-by SubCool - May 31, 2018
Marijuana seeds have many benefits when compared to growing from clones.
The most helpful benefit is that marijuana plants grown from seed do not introduce pests or problems into a garden like clones can.
Another benefit seedlings provide is health and vigor. Sometimes marijuana motherplants and/or clones can be old, tired, or even diseased without it showing visibly.
Many growers opt for feminized seeds, but I feel that you do best, and can have efficient seasons, using regular marijuana seeds.
One key factor for good germination is to select the right brands and strains of seeds.
When selecting seeds, do homework online and find out what marijuana strains the most successful marijuana growers are growing.
Find out which companies are creating the best seeds, and choose carefully.
A seed needs moisture and the right temperature so it can germinate.
I recommend germination temperatures between 70-80 degrees. Temperatures in that range tend to produce a higher ratio of female marijuana plants. Temps higher than that create a higher ratio of male marijuana plants.
Many marijuana growers still use the tried and true method of germinating cannabis seeds in a wet paper towel.
With the invention of rapid rooters, you can get better germination. They’re made from composted organic materials bonded together with plant-derived polymers.
These plugs are manufactured using a scientifically controlled process that yields large populations of beneficial microbes in the medium. We started using them to clone about three years ago and when I tried starting marijuana seeds in them, I knew I would never do it any other way.
I flip the cone-shaped rooting plugs upside down so they have more stability.
They’re made to fit into sectional trays, but that just adds cost and I try to keep things simple and low frills.
Wash your hands well with a disinfecting soap to remove any oils or contaminants before you handle marijuana seeds.
Make a small hole with a poker and place the seed point side up into the plug about ½ inch deep into the rooter.
Place the plugs into a domed container and place it under florescent lights. I like to use plastic/Tupperware shoe boxes stacked on top of each other. They’re low cost and easy to find at any department store. Not everyone has access to a hydroponics grow shop at all times.
Don’t let the cubes dry out. That is really the only thing to worry about.
It’s best not to drown them, but as long as they don’t dry completely I have always had great success using this method.
Once the marijuana seeds sprout, I transplant them into one gallon pots filled with good quality potting soil, but make sure the soil isn’t too nutrients-rich, or it will be too nutritionally “hot” for your plants and will damage your seedlings.
My company, Subcool TGA seeds, works hard to create unique marijuana strains and seeds that are guaranteed to have near a 100% germination rate and to grow out to be exactly what you wanted when you bought them.
Check out the many BigBudsMag.com articles written about TGA strains and TGA personnel, and my internet marijuana television program, Weed Nerd. I can’t vouch for other marijuana seed companies, and I often hear from growers that seeds from other companies have low germination rates and other problems.
What I can assure you is that my passion in live is to help more and more people grow fantastic marijuana, and this is what motivates TGA Subcool seed breeding.
-by SubCool - May 31, 2018
Subcool’s Greatest Hits: Awesome Marijuana Cultivation Weed Nerd Videos
by Steve Davis
In the world of commercial marijuana strain breeding and seed production, there’s a guy named Subcool who creates tens of thousands of true-growing reliable cannabis seeds every year.
Subcool’s cannabis seed company TGA (The Green Avengers) offers nearly 40 strains of the finest cannabis that make marijuana cultivation very very easy.
Many TGA strains, such as Jack the Ripper, Chernobyl, Jilly Bean, Timewreck, and Jesus OG Kush, have scents, tastes, and highs that are exclusive to TGA seeds.
If you’re used to the common skunk, diesel, peppery, berry tastes and scents of most cannabis strains, you’ll be stoked by the different tastes and scents Subcool breeds into his strains.
TGA-specific scents and tastes are accompanied by cannabinoid profiles and percentages that give you a high you can’t get from regular marijuana strains.
As if creating super-stoney, unique marijuana strains isn’t enough of a gift for our marijuana community, Subcool also provides us more than 240 marijuana videos you can watch for free on YouTube.
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-by SubCool - May 31, 2018
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Raising Arizona: Subcool Rises From the Ashes To Bring You New Strains, New Extracts
by Steve Davis
In October 2017, deadly wildfires decimated California. Cannabis seed breeder and cultivator Subcool barely escaped with his life when flames ripped through his Northern California home, destroying everything, including his outdoor garden brimming with flowering cannabis plants, some as big as 10 feet tall.
The fire also destroyed Subcool’s collection of rare male and female plants, plus thousands of seeds. Many growers feared that their favorite Subcool strains were lost forever.
Even before the fires, Subcool was having a terrible year. He has long suffered from a genetic form of emphysema called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is almost always incurable, makes breathing very difficult, and can be fatal.
In the smoky days before the flames burnt his home and grow op to a crisp, Subcool was “drowning in his own lungs.” Breathing became something he had to work at, rather than something his body did automatically.
At the same time, as health problems and the fire devastated him, he experienced further personal and business-related betrayals that broke his heart and cost him a fortune.
“It was the year from hell,” Subcool laments.
Growing Cannabis In The Subpool
And yet, less than a year after the fires, Subcool is now living in Arizona and surrounded by a diverse network of friends and associates who provide him with support, companionship, medical care and business assistance.
Moving from the devastation of Northern California to a house in Arizona, Subcool drained its swimming pool, turning the empty pit into a trellised cannabis garden. He calls this garden the “Subpool,” and donates its buds to needy medical marijuana patients who can’t afford their own cannabis.
The lush Subpool garden is just one of many new cannabis ventures Subcool feels blessed about, especially seeing as he spent the last few years in California wasting tens of thousands of dollars trying to comply with protocols put in place by Proposition 64 and its legislation.
No matter how much money he spent on cannabis compliance attorneys and grow-site upgrades, Subcool says there was always some new hurdle to contend with.
