We’ll be open Monday and Tuesday, November 25th and 26th from 9AM-4PM.
I love this time of year for a lot of reasons but one thing that makes it special are the crop shares I receive from a few friends that grow my seeds.
In these arrangements i usually provide something to grow in the form of seeds or starts, the friends provide the space and the love and what comes back is just wonderful.
I won’t lie, I do have some control over what is grown each year. This allows me to sample new varieties and some old standards as well.
This is the second year I’ve received samples of my Nepalese Watermelon Haze hybrid.
This year the plants were allowed a few extra weeks to flower and the results are just terrific.
The dried and cured buds are dense and beautifully trimmed. The fragrance is sweet and spicy. Pure Sativa.
The effects are very uptempo and motivating, not what I would want before sleep.
This seed is available in very limited quantities which means it’s time to make more.
My thanks to the people that grow the herb I consume. I enjoy the results and your friendship.
This morning I shook hands on a farm lease for the 2014 season.
The farm is located east of Boulder near 95th and Valmont, adjacent to the old Teller Farm property.
There are irrigation ditches and a well for water. The farm has been fallow for more than a decade and has been used to graze horses. Based on the amount of scattered manure I will guess that the soil is highly fertile.
I plan to plant Carmagnola hemp to increase the seed I’ve been working with. This will be a very small scale planting in 2014. My goal is 200 – 300 lbs of viable seed.
This is a life-long dream for me, farming.
If you find it hard to visit us during the week you will be happy to know that we are open on Saturdays from 9AM – 1PM.
I planted the Nepalese highland sativa back in August. That was 95 days ago and the plants, as i suspected, are enormous.
In the past I’ve grown seed from a nearby region in Nepal and the plants topped 15 feet indoors and spread 8 feet across the lower branches. I wanted to prepare for this possibility so I topped the plants aggressively and set them under a sheet of trellis fabric.
On October 11th I shortened the day length to 12 hours, down from 18. The plants are growing in 10 gallon Accelerator aerator pots in Fafard Organic Mix FOF-30 amended with dolomite lime. I’m feeding Jack’s 13-2-13 @ 140 PPM nitrogen and mono potassium phosphate @ 80 PPM phosphorus.
Here is an example at just over three weeks of flower.
The plant’s branches have been woven through the trellis fabric in such a way that every growth tip has access to direct light. Over several weeks the weaving process continues until the canopy is relatively flat.
Once flowering is induced, the growth tips will begin to stretch toward the light. Deal with any stray branches that break out of the surface.
As you can see the lower branches and trunk are completely bare. The canopy above is so dense that very little light gets through. Any flowering sites below the canopy are removed. This redirects the plant’s energy resources to the canopy where they will be put to more efficient use.
At this point the plant extends 7 1/2 feet by 5 1/2 feet. That’s more than 40 square feet of surface area which is lit by two 1000W bulbs.
Since this is the first time I’ve grown this landrace I have no real way of knowing how long it will take for them to finish flowering. I’m going to guess and say it will be in the 12 – 15 week range.
The trick will be keeping them healthy and flowering until that day comes.
My seed and supply businesses are featured in the November issue of Sativa Magazine pp16-18. Take a minute and check it out.
I was invited to Platteville this weekend to see a private ganja garden planted with a number of carefully selected Hindu Kush-based varieties including my own Dakini Kush.
The gardeners are people I’ve known for a few years, a married couple. They have grown a number of my cannabis seed varieties and always do a super job. I managed to drag a friend along with the promise that it would be something special. They did not disappoint.
Their plants are in 10 gallon containers of Fafard 70/30 mix. Their fertilizers consist of Peters 10-30-20, mono-potassium phosphate and Dolomite lime. I can tell you that these people are serious enthusiasts and that they spend a good deal of time tending to their plants.
I snapped a few pictures on my phone.
These visits to gardens around Colorado provide an invaluable experience to me. I am able to see people’s results in different environments and different planting styles. Most importantly I am able to evaluate the performance of my seeds outside of my own systems.
When I see results like these it reaffirms my commitment to developing and producing the best cannabis seeds possible.
Today I began the early work to produce the Otto#2 seed.
Over 2 years of positive feedback from commercial growers has helped me to develop a clear understanding of what the marketplace desires in a CBD-rich variety.
I believe that the early Otto-x work is the perfect genetic base from which to start.
A couple of weeks ago a friend called and was talking about the upcoming Harvest Moon, October 14th. He made it sound romantic and I could imagine a cool moonlit October evening spent bringing in the sheaves. Literally.
And then it began to rain. And rain. It became clear to me late yesterday that Mother Nature was not above ruining my seed crop and, in doing so, setting me back an entire season on this project.
I enlisted the help of my 14 year old son and, together, we cut over 125 female hemp plants down to the last seed bearing node and dragged it all across the county to begin drying.
We laid it out on low tables and put the fans and filters to work removing the moisture. 24 hours later I came out to turn the material and stack it into sheaves.
I collected the seed that had fallen onto the tables and did a quick clean and an estimated count. So far I’ve collected about 3,100 mature seeds. Compare that to the 250 that I planted and I’ve increased 11.6 times.
I have yet to process any of the plants that are drying, but I can judge by the look and feel of the material that the bulk of the seed is still in the flowers. My experience making cannabis seed indoors leads me to expect seed to seed increases anywhere from 1:200 to 1:2000+.
My goal all along has been to produce 500 kilograms of seed by the second outdoor pass. Given what I think I know, I will need 2.5 kilos or more from this first outdoor pass to meet the goal of 500 kilos next season. That’s an increase of 1:500.
Having said all of that, I have no clue what my final yield will be. I’ll know that soon enough.
The Nepali highland seed started out as something of a challenge. The first planting germination rates were extremely low and I wondered if the project was even possible.
At 30 days the plants are green and healthy. The original plugs were replanted at 20 days to 1 gallon nursery cans. At 30 days they were potted up to #10 Accelerator Root Pruning Containers (10 gallon) where they will finish their life cycle.
I have been trialing these containers over the last year. These are designed for use in the tree farming industry. I’ve finished very large Sativa types in these and had terrific results.
The plants are growing in Fafard Organic Mix FOF-30 which has been amended with ~ 3 lbs. Dolomite lime per 10 gallon container.
The Dolomite is a ground limestone product which has the texture of beach sand. The larger particle size will keep it suspended in the growing mix even after repeated fertigation cycles.
Here are two examples of the Nepali highland Sativa. On the left is the male form. It has already begun to display alternating phyllotaxy.
On the right is the female form. The phyllotaxy on this plant is still opposite.
I’ll post a follow-up when there is something interesting to see.