Romulan is one of those strains that has almost mythical status among growers and when I started doing research I found out there is not that much info available. First off I dug around at the old BCGA website and found this:
“It has been one of Vancouver Island’s best kept secrets for a few years. Up till about 18 months ago, Romulan Joe from the island was all Vancouver knew of Romulan. Then I showed about 18 months ago at HBC with some bud and photos looking for advice about good genetics to cross it with. Boy did I create a commotion. I was offered some serious dollars for a clone. I said no but that I would be happy to work something out with some seeds. For you breeders, take note that 18 months ago, Vancouver breeders did not have access to Romulan genetics. At that time both the Romulan that Joe was bringing to Vancouver and my Romulan was the same bud. About six months ago I returned and Vancouver’s Romulan was now more potent than mine but had lost some of its flavor”. Vic High It’s no secret that Vic is one of my favorite breeders and the fact he worked with Romulan already makes it special and then this year I was lucky enough to meet someone that has the cut and grows it in a greenhouse each year. The first bud I sampled was really impressive with a perfume oily smell that really got my attention from the very first bong hit. Pure Romulan is supposed to be a very stable plant that produces very uniform F1 hybrids. This combined with its amazing flavor prompted us to create a Hybrid using this clone only female Romulan and Space Queen. This will lock down the Romulan traits in large numbers and add some of the Romulan Funk to the sibling outcross. When we first got a cutting of the Romulan I was surprised at how slow it grew and initially I got a very poor yield but as I got to know her I learned she liked a lot of attention requiring additional time in veg and lots of shaping and bondage to form multiple tops and a wide bush. The first time I budded her I did not give her ample vegetive time and my yield was very low. I almost culled the plant but the smoke tasted so good and the buzz was so pleasant that I gave her another chance and asked Jem777 for another cutting. He was running out of room at his grow so instead of a cutting he shows up with a 24″ trained bush complete with LST and bondage. I had no room in the budding area so I continued to veg her until she was like 40″ tall with 6 heads by the time my crop finished and I made room for her. I
placed her under the 400 watt HPS with side lighting from both 1000 watt hoods on the sides and she just loved the cool temps and 1200 PPM of co2 I run in my bud room. She packed on the buds by week six and the smell was just unbelievable anytime you got close to her at all the fuck would just drift over and slap you in the face. She started fading around 50 days so I topped dressed the container with super soil and fed her some organic bloom solution as well as loading her with sugars. She continued to mature and by day 60 she was carpeted with oily resin glands that were about 40% amber telling me she was ready to harvest. Using this method I was able to increase her yield to just under 5 ounces in Super Soil. Romulan has quickly become one of our new favorite night time smokes. It has a awesome flavor and the Indica make up is perfect for un winding in the evening hours. It tends to bring on the munchies and a session is usually followed by a chocolate snack. Romulan will be staying around here as stash and also as one of our new mother plants.
1) Phenotypes Clone Only
2) Height- Short stocky branchy plant
3) Yield- better than average with proper training
5) Best way to grow- Multiple topping and training
into a wide bush
6) Harvest Window- 8 weeks
7) Sativa/Indica 30/70
Hybrid- BGCA Original
9) High type- Heavy and comforting great for sleep
10) Smells Floral and Oily with a spicy pine after
11) Comments Thanks Vic High!
You can’t travel more than 3 feet in Cannabis circles these days without hearing about some new Kush strain that’s all the rage. I for one am not a fan of the earthy taste of most of the popular Kush variety’s I have tried and that includes Chem Dawg and Headband grown by Chemdawg himself. I found all of his buds to be incredibly potent but they all shared that same taste that I think taste like acorns or hazelnuts. Over the past few years while we were creating strains like Vortex and Querkle our fans were urging us to come up with a TGA Kush strain like all the other breeders but I held out for something special. With the help of TGA we collected and grew out dozens of Kush cuts and even though many were very potent with high CBD ratio’s I would fail each one over taste and flavor. I do need to tell you about Space Dawg real quick so everyone understands the full story about my dislike of Kush’s in the past. One of the strains that Chemdawg brought down that I did like was the Snodawg and I actually created a test hybrid using his cutting combining it with Space Queen which we called Space Dawg. TGA gave every single seed away to say thank you to all our great fans and as a dig to another breeder who at the time was knocking of Chems gear and charging 300$ a pack. It may not have been the most mature thing I ever did but it was my way of replying to some comments made about me and MzJill and I called the strain, “The Reply”. I never released Space Dawg as a cross and not a single seed was ever sold. As people started growing out the freebie seeds I started getting feed back from growers telling me it was the Dankest thing they had ever smoked of mine and many telling me it was far better than the Snodawg. This always stuck with me that so many people thought the only Kush I worked with to be so special I kept a Kush Hybrid project in the back of my mind. Over a period of two years TGA team members scoured the medical states for a Kush Cutting that would impress me. This searching sometimes cost dearly as one particularly hard to acquire Hellfire OG cutting spread Mildew into Dioxides grow rooms and he spend a year and lost dozens of cuttings before he cleared the area of the spores. Many of these Kush cuttings are still being tested you may have seen one particularly beautiful Bubba Kush Cutting in the last addition of West Coast Cannabis in the Touch Shed article. If they pass my test you may see them appear in the medical community as test crosses soon.