Having made the move to Arizona a permanent one, Subcool rejoices that the state’s medical marijuana laws and regulations are far more workable than those of California. Indeed, Arizona’s medical marijuana laws were narrowly approved by voters in 2010 and had relatively straightforward implementing rules — at least, compared to California’s rules.
Current Arizona medical marijuana laws closely resemble California’s Proposition 215, the landmark law that created a burgeoning, barely regulated black-market industry from the time it was passed as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 until recently, when licensed dispensaries opened and wholesale cannabis prices began to plummet.
In Arizona, qualified medical marijuana patients and designated caregivers are allowed to cultivate up to 12 plants of their own if they don’t have a dispensary within 25 miles of their homes. Dispensaries are required to be “nonprofit” entities, and are allowed large-scale cannabis cultivation, plus retail sale of whole cannabis, edibles and various extracts.
Subcool is now working with a team of scientists, investors, patients, growers and dispensary owners to expand the scope of his cannabis businesses. He’s created Subcool.com, a new website to take over from his TGA Genetics legacy site, which offers grower education training, as well as descriptions of his marijuana strains and new types of weed products.
Making a new website was Subcool’s choice, but other “choices” were not his own. Famous for his The Weed Nerd YouTube channel, with around 325 episodes posted, Subcool is now worried over the video-sharing site’s recent purging of cannabis-related channels.
On his YouTube channel, Subcool has been known to share music, grow-room footage, cultivation and breeding advice, clips of outdoor grow ops, and road trips to cannabis events.
The clips focus mostly on insider wisdom for growing, breeding and consuming cannabis, but The Weed Nerd can also be poignant and personal when Subcool opens up about COPD and the endless risks growers are subject to.
Currently, he’s working on alternative avenues to get The Weed Nerd clips to his audience.
“I’ll keep making Weed Nerd no matter what internet censors do,” Subcool insists. “I’ll host the videos on my own website or find other ways to share the plants and the news like we always do. The kind words, inspiration and ideas I get from weed nerds keep me alive as much as cannabis does.”
Subcool is also working on old-school media in the form of a follow-up to his Dank book series, which features vivid cannabis photos, along with his fascinating descriptions of how he breeds and grows specific strains.
Subcool’s The Dank products consist of 100 percent pure, organic cannabis extracts. (Image courtesy of Subcool)
Terp Sauce, THCA Crystals & Seed Testers
Aside from making the new website, recruiting a solid crew of new friends and business partners, and relocating to arid Arizona so his COPD lungs find relief in the dry air, Subcool created a brand of cannabis products he markets in licensed dispensaries as Subcool’s The Dank.
This new product line consists of 100 percent pure, organic cannabis extracts, including THCA crystals and terp sauce, the latter of which consists of fractionated terpenoids carefully separated and recombined. Terpenoids offer medical and psychoactive benefits that cannabinoids just don’t offer, Subcool explains.
“On The Weed Nerd shows, we featured terp sauce, rosin, live resin [and] bubble hash,” Subcool says. “The taste and high you get from these extracts is a new way of experiencing marijuana. Our audience wants these concentrates, which are made with special laboratory equipment, so we decided to make the best extracts and market them.”
Subcool will soon offer vape pens and pressed bubble hash as part of his repertoire, which will all be made from clean buds and safe processes, and certified by the most thorough third-party testing available.
Growers who rely on Subcool seeds will be glad to know he rejuvenated his seed program to recover some of his most popular legacy strains, while also creating potent, delicious new strains.
One facet of his seed breeding and selection process is the use of civilian testers, with Subcool evaluating the quality of candidate strains by sending tester seed packs to hundreds of skilled growers worldwide.
Growers who want to test candidate strains must first fill out an online form, proving to Subcool they’re professional cultivators who’ll give detailed feedback on how a test strain performs.
These details include phenotype characteristics such as growth rate, bloom-phase stretch, nutrients management, harvest weight, scent and taste, and of course, potency and high.
After Subcool receives the strain reports from these testers, he compares the metrics to that of his own cultivation experiences and the experiences of his partner breeders.
Only if the strain offers something truly phenomenal and different to the current range on his menu will he officially release the new and tested strain.
“The worst thing a seed breeder can do to growers is sell inferior seeds,” Subcool says. “It’s more than a breach of contract. Medical growers rely on their seeds to grow into strains that provide relief for their specific illness. When seeds don’t grow out to be what the breeder promises, it leads to extra pain and illness for medical [consumers].”
Since the losses brought about by the California wildfires, Subcool expanded his network of seed breeders and developers of rare clones to create several new strains, including Queen Anne’s Revenge, Cherry Cordial, Sangeria and Scarlet Queen.
He’s testing 60 new strains, and expects at least 5–10 of them will be cannabis champions worthy of release under the Subcool brand.
“There are thousands of people making and selling marijuana seeds, but growers tell me most of those seeds aren’t giving them what they want, or have quality problems such as failure to germinate, or feminized seeds that turn out to be dual sex, or male,” Subcool explains. “I go to great lengths to find the rarest cuts and breed them with rare male plants. There’s no use making mediocre hybrids. I want to keep hearing from growers that they love my strains.”
Among Subcool’s new strains is the tasty-looking Queen Anne’s Revenge. (Image courtesy of Subcool)
Surfing The Wave Of Change In The Cannabis Industry
Subcool is greatly concerned by what legalization has done to small-scale, home-based growers and dispensaries.
“The home grower created the marijuana industry. Now they’re seeing corporate interests take over, and legalization blocks or limits their growing,” he says.
Based on his frustrating attempt to comply with California’s regulatory Prop. 64, Subcool predicts cataclysmic shifts in the cannabis growing and selling industries that will ultimately limit our cannabis freedom.
“Things are changing fast, not always for the good,” he says. “The volatility in the marijuana and hydroponics industries is worrisome. There could come a time when most people buy weed at the local drug store or even Walmart. Many growers will decide it’s easier to buy retail weed than grow it themselves. It’s already happening in states with legal dispensaries.”
