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Silver Kush Cultivation Report

2017-01-30 12:57:09

DNA Genetics strain story: Silver Kush - Legendary oldschool trio encounters OG Kush

Once again, DNA Genetics’ omnipotent OG Kush #18 male was looking for a new wife, this time capturing and pollinating Silver Bubble (a mix of 1/4 Northern Lights, 1/4 Skunk and 1/2 Haze), in order to launch this legendary old-school trio strain into a new orbit – a Kush orbit! The vigorous result is called Silver Kush (feminised seeds only) which is a new cross released by DNA’s Californian partner breeder collective Reserva Privada. Silver Bubble has been very popular in Amsterdam for ten years already and the OG #18 quickly rose to prominence after having served as a crossing parent for a a couple of outstanding hybrids and its release by DNA/Reserva Privada as its own strain. Their offspring, Silver Kush, is described as a “strong sativa dominant hybrid” (70/30 sativa/indica) delivering an uplifting high and, thanks to the OG #18, blessed with a great deal of medicinal power. High yields of 450-550 g/m2 can be expected, to be achieved in only nine weeks of flowering.

Silver Kush immediately was a hot candidate for Mr. Power-Planter’s grow room and he sowed a complete package of six feminised seeds into jiffy pots which all germinated quickly and healthily. Together with other plants placed under a 600 watts metal halide lamp, the seedlings naturally stretched a bit at first but soon developed the first set of serrated leaves and shortly after that also the first set of three-fingered leaves. Then growth became noticeably more compact, with the leaves coloured dark green; despite the 70% sativa pedigree, the OG #18 came through here. Mr. Power-Planter let the plants remain in the vegetative stage for four weeks (after some days they had been transplanted into 6.5 litre pots filled with Plagron Standard Mix soil). Within this time the six plants produced a lot of side branches and arrived at heights of about 63-80 cm, all looking very similar in terms of growth pattern the shape of which was reminiscent of cottonwood.

Then Mr. Power-Planter triggered flowering by switching the daily light cycle from 18/6 to 12/12 hours (also replacing the MH bulb by a 600 watt HPS one) and the six Silver Kush plants did respond to that within 7-9 days, starting to develop the first white female pre-flowers. During the first four weeks of flowering, there was a considerable ongoing stretching effect that led to a bit more space between internodes and flower production had gotten into full gear, with great looking dense nuggets full of white hairs emerging from the main stems and side branches. What particularly stroked the eye was the fact that resin production had a very early and vivid onset, already occurring after one month of flowering the buds were trichome-laden with a silvery white appearance and sported medium to big calyxes. Mr. Power-Planter was very confident Silver Kush would prove to be a super resinous strain in the end.

In the following weeks of flowering it was confirmed that the Silver Kush buds were developing quite a high calyx-to-leaf ratio on most of the plants, so the influence of Silver Bubble on the budding pattern was obvious. The flower clusters were becoming very tight and extremely resin-covered indeed, a real pleasure to look at and gently touch for Mr. Power-Planter but his nose was also captivated by the six plants that gave off a wonderfully deep, rich, Kush-dominant aroma. After about 7.5 weeks of flowering, almost 50% of the flower hairs had turned orange and the plants were obviously getting on the home stretch in the remaining 1-1.5 weeks. The calyxes kept on swelling and became even more sticky, jewelled with dense white resin carpets (just like large parts of the flower leaves), and that kushy smell meanwhile was overwhelming. In the end, the six Silver Kush plants had reached heights of 95-116 cm, which was considered fairly homogeneous by Mr. Power-Planter, and with finishing times of 59-64 days they proved to be pretty uniform in this regard too. After Mr. Power-Planter had harvested and dried them, the Silver Kush buds had turned into rock-hard silver nuggets that were spreading an intense kushy sweet and spicy scent. With his big storage glasses full of heavy Silver Kush nuggs in his hands, Mr. Power-Planter felt like having plundered a silver mine. He scaled the dry harvest, finding out that four of the six main top colas had produced weights of 25-31 grams which he felt was marvellous. The other buds of the plants weren’t scaled separately, so Mr. Power-Planter could only state an average yield per plant which amounted to 76.7 grams - An excellent outcome as the total was 460 grams per sqm.

The smoke’s flavour was awesome, with a lot of Kush spicyness and sweetness rounded off by hints of haze, brought in by the Silver Bubble, and an aromatic aftertaste that remained on the palate for a longer time. Silver Kush’s very strong and  intense high was affecting both body and soul, at first a mighty cerebral sativa buzz took possession of Mr. Power-Planter which after about an hour slided into a more calm feeling, leaning more towards the indica side of this strain and lasting for almost another hour. Altogether a deeply satisfying smoke experience for Mr. Power-Planter who needs extra potent strains for getting decently high. Silver Kush did fulfil all his expectations and to his mind this strain has successfully joined the great line of Kush strains developed by DNA Genetics.

Words and pictures by Green Born Identity (G.B.I.)

Originally published in Weed World Magazine edition 105

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Posted in Cannabis News

Serious 6 Strain Report

2017-01-30 12:40:18

The story of Serious 6

 

Serious 6 is the first new strain developed by Simon, the breeder and owner of Serious Seeds, in the last 10 years. This strain was developed from mixing genetics from Canada with Sativa-landraces from Africa through a time consuming process of selection and cross-breeding. The goal of this long selection process was to create an early-finishing Sativa type of plant which is very mold-resistant and will finish outdoors in the humid and cold Dutch climate at the end of September. In Holland this is an important date because after that time strong rains and winds start which will cause bud-rot in most varieties. With this plant we think we have reached that goal; in Holland the majority of the plants can be harvested at the end of September. Outdoors, in Spain, this will be much earlier and we estimate that most plants will be ready to harvest by the 15th of September or maybe even earlier!

 

We introduced Serious 6 for the first time at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam in November 2009 and she was greeted with much respect and love from the cannabis community; everybody wanted to get their hands on the seeds of this new strain.

We planned on releasing the seeds after that Cannabis Cup but the final indoor test for the variety was not good enough for Simon. He let a batch of indoor-plants flower for much longer than recommended (more than 3 weeks longer) and two of those plants showed one or two single male-bananas. This is a natural reaction of a sinsemilla plant at the end of her life-cycle when she feels threatened that she will die without producing seeds; although most cannabis plants will do this, because its a survival mechanism which has proven to be successful during the evolution of the cannabis plant, Simon said he will not release a plant that shows even the slightest hermaphroditic traits.

So we had to go back to the beginning and started to select for a different parent combination again.

Outdoor plants can only be tested once every year; during the summer season. Every summer for the last couple of years we have tested new parent combinations of the Serious 6, and therefore it took us so many years to create the plant that Simon desired.

Finally, after great results this summer, we feel this unique strain is ready to be released.

Outdoors she grows tall and slender like a true Sativa, with one main stem with side buds, not the christmastree-shaped plants which is more Indica-like. Despite the dutch outdoor climate the buds will grow few small leaves and build a particularly thick layer of crystals compared to other outdoor plants. Approximately half of the plants will show strikingly beautiful pink pistils, which can be seen in the photos next to this text. The pink pistils are only noticeable on the living plant as once the flowers ripen the pink hairs will turn to a normal brownish colour. At the end of the flowering cycle these pink colors are substituted by purple colors of the calyxes and leaves.

