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Varieties of Marijuana

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Indica
Indica is a short plant, usually under 6ft tall, rarely over 8ft tall. Its marijuana leaves have short, wide fingers and are deep green, often tinged with purple.At maturity, the marijuana leaves start to turn even darker purple. It has short branches laden with thick, dense marijuana buds, which mature early.

The marijuana buds vary in colour from dark green to purple, just like their marijuana leaves. Under cooler conditions, the coloration becomes more intense. The marijuana buds have little trouble maturing under the cool conditions of our northern climate. Indica marijuana buds smell stinky, often pungent and their smoke is thick even a small toke will often induce fits of coughing.

The Indica High :
The indica highs are most often described as a pleasant body buzz. Indicas are great for relaxation, stress relief, and for an overall sense of calm and serenity. Marijuana indicas are also very effective for overall body pain relief, and often used in the treatment of insomnia. They are the late - evening choice of many smokers as an all - night sleep aid. A few pure indica strains are very potent in THC, and will cause the "couchlock" effect, enabling the smoker to simply sit still and enjoy the experience of the smoke.

Sativa

Sativa marijuana plants vary from about 6ft to over 12ft in height. The marijuana leaves are long and thin fingered and are light green , especially equatorial varieties, which have less chlorophyll and more yellow pigments in order to protect the plant from intense light. Temperate varieties are darker green. The marijuana plants have long branches. The bottom ones may spread 4ft or more from the central stalk, rather like a conical Xmas tree shape.

The marijuana buds are long and thin, far less densely populated than the Indica, although longer in length.

Maturation time varies considerably Low THC midwestern varieties mature in August and September, while Equatorial varieties mature from November through to January. The marijuana buds require intense light to thicken and swell. Under the low light conditions found in the UK the marijuana buds are very skimpy and thin but are often very potent. Sativa marijuana buds smell sweet, fruity (Apple Pie comes to mind) and perfumed, and their smoke is usually smooth and easily inhaled.

The Sativa High :
The sativa high is often characterized as uplifting and energetic . The effects of a sativa marijuana are mostly cerebral. They give a feeling of optimism and well - being, as well as providing a good measure of pain relief for certain symptoms. A few pure sativas are also very high in THC content. They are known to have a quite spacey, or hallucinogenic, effect. Sativas are a good choice for daytime smoking.

Ruderalis

One of three major types of cannabis along with sativa and indica, ruderalis has the distinction of developing buds at a very early stage of growth regardless of the light cycle. Consequently, it only ever gets about a foot high. Although normal ruderalis plants have virtually no THC, there are hybrids that have most of the bud quality of regular weed, with the early budding of ruderalis plants. Cannabis ruderalis is ideal for cultivation in cooler climates and areas where conditions are harsh. Cannabis ruderalis is less potent than both indica and sativa, its main purpose is for cross breeding plants that can stand harsh conditions.

White Widow

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Description

Taste: The major player is a freshness laced with many fruits, but because of the strength of the crystals - the only real taste goes hand in hand with the expectorant effects of the THC. You better try it for yourself.

Smell: A strong pungency first hits you, then follows a sour sweetness with the final whiff ... turning sweet. If a plant could have a strong body odor then the White Widow needs a deodorant.

Visuals: If you have ever seen a green plant grown in a snowfall then that's it. It has a dense covering of the sort of hairy crystals we all craving for.

Touch: If you manage to touch this plant without sticking to the leaves or stem then you probably did not grow it properly. It has intense crystal formation that needs to be touched to be believed!

Stone: After the first puff, that daunting warm feeling of impending stoniess comes over you. You feel it just under your eyes and throughout your body in time. It is a serious heavy highness.

Family Heritage: Originally the union came from a Brazilian and an Indian - Suffice to say the combination is 60: 40 sativa to indica ratio.

Specifications

Vegetative Time: At least 2 to 4 weeks

Flowering Time: On both mediums it is suggested to flower (12 hour light) the White Widow for 8 weeks, but 10 weeks will really give you the crystals you are after. We suggest the final 2 weeks of the flowering cycle to turn the lights off altogether - or at least down to 8 hours. This keeps the flowers from regrowth and stresses the plant into giving up its last drop of goodness as crystal to protect the flower.