These industry changes have altered his breeding and marketing strategies.
In the past, Subcool explains, his breeding programs focused on developing strains with novel tastes, scents and cannabinoid-terpenoid profiles, along with ease of growing, genetic reliability and heavy yields.
Now, he’s focusing on research into specific cannabinoids and terpenoids, most notably cannabidiol (CBD), to create strains and extracts that treat specific medical conditions such as chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, arthritis, depression, anxiety and epilepsy.
This focus is none more evident than with his Deadlights and Pennywise high-CBD strains, which have long been his most popular crops.
Cannabis Is A Good Reason To Live
Subcool says his virulent opposition to cannabis prohibition fuels his will to keep living, despite the devastating wildfire, personal betrayals and health setbacks he’s endured.
“I got busted for marijuana in the 1970s and saw the corruption and brutality in the police forces, courts and prison systems,” he explains. “I vowed to fight back. My goal is to help the world grow so much weed that prohibition collapses. That’s why I breed and sell marijuana seeds.”
There remains in Subcool’s heart a special place for military veterans, and true to form he’s donated significant amounts of money plus cannabis to help veterans who are suffering or injured.
“They suffer without marijuana medicine or get busted for attempting to grow their own medicine. When you sacrifice for your country and come back home to find yourself attacked by police and the VA for growing your own medicine, it’s unacceptable,” he says.
When talking to Subcool for the purpose of this story, I noticed he was having difficulty breathing. Several times during our discussion, we had to take breaks because he felt he was going to pass out from lack of oxygen.
I asked if he’d made peace with the realities of COPD and its infringement on his life.
“Everything but my life was taken from me last year,” he explains. “Now, I’m in Arizona with really good people around me, creating incredible new strains and concentrates, finding joy in life. The best thing that ever happened was when the California home burnt to the ground, because it forced me to start over and create a way better life.”
-by Subcool - April 2, 2018
Years ago when I traveled to Amsterdam one of the first heavy Indicas I tried was AK-47. I loved the spicy fruity taste and if memory serves we actually got so high I was dosing sitting in Grey Area and Steve poked me and gave me a look that said I like ya Sub but you cant sleep in my tiny shop. We headed outside for fresh air and then across the street for Handmade Gourmet chocolates. I never forgot that experience, so we took some seeds back to grow out for nighttime medicine. This was 12 years ago and over the years I lost my female and lost contact with the guys that I gave cuts to or the other growers that I split the seeds with. In 2002 I grew out some seeds of AK-47 and I was really disappointed in the results. The strain was nothing like I remembered and each female was quite different from seed. Even Simon the breeder and owner of Serious seeds has stated openly that up to 100 AK-47 seeds would need to be started to find the one cherry female that everyone knew and loved back in the early 90s. I felt the male or something was lost and the AK-47 seeds sold now were in name only and I moved on to other clone only strains for my medicine. One famous grower Nebu was able to keep a cut and its regarded as one of the best Indica clones around but he is very tight with it as he uses the female to breed with.
Over the years from time to time I run across samples of AK-47 and I am always disappointed until this year. I have friend that is a caregiver that I give advise to, his first garden ever was featured in the Last TY in the article Whats in Your Garage we call him Dave. Dave called me two months ago and said one of his patience had a cutting of AK that came from seeds bought in 1994. I quickly looked online and found the release date of AK-47 of 1992 and at this point I got very interested. I asked if a bud sample was possible and he told me the plants were at 9 weeks and went 70 days and he would have some samples soon. True to his word he showed up about 2 weeks later with a few thick buds and shoved one under my nose. Smell like cherries? he asked. The thick oily smell was infused with Cherries and Spice and was the exact smell I remembered from the Grey Area so many years back. I asked for a cutting and sure enough 10 days later a little baby clone was delivered to me. I transplanted her into my soil and placed her in the vegetive room under a 1000 watt metal halide Hortilux Blue Bulb set up. She grew fast and immediately started pushing out wide Indica dominant fan leafs. She grew really fast and it didnt take long at all before she was a nice short bush with many heads. When she reached 30 in total plant height I placed her into 12/12 HPS lighting with 1200ppm CO2 added to boost growth rate. By day 30 nice colas were forming and we can already see resin in heavy concentrations on all leaves and even the stems. Even this early I am impressed with what I see and the cherry smell is starting to come on. The one trait we didnt like on this strain was the leaf weight it carries into the finish. I was asked my the owner of the cutting to cross her with Space Queen in hopes to improve her Pistil to leaf ratio. If she passes our taste test we are going to proceed and call the outcross Tommy Gun. The clone goes 70 days so we still have some time on ours but since I have such a good relationship with Marco I am hoping he will let me submit a part two with the final results. As I put this article to keyboard our girl is 33 days old and I will do a final photo shoot tonight and get the shots to Marco so you can se her as up to date as possibly.
-by Subcool - April 2, 2018
Hemp Fest never gets old, the positive energy never fails to fire up my activist side but all the Hippy’s always rub off on me and I also leave with a full heart and a smile on my face. MzJill and I didn’t get in until Friday afternoon so we missed the opening at noon. Long before we got close to the event we could smell the sweet smell of the herb that everyone had gathered to celebrate. It was a really nice afternoon and the sun was shining but a cooling breeze was blowing off the bay and swirling the music around as we walked into the park. The path into the park was a wall of people leaving the event I am always amazed at how huge Hemp Fest crowds are. We walked around a bit saw Ngaio Bealum and stopped by the TGA booth and enjoyed the sunset with few bowls of Dank. The next day I got an early start because I am always really excited and a pretty hyper person. I love to meet and greet and wake and bake with just about anyone I see, everyone is so cool and in such a great mode. I can’t count the number of people I smelted that day with my full melt bubble but lets just say a large number of people have a good story to tell now. I made up the purest Apollo-13 water hash I could and I was rewarded by friends stopping in mid sentence after having just one bowl. I captured some video during the day and took a good many pictures but I spent most of the time talking with fans and signing books and rolling treys and tee shirts and even bongs. The jams were really good and you can hear a sampling in my Youtube video, over the weekend a few dozen bands perform on the many stages and I have to say I really liked just about all the bands that we heard on the main stage on day two. Later that day we went to hear some of the speakers and we got to see Seattle’s mayor speak. He actually did a good job and it was quite the trip to see the mayor on stage in front of thousands of people actively smoking cannabis and he openly welcomed us to the city.
