Subcool named this Cutting Bloodwreck to distinguish it from the Arcata, TGA is Subcol, Dioxide, TCcurtiss, Jinxproof, Miss Rose and all the other amazing reps we have around the world. Thanks to MzJill for her support during the start of TGA.
I heard of the strain Trainwreck way back on the east coast when I was still smoking brown imports. It was spoken about like it was the long lost epic weed and I always hoped I would get the opportunity to work with a clone or hybrid of the cross. The first time I actually got to sample any of the bud was traveling from Arizona to Humbolt county to visit a friend who had invited me up. The weed scene in Prescott was horrible and we were used to smoking dirt weed about 50% of the time and I will always remember how as I traveled north the quality of weed got better and better. I was broke and on the run back then and I traveled the way many people in those circumstances did I rode the Dog! You meet some colorful people when you ride on a Greyhound bus and this trip was no different. In Vegas a couple got me high on some nice green outdoor but by the time we hit northern Cali at a rest stop a dude broke out a nice glass pipe full of Bubblehash and I knew I was headed in the right direction. As I talked with this cat he told me he was from Arcata and had been down south visiting a relative and was on his way back home. He asked if I had any bud and I said no so he gave me a nice hunk of indoor and as we re-boarded the bus I thanked him and ask what kind? He says thats Train wreck bud and gave me a big old grin that said without words I wouldnt forget smoking his gift. Once I actually got to my destination I was pretty impressed that dudes bud was better than anything I smoked while visiting my friend including the Salmon Creek Big Bud and other local strains.
Once I finally moved out west and started growing out all the famous west coast genetics I met a young guy who gave me cuts of Purple Urkle and Arcata Trainwreck and I grew both of them out. We still grow and love the Urkle cutting and used it to create our cross called Querkle but the Trainwreck was a different story. The final bud was very potent there is no doubt of that but from a growers stand point the plant was very tall and very picky producing male stamens ( Herms) as early as week 6 of budding. IT also had a woody acrid taste that I couldnt get past. This taste I learned is what Train wreck is known for but as I tasted other samples I learned there are at least a few different cuttings of the plant. In the book of Dank I detailed this particular cutting on page 88 but after growing it to harvest several times I decided not to breed with it and to stop growing it.
Last year my best mate, Dioxide ran across a cutting found by Smokescreen, story goes he scored a nice sack of Train wreck buds grown by a cat that has been growing the Trinity and the Trainwreck for sometimes. Smokescreen found a few seeds in the sack and grew them out finding one female that was exceptional. Dioxide was given a cutting of this female and started running it at his place. All 3 of us are legal card holders under state law and we trade cuttings pretty regularly with people that need better genetics or something for a specific ailment. Now while I am not a fan of Trainwreck myself I know incredibly potent weed when I see it and this was some of the most potent I had smoked in a long while. Turning a dark maroon almost black color the plant is completely covered with raised resin stalks crowded together so tightly they seem to form a web entwined glass beads. The plant is also virtually mildew proof, this trait would be very desirable to those growing outdoors in wetter climates.
This particular cutting has another unusual trait in that she will turn almost completely black in color by harvest with just a minimal temperature drop between light and dark periods. Dioxide has mastered this technique and his is fully transformed into a Black Red by harvest. At first the leaves will fade from green to red then maroon and finally a deep blood color. We added the prefix to distinguish this cutting from the Arcata or any other Train Wreck cutting. Everyone out west seems to have a cutting they favor and who really knows the origins of any of them but the taste of the strain is unmistakable and the very first hybrid we created using our Blood Wreck tested at 22.01 THC % which is very high.
The most important factor to me was its stability, unlike other cuttings this one does not produce hermaphrodites even under stress. It tolerates my hot soil and thrives at high PPM levels of nutrients. Outdoors it’s slightly effected by high temps and gets wrinkled leaves but this only happens at temps above 95 and does not seem to effect the flowering phase.
When we share some of the finished flowers with seasoned Train Wreck smokers they are always very impressed and blown away by the resin production the dry buds look like there covered in glass dust but are nothing more than but Organic cannabis.
Thanks to Dioxide for pointing out this amazing cutting and urging me to work with it.