Climate : Indoor

Yield : up to 17.5 ounces / 500 grams m2

Height : up to 31.5 inches / 80 cm

Grow difficulty: Moderate

AK47

Description

Despite it's aggressive name, AK-47 has many peaceful tendencies. First bred in 1992, the name suggests the power packed in its dark, resinous, compact buds that bristle with red hairs and glistening trichomes. AK-47 has a spiced aroma bordering on skunk, with a hint of sandalwood, but tastes sweeter and more floral than the smell would lead one to expect.

AK-47 Seeds are easy to grow yet very strong and is therefore very popular. AK 47 plants are medium height and produce excellent yields quite quickly. Quality without compromise makes AK-47 suitable for commercial grows or home use. AK-47 has a short flowering period for a sativa, producing compact, not too leafy buds that gleam with a coat of resin crystals.

The buzz is immediate and long lasting with an allert but mellow cerebral effect. This variety can be a little spacey, but is great for playing and listening to music, or other social activities.

Specifications

Type: Mostly Sativa Indoor/Outdoor

Origins: Columbian, Mexican, Thai & Afghani

Plant Height: Short, 45cm-55cm indoor

Flowering time: 7-9 Weeks

Yield: 350 - 500 grams/Indoor/m2

Grow difficulty : Easy

Blueberry

Description

Original Blueberry was first developed in the late 1970's. A large producer under optimum conditions. A dense and stout cannabis plant with red, purple and finally blue hues, that usually cure to a lavender blue. The finished marijuana has a very fruity aroma and taste of blueberry. Blueberry marijuana produces a notable and pleasantly euphoric high of the highest quality and is very long-lasting.

Flowering period: 8 - 10 weeks

Recommended for: Indoor Marijuana Growing

Indoor / Outdoor: Best suitable for indoor growing

Plant Type: Mostly Indica

Plant Height: Medium

Yield: 400-500 g/m2

Master Kush

Description

An Indian-Afghani hybrid created from two true-breeding Indica seed lines that were collected in different parts of the Hindu-Kush. It has been a classic ever since. The cannabis from this area has always been valued for its resin production and Master Kush retains this quality, as well as the vintage flavour of her parents earthy and pungent, with a hint of incense. The taste of Master Kush will remind many smokers of hand-rubbed charas hashish. This is no surprise, as Kush weed is a major source of charas. A plant of great physical power, without the mind-numbing 'stoney' effect of many Indica strains.A strong plant of medium height and bushiness, Master Kush is a heavy producer with soil, hydro, and has great greenhouse results.

Specifications

Type : Indica/sativa mix

Climate : Indoor

Yield : up to 17.5 ounces / 500 grams m2

Height : up to 39.5 inches / 100 cm

Flowering period : 8 to 9 weeks

Stoned or High : Stoney yet high - allround buzz

Grow difficulty: Easy [Good for beginners]

Northern Lights

Description:

Northern Lights is one of three fundamental breeding strains that have changed the face of global cannabis culture over the last three decades. Apart from Skunk #1 and Haze, no variety comes close to matching Northern Lights’ influence on the world of weed. Whether you’re a smoker, a grower or a breeder, it's more than likely this strain has had a direct effect on your understanding of ganja. Virtually every cannabis enthusiast has, at the very least, had their day brightened by a fat bud of Northern Lights or one of her hybrid descendants.As far back as the Eighties, Northern Lights was setting the standard by which other Indicas are still judged and she remains one of the most trusted names and sought-after varieties in modern cannabis culture. For many years, Northern Lights dominated the various harvest festivals, winning cup after cup, leading to a more than one request that she be retired from competition in order to allow other strains a shot at the title.

Northern Lights is compact, fast and very dense, capable of producing several generous, trouble-free crops per year from seed or clone. Her frosted buds possess a honey-musk aroma blended with an earthy Afghani undertone and a hint of juniper — highly enticing when dried and smoked, yet remarkably understated when growing and flowering. Low odour and easy cultivation combined with big yields and exceptional resin production make Northern Lights the first choice in Indica - for both connoisseur quality and commercial quantity.