The thing I saw that was different and that I want everyone to know about is the huge amount of commerce that went on at this event. There was a much larger group of people serving food and a much wider variety hell you could order up a Caesar salad and grilled Cajun salmon at one booth. I am much more a burger guy and as I walked up to one booth to get some munchies the guy asked MzJill if she was with High Times because she was dressed in one of her green outfits with all her adornments. I replied no that I was Subcool and she was MzJill and the people behind the booth all started praising us for our genetics. The owners were medical patients who had grown out our Flav and the Vortex. They wouldn’t even let me pay for my meal which blew me away most of the day just thinking about it. I know cops are known to get free food for their service but a Cannabis Breeder? Far Out Man!! Everyone seemed to be doing a brisk business and even the ATM’s had lines of people standing in front of each one. The economy may be down but our culture seemed to be thriving seems a large number of Americans dig weed. While the politicians seem to be busy ruining our economy counter culture has dug in and are doing quite well because of the plant. While its kinda taboo to talk about there was no shortage baked goods or flowers at the event, people were doing what it takes to survive and I am a huge supporter in that. I got a cool shot of one daring entrepreneur holding up a sign as people walked buy advertising his goodies. The stupid part is because the government refuses to acknowledge our culture and cannabis economy they missed out on untold revenue. I think regulation was on everyone’s minds and one of the speakers I captured on video spoke about it. Free weed is a great dream but the reality is taxing the sale of cannabis goods can and will generate funds to help rebuild our countries infrastructure one day.
Sunday was another great day and just as busy we passed out about 4 jars full of TGA flowers to card holding patients on the house and even though the TGA booth was hoping like mad everyone was polite and gave up there spots in the crowded booth so others could meet and speak with MzJill and myself. Ed came over and hung out and as usual I did my best to medicate him into the stratosphere. TGA’s Washington reps Rob and Rose and there crew who did such a great job for us were impressed that Ed hung out so long and signed books for everyone. I had so much fun working with them that next year we plan to double the booth size and sponsor the festival with a nice donation.
I would like to thank all of the volunteers who without this event could not be held. As the sun set on a glorious day they were looking at several days of cleaning up and taking down everything.
I hope to see everyone next year
-by Subcool - April 2, 2018
I want to tell you the story of the strain Dannyboy and how it got its unusual strain name. Before I tell you about the strain let me tell you about the man. Growers by the nature of the game are a secluded lot. The Internet is a great way to still have some form of contact with other humans while not exposing your-self to the security risk of having people know where you live or even what you do. Running a grow is somewhat of a ball and chain as you have chores to be done at least every 3 days and leaving a large indoor grow can always be a security risk so a grower can become secluded without this outlet.
I met a guy in 1993 that worked in the nighttime and seemed to always be online in the early mornings a lot as he ran a catering company that supplied coffee and donuts to job sites. Yes Blunt ran roach Coaches and they made great chili dogs! Over the years we became great friends meeting for the first time at the Jungle Juice Café in Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. I found out his name was Danny and from that day on we became brothers. I talked he listened and we saw the sites together, always returning to the net and telling all our friends about the cool shit we saw.
Danny always had my back and without getting to detailed he helped me get out of jail many times on his own dime. In 2001 I was working in Amsterdam for a seed distributor and Danny came to the cup for his second time in 2001 and on the second day passed away in his sleep at 38. Seems he had some health and job related stress issues he kept to himself. He was acting strange the night before he passed, winded, and I asked if he was ok, he replied he just needed to lie down and thats the last time I spoke to him. Over 200 stoners from the Internet attended his funeral. His parents didnt know a man could have so many friends. It seems everyone liked the guy.
The only true way I could think of to honor this man was to name my first strain after him. He was a big fan of fruity tasty strains and loved the Killer Queen harvested at day 55. Once I found the line I wanted to work with we selected a few males of Ortega X C99 and did some out crossing. The best female was named Taco by stoner friends who made a joke about Ortega being a food company. The male was selected from only 2 boys but heritage is everything in breeding and either would have been a great father. The final product is a hybrid Danny would have loved.
Tasting like Cherry Jolly Rancher Candy and just covered in thick large trichomes this plant is equally good as a head stash or a Bubble plant. It is so frosty I am sure the ratio when making bubble is very high. The dry kief from it is fruity and smooth and just lovely sprinkled on any bud. This weed smells and taste so much like cherries I was surprised at its finished color. Was just destiny and I am sure Blunt was helping from above…
From seed the plant stays very short with wide sharp leaf edges and a dark green color. Only topped once the females were just a short fat bush and as they matured very little stretch was present. Resin showed as early as 21 days and buy 30 days they reeked like Cherry gum drops. Later as the plant reached maturity it took on a solid white frost with a sour cherry smell, the first hit blew me away it was So tasty I was shocked. Once the buds dried and cured for 30 days I would just sit and smell the buds I almost got a Brandy snifter to do so. From clone the only difference in the growth was a faster finish
At First she was just a favorite of Jill and I and then Sunycheba got a cut and then Badboy was given the duplication project and while at it grew out several females all cherry and fruity and potent. The strain finishes very fast which is nice if you run a bit short close to harvest our phenotype was at least 10 days faster than any other strain in the garden. Her down side is she needs extra vegetive time to compete and yield heavy in soil she starts off slow and doesnt hit her stride in the vegetive room till shes over 30 tall. This strain has been around so much it has gained quite a following and recently a good friend Irishfatboy smoked some with Wille Nelson. My favorite story from his travels with Dannyboy in his stash is a buddy that was riding with him and when they stopped to break they had some DB bubble hash his friend says The colors are getting to me I need to lie down. Irishfatboy sent me a great picture of his buddy passed out on a beach with a huge smile on his face.
