Growing A Jungle In My New York Apartment
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 thoughts on “Growing A Jungle In My New York Apartment”

  1. Sunitee says:

    Wow….amazing…I love it

  2. cleo leighton says:

    her dad told her what…?

  3. zack bandera says:

    this is a very strange way to conceal your marijuana grow operation

  4. Thia P says:

    Omg imagine all the insects she sees

  5. S B says:

    Welcome to
    The jungle🤗❤️love it

  6. John Mortellaro says:

    So a forest in the jungle😕 clever

  7. Kayla-Jo N says:

    It’s very pretty but I wouldn’t ever want to move lol

  8. Sahar Sahar says:

    Imagine the amount of bugs ew

  9. Talon Stephensen says:

    Vegans these days…

  10. Cindy Tran says:

    Only 30 minutes a day to maintain those plants? Looks like a lot more work than that

  11. Bhadra Rudra says:

    Whers they plant get, sunlight .. and naturat air..? Hows they grow at home..?

  12. Gemma B1109 C71 says:

  13. Tt Kell says:

    I like it

  14. Ekta Rao says:

    Its looks like heaven ❤…dear how you prevent your home to mosquito and insects who come because of greenery…

  15. lunar moon says:

    My house also full of plants, ivy on top of cupboards, money plants all over, spider plants trailing onto the floor from victorian high plant stands, love, love, my plants, had some beauties in the loft but the cops carted them off, hahahaha, joke, 😃🐓🐿️🐕🐅🐱🦉🐔🐓🐀🦊🦊🦊🦊🦊🦊

  16. Senthamilachi Bharadhi says:

    Nice but how is tgat every plant grows without sunlight

  17. Jihadi Kabaddi says:

    I’d love to rummage through her forest.

  18. Usha Shrinivas says:

    Please suggest the name of plants

  19. Courtney Stroud says:

    I got to be careful or I'll turn into her haha. I've filled all the window ledges in the house 🙈

  20. The Crafty Sisters says:

    Is it just me or is it funny how she's an environmentalist and her name is Summer Rayne Oakes

  21. P K says:

    I dont like it. The plants are not placed beautifully. Is someone likes plants that much should bild big pots. Plant which plant lives together with each other.
    Not just put different ugly pots everywhere.

  22. eunice njoga says:

    How do you breathe at night, because at night plants take in oxygen.

  23. Amber May says:

    How does she prevent mold from all the moisture!

  24. Brandon Kelly says:

    All Day #ProofOfEnvironment

  25. Scottie 15 says:

    No man will want you

  26. Karma You There Bruh? says:

    I think this is great especially in this day and age! I mean why not!?

  27. Moon.babyy.light .707 says:

    Green lady? Anyone?

  28. Marie Fugate Crawford says:

    Model with a GREEN THUMB! Looks awesome Summer

  29. Pat VelVet says:

    So beautiful, I love plants and cooking. How does she cook in there without damaging the plants?

  30. Stella Trella says:


  31. Katie Kat says:

    I put a plant in my room and it dies, how does she keep them alive with hardly any sun light

  32. king of the bears says:

    She’s crazy, perfect one night stand.

  33. 如是青山 says:

    Full of mosquito
    Wasting my time to water them
    I rather plant some fruits

  34. bery krraba says:

    I am so in love whith your garden. Is so cool

  35. Andrew M says:

    Even better. Move to the country and escape the rat race.

  36. Witch House says:

    Not bad

  37. eino debmiel says:

    I see another me. Love your apartment so beautiful

  38. bbygrlpt2 says:

    I have a small gardenia that doesnt have flowers just leaves but I have had her for 3 yrs already and love her so much❤️ I also bought a tiny succulent but I think shes dyin my apts is behind my building and only gets little sunshine in the morning

  39. ErraticHippo says:

    I think this lady likes plants.

  40. Sandra Basnet says:

    My father he always planting lots of plants at home he is so intrested in it and his fav hobby is plating different plants after retirement and we love it yeah .

  41. B. Greene says:

    Her apartment looks like my backyard, and I live in Florida.

  42. i dont like your smell says:

    Wow I want to live with this lady 😅 I bet she don’t even need air conditioning, probably got the freshest air supply in NY!

  43. R xoxo says:

    Girl you need help…!

  44. oopalonga says:

    Plant hoarder eh. . .who'd have ever thought?

