Think Big really deserves its name. As a Sativa-dominant strain it will reach for the skies and produce a huge quantity of buds with plenty of power to them. It is descended from a hand-picked selection of XXL Think Different plants, taking an outstanding strain to new highs in every sense of the phrase.
Slightly Indica-dominant Grand Heft Auto was created to satisfy the need for growing speed without sacrificing performance. Produced by crossing AK47 with Northern Light Auto, this variety is a showcase for autoflowering at its best.
Sativa dominant Bruce Banner is named after the gentle scientist who turns into the Incredible Hulk when roused to anger. Originally there were 5 sub-strains of this variety, but today the name tends to refer to type number 3, which is a cross between Indica OG Kush and Sativa Strawberry Diesel (which is itself a cross between Sour Diesel and Strawberry Cough).
Sativa dominant Killer Purps from Bomb Seeds came about by crossing the perennially popular and reliable Sour Diesel with a highly unusual variety of Buzz Bomb. As a Sativa dominant, it’s good for treating emotional issues, basically working as a mental pick-me-up. Recreational users quite simply appreciate its excellent taste and effect. For growers this is possibly best described as a practical choice. While it can’t match the likes of Big Bud in terms of absolute yield, it doesn’t need anything like as much space either. Although the Sativa genetics mean that this strain is on the tall side of medium, low-stress training can be used to reduce the amount of headroom needed.
Modern marijuana breeding has largely been a combination of preserving the best of the traditional classics and creating new varieties to meet modern needs (and wants). Super Lemon Diesel is an example of the latter. It takes a superb citrus phenotype of the old-time classic OG Kush and combines it with another long-time favourite, Sour Diesel, to create Super Lemon Diesel.
Genetically-speaking, about all that’s known about Purple Urkel is that it’s Purple, it’s Indica (or mostly Indica) and it’s a clone-only strain. The names Grandaddy Purple and Mendocino Purps have both been mentioned as possible ancestors, either or both of which would make sense for a wide number of reasons, including looks, effect and taste but really Purple Urkel’s family history is anybody’s guess. What is known is that this is one of the most effective (and best tasting) migraine and insom
nia cures there is available. It also has a good reputation for dealing with menstrual cramps.
In terms of flavour, Purple Urkel is probably best described as a little bit of skunk and a lot of berry. The skunk pungency is certainly there, but it’s more of a gentle hint of flavour to offset the sweetness of berries, particularly grapes (Grape Ape has also been mentioned as a possible relative). There’s a couple of points to remember before using this strain, particularly for insomnia. First of all, it tends to bring on a major attack of the munchies. Secondly it can make users thirsty and gulping down large quantities of liquid before going to bed could see your beauty sleep being disturbed by a trip to the bathroom. That being so, you might want to put some liquid into a container with a straw, so that you’re pretty much forced to sip slowly and so ease your thirst without filling yourself up on liquid.
Purple Urkel is known for acting quickly, but it generally takes its time to grow. Outside it usually takes the full 5 months to flower, indoors (a better choice) growers are looking at 8 weeks. It’s also worth remember that although Purple Urkel has the relevant purple genetics, how purple it actually gets depends on a variety of factors. Therefore growers who really want purple weed will need to put the effort into getting the conditions just right. Growers who just want a good medical strain, will simply need to pay attention to weed-growing fundamentals. On the plus side, as an Indica, Purple Urkel stays nicely compact, making it a great choice for small spaces.
Indica dominant Blue Kripple is the product of a cross between Medicine Man, Blue Rhino and Big Bud. Medical users love its pain relief, recreational users appreciate its ability to relieve stress and growers know that any strain with Big Bud in its genes is going to produce big yields.
The flavour of Blue Kripple is a vast improvement over pretty much anything you’ll find in the average bathroom cabinet or pharmacy. The top notes are full of blueberries and are both sweet and earthy, the base notes are clear and pungent skunk as is the aroma.
The effect satisfies both the head and the body. The high THC content acts as an invigorating power-shower for the mind. It briskly washes away all the mental dross which has accumulated in the user’s mind, replacing it with a refreshing and energising sensation. Then, with the mind cleansed, it’s time for the Indica element to begin and the user feels like they are gliding comfortably and smoothly from a vigorous shower into a warm and comforting bubble bath, where both mind and body can unwind and be soothed together. This is a period of exquisite pain relief for medical users.