Another grower Ganjaden grew out Danny in large tubs full of soil and his results were amazing with his first harvest from a single pack of seeds coming in at over 26 ounces from 6 females. The more people grew her out the more everyone liked her.
I once did a thread on Overgrow detailing the 2001 Cannabis Cup and I mentioned Danny and his story and basically we sold out of the strain over night. We also have a Dannyboy BX or backcross that is a bit larger and more Killer Queen Dominant and that sold out as well. There are a few packs around but its not an easy strain to acquire in seed form anymore. The good news is a great cutting is pretty easy to find as more DB has been grown out than any TGA gear!
We have just released in limited numbers a Dannyboy X Spacequeen hybrid I named Danielle, which will be a limited offering and is available now at Cannaseur.com. We are making Dannyboy 2 but the Taco male was lost and the new cross will not be released until I am satisfied its better than the original. Dannyboy was also used in Sunychebas cross Black Cherry, the Black Russian father gave this hybrid a vivid magenta coloring in some phenotypes there arent many left in stock.
Even though not many at Hightimes knew of him or about his death, Danny was truly an American Stoner working his ass off running a business and relaxing with a nice bowl after work. Unfortunately due to the drug war it was usually brick weed, he never complained but he sure smiled when I sent him a care pack. He was the coolest dude I ever met and loosing him was like loosing my brother. He is truly the founding member of TGA and I miss him everyday.
Jack Herer is a marijuana hero, a man who worked tirelessly to tell the history of marijuana criminalization while insisting that marijuana be legal.
Now let’s take a look at a strain I’ve named in honor of Jack– Jack’s Cleaner.
You may not have heard of the strain Jack’s Cleaner, but among collectors of elite marjuana genetics it has become somewhat of a legend.
This is due to several factors. The first is I grew it for many years before other respected growers tried it and let me know it was probably the best Sativa hybrid in existence.
In 1997, I had a gathering known in breeder circles as “Jamaica 1.” Several respected underground breeder/growers met at my place and we spent three days toking, testing, talking and feasting on BBQ and southern food.
We had a unofficial judging and Jack’s Cleaner won every first place vote. Now maybe the guys were just being nice because I tossed the gig, but I knew at least I had found a great strain.
So where did Jacks Cleaner come from?
I got my first computer in about 1994 (an Acer 133) and started looking for online cannabis information. It certainly wasn’t anything like today, but it led me to grow chats where I met others that shared an interest for growing. One of the first growers I became online friends with was a guy with the nick “Skoosh.”
We swapped stories online, toked while we typed and found out we both love ice cream.
He offered me of his marijuana seeds and we traded around what we each had.
He sent me about 200 seeds of a old strain called Skoosh that was pretty infamous in his circles, so I started cracking large trays looking for a keeper.
The make up of these seeds were Pluton, Lambs Bread, Purple Haze, and Northern Lights.
What mix or pattern these crosses occurred I am not sure.
Most of what I found was not impressive. Super thin spindly Sativa’s and mutants with whorled leaves. I did find a few that seemed normal and grew them to maturity.
Of all the seeds I started over a period of a year, one phenotype stood out.
It was a extremely resinous ultra lemon wonder.
It smelled like Mr. Clean household scrub, so I named it “The Cleaner.”
It had one poor trait, and that was weak stems and overall lack of size and vigor.
I had not yet read botany (and we all thought breeders were smarter than God) so what happened next was pure luck.
I had a Jack Herer male from Sensi Seeds that I was to lazy to kill, so I just placed it in a dark garage.
It refused to die, so I placed a small 12-inch Cleaner clone with him and she produced about 35 seeds. From these, I selected the best female and tossed all the males. That female was the start of Jack’s Cleaner.
Jacks Cleaner is a large heavy-producer with ultra white raised trichomes that give buds a gooey appearance.
It has an overwhelming pure lemon smell and taste I’ve never found in any other strain.
Just the speed of resin production makes her somewhat of a freak. The glands develop early and swell up for weeks. I will attempt to describe toking Jack’s Cleaner from a clean bong.
The smoke is crisp and thick with a heavy lemon oiliness that seems to coat the sinuses with citrus.It is a bit harsh and tends to make me wince, then the expansion starts.
If you took a small enough hit and don’t cough, the buzz is instant.
At first the buzz is visual and very cerebral. Then the other side starts creeping and you feel as if you smoked some heavy Indica.
The munchies come on and after you eat plates full of bizarre food combinations you’re ready for a nap. Once you are used to the high, it has amazing analgesic properties and a good friend said it was an aphrodisiac that helped him make love longer with his girlfriend!
We now have a backcross called Jack’s Cleaner 2.
You can expect medium to heavy yields after an 8-10 week bloom phase in which the buds get fatter faster during the last 3 weeks before harvest.
This dank is almost as gooey as Gorilla Glue #4, which we just released our version of, called Cosmic Glue.
Breeding marijuana seeds is my passion and you’re going to love Jack’s Cleaner!
35 Billion Produced by US Growers[/h] In 2006 the marijuana public policy analyst contended that the market value of pot produced in the United States exceeded $35 billion — far more than the crop value of such heartland staples as corn, soybeans and hay.
