Doncaster man turns his home into a jungle with plants to help him ease lockdown stress

A Doncaster man has over 60 house plants in his home to get him through the lockdown - he says they help him reduce stress.

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 2:41 pm

Jerry Gebbie has always loved plants and is a self processed garden enthusiast.

But it wasn’t until the first national lockdown that he began to collect rare and unusual fauna.

Jerry, 37, from Balby, said: “I have always liked plants but the frenzy didn’t start until lockdown.

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Jerry Gebbie, plant enthusiast.

“The spare bedroom has become my jungle, my escape.”

Jerry now owns around 60 house plants and they are tucked away in every corner of his home.

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“You can add them to the walls, in the bathroom and even into shady corners,” he said.

Jerry has 60 plants in his home.

But the plants are not just decoration, Jerry said that through caring for them it has helped his mental health.

“Watching them grow has helped me with mindfulness,” he continued.

“Routinely checking the leaves and watering them puts me in a positive headspace.

“This year has brought such a sense of the unknown and constant change.

“But watching plants slowly grow has put a smile on my face.”

Jerry said that the plants have given him a purpose to get up in the morning and it has helped him connect with others online.

His favourite plant is the Monstera Thai Constellation which he described as a statement plant.

Interestingly it is not a plant found in nature but one grown with tissue cultures.

Jerry’s next mission is to tackle his garden.

“Seeing the new shoots this spring has given me such a sense of achievement,” he said.

See more of his plants on his Instagram here.

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