Indica and sativa hybrids obviously have characteristics from both genotypes, although depending on the strains used to create the hybrid and the percentage of indica vs sativa, they’re more likely to have certain characteristics. Generally, the biggest specimens will have a sativa percentage of over 60%; if the plant is indica-dominant then the specimens will be more compact but with a larger branch structure.
If you use the previous method it’s not hard to get gigantic plants, but large plants don’t necessarily have a lot of branches. If you’re looking to increase the number of branches on your plants then you’ll need to consider pruning them.
Staking plants is essential if you want them to develop correctly and constantly, so you’ll need to start doing it during their first few days. You’ll need to start by staking the trunk and then wiring the branches that grow, which will give a higher yield thanks to being held up.
When your plants have reached the production levels that we were talking about before, the stakes or string you’re using might not be strong enough to put up with the weight of the branches and buds; one of the most recommended systems is by using metal meshes. By doing this you can hold up each branch individually and with less stress on the mesh due to the fact that the weight of the plant will be evenly distributed. It’s also pretty easy to set up, all you have to do is extend the mesh over your plant, placing each branch in a hole making sure that light can still access all of them.
When you grow your plants indoors and then take them outdoors they go from getting 18h of light a day to getting a lot less, so they immediately begin flowering. If it’s still growth season your plants will begin budding but then they’ll revegetate, losing potency in the process which is something you want to avoid, especially with a crop like this that takes a lot more work.
For outdoor crops, growers have to depend on the seasons and the climate for their plants to switch periods, whereas indoors the grower decides when to change the light period, allowing him or her to choose how big their plants should grow. This means that indoor growers can play around with the number of plants and the timing of their crops; with a shorter growth period you can have more plants. This is how SoG systems were born; cuttings don’t need a growth phase and seeds only need two growth weeks.
It’s actually quite common for indoor growers to prune their plants every now and then when they’re employing a long growth period. If done properly without stressing your plants too much, then your plants should grow various new branches per pruning. All you’ll need to do is use a revitalizer on your plants to reduce stress and a couple of weeks after pruning more branches will have grown. If you’re thinking of using a growth period of a few months then you’ll have enough time to repeat this process a good few times. Once they begin flowering the amount of branches will obviously be higher, making your plants incredibly leafy and bushy.
So, now that you know that you can grow plants indoors for as long as you want, and that outdoors marijuana plants grow a larger branch structure, the question is: What would happen if you let your plants have a long growth period and then took them outside to flower?
Many growers have already seen astonishing images in which American growers are standing beside incredible 4 or 5 meter tall marijuana trees with an enormously dense branch structure that end up looking like big green balls. This phenomenon is quite typical in Humboldt’s seed catalogue and other American seed banks, as well as professional growers books and of course thousands of images and videos online.
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Planting this beast within a garden bed or large pot will unleash the full potential of the magnificent specimen, allowing it to explode to heights of 4m with staggering yields of approximately 2800g/plant! She has a flowering time of 9–10 weeks.
Dutch Dragon produces some very beautiful flowers, featuring light green shades, high quantities of trichomes, and bright orange hairs. She has a wild and unpredictable growth pattern and therefore requires quite a bit of TLC in order to tame her. Techniques such as topping and low stress training will do the trick. When grown indoors, Dutch Dragon offers yields of 500g/m² and reaches tall heights. Outdoor plants will produce massive yields up to 1000g/plant and grow to gigantic heights. She features a flowering time of 9–10 weeks.
This tall and branchy strain has evolved purely to thrive within outdoor settings and features a high growing difficulty. Indoor and outdoor plants feature medium yields and tall outdoor heights. Malawi Gold features a lengthy flowering time of 14 to 16 weeks, so some serious patience is required.
Jack La Mota is in part named after Jack Herer, the legendary cannabis rights activist and “emperor” of hemp. The strain was created by combining some of the most appreciated and high-quality genetics out there in the form of Skunk, Haze, and Northern Lights 5. This breeding project produced a sativa-dominant strain featuring 75% sativa genetics and 25% indica genetics.
The flowers of Jack La Mota feature a THC content of between 15–20% and a high CBD content. This cannabinoid profile makes Jack La Mota a highly medicinal strain capable of easing symptoms of chronic pain, stress, anxiety, sleeping issues, and more. The terpene profile within the buds produces fantastic tastes and aromas of citrus, pine, skunk, and fruit.
This is a 100% sativa specimen that is also a landrace strain, meaning she is purely the product of her native environment. Malawi Gold has developed over centuries in the northern Malawi region of Southeast Africa, where she adapted to the stressors of her habitat. The lack of intensive selective breeding has left Malawi Gold with a medium THC content, resulting in a pleasant high that is clear, crisp, and subtle. It’s a superb smoke for users who prefer lighter highs that don’t overwhelm. Each toke is accompanied by spicy and fresh tastes.
This unique specimen was birthed from a breeding project involving legendary strains White Widow and Haze. The high generated by Moby Dick is especially popular among smokers who prefer more intense and powerful experiences. The outcome is primarily a head high that brings about energetic, uplifting, and psychedelic sensations. The high is long-lasting, so strap in for the ride. The flowers offer tastes and smells of spice and lemon, which add to the intense energy of the high.
Dutch Dragon can produce varying levels of THC between 17–21%, meaning highs can either be slightly mellow or quite intense. Regardless of potency, the high always induces pleasurable feelings of alertness, euphoria, and happiness. The uplifting and cerebral effects really get the cogs of the mind turning, making this smoke a great choice when having deep conversations with friends. Dutch Dragon is also a treat for the taste buds, offering mouthwatering flavors of sweet, sour, and citrus.
The high induced from smoking a bong bowl loaded with Monster is sativa in nature, providing users with feelings of motivation, happiness, and euphoria. The uplifting and cerebral effects make the strain a good choice before physical activity or long working hours. This buzzy effect is augmented by desirable tastes and aromas of spices and wood.
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