I know from Bansai plant info I have followed over the years that roots can be trained as well as branches. The art of Bansai does interesting things to just about all parts of a tree - effectively slowing it down and stunting or dwarfing it.
It seems to me similar things might be done with a marijuana plant - but for opposite effects or reasons, even though the root systems are a part of the plant only a hydroponic grow would really make accessible.
We know that topping a plant or FIMMING it can split the main trunk and provide not one but TWO or FOUR main stems…
What happens if the main tap root is clipped? Does it divide and grow TWO?
I really have no idea, and have seen nothing on this possibility.
WHAT I wonder, can we do to (or with) roots?
Is there an art or root training method that anyone has heard of?
Can roots be used for clones?
If a root tip is brought up out of the ground, will it “GREEN” and begin to form a shoot?
~ it begs all sorts of questions.
As a matter of fact - one of the Bansai training methods I recall is to take a branch of the plant and pack a layer of dirt around it wrapped in a cloth and watered every so often.
This causes the branch to begin transforming into a root and sending out hair fine tendrils…
Once there are enough, the cloth and dirt are removed from around the branch, and the tiny hair fine roots now turn into tiny branches (!)
That’s fine for miniature trees! But what can we do to make a plant either BIGGER or more PRODUCTIVE?
I hope I have set your head spinning, mine is. I never thought of that before.
My central (and most interesting) thought here is: If you can cause the main tap root to SPLIT and DOUBLE…
Has anyone ever heard of a thing AT ALL like that?
What if a hydroponicist can FIMM ROOTS, causing 4 times the root base?
Here is yet ANOTHER good “Q”:
Can you SQUEEZE roots to cause underground “SUPERCROPPING”???
- On a hike in the SOCAL mountains, a guide pointed out how roots of native plants can actually SPLIT APART granite boulders. They are much tougher than they seem