How the hell can the government continue to ignore this? Are they actually blind to the fact that a huge percentage of the population enjoys smoking pot! Its obvious to anyone with a brain that no matter how much money they spend, no matter how many non-violent people they arrest and extract fines and jail time from, no matter how many lies or ridiculously biased commercials they run on television, people are going to get high. The act of getting high on Cannabis is so spiritual and fun; opening the senses to enhanced sounds in music, flavors in food or just really seeing a sunset for the first time through stoned eyes. I first got high some 35 years ago and the only downside I have experienced has been the law itself.
When I was arrested the first time I was working and supporting a family as well as paying taxes on some $40,000 US a year. I coached a softball team and we donated to toys for tots, and I had, and still do have, a great relationship with my son.
I was arrested for growing myself some grass to smoke, and my life was torn apart by the people we elect to protect us. I dont think this is really what our fore fathers had in mind. It’s not a war on drugs its a war on personal freedom, and that is why we left England in the first place. On that subject I find the UK far more free than the USA.
In the land of the Free I was arrested twice more for growing a plant and both times jailed and had my life ripped apart and my property seized. I am now legal and protected under state law but we never forget that we are not truly legal or free. We keep our garden very very small and we never give weed to anyone that doesn’t have a medical card.
The number one rule is never ever sell weed and get to a medical state.
This Does not apply to Northern California, they sell weed like Corn there.
Nationwide, the estimated cannabis production of $35.8 billion exceeds corn at $23 billion, soybeans at $17.6 billion and hay at $12.2 billion, according to the report.
California is responsible for $13.8 billion alone, which exceeds the value of the state’s grapes, vegetables and hay combined — and marijuana is the top cash crop in a dozen states, the report states. The report estimates that marijuana production has increased tenfold in the past quarter-century despite an anti-drug effort by law enforcement.
So if the US is producing 35 billion in Cannabis where the hell is all the money?
Covert gardens like this dot the landscape in the US.
It seems to me as a tax payer our tax department is doing a shitty job! I see revenue out the wazoo just waiting to invest in better schools, roads, communities and I really think it’s time someone wakes up and takes advantage of the kick ass pot growers we have in the US. Dont think Canada is excluded here. I dont have the numbers but my homies in the great white north are growing some serious dankage and tons of it!
No Budweiser trucks here.
If you combine these missed taxes with the money the DEA pisses away, that could be used to slow the production of something really dangerous like Meth or maybe diverted into some Intel so tons of Cocaine wont be imported into North America to poison our kids. If our leaders still think a jar of buds and a bag of meth are equal in their threat to society, it’s time for us to fire them and hire someone with a brain!
If you read any pot story online the comments posted after the story are always against the War on Drugs and anyone with a brain can see our economic crisis is a far more pressing issue than Americans filling our bowls with Sticky Icky. As banks Fail and millions of people face homelessness the DEA continues its raids on the Sick. Recent pictures have surfaced of Black Water ops actually involved in the medical raids in California.
-by Subcool - April 2, 2018
This strain is an old time favorite and it was passed on to friends up north and recently Homegrown and friend of Badboys sent me these pictures from his grow in the great white north. It is what MsJill would call original kind bud as it has that skunky fruity smell of the first Indica strains I ever tasted. I originally received this clone from Squid and it gained the name Cuddlefish to separate it form the BC hash plant. This is a different strain and was found in a pack of Sensi Seeds in about 1984. It is extremely similar to the mother plant Super Skunk used in our Neon Skunk Hybrid but there are subtle differences that differentiate the two phenotypes. Hash Plant has a sweeter flavor and a speedier finish SSK has as the name implies the smell of something rotten and while Hash Plant is a high odor strain it smells more of rotting fruit that rotting meat.
The main attribute of this plant and why we use it in breeding projects is it has an extremely short profile and minimal stretch, having a large mass center bud its perfect for Coli and cage style growing but also does well in DWC or soil when vegged to a proper size. Finishing in 8 weeks with large rounded colas she will turn all shades of the rainbow as she enters the final stages of floral maturity. You can see the beautiful reds, yellows, and maroons present in Homegrowns amazing pictures.
I have also grown this plant outdoors and it yielded some big numbers for sure and even in the mid west of the USA it was able to finish before the first frost came. The Outdoor smoke looked great and had a sweet smell but I think the fertilizers used in the corn fields gave it a harsh taste but Im kind of a pot snob about Organics anyway. I have seen full rooms of her run in DWC with amazing totals, its almost bred for the super fast vegetive speed of Buckets. With many strains hydro is so effective that you cant really grow a large plant or the stretch during the first weeks of 12/12 means to much height. Hash Plant only stretches about 2X in Hydro and even less in soil.
When topping the plant can be so thick in a crowded room the canopy can get so think I have removed fan leaves to allow more light down into the canopy this is one crazy bush when topped more than once. I had a mom once that was budded and regenerated and I bet she had 30 heads on her she only grew about 10 after going to a 12/12 light schedule and the canopy was so thick she basically yielded just one layer of triangle shaped buds.
We like this cross so much we used her to create one of our earlier crosses that Suny gave the name Conquistador to. I hate typing all that and among fans it has the nick name Connie. Known for her Huge towering columnar buds she has a fruity watermelon smell that is quite incredible the first time you smoke it tasting almost like artificial watermelon gum flavoring like in Hubba Bubba bubblegum. Some people who try this strain first out of all our genetics become such loyal growers they never try any of the more speedy hybrids we produced later. Connie proved to be extremely stable and out of many grows across the planet I am always able to spot this massive cola courtesy of Badboy on his first run of his new strain created using my proven moms.
