UPDATE: Crossing Wild Cannabis Ruderalis with Commercial Seeds

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In the last post, I put up some pictures of a Wild Cannabis ruderalis crossed with the commercial strain “Double Gum”. In this short post, I just want to update the progress with a couple of pictures to show you this beautiful plant’s progress:

Here is a long shot of the plant:

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And here’s a bud close-up:

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As you can see, the more Sativa-like qualities (thin leaves, long buds) are shining through, and the plant is a nice producer so far! Very happy with the results🙂

 

Sept 7th, 2016 – FURTHER UPDATE:

Approaching harvest time. The buds are fattening up fairly well, considering the sativa-like tendencies of this cross. Here are a couple more shots for your viewing pleasure! best, GP

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Crossing Wild Cannabis Ruderalis with Commercial Seeds

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In our post about “Foraging for Wild Cannabis“, I showed some pictures of wild C. ruderalis plants I had found, and was lucky enough to find at the right time to gather a few seeds.

These smaller, harder wild seeds seemed adapted to the local climate, and made me wonder if the auto-flowering properties of this wild plant could be crossed with a more “bud-productive” commercial strain (I chose a personal favorite, “Double Gum”) to produce an early flowering plant suited to outdoor growing in northern climates that would produce significant buds. The ruderalis strain produced flowers, but they remained small and leafy, even in a controlled grow. They do have a wonderful orange/pepper aroma that I’d love to experience in a larger bud.

Foraged C. Ruderalis seeds.

Foraged C. Ruderalis seeds.

This strain of ruderalis seems to begin flowering around midsummer night (June 21st) rather than the autumnal equinox (Sept 21st), leaving the plant plenty of time to flower and spread seeds before frost can interrupt the life cycle. How I love this adaptable, wily little plant! Probably the escaped ancestor of hemp cultivation before prohibition of marijuana, life finds a way, and these fine-leaved, short plants pop up along roadsides, gravelly riverbeds, and vacant lots in parts of northern Europe.

I’m happy to report that pollinating a female Double Gum plant with flowers from a male C. ruderalis produced viable seeds that grew vigorously. (That’s the title photo above). Even more interesting is that the plant has grown far larger than any of the wild strain, yet has retained the slim leaves and lovely peppery-orange aroma of the father ruderalis. I’ll post updates as the buds develop – let’s see if mother Double Gum’s beautiful buds gene expresses itself over the next 6 weeks or so.

Here’s another peek at the plant – if you click for a full-sized view, you can see the fine clusters of white pistils that have developed in the last couple of weeks.

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Glenn Panik

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Molasses As Marijuana Fertilizer? Organic Fertilizer Tricks For Your Grow.

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Perhaps some of you home growers (or those interested in starting your own grow) have heard of using molasses to improve growth and increase bud size, etc. What’s the story behind this… Will molasses “sweeten up” your buds? Read More…

Auto Blueberry – Windowsill Grow! and “How Do I Know When It’s Time To Harvest?”

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Auto Blueberry

Auto Blueberry grown in a windowsill box.

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A while back I received some free seeds with an order, and decided to sow them in a windowsill box next to some spinach and lettuce, just to see what might happen. The window has southern exposure and receives plenty of direct sunlight, although with the limited soil volume and competition with neighboring plants, I was unsure what to expect. Here are the two freebie seeds after 8 weeks of sunshine and regular watering:

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Auto Blueberry & Pineapple Express; harmonious neighbors.

I hadn’t grown an autoflowering blueberry strain before, and was curious to see if the “blue” traits would really come through. As you can see, I wasn’t disappointed. The sugar leaves and buds have developed a purplish tinge, although the aroma is Read More…

Paperback Book Now Available!

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We’ve been receiving a lot of requests for a print version of our “How To Grow Cannabis At Home” ebook, so we’ve now made a paperback B&W version of it available on Lulu.com (click here).

Thanks for all your emails and I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog!

Best Holiday Wishes for the 2014 Season,

Glenn Panik

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Finding Wild Marijuana – Foraging for Cannabis Ruderalis

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Although uncommon in the modern western world, it is not all that unusual to find the cannabis plant thriving in some untended corner of a lot, along country roadsides, or reaching for the sun in competition with other wild plants on a mountainside. Hunting for wild marijuana (as well as a multitude of other useful wild herbs) is a favorite pastime of mine. Autumn is prime time Read More…

Using Your Own Marijuana Seeds From A Previous Grow

Critical+ crossed with Afghan Kush - what will the offspring look like?

Critical+ crossed with Afghan Kush – what will the offspring look like?

We get a lot of questions about cross-breeding your own marijuana strains and saving seeds. Here are a few thoughts on what you can do, and what you can expect.

First of all, saving your own seeds is entirely possible, and really rather easy to do. If you have ordered a non-feminized cannabis strain (maybe this is a reason to finally do so?) all you’ll need to do is keep a strong male plant after you separate males from females (see our post on sexing plants here).

You’ll need to collect pollen from the male plant and selectively pollinate Read More…