Specifications:

Plant height: Short Plant

Stoned or high?: Stoned INDICA

Flowering Weeks: 8/9

Yield : 500/m2

Grow difficulty : Easy

Original Haze

Description:

Original Haze was bred in the 1970's from a combination of several sativas, including a Mexican/Columbian, some Thai and South Indians. Despite its long flowering and below average yield, this strain is acclaimed worldwide to have a taste and high superior to all other existing Cannabis strains. The flavour is typically sweet and sour and the high mildly Psychedelic and uplifting. Hybrids between Original Haze and your favorite strain will often yield offspring that are higher in THC then either parent. This strain is for would-be breeders and connoisseurs.

Specifications:

Genetics: Mexican, Columbian, Thai and South Indian

Variety : Pure Sativa

THC Content: 10-20%

Grows: Grows indoors

Flowering Time: Up to 14 Weeks

Big Bud

Description:

Big Bud from is one of the oldest commercial strains and has long been famous as a cannabis strain with jaw-dropping yields. Less well-known is the fact that her superior Indica pedigree has been carefully refined and steadily improved over many years.

Naturally, enormous production remains the central feature of the Big Bud seed-strain. Plants requiring the full flowering time will grow a little taller and are usually the heaviest-yielding examples. Big Bud’s stems are thick and sturdy, yet the masses of giant, sweet, sparkling buds they produce can grow heavy enough to bend and even snap them, so the most promising branches should be supported with string or tensioned wire

Specifications:

Variety: Indoor/ Outdoor

Type : Indica/Sativa

Yield : up to 600 g/m2

Grow Difficulty: Easy

THC level: Medium 8-15%

Height : 40-55 cm

Flowering period: 8/9 wk's

Early Girl

Description:

Early Girl has been a trusted name since the Eighties, known for dependably producing fabulous harvests of chunky, sparkling Indica tops in the short northern summers. Early Girl will flourish when given the basic essentials of cultivation, making her the ideal choice for balconies, roof-terraces or conservatories.

Virtually any household will have enough room for a few of these beautiful, compact Girls - a metre or two of outdoor floor-space which receives sunlight in the day while staying dark at night is enough for this strain to demonstrate just how easy outdoor growing can be. With access to direct sunlight, regular watering and occasional feeding, Early Girl will do the rest herself, producing columns of fat, sticky, hash-flavoured buds with a smooth, long-lasting buzz. Early Girl is resistant to pests

Afghani and north Indian strains give Early Girl her rugged mostly-Indica features and a delicate Sativa influence is inherited from a distant, high-altitude Mexican ancestor. Early Girl makes her largest buds on a single main stem. Most upper branches stay close, allowing their flower clusters to merge into the central cola. When her lower branches are left unpruned, they may reach almost as high as the main stem by the end of the outdoor season, so that their large, dense tops seem to ‘orbit’ the terminal bud.The taste is somewhat heavy similar to hashish, and aroma is similar.This gives an unusually clear buzz and a slightly delayed effect. Has a very relaxed high. This weed will smoke quickly and well.

Specifications:

Consist of : 100% indica

Flowering-Time: 7 weeks

Environment: Outdoor/greenhouse

Height: 100-250 cm medium plant

Yield: 200-400 g

Grow Difficulty : Easy

Jack Herer

Description:

The cream of the crops and perhaps the most exquisite ganja you will ever encounter; this strain ranks as the most awarded variety in the history of harvest festivals. Nine awards and counting would be the pinnacle of recognition for any strain, yet Jack Herer manages to go a step further and bears the distinction of being distributed under prescription by Dutch pharmacies as a recognised variety of medicinal-grade cannabis.

The sublime blend of tropical Sativa high and monstrous Indica resin production captured in Jack Herer must be seen and sampled to be believed. At their peak, buds are so thickly smothered with clear trichomes that they appear sugar-frosted or sparkling with dew-drops. This crystal-coating extends to spear-leaves, fan leaves and even to Jack’s stems and stalks.

Plants from seed show favourable variation, due to Jack Herer’s complex background and delicate balance right at the cusp of Sativa and Indica. Enhanced features from both sides of the family are strongly evident and are expressed in different combinations, allowing growers to select mother plants tailored to their circumstances and tastes.