Now that you have some history about my feelings on Kush hybrids enter a little Pink bud called Black Cherry Soda. One day Dioxide brought over a sample bud of a strain called Black Cherry Soda. The sample looked stunning being almost completely pink from the inside out. The smell was of a strong Black Berry Kush and the high was very pleasant. We acquired a cutting and after growing it out decided to try and add some potency and resin to a very unique set of traits mainly a plant with green leaves and pink calyx and the unusual smell and taste of the Black Cherry Soda. We outcrossed the BCS mother plant to three known males the Space Queen male known and ‘The Dude” the Jack the Ripper Male and also the Querkle male known as “Doc”. This is the best way to learn about a new mother plant by outcrossing and then growing out the sibling hybrids. The first cross completed was the BCS X “The Dude” and we gave it the test name ‘Pink Lady”. The strain was grown out my 10 medical growers documenting the results at Green Passion a medical website that I like to frequent as well as a number of medical growers locally at all different skill levels. Even half way through the reports starting coming in on the unique berry smell and about half of the female plants were showing signs of Pink and magenta Calyx.
I started six seeds myself and got 3 nice females that I grew out in super soil in 5 gallon pots. I left the plants un-topped and basically untouched except for routine maintenance like watering and supporting the branches with bamboo stakes. The two smaller females had the best berry smell and the deep Pink coloring and are my favorites over the larger more Indica dominant phenotype. I generally like the smaller plants more as they always have more resin. The total yield on all the females was still over 6 ounces for there size and placement under the 400 watt lamp I am pleased especially considering the quality. All the plants were completely frosted to the leaf tips and all of this “Sugar leaf” was trimmed off to and frozen to make bubble hash my favorite treat as a grower. After some consideration we changed the name of the hybrid to Plush Berry and it will be released next month in a new fancy magenta colored pack. A TGA Kush hybrid has been a long time coming and I am happy to share this new creation with the patient community. Look for Plush Berry and your local dispensary soon.
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Smoke Report on Just dried Plush Berry:
Buds are hard and Crunchy with a heavy coating of crystals, The chopped bud appears Pink inside with an overall Pink, Purple, Brown coloring the smell once broken up is even stronger. Passing around a small cut up pile MzJill says strong berries with hints of lemons I think it has a raspberry smell but one thing is for sure and that’s the fact is a very New smell for us. Loading a small bowl into a clean 16″ Tube loaded with ice:
The smell is fully delivered through the smoke and unlike some strains that smell good but lack flavor this new hybrid is the complete opposite. Very clean burning due to being fed only water for the full bloom cycle with sugars only being added at day 30 and day 40. It didn’t take but a few seconds for me to feel the first hit and the flavor is still lingering on my taste buds it is Very fun smoke. I can just barely taste the dry Kush flavor while its still present its covered up nicely by the berry and tart flavor. Its very fast acting because I have a silly grin on my face and the urge to sit back and relax has come over me. I was also listening to some Rock ( Candlebox) and I have switched over to Miles Davis now as it fits my mood better. I took a third hit and I think I am good very nice flavor and my head is in a great place. The only reason I will take a fourth rip is the flavor alone I nailed the taste I wanted and I am really enjoying this smoke even fresh and uncured. The high continued to build for about 1/2 hour and now at 2 hours its just starting to fade away. if I stopped moving I would most likely end up taking a nap.
Plush Berry is the first TGA offering from the Kush family. While this strain has a unique trait of Pink/Magenta Calyx this was not the motivating factor is the selection process, from the start it was all about taste and smell. The Black Cherry Soda carried a strong Black Berry smell and taste and our goal with this new Kush Hybrid was to use this terpene profile combined with Space Queen to increase potency and resin content. Tested under the name Pink Lady this new kush hybrid called Plush Berry has a very strong Blackberry smell and heavy resin coating. The coloring trait is present in high numbers and adds to the over all bag appeal of the strain but its the smell and taste that is truly unique in the field of Cannabis. One of a kind terpene profile.
1) Phenotypes- Two main varieties occur the smaller dreading pink phenotype is my favorite
The larger more Indica dominant phenotype is the heavy yielder
2) Height- Very tall when grown untopped from seed Clones topped tend to stay shorter
3) Yield- Medium yielding plant with lots of resin encrusted sugar leaf for hash making
5) Best Way to Grow- Top and train into a bush.
6) Harvest Window-55-65 days
7) Sativa/ Indica 20/80
Hybrid- Black Cherry Soda X Space Queen
9)High type- Relaxing and heady very calming and good for stress
10) Taste like Black Berry Jam, Raspberries, Life Savers assorted pack, strong fruit over tones
11) Best Smelling plant I have ever grown
When accepting clones or cuttings, there is always a danger of bringing in pest or problems along with the new acquisitions. Even if a clone appears perfectly healthy, it can be transporting mites or mildew and this can really put a damper on your already work-intensive hobby.