Blue Kripple is a fairly straightforward choice for growers. It can grow indoors or outdoors but indoor growers are well advised to be scrupulous about ventilation. You may think there is nothing in this world more delicious than the smell of skunk, but your neighbours may disagree. Likewise outdoor growers may want to think about prevailing winds and make sure that they do not drive the smell of the plant to nearby properties.
Growers familiar with Big Bud and its offspring will be expecting a long grow time followed by spectacular yields. In actual fact this strain will grow indoors in a mere 7 to 8 weeks, with an outdoor harvest around the middle to the end of October. Yields are, however, very respectable for this sort of grow time with 450-800 gr/m2 and/or 650-1300 gr. per plant being perfectly realistic. Obviously the upper end of these yield ranges will be reserved for more experienced and/or dedicated growers who make the effort to create optimum growing conditions.
Sativa-dominant Frisian Duck was developed from Frisian Dew (about 50/50 Sativa/Indica) and DucksFoot (mostly Sativa). It’s an unusual strain, which was developed for hardiness both in terms of being able to tolerate colder weather and in terms of being able to forgive poorer growing conditions and/or lack of care. Its main selling point though is that in Veg and early stages of flowering, it doesn’t actually look like cannabis!
In appearance, Frisian Duck has been compared to a Christmas tree and it’s main flavour could easily be thought of as pine, it’s distinctly menthol, there is also a citrus element and an undertone of earthy, spiciness to provide a solid anchor.
The overall effect of Frisian Duck is a bit like walking through a pine forest on a cold winter’s day. It’s refreshing and even exhilarating without being overpowering. This strain will clear your head and leave you ready to get up and go (or to rest without being overwhelmed by an over-active mind) rather than having the powerhouse effect of some other strains. This makes it a great choice for daytime use.
Frisian Duck takes its name from the unusual shape of its leaves, which look like a duck’s footprint rather than being the traditional cannabis shape. As the plant moves to flowering, it can begin to look more like a traditional cannabis strain, particularly at the top. It was designed for outdoor growing and is reasonably tolerant of colder climates. Having said that, the harsher the climate, the more shelter and protection it will need and it does require sufficient sunlight. Left to its own devices, this variety will easily reach 2.5 metres. Indoor growers will need to count on at least 1.5 metres. In either case, this strain’s purple colour can make it look a lot more like an ornamental tree than a cannabis plant.
Frisian Duck was essentially created for quick and decent results for amateur growers. This means that it will flower in about 9 or 10 weeks, with an outdoor harvest around the start of October (in the Northern hemisphere). Yields are only moderate, but then the plants which produce the highest yields tend to take much longer to flower and need much more care and attention.
Indica-dominant Incredible Bulk is another big yielding, heavy-hitting strain with impressive parentage. It’s a cross between Big Bud, Super Skunk and Green Spirit. It offers the yields of Big Bud, the strength of Super Skunk and the clean flavour of Green Spirit.
In terms of flavour, this is a skunk weed and there’s no two ways about it. It is unmistakably pungent, but still sweet. Some people have suggested that there is a menthol element to the flavour, making it more refreshing than the average skunk.
Although this strain is very much an Indica dominant, it still has high THC, which is what you’ll feel first. Your mind will clear and any mental negativity will be banished. You’ll feel motivated, energized and quite simply capable of anything. This feeling will then begin to mellow into one of total relaxation as the Indica element comes into play. Any tension in your muscles will be eased. Those who need pain relief will find everything they need and more with this superlative variety.
Growers will be pleased to know that this strain was created specifically to address Big Bud’s lack of consistency. Unlike its illustrious ancestor this variety is 100% reliable, 100% of the time. It’s a great choice for novices and those working in challenging conditions because it is unbelievably resistant to just about anything any grower could throw at it. While no strain can be totally impervious to mould and mites, this one is about as close as you can get. It will forgive lack of water and lack of nourishment, it will withstand extreme fluctuations in heat. All it asks for is a decent amount of light and it will reward you with an excellent yield in a mere 8 weeks (or around the middle of September in the Northern hemisphere).
On the other hand, growers who do work to create optimum conditions for this outstanding performer will be amply rewarded. The key to growing this variety successfully indoors is to switch it to flowering by the time it reaches two feet in height, otherwise it can be difficult to keep it contained. It will grow well in soil or hydro and will make the most of any additional CO2.