Joe Bagley, a 20-year-old from Leicestershire in England, really loves house plants. With over 1,400 in his collection, pretty much every square inch of his living space is full of them and he wants even more. His one-bedroom apartment is full of everything from cacti to succulents and other tropical plants and is like a bona fide jungle and it looks incredible.
- Bagley has a passion and it’s admirable. He even created his own website, UKhouseplants.com, to share the extensive knowledge he’s picked up over the years with others who might like to begin growing their own or simply purchasing house plants to fill their own spaces. He has no advertising not the site and says he’s not interested in making money but instead just wants to share his love of greenery with the world. Amazing!
- Every room is packed with house plants and that’s how Bagley likes it. “I love it every morning when I wake up and walk around, it’s lovely,” he said. “There’s not a single room without plants in, and every room is chockablock.” He not only has a total of 477 terracotta pots covering his floor, but plants on every bookshelf, countertop, and other available surfaces.
- He’s spent a lot of money on his collection. Bagley estimates that his house plant collection, much of which he’s accumulated during his time working at a local garden center, has cost him about £3500 ($4375), which is no small amount. He also spends several hours a day watering them all, and we all know time is money.
- Bagley has a sixth sense about his house plants. “I have a sixth sense for knowing when something needs watering. I can just be walking past a plant and I know,” he said. “I have even been known to wake up at 1 a.m. and think, ‘Hang on, one of my orchids needs watering.'” I feel him on that one. I have a six sense about the cookies that need eating in the kitchen. Totally the same thing, right?
- If you want to see more from Bagley and his house plants, here’s how. You can follow him on Instagram, where he regularly posts photos of his collection, or check out his website for more information on how to get your own started.