Our latest creation following Connie is Zorro following the same theme as Conquistador but a shorter handle I dont mind typing. I believe collected older stock is always the best way to create a hybrid today as most of the genetics I see available are pretty un impressive. We run so many strains among our little group of friends and I am not going to dog any one out but just last year we ran White Russian, Sugar Chemo, Blueberry Northern Lights, Dab, and a few others in search of decent fathers to create new hybrids. None of these met our criteria for head stash the very first that must be met in order to merit a second run in our grow room much less the breeding area.
I had been hording a pack of Grimms Mix for about 8 years and the source was the same as or amazing Ortega male so I have a lot of confidence in our new out cross Bigfoot using hash Plant as the Mother and Grimm male we selected based on methods established by me in earlier breeding projects. This strain is under going testing and should be available by mid year.
This strain has been adopted by many commercial growers in Canada as a heavy yielding potent strain but it is also known for needing large Air Scrubbers to deal with the funk it creates especially during harvest. The stone is a Heavy Indica with full blown munchies and the typical pot nap this strain is very good for those seeking relief from insomnia or weight loss.
This strain was lost due to a visit from Leo
-by Subcool - April 2, 2018
When you bring marijuana clones into your garden, there’s a danger you’re bringing in pests or diseases along with the new cannabis acquisitions.
Spider mites, broad mites, thrips, aphids, powdery mildew and other pests and diseases can come in with the marijuana clones, and cause you big trouble.
I always look at marijuana clones with a magnifying glass before I procure them, but even if a clone appears perfectly healthy, it could have hidden problems such as powdery mildew.
Based on many bad experiences with marijuana clones, I now have one simple rule: When accepting a clone, assume it has mites and treat it accordingly.
What does this mean? In a word… Quarantine!
I try and grow as organically as possible, but when it comes to prevention and dealing with pests on marijuana clones, I choose a nuclear warhead: I dip new clones/cuttings into Avid.
While the precautionary warnings on this pesticide’s label look pretty heavy, there are two main factors that put to rest any fears I have about toxicity harming me or anyone else who gets near my marijuana plants.
First, I do not spray the product. Instead, I mix per label directions and use it as a dip only.
Second, my research uncovered the fact that Avid is used heavily in local agriculture on many berry and fruit bearing plants.
Unless I’m buying organic veggies and fruits, I’m already likely to be consuming large quantities of poisons like Avid.
That’s not a good thing, but at least I realize that Avid on my marijuana clones isn’t going to kill me or transfer into my buds.
Some growers choose to use more earth-friendly products such as Neem Oil, but Neem is really hard on the plants and does not always ensure a full kill.
The proper way to apply Avid to marijuana clones is to dip the clones as soon as they arrive and then again three days later, ensuring that all emerging eggs are also killed since mites have a life cycle of three days.
I do the dip-treatment on my marijuana clones and then place them inside a cloning dome and use duct tape to seal it shut.
This prevents pests from escaping and infecting your marijuana garden.
One problem with this technique is that no fresh air can get into the domed marijuana clone chamber.
I often put my quarantined marijuana clones in a climate-controlled environment far from my grow room.
I never use toxic materials when my marijuana plants are in flowering phase, that’s for sure.
The other big issue with marijuana clones is the dreaded powdery mildew.
Powdery mildew is invisible in spore form– your clone can look perfectly healthy and as soon as conditions are right, powered mildew can spread so fast it can literally destroy a garden in days.
I have had some really good results using Safer brand mildew treatment made up of natural oils like garlic and cinnamon.
During the winter months, any new marijuana clone is treated upon arrival and again while it is in the vegetative state.
Air movement is crucial for preventing powdery mildew. You want not just lots of air movement, but also air filtration, as much filtration as you can put on your intakes, and to filter internal marijuana grow room air.
Keeping your humidity low and temps between 70-74 during the dark cycle will severely hamper the ability of powdery mildew to spread.
With mildew, think “environment” before “treatment.”
If you have a dirty grow room with little or no air circulation, filtration, and control, along with humid conditions favorable to powdery mildew, no treatment will stop the spread of PM.
Sometimes infestations take drastic measures and I have taken down entire grow rooms, killed all the early flowering plants and fogged my rooms to prevent infestation.
Sometimes this can be the only solution since treating flowering plants is a big time no-no.
Young clones can always be dipped and you simply start fresh.
Giving up on a room full of infected or infested marijuana plants can sometimes be more sane than trying to nurse the marijuana plants.
You see some marijuana growers who spend months dealing with a grow op that’s infested with spider mites, instead of realizing that they have to dismantle the entire op, bomb it with pyrethrum or some other poison, get clean marijuana clones or start from marijuana seeds.
And it’s not because I create and sell marijuana seeds and marijuana strains that I say to you, if you really want to avoid bringing pests and diseases into your marijuana grow room, grow from seed.
Not only that, but if you really want to know what you’re growing, grow from marijuana seed rather than buy marijuana clones.
When you buy clones, especially from a medical marijuana dispensary, you never really know the lineage of those clones.
Many of them are mislabeled.
While it takes additional time and effort to grow from marijuana seeds rather than from marijuana clones, it’s far safer to grow marijuana from seed, select motherplants, and make your own marijuana clones, rather than risk importing bad things in with external clones.
The Theory of Infinite Dankage
Over 30 years of growing Cannabis I have noticed a few patterns emerging
I have noticed that plants like this that are literally done growing at harvest always taste better but more importantly are simply more dank! Healthy plants at the end are easier to trim and deff beefy but why is it a plant such as this that almost looks dead has such perfect reefer on it?
I saw a thread online the other day titled Hydro VS Organics. I did not reply as this argument is as old as Methuselah. We could debate this for eons It pretty obvious that the water boys out yield the mud boggers in the world but my days of Grams per watt are long gone. I run the same strains over and over and my goal each run is to make slight changes in my soil make up to determine when fading starts. To soon and the plant is green at finish and lacks flavor although I notice yields are better. To little and the fade starts so early that all the leaves fall off and yields suffer. The perfect blend will allow fading early in week 6-7 and continue to week 8 and beyond.