The Serious 6 is a very beautiful plant to have in the garden which is certainly one of the positive charecteristics for growers. We have noticed how much visitors loved the Serious 6 test plants from the looks alone, making remarks like, "Hey man, I want to grow this awesome plant in my garden!"

The Serious 6 is an almost pure Sativa with a short flowering time (about 8 weeks indoors) which gives also quick results indoors. Indoors she will fill up and produce dense long buds glistening with trichomes, spreading a very aromatic fragrance. The aroma of Serious 6 is a new combination of odours which cannot be compared to other cannabis varieties. She has a smell and taste that is different and new, and seems to be built up in layers; citric, anise and spicy are only a few of the recognizable aromas.

Her effect is a cristal clear head-high, once you smoke her you will get creative and active and you will want to do something creative like painting, writing or playing some music. The Serious 6 is not as strong as the other varieties in the Serious menu because we had to sacrifice strength for earlyness and mold resistence. People in Spain are lucky enough to be able to grow seeds of strong plants like AK-47, Bubble Gum, Chronic, White Russian or even Kali Mist outdoors, because in this climate they will finish without getting bud-rot. Growing the Serious 6 outside next to them, may have the advantage that the Serious 6 is ready to smoke while you wait for the other plants to finish flowering.

All in all this plant is perfectly suited for outdoor growers in a wide range of climates or for indoor growers who like a quick-finishing sativa. Serious 6 offers a very nice alternative to the wave of hard-hitting, couchlock Kush-strains that dominate the market today.

 Originally published in Weed World Magazine edition 104

Posted in Cannabis News

White Berry Strain Report

2017-01-30 12:22:25

Test cultivation report - Paradise Seeds - White Berry (feminised)

White Berry was part of a „six-pack“ of new feminised Paradise Seeds strains released to the market in 2007. The strain had been called “Hashberry” during development, but was renamed by Paradise Seeds due to the fact that a strain of the same name was available on the seed market from another company already. Paradise Seeds managed to earn themselves a good name as a producer of reliable feminised seeds after having released their first feminised versions in 2005, made from classic Paradise strains such as Sensi Star, Dutch Dragon, Nebula or Sheherazade. Ever since they have been receiving a very positive feedback on their feminised strains from lots of growers worldwide who reported 100% femaleness.

Uniform and superior female plants and flowers

 Luc, the breeder of Paradise Seeds, is permanently working on feminised strains. A lot of precious and fruitful basic research on feminised seeds was done by Paradise Seeds in Switzerland several years ago. Back then, Paradise Seeds maintained huge breeding and production facilities in the Alp republic. The feminisation method used by Luc has proven to be highly reliable. Luc: “Our method is based on a scientific study on gender change in cannabis plants, dating back to the early eighties. Only if a specially selected female plant remains female even under stress, we will treat this plant in order to induce the production of stamina, the pollen of which is then used to fertilise appropriate sister plants. This method is called “selving”, and the result is feminised seeds that will produce uniform female plants. Under normal conditions, our feminised seeds will give you uniform and superior female plants and flowers. We believe they are much better than clones, as plants grown from seeds are stronger and more resilient.”  

The Jacky White strain had previously been tested by infamous German grower Mr. Power Planter in its feminised form, fully convincing him with excellent 100% female plants, there were no signs of hermaphrodism or maleness at all. So he decided to put feminised White Berry seeds to the test as well.

A single-cola dominance

As with all of his strains, Master Luc keeps the exact pedigrees of this strain a secret. So we can only speculate about the genetic source of White Berry’s “White” attribute… while one thing is for sure according to Luc – it’s not White Widow. Also because of White Berry’s short flowering time of 50 days, Mr. Power Planter was interested in this strain. However, there was very little space in his grow room at that time and he realised that he could cultivate only four White Berry plants in addition. The four seeds germinated well and Mr. Power Planter placed the seedlings into two litre pots filled with Plagron Standard Mix. They thrived well under two 115 watts MaxGrow Dual Spectrum lamps  and under a 400 watts Plantastar HPS respectively beginning from day 12. Then the plants were repotted again, this time into six litre pots. When Mr. Power Planter induced flowering by cutting down the light cycle from 18 to 12 hours, the four White Berry plants were moved under a 600 watts Osram NAV-T, sharing the cultivation area with several other plants. As stated by Paradise Seeds, their flowering reaction was very fast, indeed, with the first pre-flowers being visible after about a week. Their growth pattern also matched the breeder’s description, slender and medium in height, with a single-cola dominance. However, there were certain differences in height, one of the plants was about 25-30% taller

Amazing: Like all the other Paradise strains

than the other three. During flowering, the upper foliage of the plants turned purple and red, giving them a remarkable beautiful look, all the more in combination with the tremendous layers of white resin that had built up during flowering. These four White Berry plants really deserved their “white” attribute, oozing with resin. In addition, the flower structure was impressively dense and tight, also exhibiting a high calyx-to-leaf ratio that would make harvest work very fast and comfortable. Their sweet and fruity berry perfume was a sheer pleasure to Mr. Power Planter’s nose. Once again, he couldn’t find any male flowering on the plants, they all turned out to be purely female. However, one has to concede that the rather small number of four plants was not that representative. With an end height of 65-85 centimetres, the plants had remained small and medium-sized, being easy to handle. Their yield was 24-30 grams, a very solid and satisfying result for plants grown from seed and cultivated on soil. Flowering lasted a little bit longer than stated by Paradise Seeds (50 days), but 50-55 days are clearly within the range of tolerance.

Purple and red colours

Paradise Seeds promises that “White Berry’s hybridised genetics create a complex and versatile smoke, with the typical result being a crystalline sativa head high”. But the smoker should also be aware that “when smoked in higher quantities, an Indica-style body stone comes forward”. So Paradise Seeds come to the conclusion that “tokers who smoke lightly throughout the day, but want a deeper stone at night, may find that White Berry meets all their needs in one attractive, easy-growing package.” Well, Mr. Power Planter found out that all these information proved to be true. The dry White Berry buds effected a strong and long-lasting uplifting high when smoked in moderate amounts, and made him more kind of stoned when smoking a lot of them. But this is pretty normal, isn’t it? We all end up stoned after having enjoyed the Green to the fullest... White Berry`s taste was sweet`n fruity and somewhat berry-like, indeed, very delicious.

On the whole, once again a reliable high-quality feminised strain from Paradise Seeds. Amazing: Like all the other Paradise strains, White Berry can be grown outdoors, too, ripening already at the beginning of October under natural light. The colours must be incredible then, regarding the fancy purple and red colours White Berry exhibited even indoors…

Words and pictures by Green Born Identity (G.B.I.)

Originally published in Weed World Magazine edition 104

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Posted in Cannabis News

Original and Best

2017-01-30 12:09:14

Original And Best - Why are some of the classic pot varieties still going strong decades after they were first released?

