Chinese New Year Flowers and Plants in Singapore

Singapore Orchids for Chinese New Year
Singapore Orchids for Chinese New Year

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore and Asia

Flowers and Plants arrive in abundance when Chinese New Year (CNY) in Singapore and among the Chinese communities in Asia approaches. Flowers are usually imported from China and neighbouring countries. Florists in Singapore, flower nurseries and gardens are stocked with all kinds of flowers and plants to bring great cheer to start the Chinese Lunar New Year. Homes are spring cleaned, the additional of auspicious flowers and plants bring the feeling of a good beginning for the Chinese as they celebrate and usher in the year of the OX.

Mandarin Oranges and Four Seasons Lime Potted Plants at a Flower Nursery in Singapore
Mandarin Oranges and Four Seasons Lime Potted Plants at a Flower Nursery in Singapore

Auspicious, Symbolic Meanings - Lunar New Year Plants and Flowers

During Chinese New Year (CNY) good and nice words are often used and exchanged. Prosperity, Success, Healthy, Riches, Wealth, Growth, Abundance, Harmony, Peace, Joy and Luck are just some meaningful and positive words exchanged among relatives, friends and business partners. Flowers and Plants are bought for their auspicious and symbolic meanings, as gifts for friends and business associates during Chinese New Year, to wish them well for the New Year.

Mandarin Oranges during Chinese New Year
Mandarin Oranges during Chinese New Year

Mandarin Oranges for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year has to have Mandarin Oranges which come in different sizes. Some belief that the bigger it is , the bigger it represents bigger opportunities. A BIG Harvest and prosperity, it also speaks of sweet success, wishing that all these will come in the coming New Year. During Chinese New Year, greetings accompanied with a pair of oranges is a traditional practice among the Chinese. It symbolises GOLD and all the good wishes for the new year.

Four Seasons Lime Potted Plant
Four Seasons Lime Potted Plant

Four Seasons Lime - Plant

Four Seasons Lime are usually potted and decorated with red ribbons, and other decorations to make it look so elegant. The small 1 inch diameter size fruits symbolize gold nuggets. The orange, bright yellow lime fruits and the luscious leaves that blend well with the fruits, bring about great symbolic, auspicious meaning to those who place them at the doorway or within the living room. It is supposed bring about abundant good luck and wealth for the year.

CocksComb flower in full bloom
CocksComb flower in full bloom

CocksComb

Beautiful wavy, velvety flowers of the Cockscomb is such a delightful sight. With Red blooms which represent good wishes, these potted plants are usually bought in pairs and placed at doorways or gates, representing double happiness and bliss for the family and home.

Phoenix Tail, FengWei, Celosia
Phoenix Tail, FengWei, Celosia

Phoenix Tail - Celosia

The chinese name is Feng Wei which translated is Phoenix Tail. Celosia is its botanical name. Usually come in yellow and red, they look like a tail. This flower represents harmony and good fortune.

The Crassula, the Jade Plant
The Crassula, the Jade Plant

Crassula, Jade Plant

The leaves are emerald green, like the colour of Jade. Crassula is also known as the Jade Plant. It symbolises prosperity, continuous growth, wealth and fortune. With little red ribbons, it is great piece to decorate the table and the home during Chinese New Year.

Yellow Chrysanthemum
Yellow Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

With an auspicious meaning for Chinese New Year, the Chrysanthemum symbolises perfection, optimism and joy. To some it is an object of meditation. Usually in yellow and orange, it comes in small and big blooms, beautifying the garden or the living room.

Red Azalea
Red Azalea

Azalea

To the Chinese at New Year, the Azalea symbolises harmony and smoothness of flow in life. Red again is an auspicious colour for the Chinese New Year, symbolizing all forms of goodness. It is believed it helps to foster and also strengthen relationships. When in full bloom, it is like a big bouquet of flowers. A beautiful sight indeed.