Three of Jack’s four main phenotypes are heavily Sativa-influenced while the fourth has a growth pattern leaning towards Indica - fast-flowering and relatively compact with a dense, expansive, rounded bud structure that’s suited to cash-cropping. Jack’s Sativa phenotypes can also produce a good per-metre or per-plant yield when cultivated skilfully, though it is rare for these crops to be sold commercially. Most growers who have watched their succulent, super-sized calyxes swell and mature will be hesitant to sell such buds, and the best Jack Herer is often passed around a select circle of friends - an example of one of those things that money just can’t buy.

The trait common to all Jack Herer phenotypes is a dazzling double-edged potency - a stratospheric cerebral high underpinned by a breathtaking body-buzz with seismic power. Smokers should be prepared to feel the earth shake beneath their feet - which can be a very pleasant feeling when your head is firmly in the clouds.

Specifications:

Indoor / Outdoor: Best suitable for indoor growing

Plant Type: Mostly Sativa

Plant Height: Tall

Stoned or High: Sativa High; Cerebral Buzz

THC Level: Strong 15-20%

Flowering Weeks: 9-11

Yield: 350-450 (Dried grams/m2 in a Sea of Green)

Grow Difficulty: Moderate

Lowryder - Autoflowering

Description:

New and seasoned cannabis growers consider Lowrider (Ganja Dwarf) as a new cannabis variety that can pave the way for expansion when it comes to the wide range of cannabis breeding possibilities.The development of Lowryder included a cannabis variety with an inconspicuous form in mind since it grows to a maximum of 12 inches. This cannabis strain can also develop buds straight from seeds in a span of 8 to 9 weeks apart from its low profile form.

Moreover, Lowrider gets rid of the vegetative growth stage altogether. This is because this new cannabis variety goes from seedlings straight to the flowering phase. That's right - with Lowryder seeds, you plant the seeds, wait for the lowrider seeds to sprout, monitor the growth of its leaves, and have a taste of its potent buds as soon as it develops its flowers. To make a long story sound short and simple - Lowryder is the most concealable cannabis variety that is also the fastest producer of potent buds.

Lowrider doesn't need the usual timer when it comes to monitoring its exposure to daylight and/or artificial lighting. This new cannabis variety can grow from seeds straight to plants with potent buds under 24 hours of exposure to light in a span of 8 to 9 weeks. You can even harvest the same amount of buds even if you expose your Lowryder marijuana plants to 12-18 hours of light on a daily basis. This is good for those breeders who need to allow their indoor growing rooms to cool down every so often.

This means Lowrider is the most manageable cannabis variety in the market. This is because you don't have to extensively monitor and make appropriate changes to the time your Lowryder cannabis plants are exposed to light. Furthermore, you don't need separate growing facilities and flowering rooms for Lowryder marihuana plants to provide you with sweet juicy buds in a span of 8 to 9 weeks.

Lowryder is also a great choice when it comes to outdoor cannabis breeding. This is because it can be easily concealed due to its small size. It can be planted in patios, garden patches with other plants, and windowsills among others. Moreover, Lowryder ganja plants are the fastest producer of potent buds amongst other cannabis varieties whenever these Lowryder seeds are planted in spring. It can also be planted several times for each season.

You can expect stable growth and flowering of these Lowryder cannabis plants up to early August. Lowrider can even grow and produce the same yield in places with Arctic conditions such as Canada and Alaska. This means Lowryder can grow and produce potent buds despite the continuous light of Arctic summers in Canada and Alaska.

It is impossible to regenerate or clone Lowryder pot plants. This is because this cannabis variety does not go through a vegetative phase. Thus, Lowryder growers are required to replant Lowryder seeds whenever they want to quickly produce more potent Lowryder buds. After all, there is no reason for Lowrider marijuana plants to be cloned due to the characteristics of this cannabis variety mentioned above. In addition, Lowryder seeds are easier to transport and subsequently plant as well as possess a much higher growth success rate compared to other cannabis varieties.

Lowryder does not come short to the best cannabis varieties across the globe in terms of appearance, taste, and high. This is because Lowryder is a superb smoke with excellent resin production and high potency. It is a cannabis variety that was developed through 9 generations of proper selective cannabis breeding. Lowrider cannabis plants are also guaranteed to be hermaphrodite-free and non-deviant.

