Where Can I Get Composting Worms?

Did you know the native composting worm in Singapore is called the Malaysian Blue Worm? It is also known as Perionyx Excavates.

On the other hand, Red Worms (also known as Tiger Worms) are not common or native here as they are more suited to temperate climates.

Wondering where to get your hands on live composting worms? You’ll find plenty of options below.


If you’re residing in Singapore

We recommend asking in the Facebook groups above as there are people giving and selling away composting worms from time to time. Some of them are pretty noteworthy and affordable. There are also hobbyists sharing tips and snapshots of their vermicomposting experience!

You may also buy composting worms in Singapore via the links above. Unfortunately, the prices are pretty steep compared to our western counterparts. Most local sources are selling their worms at SGD25 for 100g of worms. (Note: 100g is about 80 adult-sized composting worms.)


If you’re residing overseas

Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm Red Wiggler Live Composting Worms

Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm is one of the go-to sources for live composting red worms. They come in various amounts that will suit projects of any size.

In this purchase link, 500 red worms is a great amount of worms to start any compost project. You may also purchase them in larger amounts, such as 2000 worms, 4000 worms, and even 5000 worms!

Not only that, you may use these worms as a delicious high-protein treat for any aquarium fish.

This company promises live delivery of worms, and they take pride in their responsive customer service—you get to even speak to live worm experts!


Helpful tips

For beginners, we always recommend getting just a small batch of worms, especially if you’re vermicomposting for the first time. That way, if anything goes wrong, any loss is minimal.

Do you know that composting worms double in population every 3 months? Starting with a small batch of 80 worms could yield you about 160 worms in 3 months. These worms could double again to 320 worms by the sixth month!

So it’s perfectly okay to start small. You may take your time to experiment, get used to your new “pets,” and slowly populate them over time.


Recommended resources on worm composting

“What Can Red Wrigglers Eat?” 13×19″ Infographic – this is a quick and easy reference if you’re wondering what you should feed to your red worms.


How To Start A Worm Bin

Learn how you can turn food scraps into valuable, high-quality fertilizer by starting your own worm bin.

In one easy-to-read book, you will learn how to construct a bin, maintain the right environment, and foster a thriving worm pile.

Worms Eat My Garbage, 35th Anniversary Edition: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System: Compost Food Waste, Produce Fertilizer for Houseplants and Garden, and Educate Your Kids and Family

For more than three decades, this best-selling guide to the practice of vermicomposting has taught people how to use worms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for houseplants or gardens.

Small-scale, self-contained worm bins can be kept indoors, in a basement, or even under the kitchen sink in an apartment—making vermicomposting a great option for city dwellers and anyone who doesn’t want or can’t have an outdoor compost pile.

This fully revised 35th anniversary edition has up-to-date information on the entire process, from building or purchasing a bin (readily available at garden supply stores) to maintaining the worms and harvesting the finished compost.


Worms Eat My Garbage: How To Set Up And Maintain A Worm Composting System

A new edition of the definitive guide to vermicomposting—using red worms to recycle human food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants. Get illustrated instructions on setting up and maintaining small-scale worm composting systems.

Topics include: bin types, worm species, reproduction, care and feeding of worms, harvesting, and how to make the finished product of potting soil.


The Worm Farmer’s Handbook: Mid To Large-Scale Vermicomposting For Farms, Businesses, Municipalities, Schools And Institutions

Turning waste into wealth sounds too good to be true, but many worm farmers are finding that vermicomposting is a reliable way to do just that.

Vermicast―a biologically active, nutrient-rich mix of earthworm castings and decomposed organic matter―sells for US$400 or more per cubic yard.

Compare that to regular compost, sold at about US$30 a cubic yard, and you’ll see why vermicomposting has taken root.

Vermicomposting is also one of the best sustainable solutions for organic waste management. Its compost has higher nutrient levels and lower soluble salt content than regular compost, and it improves soil aeration, porosity, and water retention. Plus, vermicast suppresses plant diseases and insect attacks.

Municipalities, businesses, community gardens, schools, and universities can set up vermicomposting operations to process food residuals and other waste materials.

The Worm Farmer’s Handbook details the ins and outs of vermicomposting for mid- to large-scale operations, including how to recycle organic materials ranging from food wastes and yard trimmings to manure and shredded office paper.

Hope this helps in kickstarting your vermicomposting adventure! Share this post if you find it useful!

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