If you’ve ever questioned the validity of timelapse videos of plants, well, you’re in for a rude awakening. As it turns out, plants do move around in real-time as any living creature does without us noticing. Plants make constant movements because they need the ray of sunlight. This process is called phototropism.
But guess what? These plants apparently also need their wink-eye, but not in the way you would think. Plants behave differently in the absence of light. This movement is called nyctinasty.
We’re including a YouTube video in case the Instagram video doesn’t work for you.
You’d also be surprised to know that plants even have a circadian rhythm which tells them when it’s time to ‘sleep’. According to Wikipedia, “Nyctinasty is the circadian rhythmic nastic movement of higher plants in response to the onset of darkness, or a plant ‘sleeping’.” Since plants don’t see the way animals do, they depend on light and temperature changes in the environment.
And that’s not even the whole story. As it turns out, a lot of research tells us that plants may be more aware and alive than what we originally thought. Recently, a social experiment was conducted where school children would ‘bully’ one plant by subjecting it to verbal abuse while the other plant was showered with praise and love.
The results were astounding. Of course, one might question the validity of this experiment. Oglivy Dubai, the company that did the experiment on the plants, was asked by Adweek to make sure that their claims were valid. To which they responded that aside from the verbal treatment, the plants were indeed given the same basic treatment.
Adweek’s David Griner was told he wasn’t the only one to ask questions about the project.
“She says the agency is getting ‘a lot of questions’ about the project and admits she was ‘quite impressed when I saw the results’.”