The most stable Trainwreck cutting I have ever grown out with crippling potency
Sativa/ Indica 40/60
Harvest Time 60 days
Phenotype Classic Train Wreck taste and high with a nice Dark flowering pigment
Height Medium and wide
Parentage Train Wreck X Trinity
Grow Advise Lower temps 2 degrees per day for 1 week 2 weeks prior to harvest
Aroma Lime and Sandlewood with skunk undertones
Type of High At first the high is up and in the head but quickly drops into the body and transforms into a slow stone
As a photographer I am simply in love with this plant. Each day brings more vivid contrasting colors and just when I thought I had seen the most pink buds ever, it turns a even cooler color. I first tasted a small piece of this strain about 6 months ago and I am rarely impressed with stray samples that come around but this one got my attention. If you follow my work you know that I never really loved the Black Russian strain I worked with a few years back and I let the parents go. This strain which we do not know the parentage of has a similar flavor but the Black Berry is much more pronounced and it has a much denser structure and a ton more visible resin. The trichomes are stacked together and have a pink/magenta hue to them in my macro close ups. I asked one of my colleagues in the medical community” Dioxide” if I could get a cutting and a few weeks later he let me know he had secured a cutting. The only problem was that it was sick and it had mites and who knows what else so Dioxide transplanted the cutting and put her into his plant hospital. Once the plant was free of bugs and healthy enough to take fresh cuttings from he did so. The clones rooted about 7 days later and I was happy to learn one had my name on it. The Cutting came from a Dude named Fat Dave that is all I know but I also know unique when I see it!!! I also put the clone into quarantine which means I kept it separate from my main medical garden and made sure it was pest free for a few weeks before introducing her into my main area.
The plant grew well but very little side branching occurred and I had to top her several times to form a nice bush which took some additional time. I grew the plant under 18/6 light schedule until she was 30″ tall with multiple heads. Once the plant was placed into the flowering room (12/12) it was only a few weeks before the pink coloring started to show. I have pictures at week 3 that already show the plants unusual trait of a pink inner bud while the leaves remain dark green. By week 4 of budding the plant was covered in resin and a vibrant light pink color. The plant was grown in my super soil and until day 30 fed only water. At day 30 I like to give the plants some sugars and starches and apply Bud Candy and Sucanat ( Raw Sugar) which increases resin production and enhances smell. This is an old trick farmers have been using for years but it also feeds the many beneficial microbes in my soil. Week six brought a deep magenta coloring covered in resin so deep the upper buds look frosted. The smell was like Black Berry wine or maybe even liquor with a hint of something else we call “Soda”. The combination of smells is very strong when the plant is moved around and each time my arms are just covered in resin and feel sticky.
Is the plant good enough to breed with? I haven’t determined that but I won’t be killing the clone anytime soon. We are growing out a Devil Berry hybrid that has solid purple leaves and is also known for its Berry taste so that is one possible pairing. The first outcross we would consider is with our Space Queen male. He could make a turnip potent if you bred him to one so that’s usually my first step. If we do and if that increases potency and the plant looks like a good stable mother we might explore further.
By day 51 the plant doesn’t even look real in person much less in pictures. If anyone is thinking these photo’s have been doctored they haven’t. I don’t know how and I use simple CFL bulbs and reflectors and the only thing I do in Photoshop is Resize for the web. This plant is actually this color and in fact as I said maybe a little more stunning in real life. The one big difference though between my eye and my Sigma 105 MM Macro lens and my eye is to me it looks mature. Every hair withered and they have changed to a rust color. The camera how ever allows me to zoom in using Photoshop and magnify the trichome heads. This allows me to see clearly how many are clear, cloudy, and starting to turn amber. This is the true indication of floral maturity and I like to harvest when 30% of the heads are the color of Cola. I don’t always pull this off and when I have needed the room I have harvested to soon and missed this perfect window. So I have harvested the two main cola’s to allow more light on to the juicy second shelf buds that were shaded the upper buds and the massive fan leaves that were attached.
I have now smoked a few different samples of this colorful strain and I enjoy smoking it very much. It has a high “smokability” (I think I created this bogus word) factor because it taste so good but also because its not as potent as some of my hybrids. The flavor is indeed of Blackberry’s and the taste comes through the smell very well. There is an underlying “Kush” smell but its mild and this is one of the best tasting strains of its type that I have tasted to date. I can easily take in 5-7 small bowls of this strain when something like my Vortex or Space Bomb would medicate me in 2-3 of the same size bowls.
We like the traits of this strain so much we are working on several hybrids created with her the first that is just finishing going through the testing process shows great promise, we call her Plush Berry and she seems to have that same amazing smell and Pink coloring but you will have to wait till next time for that story
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
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!