The enduring appeal of time-honoured classic cannabis varieties continues to surprise many people in the cannabis industry.  Some of the most famous and best selling varieties today can be traced back to the 1980’s and earlier.  White Widow, Orange Bud, Blueberry, Mazar etc are some of the original classic lines that come to mind when we think of the best strains of yesteryear, no doubt you will have a few personal favourites of your own to add to that list.  Quite a few of the established seedbanks will tell you that they are pleasantly surprised to see the continued popularity of their ‘classic’ cannabis strains.  This is despite lots of work to bring out new varieties and lots of time and money spent travelling the world looking for fresh new genetics.

One of the consistent messages we hear from growers, head-shop owners and seed-resellers is that there are too many ‘ordinary’ and bland cannabis varieties on the market today.  Hybrids, and hybrids of hybrids, the problem is that no-one really knows where they came from, not even the breeders themselves. 

We hear a lot of people asking for some of the retro-varieties to be re-introduced, often growers have original seedbank catalogues from the 1980’s and they want to know what has happened to their old favourite varieties.  In the case of Dutch Passion all of our work remains safely stored away in several deep-freeze genebanks.  We use several locations to store our ‘legacy’ seeds for two reasons.  Firstly it is safer if the genetics are spread across different locations.  Secondly, we have so many seeds from various stages of numerous original breeding projects that there are too many for a single location.  In some cases we have several thousand seeds from a single part of a single project conducted decades ago, yet we are now so glad that we did keep these seeds when so many other people simply threw them away or sold them without thinking about the future. 

Although Dutch Passion began selling seeds in the 1980’s our breeding work, seed stock and genebank date back to the 1970’s.  These seeds are priceless to us, they can never be replaced.  They are especially important because they are from pure original cannabis varieties at a time when there was very little cross-breeding taking place.  Contrast that with the modern situation where there are literally hundreds of new seed producers, many of them who simply take seeds of unknown origin from other seedbanks to hybridise and cross, not really sure what they have ended up with or what genetics they really have.

If you want a totally pure original version of e.g. Haze or Afghani where would you go?  Probably you have 2 choices, you either go exploring the relevant part of the world yourself looking for the best wild specimens (and try to bring them home), or you go to one of the original seedbanks.  If you are really lucky you will know a professional breeder with original cuttings/seeds but the average home-grower doesn’t know these people.

Those with the foresight to start their genebanks in the 70’s and 80’s have the seed equivalent of gold-dust when it comes to breeding.  It allows new plants to be grown, plants that can be guaranteed to be free from unwanted modern genetic contamination.  Of course germination rates from seeds that are 30-40 years old is low, but some seeds will always germinate.  The oldest seeds ever to be germinated are 2000 year old Judean Date Palm seeds which were found by archaeologists excavating King Herods Palace in Israel. 

Dutch Passion have pretty strict rules which govern how many of our seeds we can recall from our genebank, we have to balance the importance of ongoing breeding work with the fact that the seeds themselves can never be replaced.  The difficulty is that you often need several hundred very old seeds to get a viable breeding program going from a small number of seedlings.   Breeding with original genetics is a serious business and you can’t afford mistakes.

One example of a recent reintroduction of an original is our pure indica Night Queen variety.  Night Queen was hugely popular in the early days of the Dutch Cannabis scene but fell out of popularity when indoor growing took off in the 1990’s and more exotic tropical varieties were able to be grown indoors for the first time.  Night Queen was retired to the genebank but we were often asked to re-introduce her.  In 2012 we did introduce her, but only because we were able to work decades-old original seed stock.  We are also re-introducing Blue Velvet following repeated requests.  Blue Velvet is a sister of Blueberry and comes from the 1990’s collaboration between Dutch Passion and DJ Short.  Again Blue Velvet is a reintroduction made possible only because original seeds were carefully stored for later use. 

 

So why do some of the older legendary varieties remain so popular with the self-sufficient medical and recreational home-growers?  One reason has to be the fact that the older varieties have had many years to be stabilised by breeders who know the varieties intimately and can assure a reliable and predictable performance.  The safety of growing a best-selling variety from an established seedbank is an important factor that influences seed sales.  The average home-grower often grows around 10-20 plants over the course of a year, sometimes less than that.  You can see the logic from their viewpoint, the preference to select ‘safe’ choices for their grow-rooms rather than take a perceived risk with an unproven variety from a newer seedbank.

Without doubt there is also a strong nostalgia value associated with some of the old classics.  After 25+ years in the business of supplying seeds and speaking on a daily basis with customers, re-sellers and head-shop owners around Europe we get a good picture of the seed market for the home-grower.  There are lots of growers that rarely grow any varieties outside of a small group of their personal favourites.  It’s a strange business to be in.  You can spend weeks and even months looking for new genetics from different parts of the world and then spend years to bring them to market only to find your customers are happy to stick to their old favourites.

Some customers have been growing the same 3 or 4 varieties for years and see no purpose in risking a change even though there may be some new varieties which we feel quite sure they would like.  In some cases we have offered free seeds to regular customers to try, yet the customer will still insist that they are content with their existing varieties.  It sounds a bit weird, but for some home-growers the best way to guarantee the quality of their future crop is to stick with their most trusted varieties, why change a winning formula?  We see the same thing in the new market for AutoFem seeds.  AutoMazar is the best selling auto in our collection but that is probably because it was also one of the first; we have lots of customers that refuse to try growing other auto’s because they are happy with AutoMazar.  Perhaps in 10 years time we will be referring to AutoMazar as a classic original AutoFem.  One thing for sure is that we have stashed away thousands of AutoFem seeds to make sure we are prepared for whatever the future of AutoFem breeding may hold.

 

During the last 20 years there have been hundreds of seedbanks emerge in Holland, Spain, Canada, USA and almost everywhere else.  In that time there have been thousands of new varieties made commercially available.  Yet it is notoriously difficult for them to challenge the success of the established classics.  One reason may be the coffeeshop influence.  Many people walk into a coffeeshop during a holiday in Amsterdam and take a look at the menu, often the well known names are the ones that still sell the most, especially if they come from one of the top growers.  Varieties like Power Plant, Skunk #1 and White Widow are still a regular feature on the coffeeshop menu’s today many years after they were first released.  How many people have grown a variety primarily because they had a great first experience of it in a coffeeshop?    It must be thousands of people, maybe tens of thousands.

The fact that some of the original Dutch cannabis varieties are still going strong means that the genebanks are still alive with plenty of good original genetics.  Long may it continue.

Words and pictures by Tony at Dutch Passion

Originally published in Weed World Magazine edition 104

Posted in Cannabis News

MK Ultra Strain Report

2017-01-30 11:48:30

MK-Ultra - Hypnotist marijuana at its best

 

MK-Ultra’s strain naming goes back to a program of experimental trials with LSD conducted by the US government from the early 1950s until 1973 under the title of Project MKULTRA. It led to controversies due to the fact unwitting Americans and Canadians were used and exploited as test persons for this project. With T.H. Seeds’ MK-Ultra it’s a different approach, any willing growers and smokers can voluntarily take part in the grow and smoke experience provided by this award-winning strain so every ambitious cannabis aficionado can run his own private MK-Ultra experiment. But beware... its heavily hypnotising mental effect may force you to grow it again and again…

According to T.H. Seeds, MK-Ultra is blessed with “addictive qualities that cannot be underestimated” which is made possible by vast hypnotic indica power coming from the mighty cannabis genes involved: G-13 was married to LA’s finest, O.G. Kush, to produce a plant with thick and tight buds, heavily coated with resin glands and ripening within 8-9 weeks of flowering. MK-Ultra is furthermore characterised by a pine flavour that lingers on the palate for an age. She’s expected to grow 100-120 cm tall and yield up to 350 grams/m2.   