After all, Lowryder is a direct descendant of Northern Lights no.2 indica and William’s Wonder. On the other hand, Lowryder has a more exotic and ruderalis-type ancestor, but this is a well-kept secret by this cannabis variety even during its growing and flowering phases. With this, Lowryder has excellent qualities that set it apart from other cannabis varieties in terms of uniqueness, and this makes it a worthy contender amongst the top cannabis varieties of the world.

Specifications:

Total growing time : 8 weeks !!!!!

Height : 12 to 15 inch

Climate : Indoor and outdoor

Yield : 350 gr/m2

Afghani/Afghan

Description:

Afghan is a well known variety worldwide. Originally taken from Afghanistan, it was cultivated in Holland. The plant produces round fat leaves and fat buds, with excellent yields and has a high flower to leaf ratio. Afghan shows excellent resistant to pests and disease. It has rich, smooth hash like smoke with a numbing buzz. Always one of the most popular strains with high levels of THC. A weed from the good old days. It is very easy to grow and we recommend it for the novice growers. It is very hard to actually fault this strain as it can grow in most conditions and survive almost any nutrient problem or pest attack.

Smell and taste: The smell is much stronger than most skunk varieties. Aroma and flavour are very heavy, almost medicinal. Some growers say it tastes like hash.

Visuals: The plant has very broad leaves characteristic for a true indica. The buds are heavy with lots of resin. If grown properly afghani can give actually more flowers than leaves. Some plants tend to turn their color purple when ready to be harvested.

Stone: For a pure afghani-indica I was expecting a big knockout and I wasn't disappointed with the "kick". I smoked a joint and it left me alone ! Very strong, physical, practically narcotic high.

Family Heritage: As mentioned above afghani/afghan originally comes from Afghanistan. The sativa to indica ratio is here 0 to 100% - it says by itself - A pure, strong indica.

Specifications:

Flowering Time: The common flowering period for this strain is about 50 to 55 days when growing indoors. But we encourage growers to let the harvest time finish a bit later than 60 days to increase the body stone effect.

Type: Predominantly Indica

Plant Height : Short

Yield : up to 600g outdoor

Grow Difficulty : Easy

(Many thanks to Weedguru_Higher for compiling the guide above)

Indica, Sativa or Ruderalis?

Indica

 

Indica is a short plant, usually under 6ft tall, rarely over 8ft tall. Its marijuana leaves have short, wide fingers and are deep green, often tinged with purple.At maturity, the marijuana leaves start to turn even darker purple. It has short branches laden with thick, dense marijuana buds, which mature early.

 

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The marijuana buds vary in colour from dark green to purple, just like their marijuana leaves. Under cooler conditions, the coloration becomes more intense. The marijuana buds have little trouble maturing under the cool conditions of our northern climate. Indica marijuana buds smell stinky, often pungent and their smoke is thick even a small toke will often induce fits of coughing.

The Indica High :

The indica highs are most often described as a pleasant body buzz. Indicas are great for relaxation, stress relief, and for an overall sense of calm and serenity. Marijuana indicas are also very effective for overall body pain relief, and often used in the treatment of insomnia. They are the late - evening choice of many smokers as an all - night sleep aid. A few pure indica strains are very potent in THC, and will cause the "couchlock" effect, enabling the smoker to simply sit still and enjoy the experience of the smoke.

Sativa


Maturation time varies considerably Low THC midwestern varieties mature in August and September, while Equatorial varieties mature from November through to January. The marijuana buds require intense light to thicken and swell. Under the low light conditions found in the UK the marijuana buds are very skimpy and thin but are often very potent. Sativa marijuana buds smell sweet, fruity (Apple Pie comes to mind) and perfumed, and their smoke is usually smooth and easily inhaled.

The Sativa High :

The sativa high is often characterized as uplifting and energetic . The effects of a sativa marijuana are mostly cerebral. They give a feeling of optimism and well - being, as well as providing a good measure of pain relief for certain symptoms. A few pure sativas are also very high in THC content. They are known to have a quite spacey, or hallucinogenic, effect. Sativas are a good choice for daytime smoking.

