A man who is obsessed with gardening has been dubbed ‘jungle boy’, after spreading 1,400 houseplants across every inch of his home including the bath.
Joe Bagley, 20, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, has transformed his one-bedroom converted coach house into an indoor jungle, overflowing with tropical plants, flowers, cacti, succulents and vines.
The 477 terracotta pots housing Joe’s captivating collection not only covers all of his spare floor space but adorns every bookshelf, the staircase, dining table, bedside cabinet and even the bath.
The garden centre worker who has splurged £3,500 on his plants, dedicates several hours every day to keeping them fed and watered.
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Joe Bagley, 20, (pictured) from Loughborough, Leicestershire, has turned his one-bedroom house into an indoor jungle, after covering every inch of the property in houseplants
Joe who owns 1,400 houseplants, revealed visitors struggled to navigate his home because of the tropical plants, flowers, cacti, succulents and vines. Pictured: Joe’s bathroom
Joe said he has some plants that he doesn’t remember buying, it’s like he has an addiction. Pictured: The dining area of Joe’s home
The avid green thumb has even been known to wake up suddenly in the middle of the night due to his ‘sixth sense’ telling him that one of the plants needs some TLC.
Despite his ever-growing greenery often making his home hard to navigate for visitors, Joe has no plans to stop adding to his collection and admits it has become an ‘addiction’.
He has even taken to ‘smuggling’ plants into his home at night or hidden under his coat because his grandmother who lives across the road, is always telling him off for buying too many.
Joe said: ‘I love it every morning when I wake up and walk around, it’s lovely.
‘There’s not a single room without plants in and every room is chockablock.
‘There’s plants on the stairs, dinner table, my bedside cabinet. I’m always thinking of new places to put more.
‘I have some plants in here and I don’t know where they came from. I can’t remember buying them. It’s like I have an addiction.
Joe revealed there has been times when plants have been blocking doors and only he knows how to get around them. Pictured: The living room of Joe’s house
Joe (pictured) who works in a gardening centre, puts his ‘special plants’ in the bathroom during spring and summer
The 20-year-old spends several hours each day looking after his collection, ensuring they are regularly taken outside to get rid of any dust. Pictured: A room in Joe’s house
‘At one point there were plants blocking the door and only I knew how to get past without knocking them over.
‘I’ve had to clear the doorways now and create a bit of a path so people can get around.
‘Going to the bathroom you do have to brush some of the leaves out of the way.
‘In the spring and summer that’s the best room in the house for the plants because there’s a skylight above the bath so the special plants go in there.
‘There’s a plant growing in the bathroom and the vines are four metres long. It’s started to come into the shower with vines growing between my Head and Shoulders and shower gel.
‘I spend several hours a day looking after them all. I regularly take them outside to hose them down and get rid of any dust.
Joe prunes his plants once, every two to four weeks as part of a big spring clean. Pictured: The hallway of Joe’s home
Joe (pictured) claims he has a sixth sense that alerts him to when his plants are in need of watering
‘Once every two to four weeks I do a big spring clean where I prune everything.
‘I have a sixth sense for knowing when something needs watering. I can just be walking past a plant and I know.
‘I have even been known to wake up at 1am and think “Hang on, one of my orchids needs watering”.
‘I have read so many articles and studies that say humans need to be around plants. When I’m somewhere without any plants I feel a bit weird. I don’t feel like a jungle boy anymore.’
Joe developed his passion for all greenery great and small at age 13, after his grandma gifted him a cutting of her spider plant.
As the South African flowering plant grew and blossomed so did his fascination with all things horticulture-related.
Joe Bagley’s border collie also enjoys all the greenery around their home in Loughborough, Leicestershire
Joe who shares his gardening tips online, revealed he has aspirations of owning his own jungle cafe. Pictured: A room in Joe’s home
When the 20-year-old moved out of his family home in August 2018, Joe had 100 plants but suddenly having his own space to fill saw his collection bloom to the 1,400 he has today.
While stocking up on pots and plants has set him back a few thousand pounds over the years, he has been lucky to receive much of his collection as gifts from friends and family.
Joe has also developed a penchant for caring for battered and dying plants that he picks up in sales and ‘revives’.
With every new plant he has bought or rescued from near-death, Joe has gained a huge amount of knowledge which he plans to use to launch his dream business – a jungle cafe.
But until he can fund his cafe, Joe is building up a ‘fan base’ sharing all his tips and experiences on his website www.ukhouseplants.com
Joe (pictured) admits he has to smuggle plants into his home, to avoid being told off by his grandmother who lives across the road
Joe enjoys nursing plants back to health, that have had their prices reduced because they’re half dead. Pictured: A room in Joe’s house
Joe said: ‘My grandma always tells me off if I buy more plants so I have to hide them in my car until she goes to bed and then smuggle them in.
‘She gets a bit annoyed when she comes around and sees 30 more plants than there were last time but the rest of my family and friends love it. They laugh but in a good way.
‘I’ve spent about three and a half grand over the years which might seem crazy but most people could easily spend that on their hobbies and I’ve got something lasting out of it.
‘I will buy plants that are reduced in price because they’re half dead and nurse them back to health. After a couple of months, they look brilliant.
‘I can spend £2 on a rare half dead plant and nurse it back to health and not only have I got a great plant but I’ve learned so much in the process. It’s nice.
‘I love the process of looking after them and watching them grow. I love having something that relies on me to look after it.
People have begun giving their plants to Joe, for him to revive it and give it back after a few months. Pictured: Joe in his bathroon
‘These plants would be dead if I wasn’t there to look after them.
‘People have started to see me like a plant hospital. If a plant has died, people bring it to me and I revive it and give it back a few months later.
‘I have got my own little website and people from around the world send me messages and photos of their plants asking for advice. It’s so nice being able to help them.
‘Over winter I keep the flat at about 16 degrees. Grandma doesn’t like it because she finds it a bit cold but the best way to get them to flower better is to give them a proper winter.
Joe revealed his collection includes a Christmas cactus from his step-uncle that was brought in the seventies. Pictured: Joe’s bathroom
Joe (pictured) said his addition for buying plants makes him an easy person to shop for on Christmas and birthdays
‘The plants need that winter dormancy period. It’s also the best way to get them to live for years. Plants can last for at least 20 years.
‘I have a Christmas cactus from my step-uncle that his mum got in the seventies. That plant has been around since the days of Abba, It’s quite crazy.
‘It’s just something a bit different. I am a bit addicted to buying plants but when they’re only £3 that’s only a Tesco meal deal.
‘If I starve myself for a day that’s it. That easily seals the deal for me.
‘I have also been gifted a lot of my plants over the years. I’m always easy to buy for on Christmases and birthdays.’
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