MK-Ultra received early honours when she was chosen as Best Indica at the 2003 High Times Cannabis Cup and a 2nd place was awarded in 2004. German grower Growolf felt highly attracted by MK’s profile and decided to conduct a botanical and psycho-active MK-Ultra experiment using a pack of five feminised seeds. He sowed the seeds into Jiffy pots and they quickly sprouted, enjoying a good start placed in a Secret Jardin 1 m2 grow box under a 250 Watts CFL at 18 hours of light per day. He planted the young seedlings into 11 litre pots filled with Bio Nova coco ground and after ten days moved them into his 6m2 grow room equipped with 4x 600Watts lamps (2x HPS, 2x MH / 4x HPS in the flowering stage) where a range of other more regular strains was already growing at a daily light cycle of 18 hours. The five MK-Ultra plants were adopting a very compact growth pattern; growing very uniformly with vigorous side branching, clearly pronouncing their share of sativa traits as well.

One week later Growolf induced flowering by switching the daily light cycle from 18/6 to 12/12. At that point in time the five plants measured 34-41 cm in height. They quickly responded to the reduced light cycle with all of them producing female pre-flowers one week after the switchover. During the first four weeks of flowering they kept on stretching, increasing in height by about 10-12 cm every week. Also, in terms of flowering behaviour, the five MK plants proved to be very homogeneous and they had produced lots of indica-style flower clusters along their main stems and side branches with resin production appearing vividly, so it all looked very promising. Bud formation became thick and tight in the following weeks of flowering and the plants were building quite impressive top colas and lots of excellent side buds with a high calyx-to-leaf ratio. They were increasingly oozing with resin, spreading a deliciously strong pine fuel odour, very much to the delight of Growolf.

After 57, 60 and 62 days of flowering the five plants had fully matured, perfectly in accordance with the flowering time of 8-9 weeks stated by T.H. Seeds. Growolf happily harvested his five marvellous MK-Ultra plants, the sticky buds of which had become really fat and super resinous in last weeks of flowering; densely coated by multiple silvery white layers of resin glands. Their heavy, most intense pine fuel odour alone had an almost anaesthetic and addictive effect on Growolf and he just couldn’t turn his nose away from those ripe fragrant buds; he was caught in a sort of natural, hypnotic aroma therapy act. In the end, the five plants had arrived at final heights of 76, 81, 84, 89 and 93 cm. When the MK harvest had been carefully dried, Growolf read a total yield of 286 grams from the scales i.e. the five plants had produced an average yield of almost 60 grams of superb MK nuggets per plant which he considered a very good outcome. In a future MK-Ultra grow he would leave the plants in the vegetative stage for 1-2 more weeks to obtain bigger plants and accordingly even higher yields.

Smoking the MK, in the form of a good fattie, quickly effected a mightily strong indica turn in Growolf’s head. Indeed, he felt kind of hypnotised in no time and also paralysed. After a few tokes he was nailed into his couch, being dazed but not confused. His inner server was widely shutting down and, with his mouth wide open, he watched a football match on TV. This most heavy effect would last for almost two hours and only the thrilling qualities of that match kept him from falling asleep. MK-Ultra’s taste was as delicious as expected - piney, sweet and with a long aftertaste.

So, Growolf’s own MK-Ultra experiment was a very positive one, yielding great results in any aspect - “This really is hypnotist marijuana at its best”, he enthused.

Words and pictures by Green Born Identity (G.B.I.)

Originally published in Weed World Magazine edition 104

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Posted in Cannabis News

AK47 Fem vs Reg

2017-01-27 13:25:10

Serious Seeds: AK-47 regular vs feminised!

 

There are a couple of classic strains in the world of extra potent marijuana that have been around for a very long time, permanently fascinating both growers and smokers with their superb qualities, and having reached a legendary status. Serious Seeds’ AK-47 for sure is one of these outstanding evergreens. For Simon, owner and breeder of Serious Seeds, finding the unique AK-47 genetic profile was the rare case of a “lucky punch” every cannabis seed breeder dreams of. Back in 1992 already, after having tested thousands of experimental plants of different breeding lines, he finally achieved his goal of creating a high-quality sativa/indica strain with excellent overall properties and a lot of charisma - the legendary AK-47 was born. Although Simon keeps the exact pedigree of AK-47 a secret, like the composition of Coca Cola, he reveals that it was bred from Colombian, Mexican, Thai and Afghani seed stock, resulting in a 65:35 sativa/indica hybrid with predominating sativa traits.

In the course of time, AK-47 has won an impressive total of sixteen(!) prizes at several kinds of cannabis cups. The most recent of which were the victory of AK-47 in the sativa category of the Treating Yourself Expo 2010 in Toronto and the third place in the category Hybrid at the High Times Cannabis Cup 2011 in Amsterdam. The Treating Yourself Expo Cup was a seed company cup and was judged by a panel of 24 exemptees (patients with a governmental license to grow their own medical marijuana) using 12 Digital Volcanos. Another outstanding appreciation of AK-47: It was chosen “Plant of the year 2003” by High Times Magazine readers in December 2003. But also in the form of hashish, AK-47 yielded big success for Serious Seeds, for example when it took the first prize at the High Life Cup Barcelona 2005 in the hash category.

Simon describes AK-47 as follows: “This easy to grow plant is a living legend and our most popular. Medium height, produces good yields quite quickly. Extremely strong odour (take extra care!) and long lasting indica dominant high. AK-47 plants have a short flowering period for a sativa, producing compact, not too leafy buds gleaming with a coat of resin crystals. The name was given not out of any idea of violence, but more in association with its “one hit wonder” effect. An independent lab test showed 21.5% THC in the samples at the Cannabis Cup 1999, the highest of all entries that year. Medicinal plant.” Simon recommends a 5-10 days vegetative clone growth period. AK-47 delivers yields of 350-500 g/m2, has a flowering time of 53-63 days and reaches maturity around 15 Oct. under natural light. It has a sativa typical high calyx-to-leaf ratio which means lots of flowers and only a few leaves. The single AK calyx size tends to be unusually large, resulting in fat clusters grouping together very decoratively and densely, contributing to the trade-mark appearance of AK-47. These compact nuggs ooze copious amounts of glistening trichomes and break up nicely, leaving plenty of resinous crystals on your fingers, unleashing an unusually strong, sweet and fruity aroma. There’s so much resin on AK-47 it could also carry the attribute “white” in its strain name.

As Simon says, the AK`s name shall by no means be understood as being intended aggressively or following any military tradition, but rather express the special effect that sets in when one smokes the AK, sometimes proving as a real “one hit wonder”, made possible by that extraordinarily high THC content mentioned. AK-47 is also famous for outstanding results on hydroponic mediums, as reported by many international growers, and has also been very successfully grown outdoors in Spain in the past.

