Growing A Jungle In My New York Apartment

SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: I think my friends and strangers alike, like they come into my house
and they don’t even say anything at first, it’s just kind of like the jaw drop. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: Hey there. Welcome to my apartment. COMM: This is Summer – an environmentalist, model and author, who has over 500 plants in her Brooklyn apartment. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: So, when people come into the house, I like this element of feeling
like they are walking through a forest. My friends would always get like whacked in the
face with the branch, but I was like, ‘That’s the point, you’re like walking through the forest.’ COMM: Over the past six years she has amassed a staggering collection of indoor plants. INTERVIEWER: So how many different types of plants?
SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: I would say that this is a borderline obsession. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: So this is my kitchen space and I love it because I love the green
on the walls and the green plants. This is kind of a cool plant. It’s called the toothache
plant and if you eat this, it’s kind of like getting a shot of Novacane with a little
Sichuan pepper involved. My mom and dad named me like Summer Rayne, like a lot of people
ask me if that’s my real name. My dad always jokes like, ‘You could have become a porn
star or an environmentalist.’ SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: And that’s my couch. Just like a little, just like a little place
to kind of just come and sit and rest and relax. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: So this is the place where I kind of like work/sleep. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: This is the first plant that started it all. This is my fiddly fig.
I grew up in the country, so it was so natural for me to have like plants in my life. In
fact like, I think it’s so unnatural not to have plants. In August, I converted this
from a closet to a kitchen grow garden. So I have everything from like lemon scented
geranium to broadleaf thyme, taro root, Cuban sage, bananas, have some pineapples, we have
some micro greens, this is peppercorn. That’s a sweet potato, this is actually what the
little slip of the sweet potato will eventually grow into, and you can actually even see the
sweet potato starting to pop out of the soil, so that will probably be ready for picking
in about a month’s time which is totally cool. COMM: Summer typically spends around $100 a month on plants and 30 minutes a day taking
care of them. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: It’s hard to walk into a plant shop without wanting to buy a plant. It’s tough. MADELINE SACHS: Yeah, she is in here all the time. She is always buying plants or pots or dirt. COMM: And it’s not just money and time that she invests in her evergrowing collection. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: This is kind of like whacky, but I started to read one of these books and
it talked about like plants and music. And wouldn’t you know that plants do have a preference
for different kinds of music? And I thought that was like pretty cool, so they prefer
Vedic chants. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: And then it goes into classical music. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: Then it goes into rock music. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: And then it goes into heavy metal. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: And then it goes into no music. So I thought like, ‘Wow, super
trippy,’ but then at the end of the day, like they’re living breathing creatures
and, you know, what’s great about them is they don’t like, talk back. Now that I found
out that plants enjoy the music too then I do play it a little bit louder than before. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: I don’t really talk to my plants and in that kind of way, although
sometimes. Yeah, sometimes I’ll pass by and I’ll like touch a leaf. There’ll definitely
be like kind of loving energy. COMM: And Summer plans to carry on expanding her plant empire into the future. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: So how I’d like to carry this on in the future would probably be getting
a plot of land in a community garden, continuing gardening and inspiring others to get their
garden on. SUMMER RAYNE OAKES: I mean I think the new cat lady is the plant lady. I’m gonna be
like crazy plant lady when I get older. I’m already the crazy plant lady.

100 Replies to “Growing A Jungle In My New York Apartment”

  1. Chasewalker156 says:

    can i get the playlist she plays for her plants

  2. Cecilia Chang says:

    May I ask how do you keep bugs or mosquitoes away from the apartment?

  3. Kaylee Massey says:

    Love her

  4. Mason Neal says:

    She's querky and fresh….at first I was like uuuuummm kinda weird, but then I was like…nah…it's cool. I'd do the same think with star wars stuff

  5. Noname says:

    Lady youโ€™re my role model

  6. Shine_On_Brave_Heart says:

    I love this, thank you

  7. Marc de Groba says:

    I want to marry you , would you like to live in Hamburg. ๐Ÿ˜

  8. Kimberly Vanilla says:

    What is the best way to get plants and nursery supplies at no cost?

  9. Insta Vids says:

    We have a plan to visit all over the world, this video made us think 'wow! looks great. Thanks
    for sharing and inspiring.

  10. Juris Embergs says:

    ๐Ÿ‘ if you are not a vegan. People are stupid, dumb, if you like plants and eat meat.

  11. Tokyo says:

    I love her name, it's just beautiful

  12. Alka Soli PRODIGAL CREATORS says:


  13. Beatrice Pioda says:

    is it not dangerous for the air ? plants do not release carbon dioxide.?

  14. Kandy Kane says:

    My apartment is starting to look like that.

  15. Sage says:

    Crazy Plant Lady

  16. Virgils St says:

    oauuuu! my jungle!

