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lants, for many people, are their greatest teachers. ever without an adequate light source. In effort to burn the candle from They garner the effortless ability, in a single moboth ends of the wick, the industry focuses on researching, discoverment, to impart knowledge at a level of complexity ing and manufacturing light solutions that more closely mimic the BY NORTHWEST LEAF that would otherwise take several years of convenbenefits the sun imparts. On the candle’s other end, as gardeners, SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR tional study to grasp. Nowhere is this trait perhaps we can choose to train the plants to grow in a specific pattern that DR. SCANDERSON more easily demonstrated then when it comes to varies highly from how the plant grows with no training in effort to the topic of training plants. Training, or the physical customize the canopy and maximize the already inferior light source. manipulation performed on the plant that alters its otherwise natural But that’s just the root. growth pattern, is an area where much variety of applications and techTraining plants has many other benefits, which is why indoor and nique exists—each of which lends high levels of self-expression to us as garoutdoor gardeners alike use training and manipulations to maximize the deners. The techniques and methods used can be simple in their essence, but environment. Training and bending plants catalyzes root growth, as well as knowing when, how and to what degree to apply them determines to a large increases stem size, rigidity and strength. Having the opportunity to interact degree the overall health, vigor and success of the round. with the rhizosphere nearly as often as the canopy as a water gardener allows much feedback through direct observation with the techniques that impact W H AT I S T R A I N I N G ? the root zone. Unequivocally, a low or no stress training session will have a An ideological perspective on training is, in my mind, the area where the true arnearly immediate impact on increasing root growth when working with a tisan skill of indoor farming is most easily expressed. The places and ways we, as healthy plant. Other benefits include significantly improved pest and disease humans, choose to manipulate the plant is completely subjective and a reflection resistance, as properly trained plants will have improved light penetration, air on how we see and interact with the world around us. It also provides a special flow as well as air movement and less biological matter, especially in the risky and trusting interaction between the human being and the nonareas where pests most often find their footing. human plant being, where understanding and closely being able As indoor gardeners, the primary skill rests in being a canopy to predict future growth patterns can be used to maximize canopy manipulator. Being able to finish the plant’s stretch period such THE IDEOLOGICAL space as well as prevent disease and infestation. I call this area that the limited area where there is the greatest amount of phoPERSPECTIVE ON “sculpting tree” as much like a sculptor, the gardener is charged tosynthetically active radiation (PAR) light output is fully maxiwith moving and removing only the excess from an otherwise mized by the ideal number of plant tops. This will still allow for TRAINING IS THE AREA already flawless subject. Our subject in this case just happens to proper light penetration, air flow and in partnership with the WHERE THE TRUE have the feature of dynamic and regenerative movement. plant’s particular ideal production pattern. That’s it, that’s about the whole McCoy. The rest is a matter of knowing how and when to ARTISAN SKILL OF WHY TRAIN? the right equipment and resources, but is far less of a dynamic INDOOR FARMING IS MOST use The answer to this question is rooted in the fact that this article process. Doing anything less seems to wag a finger in the face of focuses on indoor cultivation. As an indoor farmer, you are forthe evident short coming we, as indoor gardeners, are faced with. EASILY EXPRESSED

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