Since last year, AK-47 is also available in the form of feminised seeds. That made famous grower Mr. Power Planter curious, and he decided to run a great project: A head to head comparison of both regular and feminised AK-47 seeds. Never before such a direct comparison has been reported about in any magazine, so here it is, Serious Seeds facing the challenge of letting their own regular and feminised seeds competing with one another! Would the feminised AK-47 seeds prove to be likewise brilliant as their long established regular counterparts?

Mr. Power sowed a full package of eleven regular AK-47 seeds and five feminised ones. Germination proceeded very well, and after four days, all of the seeds had sprouted and reached the soil’s surface. Right from the start, they were grown under three 600 W ‘Green Bud’ metal halide lamps equipped with adjust-a-wings reflectors (without spreaders), so they had abundant light to thrive and prosper. One week after germination, the plants were transplanted into 11 litre containers filled with Plagron Standard soil mix. All of the 16 plants did very well, growing very compact with a quick onset of side branch development and dark green leaves. Also, they were very homogeneous, both in their own plant group and also femi and regular plants compared to one another. Three and a half weeks after germination, Mr. Power Planter induced flowering by reducing the light cycle from 18/6 to 12/12 hours of light, at the same time replacing the metal halide lamps with three 600 W Osram HPS lamps. Within ten days, all of the plants had revealed their gender, with five of the eleven regular AK-47 plants being males that were removed. And as expected, the five femi plants did present only female preflowers. In the first weeks of flowering though it was the case that the femi AK plants obviously reacted a bit slower to the flowering period, the regular plants were getting somewhat faster into vivid flower production. Otherwise, from a growth pattern point of view, both the regular and femi plants still had the same appearance. And soon all the eleven plants were about building very fat main colas, but also many impressive side tops in addition. The femi plants were about one week behind in their flower development, but also flowering in a most promising way. A very strong sweet odour took possession of the grow room, arising from the richness of massive resin layers on both the femi and regular plants. All the eleven plants were literally oozing with resin when getting near to maturity, having appeared whiter and whiter every single flowering week. Also the flower structure was of outstanding quality, these buds had an extremely high calyx-to-leaf ratio, very few flower leaves, with the fewest leaves on the top colas of each branch. The buds consisted of many thick, dense and rock-hard, chubby round flower clusters – that trademark AK-47 look - and also those many smaller side buds along the branches were made like that, giving Mr. Power Planter any reason to expect a true heavy-weight harvest.

The six regular AK-47 plants were harvested on flowering day 63, just in time with the 56-63 days flowering time window stated by Serious Seeds. They had produced tremendously fat main and side colas from the bottom to the top, with some of the huge main colas measuring more than 30 cm in length - really big impressive chunks! The flower structure of these six plants was identical or in parts at least very similar. And the same was true for their rich resin amounts. In the end, they measured between 85 and 102 cm in height, while five of them were almost similarly tall (85-93 cm), only one single lady (102 cm) towered the other plants a little bit.

As for the five feminised AK plants, they did require about one extra flowering week and were harvested after 69 days. They had grown lower than their regular counterparts, measuring between 65-85 cm in height only (with three plants of about 75 cm height), apart from one plant that was subject to a much stronger sativa influence and growing accordingly taller, but it was bent down at a certain early point of flowering. But the femi plants’ side branches were longer than those of the regular plants for the most part, while their fabulous fat flower structure and copious resin amounts were equal to them, with one difference though: The side buds, even the lowest ones, were even somewhat bigger, quite amazing! Both the regular and femi plants had the same powerful aroma, sweet, but quite mild.

The five femi AK-47 plants didn’t show any male flowers until the very end, so another Serious femi strain did pass the fem exam most successfully. All the eleven plants were a quick pleasure to harvest, very little work was involved due to the unusually high calyx-to-leaf ratio of the buds. After the buds had been carefully dried and slightly fermented, Mr. Power Planter put them on the scales, and it was no wonder to him it turned out the femi AK-47 buds had achieved an even higher average yield than their regular counterparts: 86, 98, 99, 114 and 120 grams = 103.4 grams/plant, while the regular buds yielded 73, 86, 87, 95, 98 and 106 grams = 91 grams/plant. This was the first time a deeply impressed Mr. Power Planter experienced that a feminised version of a certain strain really delivered a higher yield than its regular counterpart. Often officially promised, but never the case in practice before. So that extra week of flowering the femi plants took was really worth the wait to Mr. Power Planter.

The deliciously smelling, very silver dried buds were of the highest order, a sheer pleasure to look at and smoke. No difference between regular and femi buds was found by Mr. Power Planter in terms of odour, aroma and high. While AK is a strain that doesn’t have the most intense taste – it tastes mild and slightly sweet, with a slight sandalwood undertone, but not very charismatic – its high proved to be quite a sensation: It was very complex and extremely strong, clearly pronouncing elements of both sides of the cannabis spectrum – at the same time! Under the influence of a good deal of indica power, Mr. Power Planter felt like having to take a seat, but he simultaneously felt clear and euphoric in the head and didn’t get ‘hypnotised’, totally blasted away by the indica stone. That made him a little bit confused at first, but after a while he liked that state a lot and highly estimated that ultra strong and complex effect the AK-47 strain has.

All together, Mr. Power Planter was stunned about the superb outcome of both the regular and feminised AK-47 plants, he considers AK one of the best strains ever bred – and Mr. Power Planter has grown a pretty damn lot of strains in his life. And of course those outstanding femi plants did particularly impress him with their overall quality and even higher yield than the regular ones.

Also ‘The Doc’ grew two feminised AK-47 plants by the way, and his results turned out to be likewise impressive, with the two plants looking precisely like the ones of Mr. Power Planter, and also their yield, aroma and high was likewise spectacular.

Like many other evergreens, AK-47 has been adopted many times by other seed banks, and either been used as a component for creating a “new” strain or just been plainly copied. But one thing is for sure about Serious Seeds’ AK-47: You can`t beat the real thing!

Words and pictures by Green Born Identity

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 103

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Auto White Russian strain report

2017-01-27 13:15:13

Autoflowering White Russian #1 – Serious Seeds’ autoflowering premiere  

It took a while until Serious Seeds jumped onto the auto flowering wagon, with its own auto strain; such things always take a bit longer there, but of course the laudable reason for this is to be found in the high quality demand that Serious Seeds is committed to for the sake of the customer. They never get into a rush; don’t hastily throw poor or mediocre strains onto the market just to follow a current hype as fast as possible.

