On cannabisgrowing.com, we’re focusing on tips for the budget-conscious grower who would like to still experience the distinctions between cannabis strains. There really are a variety of smells, tastes, and sensations that properly cured marijuana buds of different types have to offer. Here is a direct grow comparison between two inexpensive varieties from the respected cannabis seed bank “Sensi Seeds / White Label Seeds”.
The two strains are Sensi’s “Afghan Kush”, and White Label’s “Double Gum”. At the point of publishing this article, the plants are just starting the 5th week of flowering, and we expect them to be done 3-4 more weeks (perhaps a bit longer for the Double Gum, from the looks of it).
We want to show you how these two “budget” strains compare during the grow. We’ll give a “smoke report” later on. Sensi’s “Afghan Kush” costs $33 for 10 standard seeds, and the White Label Seeds “Double Gum” was just $19 for 10 standard seeds. At just $2-3 per plant (we had 100% germination on these seeds) these are great for a budget grower’s home medicinal marijuana project. I wouldn’t, however, suggest these for your very first grow. The previous post (WSS Skunk Feminized) might be a better choice for a novice grower, and they are in the same price range.
Let’s cut to the chase, and show you how the plants look at this point:
Now if you’re a beginning grower, you may be saying, “Huh? They don’t look different to me!” This is not unusual, so don’t worry. Let me point out a few things, then take a minute and compare them again – you’ll see what I am talking about.
The first image is the Afghan Kush plant. Compared to the second image (Double Gum) there are a few things you should compare and notice: Read More…
We’ll occasionally add some grow and smoke reports to the blog to fill you in on what goes on from seed to harvest, and what you can expect from a variety of strains available out there.
This first Grow Report post is about the Weed Seed Shop Feminized Skunk seeds. This is a great plant for beginning growers, is very affordable ($30/24 Euros for 10 seeds!), and is an excellent producer of potent marijuana buds. In fact, I’d recommend it to anyone – beginner or experienced – who likes a well balanced “Skunk”; the dried, cured buds have a balanced aroma of skunk/mint/pine, and one variant phenotype even produced a lemon/diesel smoke that was quite different from the others. More on that later.
We grew 8 of the 10 seeds, 4 indoors, and 4 outdoors. Of the outdoor plants, we culled one plant that was faltering and became further weakened by insects. I should note that this was most likely a soil pH problem that was entirely our fault – the other 3 plants have thrived, and were only strengthened by the occasional insect attack. They required very little tending, and developed into strong, bushy indica-style plants. We topped the plants twice to encourage four thick top branches and keep the height manageable. This can be seen in the next picture, which was taken after about 8 weeks of outdoor growth:
These plants will be finished in another 4 weeks or so (they are flowering now). As a comparison, check out the next picture, Read More…
“Build a better mousetrap, and the mice will beat a path to your door,” goes the old saying. Well, let’s say, “Mix a better grow medium, and your plants will grow themselves.”
OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but there is a lot that can be accomplished with a soil mixture that is tailored to growing cannabis. One great thing about putting your soil mix together yourself is that it doesn’t cost much at all. In fact, if you want to go extra “green” you can recycle a few typical household “wastes” to become a potent fertilizer for your next grow.
The first thing we need to consider is, “What would be the perfect soil for a cannabis plant?” Then all we need to do is put it together.
If you’ve read some of the previous posts on this blog – and even better, checked out our Cannabis Growing ebook (Amazon here, iBooks here) – then you know a few things about what a marijuana plant needs to properly develop through the vegetative and flowering phases. The MUSTS are: Read More…
Although feminized cannabis seeds have become very popular, many growers still prefer standard seeds. Feminized seeds tend to be develop plants that are rather consistent in their traits, but it is that genetic “roll of the dice” that can treat a grower of standard seeds to a prize plant to clone or save their own top-grade seeds. Saving pollen from a few killer strains – perhaps a resinous Afghani indica, a virile Thai sativa, and a fruit “Bubblegum” hybrid – lets you selectively pollinate a few buds on a particularly nice plant you have in flowering, and create a stash of your own special seeds. Cool stuff.
For the budget-minded home grower, standard seeds are not only less expensive to begin with, but the option to save your own seeds saves much more money in the long run. So in this post contains a variety of tips to help you get the most from standard seeds. You’ll increase the chances of your plants growing into the desirable females for bud production, and also get a few males for pollen and save your own seeds.
Thanks to the great minds at Dutch Passion for introducing these concepts some years ago. I’ll focus on what the current home grower should do to implement these techniques – Read More…
Before you read this post, take a moment to watch this short video from Dutch Passion, one of the better cannabis seed banks:
This is a great example of the wonders modern cannabis breeders are achieving with cannabis genetics. The “Auto Mazar” from Dutch Passion is an incredible piece of work; an auto-flowering, high yielding, very potent cannabis plant that will go from seed to harvest in 2 1/2 months. Damn. (I should note here that I am in no way affiliated with Dutch Passion).
Even with less perfect conditions than those in which they grew that monster plant in the video, you can be sure to harvest enough buds to medicate for a long period of time! I am currently doing the easy “window grow” technique from my new ebook with an autoflowering plant, and will harvest about 20 grams from a plant that I used no additional lighting to grow. Breeders of these strains of cannabis have made tremendous leaps in productivity and quality of the plants in the last few years. They are no longer “something for home growers who don’t mind low quality marijuana” – they are serious seeds for any grower to consider cultivating.
So what is an auto-flowering or “autofem” cannabis plant? How is this different from a standard cannabis plant? Why is that something a home grower should be interested in? We need to learn a bit more about the humble Cannabis r. to understand the significance of an autoflowering cannabis plant: Read More…