Watch out, plants are on the move!

Watch out, plants are on the move!

Have you ever seen a plant move?

Plants move all day, every day. They're very slow, so you need special cameras to see them.

Plants need sunlight to make food. They absorb sunlight through their leaves. Every day, their leaves follow the sun across the sky to get as much sunlight as possible.

Have a look at this video showing plants moving to follow the sun during the day and candlelight at night:

But what do you do if the sunlight is blocked by tall trees? Plants have a nifty trick - they climb.

Check out this video of plants climbing tall trees. The plants look like something out of a sci-fi film!

To find out how good plants are at finding sunlight, make a potato obstacle course. Can your potato find the way to the sunlight?

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