For a long time now, the auto flowering breeding experiments had been going on in the test gardens of Serious Seeds and it took Simon, the owner and breeder of Serious Seeds, more than two years to develop his very first auto strain, which is Autoflowering White Russian #1 (AWR #1).  This legendary strain with 22% THC, is a superb evergreen which ranks amongst the most potent strains there are, being mostly indica cross of Serious Seeds’ own AK-47 and the famous White Widow. Simon chose Joint Doctor’s Lowryder #2 as a breeding partner for White Russian to create Autoflowering White Russian #1 (Lowryder #2 x White Russian). The addition “#1” indicates that Serious Seeds aims at advancing this strain in the future, so Autoflowering White Russian #2 will follow one day and Simon honestly admits that AWR #1 isn’t perfect yet. While its flavor and potency are already excellent, it still produces two different phenotypes, one with a more airy flower cluster formation, yielding less than the second one, which has denser buds and is predominant, luckily. So yields can vary between 10-20 grams according to Serious Seeds, which may sound quite little compared to the auto strain harvest figures other seed banks are promising. But according to my experience, quite a lot of other auto strains do fall into the 10-20 grams category as well in truth… while Serious Seeds doesn’t promise any misleading figures. AWR #1 has a life cycle of 70-80 days from seed (after germination) to end and arrives at heights of between 70-100 cm. However, Serious Seeds puts much emphasis on the fact that using large pots right from the beginning is of the upmost importance for tapping into the full potential of AWR #1. While of course also other factors such as light and temperature have an influence on this, he has found out in two big pot comparison cultivation experiments that for bigger heights and yields, it is crucial to use big pots, e.g. 9 litres and also to directly plant germinated seeds into a big pot and not into a small pot first:

“In one grow we used small pots with soil first, when the plants had a few true leaves, they were transplanted into bigger pots, 9 litres. Final plant heights were around 40 cm mainly, some about 60 cm. But a second test of 80 seeds, which we put into the same 9 litre pots right after germination, yielded plants of generally 80-100 cm with some of 110-120 cm. This led me to believe that the response given from the taproot when it hits an impenetrable wall, (the bottom of a small pot) apparently directly influences the end height of the plant. Also, if the plants are root-bound in a small pot at an early stage already, flowering seems to set in earlier. But I still have to run a direct 50% small pots / 50% big pots head to head comparison to ultimately prove all this.”

The results of a German outdoor grower reconfirmed what Simon had found out, so using pots of at least 9 litres and direct seed planting is a rewarding thing and can be considered an essential factor already. The more light you give to the Autoflowering White Russian #1 the better the growth and bloom performance will be, so lights on all around the clock is recommended.

As for outdoor cultivation, Simon underlines that AWR #1 may be susceptible to mildew in periods of continuously rainy weather, recommending controlling the plants every day and possibly harvesting a bit earlier if there is mildew found and the plants are close to maturation.

Two other German growers, Mr. Power Planter and Ellis D, put Autoflowering White Russian #1 to the test this summer, both under natural light, in the garden and on the balcony respectively. However, Ellis D started his cultivation cycle three weeks earlier than Mr. Power-Planter, on June 2th. At that time he didn’t know about the rule to use big pots and not to transplant from smaller to bigger pots, nor did Mr. Power Planter. So Ellis D started three seeds in Jiffy pots and after germination, he planted the Jiffies into one-litre pots first, filled with seedling soil. As the weather was bad, cold and rainy, he decided to put the seedlings under two fluorescent lights when the weather was cloudy or rainy and only put them onto the balcony when there was sunshine. Also, he extended the photoperiod to about 22 hours by using the lights. He kept it like this for five weeks. In the meantime, after 12 days, Ellis D had transplanted them into 6.5 litre pots filled with Plagron Standard Mix soil. After three weeks, the three AWR #1 plants had grown very compact, measuring 18, 21 and 23 cm in height. At that point of time, all of them had produced their first female pre-flowers, so they were just about to enter into the flowering stage. After five weeks, the weather got much better with lots of sunshine and there was a good stable forecast for the following weeks as well, so the plants were solely grown on the balcony now. Both the flowering effect and sunshine encouraged the plants to keep on stretching a bit in the first three weeks of flowering, but at the age of six weeks, height growth seemed to have stopped, at a height of only 24, 30 and 33 cm, with short side branches, which as we know, was a result of the small pots Ellis D used in the beginning and the white blue spectrum of the fluorescent lights used in the first five weeks probably added to this.

But while the three AWR #1 plants were small in height, they were quite big in bud production, luckily! After eight weeks, i.e. five weeks of flowering, flower formation was already very dense and handsome, with the buds looking very much like indica, however, with a very appealing ratio of calyxes to leaves. And there was also a good amount of resin on the buds, spreading a fruity sweet scent. The medium plant though corresponded to the phenotype with a not so dense flower production, while equaling the others in terms of resin production. About two weeks later, when the plants had reached full maturity after life cycles of 71, 74 and 79 days, the three plants had built beautiful top colas of very respectable sizes, the two fatter ones even were chunky and rock-hard, reminding of the original White Russian strain. Ellis D was very pleased with the resin amounts produced by the three plants and their odor was fantastic, totally sweet and a bit fruity as well. Harvest work was done quickly and after Ellis D had dried the AWR #1 buds, he was not too surprised that the two better plants, in spite of their small height, with yields of 15 and 17 grams were ranging in the upper region of the harvest amount potential stated by Serious Seeds, thanks to an excellent bud structure. The third plant yielded 12 grams. Smoking the AWR #1 buds proved that this first Serious auto strain is amazingly potent, delivering a strong indica head and body turn that lasted for over an hour, not totally paralyzing Ellis D, but deeply relaxing him and in the end, when the effect was gone, also leaving him feeling kind of refreshed. Thumbs up also for the pleasantly sweet and mild taste.

Mr. Power Planter also grew three Autoflowering White Russian #1 plants, but in contrast to Ellis D, he directly planted the germinated seeds into 9 litre pots and he started three weeks later than his test colleague, which proved to be a good decision, as the weather improved two weeks later, getting warmer and brighter. Mr. Power Planter placed the AWR #1 plants into his south-facing garden one week after germination. Where they did very well, soon growing larger and taller than Ellis D’s plants, also with longer side branches. One plant was a bit smaller though than the other two. The auto flowering effect set in after 3-3.5 weeks and in the following weeks yielded surprisingly fat roundish top buds that also were pretty resinous, just like Ellis D’s plants, in fact, even a bit more, leading to a stronger odor but otherwise was very much the same, fruity sweet. Mr. Power Planter’s AWR #1 plants were ripe after 72, 74 and 79 days. In the end they had arrived at heights of 37, 49 and 55 cm, yielding accordingly more than Ellis D’s ones: 18, 21 and 23 grams, so the yield figures stated by Serious Seeds were even slightly exceeded by two plants, and the rule to use big pots and plant seeds directly into the end pot was once again confirmed.

Mr. Power-Planter also was impressed very much by the indica strength of Autoflowering White Russian #1, considering it the most potent auto strain smoke experience he has had so far. Now both Ellis D and Mr. Power Planter are looking forward to Auto Kali Mist (the next Serious auto strain to be released in the future, already under construction), Auto AK-47, Auto Bubble Gum and Auto Chronic...

Words and pictures by Green Born Identity

First published in Weed World Magazine edtition 102

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Modular Scrog

2017-01-27 12:58:47

The Modular Scrog

Canopy control and management has always been of utmost importance to me.  I started out as a closet grower with not only a small footprint to work with, but limited headspace as well.  Controlling the height of my plants was not only preferable, but also essential for me to have any success what-so-ever in supplying myself with some homegrown Dank.   Within a few weeks of getting started on my first grow, I watched in horror as my plants happily grew into my lights, I was faced with the reality of learning some serious LST (low stress training), bonsai, and SCROG techniques...and fast...