  45. Paxton says:

    Grow weed lady

  46. ilove mukbangs says:


    Show that to a vegetarian 😭😫😂😂😂😂

  47. NMtransfer-email M says:

    I hope she owns that apartment. It's going to be a very sad day when she needs to move out either that or tons of trouble where in the world was she put those plants

  48. tag line says:

    This will be my next place looking like hers.

  49. gotham ghost says:

    What a nut job

  50. Saboomful1 says:

    Die hat ja mal einen grünen Daumen…

  51. Violet Blue says:

    Amazing 🌿🌿🌿

  52. David Kendall says:

    Looks great! You can tell she doesn't have any cats.

  53. MODELO sa Bukid says:

    Nice but it would be great if the plants is outside

  54. Giovanni Grimaldo says:

    Poison Ivy



  56. Zajiira says:

    Love her !

  57. Naomi Tyson says:

    dred to think how much her water bill it

  58. Music Soul says:

    I love it 👍 I have a lot in my apartment also. Get teased pretty often about my live in jungle.

  59. Lieke Kuijten says:

    I had one plant. It died.

  60. 🇵🇰Amaan Javed says:

    I live in Brooklyn, the houses are big and lots of space in south brooklyn

  61. WEE A GEE IT'S canon up 24hr 7 days says:

    Look like the house on the movie jumanji lol🌿☘🍀🍀☘🌿🌱

  62. B G says:

    Love it but half of those plants will die without direct sunlight.

  63. First Name Last Name says:


  64. fastino j says:

    Hey superb 👏👏and try vertical garden wall☺️

  65. Carmel Capricorn says:

    "Welcome 2 the jungle!"🎸📻🎼

  66. Chris Monito says:

    hey i was thinking of making a jungel house tooo abute5 yers ago and still noww


    I LOVE IT.

  68. willis arnald says:

    I just stopped to see what a "womans"apartment looks like ,all the women I've ever known where dependent and living with someone,no capacity to be independent whatsoever

  69. anaka says:

    i can't even keep a fly trap

  70. michael demopoulos says:

    Wonder what she does for a living.

  71. mereku Bravo says:

    It's real life poison ivy

  72. UsedCondomCollector says:

    people accept it because she's almost attractive

  73. Iamlove Iampeace says:

    I am very much a plant person, but this is organized hoarding on a whole new level.

  74. Alien Teriyaki says:

    She has the best air in the city.

  75. Julien, Stop it! says:

    Honestly a dream of mine

  76. Megan Mullikin says:

    Can you imagine letting a cat loose in that place?

  77. Niek says:

    I got 40 plants, living in a 15 by 15 feet apartment

  78. Juice Goose says:

    I'm sososososo jealous!

  79. Lili Despote says:

    Glad to know I'm not the only one who do this.

  80. Bnip Wuz says:

    You know you just have to look in your underpants…!!!!!
    There's always a forest.. 🌿🌿🌿

  81. pickle sheesh says:

    Ugh I want THIS

  82. allin yofeelings says:

    Is this in Gotham?? Thought I was watching poison ivy origin story!

  83. SONALI TANDEL says:

    Morning would be really fresh air, but she would be breathing carbon dioxide at night…!!

  84. andrielisilien says:

    I know a guy who lives in an old house and his kitchen is a jungle. So cool!

  85. Sanjoy Khwairakpam says:

    You look amazing

  86. Anu Shekhawat says:


  87. Noora says:

    borderline obsession

  88. Leeshane's In Earth says:

    At least it's better than some of those other obsessions

  89. Dehzo says:

    what kind of dad says that to his daughter 1:20 that’s fuckin weird

  90. Maia Muksor says:

    They love to live with her that is why they grow big

  91. el señor de los cuchillos says:

    Has medido el co2 producido por esa cantidad de plantas durante la noche?

  92. Saint Honey says:

    Her name really suits her to be quite honest

  93. ayoitsmai says:

    Woah, that’s crazy…..but I love it though!!😳

  94. all is well # says:

    Aren't you afraid of bugs or worms ?? 🐌🐞🐛

  95. all is well # says:

    Aren't you afraid of bugs or worms ?? 🐌🐞🐛

  96. Walter McDevitt says:


  97. Rana Kosten says:

    Just beautiful!

  98. Linda Smart says:

    and I can't even have one plant in the house because of my kids

  99. Senee says:

    I love this. im on my way to this level soon.

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