Putting this in the Trading Post because the seeds are available to everyone. If you want to grow them the only conditions are that you (1) germinate within 100 days of receipt, and (2) post an update to this thread, or your own journal, twice a month.
The Genetics; Short-flowering, purebred sativa.
Location: Azad Kashmir
Elevation: 5,000 ft / 1600 meters,
Flowering: 9-11 weeks indoors. Late September / Early October outdoors
Aromas: Funky Engine Exhausts and Burnt Sugar in early flower, fading to Pink Lemonade, Chocolate Oranges, Bubblegum.
Effects: Clear-headed. Good for high-productivity situations. Hiking. Working. Sports.
Characteristics: Large trichomes. High flower to leaf ratio. Drought and cold tolerant, with strong mold resistance. Perfect for the short seasons and climates as far as 50 degrees N. Colors tend to fade to Golds, Coppers, and Red-Wines.
At the northernmost tip of India, and along the border with Pakistan; In the shadows of the valleys of the Himalayas, you’ll find the Hashplants of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Kashmiri farmers are famous for their hashish. On par with the best of Malana, Lebanon, and Morocco. The selection towards hash production, year after year, created plants with large, densely-packed trichomes. Unlike most hashplant genetics that are really not fit for bud production, the sugar leaves of the Kashmir are so thin they damn near evaporate during drying.
The structure suggests Indian ancestry moving north into Kashmir, rather than the squat, leafy indicas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Heavy rains and the risk of early winters create hardy, fast-flowering plants, and a history of cultivation in high humidity lead to long petioles, and a high flower to leaf ratio that allows any trapped moisture to evaporate. More often the plants will be multi-topped bushes, rather than Christmas trees; with sturdy branches, full of heavily-serrated leaves that cut the wind. Flowering starts in early August and finishes in October, about ten weeks later.
My Azad Kashmir mom turned 2 years old a couple months ago, and her son will be 1 on 4/20. If we call the first generation outside of the wild (P1), the mom of the Xmas / Indoor line is a (P3). I originally did a couple full-sibling crosses using the same couple (P3) moms each time, and a different (P3) male for each batch, to keep the gene pool as intact as possible.
On 4/20 last year I germinated a mixture of 420 (P4) seeds. At 4-6 weeks old they were separated into two groups, based on resemblance to the previous generation. I called them the Ganja plants and the Hashplants, but those are such lazy descriptions. I kept some of the Ganja plants, from which I chose my new male, and gave away the rest. The Hashplant Line has them same sharp serrations, with more branches and wider leaves; so at that age they tend to stand out in a crowd. Thaweedguy had first dibs after me, and sure enough, those are the ones he went for. Both parents of the Outdoor line he produced are (P4).
They only double or so during flower, so you can pack them relatively tight without worrying too much about overshooting your space. If you’d like to take part, just leave a comment or send a PM. I’d expect a pretty slim variation between em, and since they’re purebreds there are no wrong answers. It’ll be mostly just whatever you prefer. The goal right now is just running through as many plants as possible to find the exceptional females.