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

  1. Dill Harper says:

    U have given me ideas for my condo good thing I never have to move ever…:)

  2. CristalNoelia says:

    Yeah she’s in here all the time lol .

  3. Tyra Collins says:

    her apartment is actually goals

  4. Vivi Gnutzmann says:

    I felt represented!

  5. Arthur G says:

    When you have a deep respect for someone within twenty seconds, and their a little crazy in a good way

  6. Emos TV says:

    Realy beautiful

  7. Estefania Vera says:

    How can you deal with mosquitoes due to have so many plants at home? …. because I’m becoming crazy….

  8. Tyler Singleton says:

    Plant Store Owner: Shes in all the time to buy dirt.

    Me, an actual plant lover: IT'S CALLED SOIL!!!

  9. Roter Kreis says:

    stho many planthsh

  10. Nixon Hernandez says:

    Wow so this was back in 2016. I'd love to know how it looks now we're almost 2020. ☺ I also love plants, and my dream is to have a place that feels like walking in the forest, but I also love black color, since I love rock 🎸 and heavy metal, it's fun cause she also loves rock 🎸 and heavy metal! Great ideas!✌😎

  11. Leon Megerdichian says:

    I'm so turned on!

  12. TheAntipedy says:

    Thank you from Australia

  13. Tammy Douglas says:

    Her kitchen gives me anxiety and I loooove plants

  14. Beleza By Alcilene says:

    I love it 🌳🌲🌱⚘🌴🌾🍀☘🌿🌳🌴🌻🌼🌺🌹🌸💐🌷🌼

  15. Imane tal says:

    500 plants 🙄….oh my god!! 😵

  16. Ingrid Douglas says:

    This is so cool, I grew up in the countryside of Grenada, I totally like your way of living.

  17. Aly Cano says:

    Hermoso lugar lo amo lo amo

  18. TeluOdi mix says:

    I will love to visit ur home once…

  19. Reks Cob says:

    Ur dad sounds hilarious!

    And I wish I didn’t have a black thumb.

  20. 박하향의풀꽃놀이 says:

    정원이 부럽지 않을 만큼 식물이 가득하네요
    우리집도 화초로 가득하길 바래봅니다⚘⚘


    Just finished watching good omens

  22. Gabrielle Christine says:

    Freshest air in NYC!

  23. May Ploy says:

    If you’re going to do it then go all the way. PROPS.

    But really…”borderline obsession”??? Loool she’s obsessed and that’s ok.

  24. Ellale Viojan says:

    I wont even be shy about farting in her house.

  25. ai nee chung says:

    Any ants , insects, mosquitoes problems?

  26. Don Bosco Khmer says:

    what about sleeping with plants? it is understood that it's not good to sleep in a room with plants. Is it true?

  27. sonia vidarte says:


  28. Bitoy Da Feliz na bilat says:

    Why dont you just live in a jungle

  29. GRAZIA LIFE says:


  30. GrößteMafia SindDeutscheUnternehmen says:

    i you look on the fllors ull see how mutch dirt is laying around, even if shes cleaning all the time, theres a 100% possibility she waste whole day for plant and cleaning

  31. Dedi B. says:

    Summer with makeup on!! Now THATS beauty enhanced 😊

  32. knight Hawk says:

    Lots of love for you

  33. Dolly and Beanie says:

    I love it👆😍

  34. Brian Mac Farlane says:

    I totally get your love of plants as I care for over 128 indoor and outdoor plants. I hope one day yoy have a home to expand your love and care of plants.

  35. Jose Bonete says:

    Update us after she moves to a new apartment!

  36. Zeldalat1 says:

    Very awesome!

  37. Maya Zedek says:

    My dream

  38. anonimo juarbe says:

    Las plants son Hermosa pero mucha plants te roban El oxigeno una sin plants no es una casa pero no esagerada.

  39. Tarun Chugh says:

    Amazing collection !!! Thanks for sharing it..

  40. Monique Stepps says:

    Love it!! Hi faerie!!💚💚🌱🌿🍀🍃💚💚

  41. Marko Rossie says:

    4:07 omg I wish my hair was growing that much

  42. Mariama Bah says:

    Too much of everything is good for nothing

  43. Sally's Garden says:

    You inspired me a lot, I have only 40 pots inside my house, and watching your video makes me decide to add more plants, hopefully this year I could make my house a little bit of jungle. I love your ideas.

  44. Pharaon Alain says:

    Whaou ! où est King Kong ?

  45. Симулятор Кошечки says:

    Oh I understand that

  46. Ms Lolah says:

    Save me from being this girl😭😭😍

  47. Al Sp says:

    I am going to masturbate to plants

  48. Mike T says:

    Beautifull lady en beautifull plants. If i have my own house i will make space for some nice plants. I love plants

  49. Pooja Sharma says:

    I love plants

  50. k c says:

    lipstick environmentalist….she's flown more times than a bird and a carbon footprint probably bigger than some third world towns.