Ruderalis

One of three major types of cannabis along with sativa and indica, ruderalis has the distinction of developing buds at a very early stage of growth regardless of the light cycle. Consequently, it only ever gets about a foot high. Although normal ruderalis plants have virtually no THC, there are hybrids that have most of the bud quality of regular weed, with the early budding of ruderalis plants. Cannabis ruderalis is ideal for cultivation in cooler climates and areas where conditions are harsh. Cannabis ruderalis is less potent than both indica and sativa, its main purpose is for cross breeding plants that can stand harsh conditions.

Sativa marijuana plants vary from about 6ft to over 12ft in height. The marijuana leaves are long and thin fingered and are light green , especially equatorial varieties, which have less chlorophyll and more yellow pigments in order to protect the plant from intense light. Temperate varieties are darker green. The marijuana plants have long branches. The bottom ones may spread 4ft or more from the central stalk, rather like a conical Xmas tree shape.

The marijuana buds are long and thin, far less densely populated than the Indica, although longer in length.

 

Auto-Flowering Strains

 

The original auto-flowering strain was created by The Joint Doctor and Highbred seeds.This is the revolutionary Lowryer.It was created by back breeding Northern Lights and William's Wonder with a Mexican Ruderalis.The amazing thing about this new strain was that the only Ruderalis trait left was the auto-flowering gene.This means that flowering is triggered by age rather then light/dark schedule.

The lifetime of the plants is short, lasting only 9 - 11 weeks.Within 2 weeks males will show themselves with the female showing around a week after that.From there the females go into a quick and violent flowering stage.They only reach an average highth of 12" with average harvests of 25 grams give or take depending on growing conditions.Giving it maximum stealth outside with up to three harvests a year.The size of the containers used will dramasticly effect size.Most growers use 1 - 2 gallon containers and can get well over an ounce out of each plant.

Due to the quick lifespan cloning becomes impracticable and is only grown from seeds.Since a separate light schedule isn't needed a grower can vegetate and flower in the same area.This creates new possibilities for small or macro operations.A small grow area can sustain a continuous S.O.G. giving a fresh harvest every few weeks.Most auto growers keep their lights at 18/6 or 20/4.A 12/12 schedule will dramatically hurt the final yield.

After the benefits of auto's was realized breeders began playing with them trying to make them bigger,stronger,and more potent.After Lowryder came Lowryder 2, also by the Joint doctor and using Santa Maria genetics.From these two strains a vast array of strains have been created in the last few years.With Low Life seeds, Mdanzig, and Dutchbreed joining to the new auto movement.Some of these new strains are said to have up to 23% Thc!

Here are some of the strains available on the market

Joint Doctor Highbred seeds- Lowryder , Lowrider 2 , Dieselryder , Snowryder(?)

Low Life Seeds- Automatic AK-47 , Automatic Blueberry, Automatic Lemon Skunk, Automatic White Russian, Automatic Hindu Kush

Mdanzig seeds- Masterlow, Power Stout, Blue Streak

Dutchbreed- Lowberry, Blue Barrel, Little Red Ryderhood, Lowryder Mint, Low Master, Mini Thunderfuck, Short Term Amnesia

DopeSeeds - Blueberry Kush

OFFICIAL LOWRYDER GROW GUIDE - written by the Joint doctor

Preferred growing methods

Indoors, Lowryder performs very well in soil mix (pots or beds) or in soil-less systems, where it can be cultivated from seed to bud in two months – 18 hours of light per day is recommended all the way through. Switching light cycles down to 12 hours may diminish yields and shorten the already-short life cycle slightly. Because Lowryder’s life cycle is so brief, cloning becomes impracticable, so only plants from seed are grown. By default, Lowryder is a great choice for sea-of-green.

Because flowering plants and seedlings can be maintained in the same room, Lowryder presents new possibilities for the small to medium home grower, including “staggering” your indoor harvest. A true continuous harvest system may be achieved by planting new plants periodically to replace the ones that have been harvested. This ensures that a grow room is always full and always producing fresh bud, and one never has too much work at once. Click here to learn more about the Joint Doctor’s “1-2-3” continuous harvest method.