I will cover several ways to help prevent transfer in this article, but the first and most important one is a simple rule:
When accepting a clone, assume it has mites and treat it accordingly. What does this mean? In a word Quarantine!
I grow organically, but when it comes to prevention and dealing with pests I choose a nuclear warhead and dip new clones/cuttings into Avid. While the precautions on this systemic pesticide look pretty heavy, there are two main factors that rest any fears I have. First, I do not spray the product at anytime. Instead, I mix per label directions and use this as a dip. Second, my research uncovered the fact that Avid is used heavily in my local agriculture on many berry and fruit bearing plants, so I am already likely to be consuming large quantities. 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 is to dip the clones as soon as they arrive and then again three days later, ensuring that all emerging eggs are also killed. Mites have a life cycle of three days.
I will actually treat clones and then place them inside a dome and use duct tape to seal it shut. This prevents any pests from escaping and infecting your garden. I am also a fan of pest strips. Make no mistake, these contain a controversial toxin called dichlorvos and it is a carcinogen. I guess it’s really according to how bad you hate mites or as we call them, The Borg. I would never use them around flowering plants, but I have been known to tape one up inside a dome with newly received clones.
The other big issue with clones is the dreaded powdery mildew. It is also invisible in spore form, meaning your clone can look perfectly healthy, but as soon as conditions are right, powdery mildew can spread so fast it can literally destroy a garden in days. Keeping your humidity low and temps between 70-74 degrees Fahrenheit during the dark cycle will severely hamper mildews ability to spread. So, with mildew, think environment before treatment. If your conditions are poor, no treatment will stop the spread of PM.
I have had some really good results using safer mildew treatments made up of natural oils such as garlic and cinnamon. During the winter months, we treat any new clone upon arrival and again while it is in the vegetative state. Some old timers like to use lemon water, but my research tells me that mildew actually likes a slightly acidic condition. Air movement is also crucial to prevent mildew.
Sometimes infestations require 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; this can be less stressful than combating mites cycle after cycle.
Many times, clones are improperly labeled and its quite common for me to see medicine grown from a cutting from a club that is not what the grower was told. While it takes additional time and effort, many times it can be safer and more productive to actually start some good seeds and find your own elite clone without bugs and fungus.
Two strains I really enjoy smoking mainly for their flavor are Querkle and Exodus Cheese. I am very intrigued by the unique smell and taste of the Exodus cheese cutting and I have been growing and breeding with it for about two years now. I like mixing the Cheese with Querkle in a joint or on my trey to pack bowls with. The musty pungent taste of the Cheese mixes really well with the Grape/Lavender taste of the Urkle. The taste, which is hard to describe, is amazing. The buds are very hard very nice structure and have a classic cheese like smell we are also picking up hints of Grape and a buttery smell as well. The stand out female by far though is the Urkle dominant variation, it wraps the tongue is flavors and you tend to focus on figuring out what the taste are by taking hit after hit and making pleasure sounds as you do. Before you are able to nail down all the flavors of Cherry, Grape, Cheese, Dank and others you find yourself higher than expected with a big ole grim on your face. It’s fun to smoke and it really does the job. Pain relief without making a patient sleepy is a big plus and this strain seems to be quite strong in effect without the accompanying drowsiness of many potent Indica’s. The THC and CBD profiles seem to be very evenly distributed. MzJill says this is her new favorite and request it now more than any other strain we medicate with. You may have heard me use the term Smokability before and what I mean by that term is how enjoyable the overall experience is when smoking the sample. Cheese Quake gets a high rating in the category, it has a great taste as well as being smooth on both the throat and the lungs. While not devastatingly potent the high is really up beat and mode changing and a few bowls will turn a bad day into a very good one. The feedback on Cheese Quake is phenomenal my favorite comment was from a grower in Cali who informed me he grew out 6 different strains from 4 of the largest seed companies online and my Cheese Quake was the best of all of them and I was delighted to hear his comment. : I couldn’t imagine what a Grape Cheese Danish would taste like in Cannabis form but the first hit I took I knew exactly what Sub was talking about.
Cheese X Querkle
The taste, Like a Grape Cheese Danish is amazing and we already dig this new strain. Both variations of the females are special in their own way as far as flavor is concerned. The Urkle Dom has a more grape musty taste and the Cheese Dom that unusual cheese smell, but both of the females have the same euphoric head high combined with a body stone. I can’t wait to have this strain tested at the lab as both MzJill and myself get really high after smoking it to the point of impairment and that’s unusual for us. It’s easy to smoke has a nice flavor but the high is much stronger than you would expect and I think Cheese Quake gets me higher with more pain relief that either of it’s parents.
Phenotypes – Variation with phenotypes like both parent strains
Height-Medium to Tall
Best Way to grow- Untopped forms a classic tree shape topped forms a thick bush like plant
Harvest Window-8-9 weeks
Sativa/ Indica 40/60
Hybrid- Cheese X Urkle X Space Queen
High type-Head tingling initial buzz followed by energetic body stone
Taste/ Smell Pungent and funky with hints of Cheese and fruits along with a musty sour smell and hints of grape