  17. Carmel Capricorn says:

    "Welcome 2 the jungle."๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽผ

  18. SS NailArt says:

    This is what I love ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ€

  19. Cinema Celery says:

    Can't claim to be an environmentalist if she's out there paying for the animal agriculture/ factory farming industry – eating animals & their milk, eggs.

  20. Miklos Bordas says:

    Oui, …fenetres..sun…๐ŸŒบ

  21. Cody Webster says:

    That's nothing I've got an entire basement full of weed plants.

  22. serendipidus1 says:

    How do you clean all the plants? That looks hard work.

  23. Anon Anon says:

    Amazing.. I have started a collection in my living room and am doing a gardening course..

  24. Bullshit detector says:

    Gonna have a real problem with mold growing on ceiling and walls without alot of ventilation.

  25. Pickle Zim says:

    This veganism is getting out of hand

  26. MadRobot_Malfunction says:

    But plants release CO2 and take in O2 during night. How can she breath…Honestly curious.

  27. D-Beat & Techno says:

    I like her. I love heavy metal. I have plants in my room. They make a difference.

  28. neosmith80 says:

    this is hoarding 100%
    it's just a different type of item(s)

  29. Junior Rs says:

    Simply beautiful

  30. Dastgir parwaz says:

    Hhello dear!
    My name is Dastgir Parwaz . I'm a young village man and I have 28years
    Eight years of school education is present in our village.
    It works for healthy and organic food on the ground. But when I failed the national university entrance exam, I couldn't succeed at the agricultural frontier. Four years of my undergraduate degree in Expeditionary Psychology.
    I can speak a little English but my mother tongue is Farsi.
    I thought for a nihilist man he would go back to farming and work on the green land to share resources with others and develop agricultural knowledge.
    This is one of the best choices of my entire life.
    ย  It will save me from doing things that I do not love and that I do not care about
    In the field of agriculture, I have full confidence that I can be a good educator because I have the motivation.
    Please seek out any possible way for me to work with you.
    My country is war. I have fled from Afghanistan to Istanbul, Turkey, immersed in an urban machine.

  31. monty boy says:

    Did you study plants in school?

  32. monty boy says:

    You should definitely pursue owning your own greenhouse garden center. Love it!

  33. timothy george says:

    Don't ever stop collecting plants

  34. Liz Soochit says:

    I love this look I understand your feelings I feel the same way about the forest look amazing

  35. Whitney Schauffler says:

    She canโ€™t have kids… my almost 1 year old would have a field day in there.

  36. Maestas says:

    Poison Ivy

  37. Purple Leaf says:

    ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ Same do me

  38. skwilard says:

    She'd make a great pornstar.

  39. ChrisS says:

    Imagine moving

  40. Krista D says:

    This is wonderful!!! The most happy people I know are connected to the Earth ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’š

  41. Miha Vidmar says:

    I love it!
    Keep up the great work

  42. Pizza Rabbit says:

    Real life Ivy

  43. Arun Shankar S says:

    As much as I like indoor plants, I think one needs to always do things in moderation. Well, to each his own. If this is what makes her happy, I am happy for her. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Sunny Sidhu says:

    0:32. Her name is ~ย "Summer Rain Oaks".

  45. Dark King Tube says:

    no matter how many plants you keep, it's no match from my house in jungle.

  46. armouredcat23 says:

    Summer Rain is a good pornstar name

  47. 42Siren says:

    I am a kid in her apartment… we call her the crazy plant lady already .. or sometimes just a PLA!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  48. krisinda averette says:

    Growing pineapples ๐Ÿ and potatoes ๐Ÿฅ” indoors?1 ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ™‚cool

  49. Mariana DeSilva says:

    i feel her because looking at her apartment makes me happy

  50. Co ol says:

    Honestly this is how Iโ€™m tryin to be๐Ÿ˜‚ I have a little over 50 right now lol.

  51. ana lynnn says:

    Hi there. I'm from Malaysia. I want to give tips to make your plants healthier, produce more leaves, flowers or fruits. Try to spin al-quran recital instead of music. U can find it in YouTube. Hope to get feedback from u after 1 month. Love your plants, by the way.

  52. yooperpitbulls says:

    2:36 here nail look rough

  53. Maxi Maximillian says:

    Love it.. how do you deal with bugs, coz, when there are plants there will be bugs…surface gnats and other bugs.. every video I have watched says they have trouble with mealy bugs or aphids.. etc. at some point or another when they have plants. And the main question, what do you do when you go on holidays?.. I have about 12 at the moment.

  54. Smart Panda07 says:

    I can't take all this positive energy … Go girl that amazing โคโคโค๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท

  55. battle zone says:

    How interesting….I did the same thing to my closet…..I built a little guest house in the back……Got a armoire…..and put all my clothes in there ….I also took the curtains down in my bed room and have hanging vines plants on the curtain rods instead…..