Pussy Willows
Pussy Willows

Pussy Willows

Pussy willows are known for its white or silvery buds which are silky, when blooms and emerald green leaves sprout to give it a new lease of life. They symbolise a new beginning, prosperity and signs of growth. They are usually sold in bunches and are beautiful in a long vase.

Chinese New Year Plants and Flowers

Bell Shape Chilli Peppers
Bell Shape Chilli Peppers
Chilli Padi
Chilli Padi
Euphorbia
Euphorbia
Wang Lai Hua, Guzmanias
Wang Lai Hua, Guzmanias
Pitcher Plant, Nepenthes
Pitcher Plant, Nepenthes
Ardisia Crenata Berries
Ardisia Crenata Berries

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Comments 26 comments

Chinaflowers 3 years ago from China

Flower is a faddish gift to transfer affection from one to another and moreover,Is the expectation to the better things, Also is a way to express feelings.


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Hui (蕙) 4 years ago

Happy new year of dragon!


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jeremytorres 4 years ago

Chinese New Year is really amazing and so much fun! Love visiting ASIA.


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KMattox 5 years ago from USA

Wow Great hub,wonderful pictures. I enjoyed reading about the flowers and gained more understanding of Chinese New Year. I voted up and awesome.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Well done hub with beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Voted up and beautiful.


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infoels1 5 years ago

i too big fan of plants and flowers.you hub is great.


DavidLivingston 5 years ago

Very nice post. Keep posting like this.


Taijiquan 6 years ago

nice


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jollytan 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Tim, i think it is quite similar wherever chinese new year is celebrated. Besides for decorative purpose, many buy this for luck or better FengShui/Geomancy.


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tim-tim 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

Nice hub! Thanks for sharing. I am sure it is similar in HK.


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pinkhawk 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

wow...they are magnificent Sir... thank you for sharing, i learn something interesting and more information about flowers... :)


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britneydavidson 7 years ago from united kingdom

wow really great work done...cool pics...i wish i can see them in real....great job done.


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jollytan 7 years ago from Singapore Author

I am glad to hear you love the hub and pictures. Cheers!


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Botanical_Toots 7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

I love all of the pictures! Excellent Hub!


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nancydodds1 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Nice hub!


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jollytan 7 years ago from Singapore Author

Great to know that you like it, laringo. Thanks for your comments!


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

Thanks for sharing the Chinese history and relationship with these beautiful flowers. Flowers are natures gifts that are so very precious.


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jollytan 7 years ago from Singapore Author

Thank you for spending time to enjoy this page, and find it refreshing, Jawad. As a Chinese I will be celebrating this tradition of exchanging good and auspicious words with my family and dear friends this Chinese New Year on Monday 26 Jan 09.


Jawad UK  7 years ago

Great work dear. Its so refreshing.


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jollytan 7 years ago from Singapore Author

Chi.... glad you like it. Wishes of good health and strength to you this Chinese New Year too!


julia lou 7 years ago

Thanks Jolly for the info and beautiful pictures...looking forward to more symbols for the CNY celebrations. A Very Happy and Prosperous Year of the OX to all...


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jollytan 7 years ago from Singapore Author

Jerilee...glad you appreciate this hub. Small world indeed, you have some of your relatives in Singapore.


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Loved learning about some of these plants and what they mean to the Chinese. I've seen some of them in visits to HK at the Flower market. Have a nephew living in Singapore, Justin Wood married to Evelyn Tan. Great hub!


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jollytan 7 years ago from Singapore Author

Thank you for your greetings, Journey*! Glad you enjoyed the flowers and plants. I happened to be there for a visit and thought I should share with everyone what I could capture with my camera.


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA

Happy new year jollytan! These are beautiful flowers and plants.


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jollytan 7 years ago from Singapore Author

What do you think of these beautiful flowers and plants?... great for cheerful and bright Chinese New Year celebration, I believe. To all the Chinese and all those celebrating CNY out there.... Wishing you a Great Year in the Year of the OX 2009!

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