Citrus Skunk by Jordan of the Islands4 min read
Jordan of the Islands’ Citrus Skunk is an easy to grow plant exhibiting indica leaning taxonomy and offering light citrus notes against friendly cheeses with light skunk funk.
This Citrus Skunk cultivar was grown from regular seed in deep water culture hydroponics under 1000W HPS/MH light using aquaponic water as fertilizer. The plant vegetated for 22 days and flowered 64 days. Yield was 96.9 grams for one plant in approximately 6.25 square feet. Costs were about $100 for the area, which is $1.03 per gram or $1.16 per day of growth. The average price per gram in Alberta is in the high $11s, so the yield is ‘worth’ about $1,100 if I were to buy it.
Of the 12 plants (8 different cultivars) I grew indoor over the summer, this Citrus Skunk was the highest yielding per square foot. This particular plant exhibited fairly strict indica taxonomy, stout and tight. The lower branches became hulky arms, filling the volume it was given. It stretched far less than expected. If I were to grow it again, I would double the vegetative time to make up for the small stretch, and expect quadruple the yield.
Citrus Skunk was easy to grow, plug and play, basically set it and forget it. Required no trellis. Grew fine with hydroponics. I topped it only once and it responded well. I imagine this would do really well outdoors too.
Trim leaves on the Citrus Skunk turned deep indigo when temperatures went below 10 Celcius, otherwise the plant displayed a gradient of green colour throughout growth. Note in the pictures the trim tips are a bit burnt, I may use a lighter mix of aquaponic fertilizer and more frequent changes on the next run.
Calyx to leaf ratio was less favourable on this phenotype of Citrus Skunk, which made it a bit more difficult to trim. You’ll see below I reacted by just lowering my standard for hand trimming, leaving a bit more leaf on the bud. The vertical density of the flowers is noticeably high, it’s quite stacked.
Citrus Skunk took about three times longer to dry than the other cultivars I grew, likely because of the density noted above. Cure time was also longer. The fresh buds smell of smooth citrus but cheesy skunk tones leech out after a month cure.
The scent of dried Citrus Skunk flowers feature bright citrus edges amongst a Cheshire skunk midsection. It’s rather friendly. The flavour profile sharpens the citrus notes, prompting the skunk tones to a higher, more cutting, position in the profile, which then translates to the funky cheese and dry bitters that make up the bottom of the profile. Its name is appropriate, citrus first, but the whole of the profile embodies the skunk tones, which are closer to friendly cheese than they are to skunky roadkill.
Jordan of the Islands is foundational in Canadian cannabis, you can find several of his varieties in the legal market. Redecan grows the cornerstone, the God Bud, you can find it in the BC market. Broken Coast has a decent derivative, a God Kush, don’t see it too often, it’s more rare. Blue God is prevalent in concentrate products, also Jordan’s, this cultivar is not yet in available the legal market. God’s Green Crack is grown by Whistler, that’s another Jordan. I could go on. And those are his older ones. The gravity of his new lines are tremendous because they include crosses to many notable cultivars, several from the US. To top it all off, they are all available at a very economical price.
If I were to recommend something adjacent to the Citrus Skunk flavour profile, I’d look to the cheeses before I’d look to the skunks. THC Biomed did a ‘original’ cheese, and CannTrust has a ‘vintage’ cheese. Emblem claims the Exodus Cheese the previously mentioned two hint towards. Save for blue cheese, I’d be hard pressed to name another available cheese. And certainly not a citrus cheese, a flavour profile which may garner some popularity this year after High Times named Geenhouse’s Franco’s Lemon Cheese as one of their top 10.
There you go, Citrus Skunk bred by a pillar in the origin story of Canadian cannabis, Jordan of the Islands. I’ll leave you with how I imagine him, bouncing against the waves in dark waters under darker skies, sailing the channels between British Columbia’s islands. Long hair, hemp jacket fluttering in the wind, a Canadian Goose perched on his shoulder like a parrot, dreaming of new creations and tomorrow’s classics.
My sincere compliments to the Citrus Skunk.
I just mentioned a bunch of Jordan of the Islands cultivars. Very few of the producers mentioned actually credit the source. Join me on Monday, we’ll walk down Canal Street in NYC to muse about authenticity in the Canadian Cannabis market. We’ll talk Breeder Steve’s Shishkaberry, Barney’s Farm and Sundial’s $100 gram.