I apologize in advance for the wall of text.
I'm going to be running my first outdoor grow this coming season and I plan to do some breeding in an effort to zero in on "the ideal outdoor plant" for me (this may all be unnecessary, but more on that later), and also to just create some interesting crosses.
Climate, etc: Summers where I live are very hot and dry. Daytime temps as high as 41 C (107 F) and quite commonly 35 C (95 F) with humidity as low as 15% and average R.H. below 35% most of the summer. Nights are often a full 20 C cooler due to the desert-like climate. Rainfall from May through September is about 1 inch per month, so irrigation is mandatory to grow most things, like vegetables, most flowers, etc. Stuff like yucca, sage brush, and prickly pear cactus thrives here without irrigation. If it surprises you when I say I live in Canada, don't worry - many Canadians don't even know we have a climate like this here. To many, BC = Vancouver = Rain.
That is not my yard, but if I walk from my house to the nearby municipal park, that's basically what it looks like, with a few more pine trees. Elevation is about 2400 ft. above sea level, and my property is on the south-facing side of a small mountain, with the back yard stepped and sloped upward to allow full, direct sun most of the day (not shaded by the house at all). There are areas that do get either morning or afternoon shade.
Strain selection: I've done quite a lot of research and the one obvious strain choice for me is Lebanese. It thrives in hot, arid conditions so it should be a good match for my climate, but on top of that its THC:CBD ratios seem just about ideal for my taste. The icing on the cake is that it is an early-flowering sativa so it typically finishes up at the end of September or early October. I have a pack of ACE Seeds regulars and a few regulars from a fellow member here who crossed the RSC Lebanese with the Blue Hemp Lebanese. So I have a variety of good Lebanese DNA.
So perhaps I don't need to cross it with anything at all. If the Lebanese works out the way I anticipate, just breed the next generation of Lebanese.
But what fun would that be?
Of course, I will make some straight up Lebanese offspring (and I plan to keep this landrace line going for many generations), but I think it might be fun to work some other genes into the Leb and see what I can come up with.
1. I'd like to maintain a nice THC:CBD balance. I think my "perfect" weed would be 3-4% THC and 8-10% CBD
2. I have read that the Lebanese produces light, airy, foxtails. If this is the case, I wouldn't mind breeding that out
3. Bringing some indica into the mix might be interesting, aiming for the same sort of "synergy" that Blue Dream brings to the table.
Pipe dreams, I know. But I think I might have the answer. I recently crossed a CBDream x (CBDream x Critical Kush)
CBDream (6%THC 6%CBD) = Blue Dream x "Original" Kush
Critical Kush = Critical Mass x OG Kush (Critical Mass is said to have decent levels of CBD)
In my previous grow, I ran my original CBDream x Critical Kush and it is a very nice cross. CBDream on its own has pretty airy buds. Not foxtails, but very airy. The cross has much "kushier" buds, the yield is considerably higher, and the trichome production is at least double. I have not tested it for CBD yet, however smoking it makes me pretty sure it is high CBD.
So that cross is pretty damned nice, but for shits and giggles (and in an effort to increase my odds of high CBD) I back-crossed that cross to a fresh CBDream. Hence CBDream x (CBDream x Critical Kush).
Assuming high CBD in this back-cross (this will be tested) it might be a perfect mating partner with the Lebanese. It could bring the desired bud density, indica "synergy" and maintain a good cannabinoid balance.
That's just one option, though. I have all of these to choose from. See anything that you think would be a good strain to breed to Lebanese?
Obvious other choices (to me) would be Harlequin, Pennywise, or CBD Yummy but they wouldn't bring much (if any) indica into the mix.