Greenhouse growers report the best yields by far. Other indoor setups need to be able to accommodate tall, branchy plants that will take up a considerable amount of space, both vertical and horizontal.
Wild Thailand is a good strain for growing outdoors and has a relatively late harvest time (mid to late November). The further North it is grown, the earlier it should be brought in. Under more controlled conditions, the plants grow larger and produce even better.
This sativa strain hailing from Thailand’s Ko Chang islands. It grows large and very vigorous with numerous lateral branches. The taste is sweet, the smell is intense and the effect is powerful and often psychedelic.
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It also has one of the highest concentrations of THC in the world. It is also a favourite among Thai farmers who grow it in remote, rural areas and take it, at great personal risk, into Thailand to sell.
As with many mostly or pure sativa varieties, Wild Thailand will keep the grower waiting but the 10 to 12 weeks it takes to finish is actually a big selling point.
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The photo above is by Landrace Genetics and shows a wild-type plant in northern Pakistan, 2019. In the new McPartland & Small taxonomy, this wild-type individual can be classified as C. sativa subsp. indica var. himalayensis. Northern Pakistan is the main centre of biodiversity for subsp. indica. Wild-type plants of var. himalayensis and var. asperrima, i.e. naturally diversified South and Central Asian populations, can be found in its mountains.
This note is intended only for people living in regions where Cannabis can be cultivated without a license. For further information see Ernest Small’s Cannabis: A Complete Guide.
Janischevsky’s 1924 study of Russian wild-type hemp seeds showed that fewer than 10% could be germinated immediately after maturation, but that repeated watering and drying cycles increased germination (water-soluble germination inhibitors may be present in wild seeds).
Even then, wild-type seeds are somewhat dormant and germinate irregularly. These are adaptive features that enable the plants to overcome the environmental fluctuations typical of wild habitats.
Vavilov and Scholz noted that the germination of Russian wild-type hemp proceeded very slowly and intermittently, the seeds often remaining dormant for weeks or even months, with typically only 10% germinating promptly.
Dormancy is a natural adaptation delaying germination, but in Cannabis the delay is not much longer than a few years, since the seeds are not naturally long-lived. Haney and Kutscheid reported that seeds from ruderal Kansas populations declined in viability from 70% to 4.4% in 15 months of soil burial, an observation suggesting that seeds do not persist in a viable state in the soil for more than two or three years.
Recently, we’ve made some wild-type (“wild” or weedy) accessions from South and Central Asia available. Wild-type seeds exhibit slow and staggered germination.
The particularly cool part of the story is that the one larger, seedless bud had an amazing orange/pepper/cream aroma that I’d rank up there with some of the better sativa plants I’ve had the pleasure to sniff. Sadly, the whir of weed-whackers was not far behind me; a road crew was out for a late summer cleanup. I would have loved to let the beautiful sinsemilla bud mature, but I decided to pick her now in order to get some better pictures and a chance to sample the immature bud. I hurried ahead of the cutting crew and gathered seeds from the other female plants I could find. Hopefully a few of the couple dozen seeds I gathered will produce a plant with that amazing orange/pepper/cream aroma phenotype. In any case, they will serve as a great breeding platform for some autoflowering hybrids of my own. It will be great to have a ruderalis plant that already produces great aromas as stock to cross with other varieties (like my current favorite “Double Gum”) and see if I can cross-breed some heavier yielding autoflowering stock of my own. Perhaps these will become the “Panik Plants”?
Last fall, we collected seeds from wild C. Ruderalis marijuana plants growing along roadsides and in fallow land (see the post here). We planted them early last month, Read More…
On an early autumn walk, I found several cannabis ruderalis plants growing wild. To my surprise and delight, I found several seed-bearing plants and even one sinsemilla bud, which must have been upwind of the male plants I saw, already dried and dead, near the seed-carrying females up the road.
[Writer Glenn Panik’s “How To Grow Cannabis At Home: A Guide To Indoor Medical Marijuana Growing”, is available on iBooks here, for the Amazon Kindle or via Smashwords here. You can also order the ‘stealth title’ of our information-packed ebook for the Kindle here.]
Below is a picture gallery with shots of the wild Cannabis Ruderalis plants growing on a sunny roadside. Notice the very sativa-like thin leaves. These plants were likely hit at least once by mowers, but still managed to put out seeds by early September (some plants I found were already long gone to seed). There are also shots of the typical small, black, and very hard ruderalis seeds, as well as closeups showing the trichomes on the leaves and buds, immature as they unfortunately were. Cool stuff, regardless, and I look forward to growing the gathered seeds in a nurturing environment. Expect more posts about these plants:
Wild Harvest Cannabis Ruderalis Smoke Report: Well, it isn’t fair to judge these plants based on the few wisps of bud I gathered in a hurry, but the good news is that they do produce a mild sativa-like effect. As is to be expected with a ruderalis (especially one with a few seeds on it) the smoke is a bit on the ropey side, but they do create a mild but pleasant head high. This is a very good start for a wild strain. If I can find that orange creamsicle pheno in the seeds I gathered, we may be onto something here.
Writer Glenn Panik’s “How To Grow Cannabis At Home: A Guide To Indoor Medical Marijuana Growing”, is available on iTunes here, for the Amazon Kindle or via Smashwords here. You can also order the ‘stealth title’ of our information-packed ebook for the Kindle here.