Trella was born from CEO, Aja N. Atwood’s struggle to grow tall plants in a small basement. So she did what anyone would do (at least any mechanical engineer), and began a deep dive into researching the problem. Through this, she discovered the idea of training plants to grow horizontally. Also apparent was that the existing methods were all manual and labor-intensive. Together with fellow inventor, Andres “Dre” Chamorro III, they prototyped, built, and built again, Trella’s unique plant-training solution. At every step, they got input from experienced growers, incorporating feedback and improving the design.