  56. john connolly says:

    She is hot motivated and cool.

  57. f w says:

    she likes the word "like".

  58. Jorge Velasquez says:

    She's breadthing at night carbon dioxide, no oxigen with all those plants she keeps on her unit. Plant hoarding 100% this is insane.

  59. Mejgan Zia says:

    read, "The Secret Life of Plants." amazing book.

  60. imaculada figueiredo says:

    I live in an apartment and try to plant trees, flowers. I like nature at home.
    I often buy pots and try to take the best care of my plants.
    I feel good, relax, listen to music and know that they look beautiful.
    I don't think they are too much trouble.
    A video with good presentation, I noticed that the plants get along well and are green and lush.
    Congratulations, I loved the suggestion.
    It is spectacular.

  61. haley sow says:

    Really nice. Just wonder how she manages the pet chicken ? No poo around the apartment? Hmm….

  62. Jessie Romero says:

    I ๐Ÿ’š this

  63. StnkyChzMan says:

    theres nothing borderline about this obsession

  64. BARROCO TAROT y ASTROLOGIA Runas Lenormand Kipper says:

    I wonder if is good to sleep during the night or not, I'm confused.

  65. Sara Rivas says:

    Amazing ๐Ÿ˜Š I love plants and music, they make you happy

  66. ู†ุนู…ุงู† ุงู„ู‚ุงุฏุฑูŠ says:

    ุงู†ุชู… ุฑุงุฆุนูˆู†

  67. Vitality1000 says:

    Ich have also a jungle in my appartment , I did not expect to find someone like me ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

  68. Lisa Crowley says:

    Love it i think its awesome i just adore plants i have a whole room dedicated to my plants . Well i also have a chemenion so they are safe plants for him but i do take well care if them and i have plants also through out my apartment.. they just add so much life to the indoors. Great video would love to see kore of her videos on careing for them her plants are just beautiful and well cared for

  69. Chathu Hasanthi says:


  70. Nadia Kausar says:

    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜I am the same plant lady but outside and down stairs only I am scared out flies and creatures
    Don't u

  71. Storm Born says:

    This the kind of people that gentrify neighborhoods

  72. Carrie Byrd says:

    How would you go on vacation and trust someone to care for your plants while you were gone?

  73. Chandra Styles says:

    Iโ€™d this an obsession like a little crazy or is it admirable lol Iโ€™m on the fence

  74. Mager Flavor says:

    I wanna know whatโ€™s in her closet, am I right boys? Hehe

  75. Chris Longoria says:

    That's freaking awesome she should play Poison Ivy if they ever make a new Batman movie

  76. J Mar says:

    I love plants! Being surrounded by plants would be paradise to me. But I always end up killing everything I touch ๐Ÿ™

    I did all the research to growing succulents and all of them died.

  77. KairosGymnos says:

    Sheโ€™s amazing.

  78. Michael Nickname says:

    Wow beautiful

  79. Odin is the One says:

    Is this healthy..!?
    It grows mold

  80. Courtney5cents says:


  81. District Records says:

    I feel like mold would be an issue after awhile?

  82. Audio Maverick says:

    Land lord would LOVE her.

  83. Caramel Crayons says:

    The real poison ivy

  84. Julia B says:

    โ€œThe great thing about them is they donโ€™t talk backโ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚

  85. Marisol Perez says:


  86. Nambitwong Wongnami says:

    This woman is so cool. I love her.

  87. Srdjan Simic says:

    Wiccans joined the chat

  88. alwaysyouramanda says:

    Imagine growing your bank account in any other stateโ€™s apartment!

  89. Mayvis Welch says:

    That's the true,I'm really a plant ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’– myself and im really loving your home๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ƒ soooooooo,,""Beautiful๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’‹

  90. gregorius hajar says:

    I appreciated ur dad joke….

  91. ู†ุฏู‰ ูุงุฑูˆู‚ says:

    ู†ุต ุจูŠุชูŠ ุจุณ ุงู„ุงุฎุชู„ุงู ุจุงู„ุฏูŠูƒูˆุฑ

  92. Dog Leda Ferreira says:


  93. A. Rogado says:

    Am I the only one who feels stressed out by this?

  94. Victoria Torres says:

    I so love it..!

  95. Derek Cunningham says:

    This is so gross to me. The amount of insects those plants must attract?

  96. Ghost says:

    Freshest Air in NYC found in her apartment.

  97. Ghost says:

    If you're gonna be an addict…this is the way to go ๐Ÿ™‚

  98. Char Bandraoi says:

    How the hell can she get a plant to grow in an apartment. She must have a green thumb. There is not nearly enough light in my apartment. Hers either come to think of it

  99. s andy says:

    pretty, but, wonder what the landlord thinks. seems there would be issues with damage from dampness.

  100. a seeker says:

    I was envisioning something similar.
    Thank you!

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