Look Inside a Brooklyn Loft That Has Vining Plants Growing on the Exposed Pipes

Jess Tran poses with some of her plants for In the Weeds With Plant People

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You’re about to tour one of the coolest spaces we’ve seen yet here on In the Weeds with Plant People. Jessica Tran’s Greenpoint loft in Brooklyn is incredible. In fact, it has been completely transformed into an indoor jungle oasis. She lives there with her partner, her dog, and over 40 plants. When you hear the number 40 you may think that’s not so many, but believe us, it’s an entire jungle in here.

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Inside This 40+ Brooklyn Loft Plant Collection

The Plant She Most Admires

Jessica kicks off the tour by sharing the plant she admires most, the pothos family. It may seem simple but Jessica says, “There’s so many of them in this house because they just adapt and survive and thrive in any condition.”

Her Favorite Way to Display Plants

She lives in an old converted factory which means that she has plenty of space to hang plants from the ceiling. In fact, it looks as if most of her collection is filled with gorgeous trailing plants, “the plants have now started to grow into the apartment. They’re growing along the poles on the roof, which I’m pretty sure are plumbing poles.”

The Unusual Way She Adds to Her Collection

A lot of these plants are rescues, “My partner and I just seem to find a lot of plants on the street that are abandoned. Once I was walking past a man as he came out the door he plopped a plant right in front of my feet.” They nurture these plants back to health together and they look amazing. It’s really nice they do this together since the reason Jessica got into plants was because of her partner’s love for them.

Her Biggest Plant Expense

Like most plant people though, having a strong collection can be pricey and Jessica says she spends the most during repotting season. While she has some really unique pots, not all of her plant babies call them home.

Her Most Confusing Plant

Her trickiest plant, the Aeschynanthus Radicans (which she has had for four years) is in a simple pot, but that’s alright because she has to move it around quite a bit. “She’ll like a location and then decide, ‘not a great location,’ a month later. Sprouts beautiful flowers but is also yellowing at the leaves. So just an all-around kind of confusing plant.” Her most treasured plant is a Calathea Musaica which she got as a cutting off Etsy and her most unique plant is her Pink Aglaonema, a purchase from Facebook Marketplace (proving that you really can expand your plant collection from so many avenues). Head to the video to see even more of this amazing space.