Morgan Plants is the brainchild of cinematographer and nature enthusiast Jayesh Mohan.Jayesh and his friend Wini Sudharman buy plants from local nurseries, arrange them in beautiful pots and deliver them to their customers who order these via Instagram
KOCHI: Ever heard of ordering a plant from a cinematographer? Sounds odd, but in Kochi, nothing is impossible. All one needs to have is - wait for it - passion. Jayesh Mohan has been in the film industry for the past six years. In fact, he was the director of photography for Mayanadhi, released at the end of 2017.
Jayesh woke up to the concept of gifting plants a few years ago. “I have always been passionate about plants. The idea for an online plant store just came to me suddenly.
I did my research about it for a year and finally, started Morgan Plants two years ago,” Jayesh told Express. “Director Aashiq Abu calls me Morgan and the name stuck. So when the store became a reality, I decided to call it ‘Morgan Plants’.”“I want people to start gifting plants to each other. This so much better than gifting plastic or useless things.”
For this, he mainly buys and grows succulents and cacti from nurseries in Kochi and Thrissur, and even from Kodai and Ooty. “In Kerala, we are getting used to gifting plants. The idea is to make people interested in the concept of plants. This interest can be built with attractive plants,” he said.
Customers can directly order through the store’s Instagram page. “I arrange the plants in beautiful pots with cute pebbles. A friend of mine Wini Sudharman helps me with it,” he said. “I also help giving people surprises. If anyone from around the world wants to gift a plant to someone in Kochi, I will deliver it to that person.”
Based in Kochi, the online store’s promotion is made by word of mouth and through Instagram. An exhibition was organised in association with Papaya Media recently. “I will soon open a small outlet at Cafe Papaya,” said Jayesh.
Furthermore, he wants Morgan’s Plants to be the stepping stone to a green city. “I honestly want people to plant more and keep Kochi green,” he said.Jayesh will be behind the camera for Shane Nigam-starrer Painkili, directed by debutant Devan.
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The store mainly grows succulents and cacti because it is easy to maintain and can grow anywhere. It can also grow anywhere with minimal watering.