Allstar Genetics KushDee – August 2012

I’ve written just a little bit about this surprising little strain – this growth of which is anything but little!

Allstar Genetics KushDee - August 2012 - Seed Testers

Allstar Genetics KushDee – August 2012 – Seed Testers

Currently playing windblocker for the the thin Sativas on my terrace, I realize now that Allstar Genetics KushDee was a great choice for dispersing the incoming Amsterdam wind gust (see her position in the photo below, photographed in early July 2012). Her nodes are short, short, short and by about the 5th – 7th week of outdoor growth, she was starting to show that she could form a dense windscreen. With the closeness of the nodes, the small size of the leaves and the forecasted density of flowers, Allstar Genetics KushDee showed that she also needed to be opened to the wind preventing stagnant air and mould so I shifted her 65 liter container to the edge of the terrace.

Seed Testers - All the strains in a row

Seed Testers - All the strains in a row

Fully exposed to wind, this girl toughened up quickly and branched well, in a controlled manner showing characteristics of both parents. Allstar Genetics KushDee stays light green for the most of her stretch life similar to the Alegria in her, and I’ve seen sand coloured cured buds of this beauty, but the flowering is still a mystery to me as this is the first time seedtesters.com has grown out this strain.

As flowering just started a few days ago here in Amsterdam, it’ll be a few months before I report back with a smoke report, but I’ll be watching this one closely.

Moon Greens

Transplanting Lady C’s Soma Seeds Somalicious

Soma Sacred Seeds Somalicious

Soma Sacred Seeds Somalicious Medicinal Garden

Here we have it, the flowering home for Sweet Lady C’s Soma’s Sacred Seeds Somalicious from female seed. As a reminder, Sweet Lady C is in a powered wheelchair so it was important to maintain an appropriate height for working close to the base of the plant.

This is the same plant which took a day trip to Amsterdam Cannabis Bevrijdingsdag (Cannabis Liberation Day) a few months ago and became the poster child for Amsterdam’s Cannabis College that glorious sunny day.

Drilling holes for plant container drainage

Drilling holes for plant container drainage

The container here is a mid thigh high classic Amsterdam rubbish bin (or is it a firebin) which has had holes drilled out of the bottom. The Somalicious upper roots have been raised above the main soil allowing the plant to breath better and uptake nutrients more quickly. The medium for this one is about a 30% perlite 70% allowing it to drain quickly after the Amsterdam rains.

Devil’s Harvest Shoreline – Wind damage repair time

Devil’s Harvest Shoreline Wind Damage Repair

Amsterdam is notoriously windy and being a terrace and rooftop gardener presents me with this challenge daily. I’ve tried many many techniques including tying, bungeeing, SCRoGging, SoGging, bending, trellising, yoyoing, interlacing plants and so on. I can summarize by saying, you can’t beat mother nature and just have to prepare yourself for repair time.

A super duper simple method is to use a stick and tie it over the damaged point as showing in this picture.

Devil's Harvest Shoreline Wind Damage Repair

Devil's Harvest Shoreline Wind Damage Repair

The bamboo is actually wrapped in 3 spots to provide stability. Wrapping with a tie wrap seemed natural for me and falls within my esthetic ;)

With the branches and leaves on the Devil’s Harvest Shoreline being, well, MASSIVE, this plant has been subject to numerous storms which included pelting hailstones the size of small marbles and this breaking damage was inevitable.

She’s currently tucked into and under a corner of the terrace and is pushing through the other side of the hand railing. The Devil’s Harvest Shoreline really really shows her colours at the onset of cold or windy weather – truly a beautiful shade of purples and deep reds which match my dinosaur rainbow kale quite well.

Love

Moon Greens

Hawaiian Snow from Green House Seeds — In Toronto

Hawaiian Snow from Green House Seeds -- In Toronto

Hawaiian Snow from Green House Seeds -- In Toronto

I have friends in a few places who also grow outdoors and form seed. Here’s a youngster outside in the Toronto heat of summer, mid-July 2012.

Green House Seeds Hawaiian Snow is a near pure sativa which I had the pleasure of sampling in both flower and ice water hash (ice-o-lator) last November at Amsterdam’s famous Cannabis Cup.

Here’s the seed giants’ description:

http://www.greenhouseseeds.nl/shop/hawaiian-snow-feminised.html

GENETICS

Hawaiian sativa x Laos.

EFFECTS

A sativa-high that creeps up slowly, long lasting, very uplifting and social.

Medicinally effective in pain therapy and as anti-depressant.

GROWTH/HARVEST

Ready by the last week of October (editor’s note….latitude is hugely dependent!!)
(North hemisphere) Yield up to 1200 gr/plant.

Ideal for equatorial, tropical, subtropical and temperate climates, needs support.

 

 

Note: Its been mad busy. Lots of photos and articles to write – summer’s heating up, as is the content for Seedtesters.com

Cannabis seed germination material – Spongepots!

In our experience, we’ve tried pretty much every seed germination material from simple water, paper towel wrap, seeding mix, perlite, rockwool, sand, agar, egg shells, triple mix, coco, peat pucks, direct in soil, test tube with cotton, … I could go on.

2 years running and hundred of tests later, Spongepots are truly something unique and reliable.

Seeds in Spongepots

Cannabis Seeds in Spongepots

http://www.spongepot.com/

If you’re buying seeds, especially cannabis seeds, they can be expensive, and its a royal piss off when your own mistake in propagation material causes a gardening failure. Spongepots are really the next step in ease and reliability in my experience.

Steps are simple:

  1. Buy spongepots
  2. Mix bacto that comes with spongepots in 1 liter of water
  3. Push the seed into the spongepot, moving the seed down  approx 2 times as deep as the seed is wide. Use a pencil or chopstick
  4. Put spongepots on top of a container filled with perlite or hydrocorrals (I know the pick has hydrocorrals, perlite works better)
  5. Pour bacto over seeds in spongepots allowing a bit of overflow into the perlite
  6. Create a plastic bag dome over the spongepots
  7. In spongepots seeds usually crack open in 1-2 days

In our experience, sprouts may become rootbound in about 4 days, so watch carefully. Spongepots are also cool in that they move well to all other mediums when you are ready to transplant.

:)

 

THC Degredation – Mel Frank – Marijuana Grower’s Guide

Mel Frank - Marijuana Grower's Guide - THC Degredation

Mel Frank - Marijuana Grower's Guide - THC Degredation

While out on the town with a few good friends the question of THC degradation came up. The image posted here is from Mel Franks Deluxe Marijuana Grower’s Guide originally published in 1977 and updated many times. I have the 1996 printing.

http://www.amazon.com/Marijuana-Growers-Guide-Mel-Frank/dp/0929349032

The details in the image breakdown the breakdown of THC quite well.

I highly encourage you to seek out this book as it contains some outstanding information and charts not contained in most other books and you can find this book used usually for under 5 Euro / 5 dollars / 5 pound and so on.

Here’s a great reference pointing to other references:

http://www.erowid.org/plants/cannabis/references/journal/cannabis_degradation1.shtml