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.