When do plants grow?

I know they grow, and I have seen them grow, but I do not actually see them grow – so when do plants grow?  I have many plants in my yard consisting of mainly perennials with every spring some annuals are planted.  Every fall, some plants are trimmed and others completely cut to the ground and covered for protection from the upcoming winter.  The next spring, the perennials start sprouting new growth to come alive for another season – so when do plants grow?

I know plants need water, nutrients, air, soil, light, warm temperature, space and time toimages5 grow – so when do plants grow?

I read on a website about plants the following –

Finally, plants require time. They do not grow overnight. It takes time and patience to grow plants, some more so than others. Most plants require a particular number of days, months, or even years to produce flowers and fruit.

Ok, so plants do not grow overnight, so when do plants grow?  If they do not grow overnight then they must grow throughout the day, but I do not actually see them grow – so when do plants grow?

Actually plants literally do grow overnight and during the day – our perception does not allow us to actually see the plants grow – just the result of the growing.

It is the same with our bodies and our lives – we do not see our bodies grow, from infancy to childhood to adolescence to adulthood.  Arms and legs grow longer as does the torso and everything else.  But we really never observe this growth, it just happens.


And so does life – it grows along with our body growth, along with plant growth, along with earth growth – all occurring together simultaneously.  We really never see the actual growth; we just know it takes place.

The dictionary.com has this definition for life cycle –

The characteristic course of developmental changes through which an organism passes from its inception as a fertilized zygote to its mature state during which another zygote may be produced. A progression through a series of differing stages of development.

Boring definition – I need something more interesting.

Ok, I performed some research on ‘when do plants grow’ and ‘when do people grow’ and received some informational results, but none very interesting.

Usually when I think of a topic, I have an idea of what to write about and when I thought of this topic, I thought it would be a good one.  But this topic stumped me!

I was hoping the phrase ‘When do plants grow’ would have an ironic meaning or be a metaphor for a profound post.  The only thing I can think of is ‘Plants and Life have much in common’.  Here is my list –

The foundation of plants and life can be messy, dirty and sometimes includes manure.

Seeds for plants and life need to be planted in order for growth.

Patience is needed for both plants and life.

Sometimes growth is out of control for plants and life.

Essential elements are needed for plant and life growth.

At times cutting back is needed for plants and life.


In the end plants live their life cycle with purpose and so should we.


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