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#1 joeya

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Posted 29 May 2021 - 08:48 PM

I'm off and running on a breeding/grow project for this year. My goal is to use two landrace strains from Khalifa genetics to work into an outdoor strain for local growth. I live at 37 degrees N lattitude at an elevation of around 5700 feet above sea level. I selected their Moroccan Beldia strain from around 35 degrees N, and their Rasol Village strain from around 32 degrees N. I got 100% germination, planting them in coir on April 1.

They've now been planted in 4 inch pots of Fox Farm Happy Frog, since these two landraces prefer to grow in lower nutrient I decided not to use the Ocean Forest. They should soon be ready to identify sex, at which point I will cull out all the Moroccan males, and select on male from the Rasol village to pollinate a female Moroccan. Of course I will grow out all the females, because, weed. Both are good hash producers, so I'm looking forward to whatever I can get from them. 

 

Today, here are seedlings, each type in their own tote. The Rasol Village (second photo with 12 plants) is certainly growing much stronger than the Moroccan Beldia right now as you can see in the two photos. 

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 07:23 PM

My Rasol Village landraces are doing awesome, but I have one which shows very short internodes compared to the rest. I don't think it's a nute problem because they are all in the same soil (fox farm happy frog) and getting the same water (no added nutes, many landraces tend to prefer poorer soil) so I'm thinking it's a rogue pheno. Any thoughts? I tried to focus on it in the photo attached here. 

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 07:50 PM

Here is my "freebies' bin. The top three are from seeds labeled just as fem, emailing with the breeder I find that they are a cross between their 'Aladdins skunk' strain and one of three Afghan indica landraces. The two the next row down were bag seed I pulled from some dispensary weed, I think it was strawnanaberry. The bottom five were labelled 'mystery machine' which also seems to be an indica dominant strain with some interesting write ups I've found on the web. These won't be part of my breeding effort, but I suspect that, being indicas, they will harvest earlier and give me something to smoke or cook with while I'm waiting for the grand prize, the two sativa strains I'm running and hopefully crossing. 

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 05:44 PM

The first male of this grow has shown itself. Sometimes it's easy! This is one Moroccan who won't be growing through the summer....  PXL_20210609_223338819.jpg


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Posted 10 June 2021 - 03:43 AM

This is awesome, I'll be following this thread.  I rarely came across sativa-dominant strains back when weed was illegal, and in places where it still is, I wonder whether people are able to find them.

 

Your pics are posting sideways because of their size.  If you use a free photo editor like Irfanview to size them down a little first, they'll post right-side-up.

 

 

Of course I will grow out all the females, because, weed.

 

Ha!


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 05:05 PM

Thanks Sidestreet, I've always liked sativa more than indica, I'm glad I found this Moroccan landrace available. Looking forward to what those genetics can do at home, and crossing them with the Indian landrace certainly has me smacking my lips! My earliest grows of 40 years ago were all from bag seed  and certainly were Mexican and Columbian sativa genetics. It's good to finally live where I can grow out a nice tall one without worrying about being seen! 

Thanks for the advice on the photos, will certainly try that app and see if it makes the photo's I post better!


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Posted 15 June 2021 - 02:21 PM

This is my first post cropping photos with Irfanview (thanks Sidestreet), so let's see how that works out. I've been away for the weekend and had a family member tending my garden, which grew substantially. I just got done culling males out of the Moroccan Beldia bin, and also identified females. I'm down to nine plants (from 14 to start with) and have three certain females with six more to sex. These are certainly showing early!

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The Rasol Village plants are much taller, but not showing any gender traits yet. I'm considering taking the tallest one and placing it under an upside down trash barrel from 7PM to 7AM to force budding and, if male, harvest the pollen to lay on the Moroccan females. 

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I'm looking forward to harvesting some of this. They should be old school sativa with a nice, dreamy high like the old days. 

 

 

 


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Posted 16 June 2021 - 06:50 PM

I am up to six confirmed females of the Moroccan Beldia landrace with three plants still not showing gender yet.  None of the Rasol village show a gender yet, but they are growing at a ridiculous rate. The freebies bin also are not showing yet, I may have seen a single white filament on one of the Mystery Machine, but not enough to make the call yet. They are starting to emit terpene odors, it's surprising how different the sativas smell. Not bothering with pictures today, I want to hold off until the weekend, since the growth rates are so fast I may end up doing some up-potting then too. 


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Posted 23 June 2021 - 09:09 PM

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I have 9 females of the Moroccan Beldia now, I up-potted 8 (shown here) and put one in the vegetable garden to see how she would do in a more free-range environment. True to their described  habits, they are already flowering quite well. 

 

Since the Rasol landrace are slower to flower, and my plan is to use pollen from one on a couple of the moroccan females, I have three of them in a 12 hour dark cycle by putting a large container over them from 7 to 7. One of them may be just starting to flower.

 

The indica freebies are also all doing well, but the Moroccan are my star of the show right now. 


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Posted 26 June 2021 - 03:31 PM

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As my random plants show themselves to be female, I've moving them into the garden. So far, I have one of the Moroccan Beldia, three feminized freebie seeds which are predominantly Indica, and one bag seed which was probably from a Strawnanaberry plant. Clearly, they like the free range style of growth they are getting there!


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Posted 27 June 2021 - 11:55 AM

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Flowering is going quite well, despite how early it is, and that these Moroccans are not technically auto-flowering. I'm really looking forward to trying this bud in a few months!


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Posted 29 June 2021 - 05:36 PM

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Time to start drooling over bud shots. This is the tip of the Moroccan in my previous post. 


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Posted 01 July 2021 - 05:19 PM

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Here are the male Rasol Village plants which I've covered with a trash barrel from 7PM to 7AM every night. They should be a day or two from shedding pollen, which I'll harvest and lay on two of the female Moroccan plants. 

I'm really looking forward to growing out these hybrids next year and working with a couple lines from them for the next several years as well. 

Not to mention, the harvest from the rest of the Moroccans should be pretty good for this year!


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Posted 02 July 2021 - 04:58 PM

Looking really good joeya !

I love the aesthetic visual appeal of a dominant sativa, as well as a good cerebral high................

 

Following along here now...


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Posted 03 July 2021 - 07:45 PM

Love my sativaS! Wait till you see the next pictures, probably tomorrow.



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Posted 05 July 2021 - 12:38 PM

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Here is a shot of my Moroccan ladies today.   I have also harvested some pollen from one of the Indian males, so one of these ladies is about to get lucky!

 

The smell coming off these is fantastic, not overpowering, but a nice piney scent with maybe a hint of lemon underneath.


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Posted 14 July 2021 - 10:47 AM

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I was able to pollenate one of the Moroccan ladies with the Rasol Village male i selected. The bracts are beginning to swell accordingly, so it looks like a successful cross. 

Meanwhile, the other, non-pollenated plants, are all flowering along quite well. still looks to be on track for an early August harvest. The smell is certainly not the strongest I've ever grown, but is now dominated by mostly fuel. It will certainly be an interesting harvest here!

 


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Posted 15 July 2021 - 07:36 PM

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 09:44 PM

Yummmmmmmm.


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Posted 20 July 2021 - 06:39 PM

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this is my favorite part of the grow, each day those buds look better and fuller! The smell is still quite non-descript, but I'm sure that will change in a couple weeks. 


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