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This episode of the mindbodygreen podcast features Summer Rayne Oakes, a best-selling author and environmental activist with a pretty enviable green thumb. Oakes keeps over 1,100 plants in her 1,200 square-foot apartment (that’s around one plant per square foot!), tending to each one with individualized care. Oakes fosters relationships with every species that lives her “green womb” of a home, as she lovingly calls it during the episode.

In this episode, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Colleen Wachob, sat down with Oakes to discuss the best ways to care for houseplants, as well as what newbies should look out for before committing to a plant pal. You'll find out how to position your plants correctly in your home, as well as if there really is a difference between rainwater and distilled water when it comes to watering your greenery.

Tune in to hear glimpses into Oakes' plant community and find out whether purchasing a houseplant can actually feel pretty similar to going on a date. According to Oakes, horticulture could very well become the new dating culture.

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