Once we had the Black Russian x Apollo-13 cross complete, we gave it a name. Sputnik seemed like a logical selection and I think you can see we were beyond successful. We grew-out several seeds and we found that basically we get two different phenotypes. The first is an eye-candy lady that you see so much of, starting with Pink Calyx and just oozing resin; we knew instantly we had achieved our desired results. Smelling like Blackberry jam and swelling to a wonderful large cola-covered-THC-factory. I will never tire of photographing this girl. At 4 weeks the pink stared changing to a magenta color, and even the trichomes took on a pink to purple coloring. This particular phenotype, we gave the name Pinky.
The other phenotype (Whitey) was a surprise to me and also a valuable learning experience! Whitey exhibited no purple coloring. In fact, the plant was ultra-white and during flowering, she almost smelled like a “blue cream soda.”
As the plant matured it took on a weird pungent smell and before it cured out a bit, MzJill and I both thought it smelled pretty foul. After about two weeks of curing, I decided to give it another chance and it knocked my socks off. A grower friend who sampled it said it almost gave her visuals. So we knew the cross had potential. Now how to improve on her again?
The concept of back crossing is simple in theory, you only pollinate to your P1 mother plant using sibling male offspring. Selecting a male from the Sputnik 1.0 cross, we then pollinated the Apollo-13 sugar mom, using a male selected by the criteria explained above. The first cross can be explained as a 50/50 and the second a 25/75 with 75% of her make up coming from the Apollo-13 mother. That 75% cross, or Sputnik 2.0, is now complete and ready for the final stage.
The seeds arrived at Dr Chronic’s on 4/20, and are now available to the public. The great thing about using this breeding method is you don’t have to stop at three crosses; you can always do it again and see what happens. We have a different plan though.
Once Sputnik 3.0 is complete, we will then grow out 100 seeds and select 10 males and 10 females. The best will be used to create “Cubed” Apollo-13; these seeds will be stable and extremely valuable, representing thousands of hours of work. These seeds can be used to create true breeding IBL’s, or used to find more P1’s for future breeders to incorporate into there genetic pool. TGA and Subcool will continue to strive for the best in new crosses and the search for recessive genetics.