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Dad Spends £6,000 Turning House Into Indoor Jungle With 2,000 Plants

Dad Spends £6,000 Turning House Into Indoor Jungle With 2,000 Plants

Jonny Balchandani has around 2,000 plants which regularly smack his wife in the face as she tries to navigate around their home

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

A green-fingered dad has splurged £6,000 ($8,400) transforming his home into a sprawling 'indoor jungle' with more than 2,000 plants. Take a look here:

Jonny Balchandani originally began collecting plants after missing the British countryside while city-living abroad however now he's returned to Malvern, Worcestershire, his 'passion' has taken over the family home.

The 34-year-old marketing director has filled every room of their barn conversion home with more than 200 species of tropical and indoor plants. Unfortunately his wife, Charlotte Evans, isn't overjoyed.

Charlotte, 33, says that she routinely gets 'smacked in the face' in the face while being forced to navigate her way around her own home through bushes, leaves and shrubs.

Jonny Balchandani.
Kennedy News and Media
Kennedy News and Media

Despite Charlotte learning to love the greenery (I mean, it sounds like she doesn't have much choice), at times she fears the house is 'being taken over by plants'.

Meanwhile the couple's children Phoenix Rayne, three, and Tallulah Rose, two, don't even need to go outside to play hide and seek in the brush - they can have just the same adventure indoors thanks to the 'jungle'.

Jonny, from Malvern, Worcestershire, said: "It's literally like walking into a little jungle. Every day I spend, on average, a couple of hours looking after everything.

"To me, it's two hours to myself during the day rather than a chore. Plants give you that time to be with yourself. I'd probably say we have more than 2,000 plants now. It really is like an indoor jungle. It's just become a total passion.

"I've spent about £5,000 to £6,000 on plants over time. If I put everything together, there's probably about that much here. People who visit the house tend to be slightly shocked."

Jonny with wife Charlotte and children Phoenix Rayne and Tallulah Rose.
Kennedy News and Media

Charlotte said: "I've always had a love for the plants, but I've never met somebody who's got so much of a passion for plants in general - indoor and outdoor.

"It was a bit of a slap in the face at first but [now] I see his passion and how good he is at keeping plants alive.

"Being able to help Jonny and get involved in watering and repotting is so therapeutic. I genuinely really enjoy it. Jonny doesn't go out and drink, he just plays with his plants. That's his vice.

"He started off with a few plants then it slowly moved into the living room and now it's all the way from one end of the living room to the other, all the way up the stairs and they're all dangling from the roof.

"It's kind of taking over. Sometimes I think to myself 'oh my god, it's actually turning into a jungle'.

Kennedy News and Media
Kennedy News and Media

"I'm so house proud and when he's repotting his plants all the time, and the mess, it's a nightmare, but when you can sit and look at it, it's beautiful.

"There are one or two plants that he has to move every so often because we're both quite tall and it grows. When we walk past, they hit you in the face. When you go up the stairs you have to duck and dive to get away from the plants."

Jonny says he has at least 10 plants that have been with him 'right from the beginning' including his beloved cheese plant which he's owned for 15 years from a tiny little wet stick - it's now got leaves that are nearly a meter long. Impressive.

Now the self-titled 'bearded hippy' is inspiring the nation after launching his Instagram page The Bearded Plantaholic, where he shares pictures of his amazing plant-based paradise and has amassed more than 3,400 followers in four months.

You can follow Jonny here.

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

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