I learned an awful lot throughout that first grow, and if memory serves, harvested a Q.P. of some pretty high quality head stash. But in retrospect, the knowledge I gained while having to severely bond, torture, and control my little plants were of even greater value.  First off, I gained a huge amount of respect and incredible appreciation for what the cannabis plant is capable of enduring. Secondly, though I didn't know it then, started me on what would ultimately become a serious obsession...the quest for the Perfect Canopy!

The problem was, I never was a big fan of a fixed scrog screen, especially in a small confined space. I prefer to move my plants in and out of my flower room or greenhouse, so I can give them a thorough inspection for potential problems under natural light.  I am also a photo nerd, so I need to be able to move my plants into the studio for their “glamor” shots!  I was after the perfect canopy, but it became quite clear a traditional fixed scrog was not going to work for my scene.  I wanted the benefits a scrog would give me, yet the added bonus of mobility.  What I needed was a modular scrog!

I wanted something tight, tidy, self-contained, and light enough that I could shuffle around.  I had recently been gifted with some Vortex seeds from Subcool and I learned from the detailed description on TGA's website, this ultra fast, delicate little Sativa would be a perfect candidate for my new set-up.  It was described as a real “flopper”, lots of bud sites of heavy, dank fruit, hanging on delicate stems!  It was going to need a lot of support; it was looking like I had the perfect candidate the challenge was on!

The only real difference between a traditional scrog, which is often attached directly to the walls of the room and my modular unit, was that my screen had to be attached to my pot.  Originally I thought I would just screw some “legs” onto the sides of a thick plastic nursery pot, then build some sort of frame for the screen and attach it to the legs.  Seemed easy enough, but I wanted to use a fabric pot like a smart pot, so the new challenge became attaching this contraption to a flimsy, soft sided container.

I scratched my head over the design for over a week, strolling the aisles of the local hardware store, mentally cobbling together pieces of steel and wood, nuts and bolts.  I needed it to be light, so it wouldn't get too top-heavy when it was packed with buds, and it had to be inexpensive.  I wasn't too excited about dropping a bunch of coins on an “experiment”.  I was just about to give up on the whole idea when a few days later I was cleaning up the farm for “dump day”, when I came across an old galvanized hog panel laying in the weeds. This was the missing link, I could build the whole unit out of the long thin galvanized rod cut out of the panel with a bolt cutters, all I had to do was figure out how to clamp it all together.

A hog panel is essentially a long fence panel made with vertical and horizontal pieces of ¼ inch rod lightly tack welded together. In an hour, and a few very large blisters later, I had the whole panel clipped apart with the bolt cutters and the 32 inch diameter hoop bent and wired together with 12 gauge coated electrical wire.  I then discovered the galvanized rod had an added bonus, every 8 inches or so along the perimeter of the hoop was a little “nub” left behind from the crossing member that was clipped out, perfect to wrap and hold the coated wire when weaving the actual screen. (insert photos)                     I decided three legs would be sufficient and used a table vice to bend 3 inch “feet” on the ends of them to provide an “anchor”, and to prevent them from pulling out of the soil, or worse, poking through the bottom of the smart pot.  From there I added a short 90 degree bend at the top of each leg to provide a space to use some cable clamps to attach the legs to the hoop.  Then it was just a matter of finishing the lacing with coated wire, and I was ready to transplant my little main-lined Vortex into her new home.           

I main-lined my little Vortex to have 32 leaders and kept her bonded low and tight to the smartie with Velcro strapping to allow her to fill out horizontally. The entire unit, to the top of the screen measured 28 inches tall, and I figured once the colas filled the perimeter of the hoop, it would end up about 36 inches wide. The days were long in June, so I just left her outside to veg until she was just a few inches above the screen. Then she was moved in and out each day between the greenhouse and the attached office (dark room) to give her 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness.  After a few weeks, I had a perfectly filled scrog full of some beautiful young flowers. I was really happy with the design; it was strong, light, and provided excellent support for my Sativa Dominant hybrid. It became clear by the third week of flower that I was on to something good!   By the first week of August, I was harvesting about a ½ pound of some killer Dank...mission accomplished!

Words and pictures by Nugbuckets

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 102

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Mendo Grape Kush

2017-01-27 12:43:05

Mendo Grape Kush from Ultra Genetics

The colours of a rainbow in a single pack of seeds

 

 Mendo Grape Kush is one of the first seed drops from UK born breeders Ultra Genetics and its promo pictures certainly show her to be one incredibly eye catching lady boasting colours of purple, pink and green. The breeders info says Mendo Grape Kush is capable of producing some of the prettiest colour plants on the market with yields and flavour to equally impress which is a pretty big claim. They stress that not all phenotypes produce shades of purple so I will have to wait and see if my pack of seeds includes one of these special looking ladies.

After a quick soak in water I put the seeds into Jiffy pellets and popped them under a 250w cfl bulb. Within 48 hours I was the proud father of ten new little seedlings which did not stay little for very long. Once the MGK's were put under a 600watt lamp they went crazy becoming big bushy monsters within weeks. I also potted some up and put them outside to soak up the hot Spanish sun. The MGK is not a compact growing plant but more of a multi branched beast! If it flowers with the same power it shows in Veg i'm going to be one very happy man when they are finished. The quick growing nature of this strain makes it wise to pinch and bend stems to keep an even canopy for indoor growers to maximise yield. Outdoor growers do not need to do a thing but let the sun do its job. Once switched to 12/12 the plants kicked into flowering very quickly including the outdoor plants I was force flowering at the same time. A couple of weeks later I noticed the first signs of purple on one of the outdoor plants which put a smile on my face. The colour is definitely from the genetics and not a result of cold temperatures as the temps here in Spain have not dropped below 25 degree's for weeks now. If anything its too hot in Spain for perfect growing and protection from the midday sun is highly recommended.

One thing I noticed with the MGK is that the lower branches seem capable of yielding almost as much as the main cola keeping up in size very well even indoors making me think its perfect for a SCROG grow. Outside the plants were showing massive flower production on every branch thanks to that giant grow light in the sky which did not let up for a single day whilst I forced flowered the plants. Its pretty easy to see early in flower that Ultra Genetics were not exaggerating when they called MGK a high yielder as she certainly packs on the weight quickly along with the resin. Under a microscope the MGK can keep you entertained for ages especially the multi coloured phenotypes with their shades of green and purple tones. The Mendo Grape Kush's quick and powerful growing traits could make her more suitable for an experienced grower than a beginner grower with space issues. All the phenotypes appear to yield very well and taste very similar making the colour of plant not important so if you do not get a plant that turns pink and purple colours you will still get a very large bounty of sweet resin coated Kush.

