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@pocketgina/TikTok Remix by Caterina Cox

‘That’s definitely the “whyyyyy” of a homeowner’: Woman unscrews outlet cover to find plant growing in wall

'You have got to call professionals in'


Tricia Crimmins


Posted on Jul 6, 2023

A woman found a plant growing in her wall after seeing part of it sticking out of an electrical outlet.

In a TikTok posted on June 13, Gina DeVivo (@pocketgina) shows an electrical outlet that has a small brown leaf sticking out of it. After the outlet’s cover is unscrewed, the viewer sees that a plant has grown inside the outlet, around the outlet’s cover.

“Why is there a plant growing in our wall,” a female voice says. “Noooo!”

On Thursday, DeVivo’s video had almost 2 million views. In her video’s caption, she wrote that she wonders “how much of our wall they will have to remove.”


I wonder how much of our wall they will have to remove🌿

♬ original sound – Gina DeVivo

Many commenters on DeVivo’s video hypothesized that the plant growing in the TikToker’s wall was Japanese knotweed, which is an invasive species and considered a “nightmare” to get rid of.

“That’s definitely Japanese knotweed,” @sapphiremoon772 commented. “They can tear apart your foundation by growing in and spreading the cracks.”

“That looks like Japanese knotweed,” @indsleyxlay wrote. “It spread fast and cause lots of problems.”

“You have got to call professionals in,” @patriciapark8 commented.

Others identified with DeVivo’s plight.

“That’s definitely the ‘whyyyyy’ of a homeowner,” @libraryaliens commented.

“I love that you sound like you want to throw up,” @axelsmama82 wrote. “Cuz same!”

“Had this happen to me at a rental house in East Texas. In the sockets, under the base boards, up the walls,” @tiredafmama commented. “Was like Jumanji.”

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*First Published: Jul 6, 2023, 11:59 am CDT