do I buy new plants?

For the widest variety of plants, take a drive out to the nurseries all around our sunny island. Take your pick from the large range of cacti, succulents, annuals and perennials that thrive in our tropical climate.

The cluster of nurseries near Choa Chu Kang town is a personal favourite weekend haunt, and one of the biggest in Singapore. Folks living in the north may find it more convenient to visit the nurseries at Bah Soon Pah Road, while a central option would be the nurseries along Thomson Road.

Many supermarkets also offer plants for sale – you can often find typical potted houseplants such as the pothos or dumbcane going at relatively low prices. You could chance upon less common varieties such as the monstera adansonii too.

How do I choose plants?

Starting your garden with healthy plants is the best way to keep your gardening passion going. Stressed plants often do not survive, and will die quickly despite all your tender loving care.

Go for plants with shiny green foliage, and avoid those with yellowing or browning leaves. Curled or droopy leaves are also signs that the plant is stressed due to various possible reasons such as a lack of water or nutrients.

Evaluate the stems too – you want multiple stocky stems, rather than tall leggy ones which are often a sign of overcrowding or neglect.

Another tip is to look out for growth! A plant with new unfurling leaves and compact buds tend to be healthier than plants with fallen petals or weeds in the soil mix.

Finally, inspect carefully for any signs of pests or diseases. Hold the plant up to the light and check both sides of its leaves, stems and the potting soil. Avoid plants with black deposits and spots or discolouring on its leaves, which could be due to insects or fungi. Holes and mushy or sticky parts on the plant are also symptoms of ill health.

Do I need to re-pot my new plants right away?

This depends on the condition of your new plants. In general, plants should go with pots that are just right in size.

Overly small pots lead to tangled roots, which you might notice growing through the bottom of the pot. Tangled roots may suggest that the plant has become pot-bound and has not been getting enough soil nutrients. Re-potting the plant in a bigger container might be preferable in this case. Nonetheless, there are some exceptions including popular plants like the asparagus fern, spider plant and Boston fern, which may do better being root-bound.

On the other hand, plants in overly big pots may not be able to fully absorb all the moisture in the soil, which could lead to root rot and diseases.

Follow MyNiceHome for more articles on how to care for your houseplants! Leave us a comment and tell us what other gardening content you would like to see. 🙂

By Kay Liao
February 14, 2018

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Avoid hits and misses with your interior renovation. Here are some tips to guide you along.

Renovation Tips

What Should I Tell My Interior Designer?

Having settled into my second home, I now totally believe that interior design is really important. It adds that extra ‘oomph’ so that your home can be the welcoming abode after a hard day’s work.

Before you engage an interior designer (ID) to renovate your home, you need to discuss with them and ensure they understand your requirements. Though they are professionals, they are not mind readers. 🙂

Here are some tips to guide you along.


Let your ID know if you have a favourite style or look you want to create. You can collate clippings from design magazines of rooms you love as reference. Show them to the ID so that he/ she can get a clear idea of your tastes and know how to help you achieve the look that you like.


No one wants to live around something they never liked in the first place, be it a colour or a piece of furniture. So it is necessary for your ID to know your dislikes to avoid any major changes downstream after the renovation has started.


Surely, budget comes to mind with every interior design project. It is the most critical factor in choosing what you can and cannot do with your home decor. The ID should be able to estimate how much the project would cost and give you a realistic budget. Discuss ways to save money or reduce the budget if your expectations are too high for the amount you want to spend. Your ID could suggest concentrating on an area in your home that might be more affordable.


Discuss a realistic deadline with your ID. Is there any special event you need the home to be ready for? Like everyone else, IDs are busy people and you are probably not the only client. Avoid asking for a deadline that is too tight else you might end up with a much bigger bill.

Items to recycle or reuse

Let your ID know if you are recycling or reusing old furniture or a favourite painting so that they can integrate them into the design of your new home. Or if you have ‘green’ requirements for your decor, tell your ID too.

Having an ID to work with on your interior design, be it small or large-scale, will definitely help you get the result you are looking for, and even keep you from making costly mistakes. Have you engaged an interior designer before? Share your tips with us at mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg.

By Serene Fong
February 13, 2018

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