The flavour is quite unique and stands out very clearly from many of the strains available today. Its nothing like any old dutch strains I have smoked and I can not think of a strain I could compare it to. Its certainly in a different taste bracket to most. All my phenotypes appear to carry a similar smell and taste with some green phenotypes having a hint of sweet pine or sweet fruit to the deep almost perfume like aroma. Opinions on the main flavour between myself and friends vary between a Deep Grapefruit and Mango. When I say Grapefruit I mean real shake your head bitter grapefruit juice but this is not juice and instead a similar taste in a very smooth smoke. I feel often people mix up Grapes and Grapefruit when they talk about flavour forgetting Grapefruit is a sharp bitter tasting fruit. I personally like the taste of Grapefruit juice but dislike the intense bitterness so find this strain really enjoyable. It captures a nice unique taste and delivers it in a very pleasant way. The hint of pine and fruit alongside keep the taste rich and pleasant on the tongue. The purple tinted phenotypes certainly leave a pretty mix of colours in your grinder. Words that come to my mind when I think of MGK are big, different, strong and pretty. I think every smoker friend I shared a smoke with and showed a bud to smelled it and said 'wow that's different'. Its not a knock your head off your shoulders head high but more of a body relaxing high that leaves you pretty clear headed for thinking, getting creative or just going about your daily life so could be great for those patients who are looking for a body relaxant but still need to appear fairly with it in public. Its got OG Kush in it so you know it packs a punch if you push it. Overall I have to say I enjoyed growing and smoking the MGK. It was a nice change to the grow room and the lungs.

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 102


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Cold Creek Kush strain review

2017-01-27 12:28:07

Cold Creek Kush from T.H. Seeds: Kush reloaded - MK-Ultra meets Chemdawg 91

Thanks to possession of the “legendary Colorado heavyweight Chemdawg  91”, the famous mother to both OG Kush and East Coast Sour Diesel, T.H. Seeds of Amsterdam are in a position to create exciting Kush varieties that stand out of the crowd. In the case of Cold Creek Kush, they married their highly popular MK-Ultra strain (G-13 x OG Kush) to Chemdawg 91, resulting in a super potent and good yielding, which is mostly indica Kush hybrid that turns your Kush bloom habit expectations upside down, as it tends to considerably stretch during flowering (60-67 days) and up to more than two times their height after having entered into the flowering stage. Plants grow to a final height of 110-130 cm, delivering yields of 350-450 grams per square metre.

Cold Creek Kush pocketed an early applause when it took second place in the indica category of the High Times Cannabis Cup 2010 and also medical marijuana users have reported on its outstanding effectiveness against: chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, nausea and insomnia.

The Doc, an ardent lover of Kush genetics, was eager to convince himself of the qualities of Cold Creek Kush and germinated a full package of regular Cold Creek Kush seeds, placing them between moist sheets of paper towel. When the radicles had very quickly emerged from the shells, he gently transplanted them into three litre pots filled with seedling soil. Only one of the seeds seemed to take much longer to germinate, but The Doc decided to give it all the time it would need. Put in a small grow box under two Secret Jardin 150 W high-efficiency CFL lights, the nine fast seedlings arrived at the surface in no time and straightened up. After one week of growth, they measured about three cm, already exhibiting three internodes, so they were going to grow very compact in the beginning and also very homogeneous. In the meantime, that slower tenth seed had sprouted too. The Doc moved all the plants into the actual grow room, where the young Cold Creek Kush plants received plenty of light from a 600 W Planta Star HPS lamp, 18 hours per day. They did appreciate that, having grown to a height of about 10-12 cm another week later, with 5-7 internodes, while that tenth plant was clearly behind. The Doc repotted the plants the plants into 11 litre pots filled with Plagron Standard Mix soil to which he had previously added 5% expanded clay and horn chippings and left them in the vegetative stage for ten more days. Then, after about 3.5 weeks of growth, he induced flowering by cutting down the daily light cycle from 18 to 12 hours, at the same time installing two GIB Lighting 600 W HPS and one 400 W Osram Son T plus lamp for an excellent bloom performance.

At that point of time, the Cold Creek Kush plants had developed into stout bushy plants with lots of well developing side branches and amazingly big broad fan leaves, measuring about 35-40 cm. The Doc was aware that, despite the considerable stretching effect that was to be expected, a somewhat longer vegetative period would have been advisable probably, but he also had two other, sativa-dominant strains growing in his room and therefore feared space problems. Nevertheless the first five plants revealed their gender after already four days, turning out to be all female!

“What a sensational female rate so far and I hope there are more to come yet…”, The Doc noted.

And, indeed in the following days, three more plants were producing female preflowers, while there were only two male ones, so there was a stunning female plant rate of 80%. After two weeks into flowering, The Doc reported: “However, the plants meanwhile seem to divide into two different height phenotypes, four of the female Cold Creek Kush plants have substantially stretched in the first two weeks of flowering, while the other four haven’t stretched very much, obviously subjected to a stronger indica influence which is also expressed in the form of wider leaves.”

While that different stretching behavior would last on in the following two weeks, all of the eight plants put much energy into the vivid production of female flower clusters and resin glands, after four weeks already. Cold Creek Kush came up with lovely dense white trichome carpets covering the prospering buds and bud leaves, spreading a deliciously blended odour consisting of a floral sweet body paired with fuel undertones. After five weeks of flowering, the stretching effect had come to an end, with the three largest plants having arrived at heights of 100-115 cm. Four of the plants measured 75-95 cm and that one late-start plant still nibbled at the 60 cm mark, but was growing very wide, with lots of side branches and already respectably big buds. Those five shorter plants were growing so densely that The Doc decided to remove some of the big shade leaves, to encourage the flower production of lower side branches.

Now it was all about building thick fat resinous buds, in the remaining weeks of flowering, all of the eight Cold Creek Kush plants were tapping their full bloom potential. The three tallest plants, with obviously more sativa influence produced a remarkably high calyx-to-leaf ratio, but also those shorter, more indica-dominated plants did exhibit a very attractive budding pattern with lots of flower hairs that turned orange near the end of flowering. After almost eight weeks of flowering, all the buds and bud leaves were frosted with tons of resin glands.

The Doc reported “What a pleasure to look at - The plants from the bottom to the top are laden with tight chunky buds, some of which could be ripe on a few plants in about 4-5 days, while others will obviously take a little longer.”

The first three plants were harvested after 59 days of flowering, while the other five needed 62-65 days to ripen. In the end, the Cold Creek Kush plants had grown to heights of 85-122 cm, solely that late-start plant had notably stepped out of the line, achieving a height of only about 65 cm, however, that was compensated by plenty of tremendous buds.

After the harvest had been dried and weighed, The Doc found himself in possession of excellent 730 grams (= about 91 grams per plant on the average, the heaviest plant had yielded 118 grams) of chunky Cold Creek Kush buds that looked, felt and smelled terrific: Highly resinous, rock-hard and giving off an exquisite bouquet of a floral and also fruity sweetness combined with a certain fuel note coming from the Chemdawg 91.  As for the taste, the floral sweetness came over very distinctly also in the smoke, while that fruity aspect gave fully way to the fuel note now that lingered on the palate for a longer time after having exhaled. Cold Creek Kush’s turn was hitting The Doc very quickly, after a few tokes already, a mighty strong sativa buzz rushed into his brain and body, affecting a bright cerebral up high. But that crystal clear sativa effect wouldn’t reign unaltered for very long, as it was soon accompanied by a certain degree of indica stonedness, too. Overall a very strong and pleasant turn that kept The Doc both physically deeply relaxed and in a euphoric state of mind, lasting for about one and a half our.

“Kush reloaded - This is definitely another superb Kush strain from T.H. Seeds”, The Doc concluded, “with unusual qualities in the high, easy to grow and very rewarding in terms of both quality and quantity.”

Words and pictures by Green Born Identity

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 101

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