Plants move and breathe, too! This sped-up video shows two houseplants moving and dancing throughout a 24-hour period.

By Nicole Bradley

Plants are alive. That may sound like the most redundant statement ever, but sometimes it's a forgotten fact. We leave them alone (except for a watering here and there) and they’ll mind their own business and sit pretty—and seemingly statue-esque. A recent video by Darryl Cheng of House Plant Journal may skew your perception of what houseplants do all day.

This timelapse video, taken over a 24-hour span, shows two happy-looking houseplants: an oxalis and a maranta. The houseplants are joyfully dancing throughout the video, especially when sunlight peeks into the room. You can tell by the way the oxalis feathers out, reaching for as much sunlight as it can.

Plants breathe and move just like we do. But our perception of time is so quick compared to a plant's that it’s hard to imagine plants moving at all during the day. Lesson learned from this timelapse video: Put plants where they want to be (in oxalis's case, direct sunlight), and they’ll dance all day.

Comments (4)

November 19, 2019
Absolutely the best article I have read regarding (I didn't know) what my plants did when I was at work. Cleaver and accurate in the plant world. I plan to work in the horticulture because plants are alive and need attention all the time. Gardening is my focus now. I look forward to the next article.
December 30, 2018
That's AWESOME! 😍
December 29, 2018
Sitting in front of that large vent, there has to be some air movement acting on these plants.
November 24, 2018
Kinda scary. Wonder if larger ones dance.