What is Cannabis Plant Training & Why Should You Care?

What is Cannabis Plant Training & Why Should You Care?
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Written by Eliza Picot

Plants can be trained to improve the ability to capture light from a static position

Cannabis plant training refers to the techniques that are used to influence the shape and growth of the plant. This helps in improving the health and performance of the plant, thereby affecting its yield.

Whether you are growing indoors or outdoors, or your garden is big or small, training your cannabis plant will significantly improve its quality. 

The aim of training the cannabis plant is to manipulate the chemical balance of the plant. While if they are left to grow normally, the topmost bud or main cola will grow as high as it can, which is not ideal for a good yield.

Especially if you are growing indoors, your light source can only get closer to the top bud, and others are left with little to no light. If you train your cannabis plant, it will allow you more even canopies. 

The techniques are basically divided into two categories: 

  • Low-Stress Training
  • High-Stress Training

Low-Stress Training

It is one of the most popular ways to train a cannabis plant. If you are a beginner, then you may find this one easier than the high-stress training method.

That is because it involves a lesser risk of damaging the stern. Also, as the name suggests, it entails low stress on the plant, which reduces the chances of any possible adverse side effects. 

High-Stress Training 

This method is much more useful for large outdoor settings, and that is because it involves lesser tools and time than the low-stress training method.

But it comes with a certain element of risk of unintentionally breaking the stern. It is mostly done during the vegetative state and is not recommended to be carried out when the plant is flowering. 

Why is Cannabis Plant Training Important? 

Plant Shape

Training can actually improve the branching structure of the plant. This will lead to a better and more efficient flow of nutrients and water in the plant.

It will also help in reducing the number of branches in the plant, which means that there will be less loss of energy in the development and maintenance of unwanted material.  

Light Distribution

The most important reason to train your cannabis plant is probably light. We all know how important light is in the growth of a cannabis plant. Training plants helps in managing the growth of the plant.

It spreads the growth of the plant horizontally, which helps in better distribution of light, meaning that the plant utilizes more photos more efficiently from the light source. This is beneficial for both indoor and outdoor settings. 

Training Cannabis Indoors

When growing cannabis indoors, we spend valuable resources on light sources, so it is all the more essential to capitalize it more efficiently.

Any photons that are not used for photosynthesis are getting wasted, which reduces the efficiency of the whole process. So, the grower needs to make sure that they can make use of as many photons as possible to get the best results. 

Also, plants can be trained to improve the ability to capture light from a static position. This is done by training the cannabis plant to grow horizontally rather than vertically.

Training cannabis indoors also helps in maintaining an even flat canopy. As the light source must stay at a certain distance from the closest tops, an even canopy helps in using the light more efficiently and effectively. 

Training Cannabis Outdoors

Most people believe that training only helps the plant when grown indoors. But it is a myth that needs to be debunked. Actually, training cannabis can be beneficial for marijuana growing outdoor.

Essentially, the same factors that drive the benefits of training cannabis indoors work for training cannabis outdoors as well. Even though in an outdoor setting, the light has to travel through the horizon, training the plant to capture more light proves to be quite useful. 

Actually, the most intense and effective sunlight occurs when the sun is directly overhead. Precisely like the indoor setting. Some even train the plant to grow into vine-like structures horizontally to occupy as much space and make the plant as effective as possible. 

Humidity and Airflow

Now, this may get a little tricky. I won’t recommend defoliation, but plucking out the shaded out leaves can improve the airflow in the plant.

This could be a little risky and may involve a bit more stress on the plant, but removing the leaves that do not receive proper light provides more room for the plant to breathe.

It also reduces the water loss through the leaves by the process of transpiration. Overall training can be beneficial to improve the plant’s health in terms of humidity and airflow. 

In Conclusion

If you are a cannabis enthusiast and looking to grow the herb, reach out to medical marijuana doctors in your state and get yourself a recommendation.

Training can help you get better and more quality yield but involves a certain risk. If you are a beginner, better start with low stress training, and with time move on to high stress training, as preferred.

Good luck then. We will be happy to learn about your growing experience. Share it with us in the comments section below. 

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Eliza Picot

Eliza P. hails from the East Coast but has found her true home in Denver, Colorado where she attended Johnson & Wales University. You can find her getting lost in the latest mystery novels, cuddling with ‘Pancakes’ the Persian longhair, and hiking all the gorgeous hiking trails that Denver has to offer.

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