Sensi Seeds Afghan Kush & White Label Double Gum Grow Report – Budget Seeds Comparison
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:
- The Afghan Kush bud is shorter and more compact than the Double Gum bud.
- The Double Gum leaves are somewhat narrower than the Afghan Kush. Both plants are indica dominant, but the Double Gum has a bit of sativa in there, hence the narrower leaves.
- The pistils on the Double Gum bud are longer than on the Afghan Kush bud.
Although I wouldn’t have been able to tell the plants apart without the labels on the pots during vegetation, it is now quite clear at a glance which plant is which. The physical traits are interesting, but the way the aromas of the buds are already so different is downright fascinating. It’s one of the main reasons (next to different medicinal effects) that we all love to grow different strains of cannabis!
The Double Gum buds are just starting to fatten up (calyxes developing), and are not terribly sticky (resinous). The aroma is already a winner. It does smell somewhat of bubblegum, but more prominent is the aroma of acacia or honeysuckle blossoms. It really is a treat, conjuring memories of still air on early summer evenings. I kid you not – it’s an impressive floral bouquet, with only a hint of the typical “marijuana” smell. At $19 for 10 seeds, I’d say these are a must-have for growers who want to experience how the aromas of cannabis buds can vary. I hope the acacia/honeysuckle aroma persists through the rest of flowering and into drying/curing.
Although they are exactly the same age, the Afghan Kush plants have more developed calyxes and are extremely resinous. I’m talking flypaper sticky! When you give a few buds a squeeze, some pistils stick to your fingers. Lick your fingers (mmmm…) and rub them together and the resin rubs off in little amber streaks. The smell is darker and distinctly different from the Double Gum flowers, with scents of resinous pine, black tea, and whiff of glue or solvent, like acetone.
What is absent in both varieties is any “skunk” smell, which is fine by me.
After grabbing around the AK plants, I had to wash my hands twice under piping hot water with a bar of soap to get the resin off. My hands are still sticky! They should keep Afghan Kush plants at the Olympics by the parallel bars; gymnasts would be assured a firm grip.
I hope this post has piqued your interest. Keep in mind that the genetics of your seeds are only one part of the grow equation; the environment is not to be ignored! Our “Dark Chocolate” soil recipe is working wonders to bring out the aromas of these beautiful plants, as is a strong but efficient lighting plan, plant-friendly pest control, and an overall “green thumb” for cannabis. Get into the fast lane with tons of growing tips and tricks, and experience these awesome aromas in your marijuana plants by learning from our guide – available here for just $8.99 – The power of knowledge is well worth the small monetary investment. You’ll save yourself tons of cash by avoiding the “I’ll buy this and that just to be sure” syndrome that grow gear companies use to rope in inexperienced growers.
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Here are newer pictures of the plants. They have continued to develop their own traits, and look even more different than the previous shots. The Double Gum is obviously sativa-influenced, and still smells strongly of Acacia/Honeysuckle. The Afghan Kush buds are fatter and stickier, albeit somewhat leafy – they’ll need extra care during trimming: