UK: Father spends £6,000 turning his family home into a giant greenhouse full of 200 species of plants

A fern-loving father has transformed his home into an indoor jungle - after blowing £6,000 on exotic and indoor plants, much to his wife's dismay.

Jonny Balchandani (Source: Kennedy News and Media)

Digital marketer Jonny Balchandani, 34, has taken over the family home in Malvern, Worcestershire, with over 200 species of flora and fauna. But the bustling indoor bushes have proved a obstacle for long-suffering wife Charlotte Evans, 33, who often gets 'smacked in the face' by leaves and bushes. Tolerant Charlotte admits she found her hubby's 'vice' a bit of a 'slap in the face' at first and but has learnt to love the greenery.

Jonny 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.

'With COVID-19 hitting and being on lockdown, it took over the second level of the house. I went from having about 20 plants to having over 600 in the house then propagating them. 'The greenhouse has over 1,000 different indoor and outdoor plants, and succulents and cacti now. 'Unfortunately, to my wife's dismay, I don't feel there are too many. 'However, I do go through phases where there are some plants that I've become slightly less of a fan of, in which case they get moved out to the greenhouse and replaced with something else. But I think there's always space to add more to the jungle. I've built up layers where there's no shelves, I have hanging plants.'

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