  51. Star Fire says:

    Wow, that one sweet potato should keep her fed for a whole.. day 😶

  52. Carlos Araya says:

    Too much 👎

  53. Amy Miller says:

    Who says to their daughter pornstar or environmentalist?

  54. Ольга Кузьмина says:

    Супер!Но это ведь целыми днями нужно ухаживать!

  55. Liquid TV Afternoons says:

    Imagine finding a spider in this apartment and then losing it, time to burn the whole building down

  56. Gin Denton says:

    Oh, I love it♥️

  57. liabeachy says:

    Love your place 💜👍 I’m in Australia and want to downsize and love gardening but my one is too big too much hard work and my older body is pained and it’s getting too hard so this is perfect 👌 ty

  58. Heart Is Open says:

    Her skin will be fabulous with all that oxygen.

  59. robert möller says:

    I didn't see any cactus that she could shave and have some fun with !! (;

  60. Noemi M says:

    " they are living creatures but they don't talk back" 😂😂😂😂 that's what I say

  61. ogeid vassallo says:

    Che fica

  62. Emmy Sajere says:

    This is perfect poisoning. I.V😄

  63. Regina Moore says:

    Plant lady sounds good… you could teach neighborhood kids what you know.. I bet they would love it!

  64. Victoria&Anastasia says:

    You have wonderful flowers! Come and visit me, too!

  65. Alex P says:

    Good luck finding someone to water them if you go on holiday 🚢

  66. Jayla Parker says:

    Lol summer rayne Oakes the most hippy name ever

  67. Pierce BrosMAN says:

    i got thirteen plants and i am in love with her

  68. Кристина says:


  69. The Mute says:

    You're like my soulmate…

  70. amhara Rose says:

    Wow I like your house so nice

  71. Elena Movileanu says:

    Wpuld be cool a darker green shade on the wall in my opinion

  72. Empie Louw says:

    Plants love classicalmusic and when you treat them with love…I talk to my plants…

  73. Daime Gates says:

    Wow what a woman who whould of known in New York? Of all places. Look hear I used to wark in Manhattan. Ok for real. And this will help you ok more then Sain Abbies on sunday. Take A 5 gallon Buckit and fill with green leaves and coffee grounds and use your pee. Human pee has all the nutrition your plants need some will dry Banana peels and grind into a powder and egg shells to add to this I have m'y wife in the Philosophies just use her pee and the Green Plant leaves to make a green tea. After twoo weeks with a tight lid in the sun you will have 100% nitagin use one cup or less per gallon of filtered water for your plants.

  74. Ronan Calico says:

    Crazy Cat Lady = Stinky, smelly house. Hair on e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Mean cats breaking all the coffee mugs.
    Crazy Plant Lady = Fresh clean air all the time. Aesthetically pleasing house. Plants won't break your coffee mugs.

  75. Blue Huncho says:

    Anyone seen that WEED plant she past 🤔

  76. Sam S says:

    Plants are addictive

  77. Carmel86Tae says:

    So is there a plant that is a strong survivor like the aloe Vera plant?

  78. Cai Li. Gong says:

    Yes is better crazy with plants , not crazy with husbands , I love all plants too, but not crazy like her ,

  79. bestforlife TV says:

    what a dreamy house

  80. nanu ka says:

    Perfect.. you have good taste ❤❤❤ inteligent woman, good luck dear.

  81. Andrew Lofthouse says:

    You have to love her but is she slightly nuts lol???🤣🤣🤣🙃

  82. Anna says:

    I love her apartment!!!

  83. BTS Satan says:

    Jumanji came alive

  84. Piri Gonzalez says:

    I need my jungle organized. You live in N.Y. can you recommend someone or place to go.

  85. Charly Oddsox says:


  86. Angie M says:

    I love the crazy plant lady!!! I am one myself 😘

  87. why do i need a last name says:

    life goals

  88. Shane Ellis says:

    My OCD would not allow me to do this. No way.

  89. Eaip Son says:

    You are my backup evidence video for my husband to know hes not the only person that lives in a house jungle. 😀

  90. Jimini says:

    Her Youtube channel is SummerRayneOakes, Lots of great plant content from all over the world. I'm getting close to 1000 cacti, they are still sprouting🌵👍

  91. Louboutin Lobotomy says:

    That air must be c r i s p

  92. Not Applicable says:

    If she likes being outside so much she could move out of Brooklyn and spend her time in uh you know the outdoors.

  93. Dick Brett says:

    Miss Audrey in 2020 😂😍

  94. hd31 says:

    Her apartment must be full of spiders and plant bugs.

  95. Lydia Edwards says:

    Am I dreaming … this is fantastic

  96. Toni A says:

    🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌love it!!!…goals…..I loooove plants too…☘🍀🌿🌱🍃🍂🍁🌾🌺🌻🌼🍀🍁🌸💐🍃🌵🌴🍀☘🌿🌱

  97. Toni A says:

    Love your name❤🌹❤🌹

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