Urban Jungle Beccles: the reasons for the craze for indoor plants

Published:
1:00 p.m. January 22, 2022



Pandemic plant parents are sweeping cacti and calatheas off the shelves in their masses, with the new trend being to create an “inner jungle”.

From small plants such as the Venus flytrap to the largest snake plant, the choice available to green-fingered folks is now limitless.

And the shopping bonanza is no different at Urban Jungle Suffolk – just outside Beccles – which opened in August 2017 and specializes in selling an eclectic range of indoor plants.


Liz Browne, partner at the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery in Beccles, with some popular terrariums as indoor plants for 2022. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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The nursery provides a unique shopping experience for customers and introduced a Mediterranean-style planting section in 2019.

Liz Browne, partner at Urban Jungle, talked about some of the recent bestsellers.


A monstera (cheeseplant) makes a comeback as one of the popular indoor plants at Urban Jungle Pl

A monstera (cheeseplant) is making a comeback among the popular indoor plants at the Urban Jungle Plant nursery in Beccles. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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She said: “By far our most popular is the monstera cheese factory.


Spider plants are making a comeback among the popular houseplants at the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery

Spider plants are making a comeback as a popular houseplant at Beccles’ Urban Jungle Plant nursery. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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“They like to grow in dark spaces and don’t need a lot of watering, so they’re popular with people who are just starting out growing houseplants.


The monstera obliqua (monkey mask) one of the popular houseplants at the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery

The monstera obliqua (monkey mask) is one of the popular houseplants at Beccles’ Urban Jungle Plant Nursery. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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“These plants never seem to go out of style and are popular with people of all ages.

“Spider plants are another popular plant.


One of the popular houseplants at the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery in Beccles, alicasia amazonica 'Po

Alocasia Amazonica ‘Polly’ is one of the popular houseplants from the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery in Beccles. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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“These are really entry-level plants and are incredibly easy to care for.


A maranta fascinator, one of the popular houseplants from the Urban Jungle Plant nursery in Beccles.

A maranta fascinator, one of the popular houseplants from the Urban Jungle Plant nursery in Beccles. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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“Other bestsellers include goeppertia, monkey mask, alocasia amazonica, asparagus fern and maranta fascinator.”


One of the popular houseplants from the Urban Jungle Plant nursery in Beccles, the asparagus fern.  Picture

One of the popular houseplants from the Urban Jungle Plant nursery in Beccles, the asparagus fern. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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Browne says a number of factors are driving adoption by people who buy houseplants.

She said: “Buying houseplants is a huge trend right now and it’s definitely growing in popularity.


Nessa Burkovska, nursery assistant at the Urban Jungle Plant nursery in Beccles.  Image: DENISE BRA

Nessa Burkovska, nursery assistant at the Urban Jungle Plant nursery in Beccles. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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“This is particularly growing among young people, who often live in apartments and have no outdoor space to grow garden plants.

“These people are investing in nature and creating their own inner jungles.

“The lockdown has also played a huge role in adoption as more and more people are now working from home on a permanent basis.

“Our sales during the pandemic have exploded.”

Ms Browne said the business had to adapt when the lockdown hit.


The urban jungle plant nursery in Beccles.  Photo: DENISE BRADLEY

The urban jungle plant nursery in Beccles. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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She explained: “When we went into the first lockdown in March 2020, we had all these houseplants sitting down.

“As a company, we therefore quickly turned to an online delivery service which has been a huge success with our customers.

“We also came up with the idea of ​​mystery boxes, offering plants and mystery gifts and it was well received by people.”

Tips for starting a plant collection


Liz Browne, partner of the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery in Beccles, with some terrariums, popular as h

Liz Browne, offered some tips for people wanting to start a plant collection. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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Liz Browne gave some helpful tips for budding plant parents: start small.


Mini plants at the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery in Beccles to make your own terrariums.  Photo: DENIS

Mini plants are great for anyone looking to start a houseplant collection. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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“Don’t buy expensive plants that need a lot of care,” she said.

“Mini plants or spider plants are best for first time plant purchases because they are relatively inexpensive and don’t require much care.

“They are easy to care for and grow in dark spaces.


Mini plants at the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery in Beccles to make your own terrariums.  Photo: DENIS

Mini plants at the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery in Beccles to make your own terrariums. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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“It also gives people time to learn the plant’s watering schedule and ensures they understand the maintenance process.

“A big mistake first-time plant growers make is overwatering their plants.


Mini plants in a terrarium at the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery in Beccles.  Photo: DENISE BRADLEY

Mini plants in a terrarium at the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery in Beccles. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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She added: “From there, it’s always best to buy from someone with experience.

“All of our employees have their own indoor plants and although our care instructions are accurate, it’s always best to ask the staff how to look after them.”


Living cats Baz and Musa, who keep an eye on the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery in Beccles.  Picture

Living cats Baz and Musa, who keep an eye on the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery in Beccles. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
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