For best results, place jiffy pellet or plant directly into 1-2 gal.pots. Grown under a 12 to 24 hour/daylight cycle from start to finish. I recommend 18 hours per day; this can be decreased to 16 after the first month with no loss of yield.

Outdoors: sow directly into soil after soaking, in 2 gal. pots. New stands of Lowryder can be planted up until late summer, to ensure a continuous harvest outdoors. Avoid transplanting if you can, but do so if plants become rootbound.

Growth Factors

Lowryder is extremely versatile in that it can be cultivated in virtually any climate or grow environment. In fact, it has pushed the envelope of growing, enabling early harvests in unlikely places like Finland, the North West Territories, and other northern, short-season, or high altitude areas. It is also well-adapted to backyard gardens, windowsills and patios where plants can be easily concealed because of their tiny size.

Nothing will mature earlier or faster than Lowryder! When other varieties have barely begun flowering, Lowryder outdoor growers are kicking up their feet and already enjoying their fresh harvests.

Characteristics

Lowryder virtually does away with the vegetative growth stage: it passes almost immediately from the seedling stage to the flowering period. To our knowledge, Lowryder has the shortest known life cycle and height in the cannabis species. Male plants may be identified as such after approx. 17-20 days, while females show themselves a couple days later. Plants will even flower under a continuous light regime.

Lowryder females usually grow no taller than 16-20 inches. 12-16 inches is typical. Light intensity, pot size, and proper pH all play an important role in determining the size of plants at maturity – the better the conditions, the bigger the yield. Plants produce one main cola, although when they receive adequate light, lower nodes branch out profusely.

Yield and height are dependent on obvious growth factors. For example, plants kept in small peat cups on a windowsill may yield as little as 1 g. and grow no taller than 6 inches, with no branching whatsoever; while a plant in a 4-gallon container under high-intensity lighting and good cultivation methods, can turn into a profusely branched, two-foot wide 45-gram bud monster.

Fertilizer: During the first two weeks of growth, Lowryder should be weekly light feedings of a “grow” type nutrient solution, with micronutrients. When plants pass into full flower, they should be started on a “bloom” regime for weeks 4 through 6. Mycorise-type biological amendments (root stimulators) seem to increase growth significantly.

Average flowering time

Indoors: 40-45 days (after a 15-20 day seedling stage)
Outdoors: ripens approx. 60 days after seed is sown.

AVERAGE HEIGHT
12 inches. Minimum: 5 inches, maximum 16 inches (very light-dependent, with slight phenotype variations).

YIELD
Depending on light and other factors, Lowryder yields up to 45 g – one report even claims 96 g for one exceptional plant under hydroponics. Extremely light-dependent in terms of yield. Without adequate conditions, plants may stay extremely small, almost comically so – but still produce a decent smoke.

Buds are compacted close-quartered, slightly irregular and variable, with high bud/leaf ratio. Thick pistils, with orange coloration, and medium-sized, individual calyxes. Tends to be top-heavy indoors. Typically, budding sites start very close to the ground.

High is uplifting, surprisingly strong. Well-rounded. Best suited for outdoor activities. Smoke is smooth with pleasant, earthy undertones. Smell is not overpowering. Unique flavor, with echoes of NL and William’s Wonder in the bouquet.

Nutes

I get a lot of requests for more info on nutrient needs for Lowryder. This is a hard question to answer as it depends how much money you want to shell out for nutrient products.

I get Advanced Nutrient products (many say the best) at a discount and I have adapted their formula for my own use. Advanced Nutrients provides a complete program for an 8-week grow and has a guide for different growing mediums.

For the first two weeks, I use what they recommend for seedlings.

Then I use the Micro 2+ Light Feeding program for the rest of their life cycle. I usually skip week 3 and 5 to bring it down to a 6 week program which I begin as soon as LRs are sexed.

I know it sounds complicated. Obviously all this is not needed.

As a rule of thumb, treat Lowryders like seedlings for the first 2-3 weeks, then switch them onto a light bloom program. So, you feed them a seedling/transplanting formula the first 2 weeks, then switch to a bloom fertilizer with something like a 5-10-5 or 1-2-1 ratio of N-P-K.

Give them a feeding of bloom fertilizer every week on weeks 3,4,5,6.