I have a theory you can laugh at. Its called infinite dankage, lets just say a plant has a determined amount of what we call dank. I dont think I need to define this. It seems to me that a faded plant will produce less total mass there fore creating more dank per gram on the plant? Does this make any since. Have you ever grew w plant that was just sickly as hell all yellow and faded, but have the bud from this plant taste better than normal? I am curious if others experience this.
The pictures are of the famous strain Apollo-13 taken at 60 days, the far end of her harvest window. This entire plant is head stash so I decided to make it as good as I know how.
I am smoking some scissor hash from trimming these upper nugs this am and I can tell you its as extreme as youd want. The first small hunk took my breath and pumped out 3 huge hits of almost perfume tasting hash. Its a bit like smoking channel #5 but there is also a fruity essence as well. A-13 make phenomenal Bubble is all I can say. It cannot be compared to anything I have ever smoked. As good as Vortex is, I prefer the bud smoke more than the mother, Momma still is the tops as far as resin is concerned it has a flavor and consistency like no other. Its shards up on scissors like clay or plumbers putty and has a deep red color.
Her downside is trimming. Imagine trimming this girl. I spend a good 4 hours on just the upper portion last night. The buds are covered in swirling curled sticky leaves that take loads of concentration and small scissors to clean up. I focus hard to remove all the sugar leaf as my main goal here is Bubble! I have noticed that actual sugar leaf makes the best hash. When I use pure bud I never get the same yields as with trim leaf. I think its almost a waste. So my buds get cleaned well to make more A-Bubble.
-by Subcool - April 2, 2018
Many growers ask me to elaborate on the process of cubing a strain.
There are many schools of thought on this one. Many breeders, like A/B Hybe and STP, use STS to reverse a clone and create a stress herm to out-cross with. Or, in Somas case, he uses clones that have very late male flowers or naners. I dont think we cant do this, because JC and OV get these after day 60 so its not magic. And I love Soma but IMO its the easy way out. My mom always told me anything worth doing is worth doing correctly. I feel the male is essential in the proper breeding of any hybrid, and when working with 4-6 Elite mothers and fathers from the same genetic pool you get the magic island effect or the Galapagos theory. This is my own, and isolation inter-breeding among special hybrids can crate magic. Look at the amazing colorful birds on isolated islands that did not get a chance to breed with the dull and or ordinary, but instead the extraordinary. Get it?
So simplified, Dank X Dank can make danker.
Lets look at Apollo-13, and I will discuss how to outcross a clone only strain.
Soul claims only 500 of these seeds were ever produced and the owners of the few female cuts to survive are somewhat of a cult. I created some waves when we first used her in a breeding project, but after awhile it was ok. Most of them remembered they didnt breed her just find her, and I am making her available again to the masses. This strain makes some of the best bubble I have ever tasted.
So what now? I have been growing this same clone for some 8 years and it’s so stable its crazy. I’ve never seen a herm flower or any problems. She will shift in and out of bud pretty easy, and is also easy to clone. She ships well to.
I had started some of Nebus Black Russian and it gave us Purple Cannabis!
So we now had a Purple plant that I loved; the looks, the flavor, even the buzz in the mornings. Black Russian has scissor goo that looks like grape taffy. The problem is I am known for devastating potency and incredible raised trichomes. Now if you follow us at all you know I think Grimms Apollo-13 is the cure-all to lack of potency, and so far I have been absolutely correct. So we took a male using our same criteria with a new twist; we budded all the males out and selected the one with the most purple coloring. We could have a month long discussion on botany and argue if this works or not, or do what we did – make it, grow it out and see what happens.
What happened was amazing!
What we found out is there are two basic phenotypes in SP 1. The first is a pink/purple pheno that is much better than Black Russian. It has a hint of A-13 and a great deal more resin than any of the BR phenotypes. This was about what I expected in the outcross and we ran Pinky several times enjoying every bud. But more so it was just an amazing plant to take pictures of so I kept it around.
The other phenotype was the big surprise. At about day 30 the White phenotype we nick-named simply “whitey”, was forming a much more dense cola and had a smell that reminded me of Fanta Blue Cream Soda. As time went by, say week 6 in 12/12, she started smelling nasty like rotting turkey or something bizarre. Past day 56 she started getting sweet but the weird meat or stale refrigerator smell kinda lingered in the bottom. We jarred it and I didnt touch it for a few weeks. One morning I was surprised at a sweet/sour smell that was very nice, and that cream soda smell had returned. I smoked a few bowls while answering e-mails and all of the sudden noticed I was extremely high. My peripheral vision was shot and space and time slowed to a crawl.
Later I sent some samples to TOB and she commented that it made her trees seem cartoon like. I knew we had a winner and released it.
So now I have an established dank color strain but I am more intrigued with the Whitey genetics. We cracked a load of Sputnik 1 and selected a male that does not have any purple traits visible. We later learned it was still passed on but in smaller percentages. The coolest thing is Apollo-13 taken late past 65 days gets color as well!
So we grew out Sp 2 and everyone simply loves it. Her fans have demanded I continue to work this line. We have passed our breeding Apollo mom to TOB and she has gone through the remaining Black Russian males and found one that matches the one Suny Cheba lost and Sputnik 2.0 lives on. It was released on Bizbay auctions in early 2007.
Back-crossing absolutely locks down the traits of the mother plant, and we have proven you can absolutly work with a clone only strain and produce seeds that grow out buds that are every bit as good as mom – and in some cases the added vigor makes them better.
We continue to work with Apollo-13 and other male plants.
You can see the amazing Sputnik close up when it comes out on the cover of the Big book of Buds #3 in March.
Want some Dank? Seek out some Apollo-13 Hybrids.
Look for my Article on Purple Cannabis ” The Color Purple” later this year in Heads Magazine.