Loose Blue Genes3 min read

We did the Blue Genes keeper phenotype of this cross a few weeks ago, it has darker tastes inside a tighter structure, and we’ll use it to continue the line. We review a loser phenotype here, Loose Blue Genes. As we said before, this cultivar was created from a Rare Dankness and Jordan of the Islands cultivar, so thanks to them for making great genetics.

Loose Blue Genes vegetated in a DWC hydroponic system for 19 days inside about 4.2 square feet. Flowering time was 61 days and yield was low (62.9 grams, not including lowers). Said another way, yield was two ounces, about $600 at $10 per single gram, actual market worth is probably half that.

The phenotype we review here is lacking both in structure and taste, it makes airy buds with ambiguous fruit flavour. Some parts of it are nice, but not nice enough to keep it.

During growth, there was notably more fox tailing in the flower. Buds were quite large, but loose, which is a trait we are selecting against. The plant was sturdy, required no staking, but the keeper sister was the same, if not better.

Node distance was also larger than the keeper phenotype. Yield was less between the two phenotypes, this version yielded about 55% of the other phenotype inside a similar volume to its sibling. This was likely due to both structure and internodal distance, as well as the amount of leaf present within its canopy. The extra leaf makes it maintenance heavy.

Trimming was much more difficult, these buds have a high amount of leaf within the flower, this is not ideal for hand trimming. All of the lowers (and some of the more difficult uppers) were stripped for dry sifting and rosin. Another reason why the yield is lower for this phenotype, the stripped buds weren’t included in the final counts.

The scent of dried flower is nondescript and short spanning. It tastes like an earthy pucker, stretched over some tart berry notes. Projection is actually decent, and there is some depth within the profile, you could find something to like. But overall, it occupies such a small section of the senses, while its sisters seem to go much further with their scent.

Taste is the same short story. I think you get a bit of dirty pine and faded blue tart. Has some longevity, drying down to sandy earths and deeper pines. Good for what it is, probably ok for pre-rolls but if I am making this for myself, and I am, I want more wealth and expanse in the flavour profile.

This is a F1 seed, it hasn’t been inbred down its lineage to increase growth stability, so it demonstrates a wide variety of phenotypes. At worst, you spend some time growing a plant you won’t keep and get 62.9 grams of some flower you consider yawn-worthy. At best, you get to see some really cool taxonomies and tastes that make you wonder “where’d that come from?” We’ll review one of those next.

Last spring I put a fish tank on a desk underneath my office window and ran a bio-filter up to a NFT hydroponic system with a gravity drain back into the fish tank. Tossed an errant seed inside, it germinated and grew the entire summer until it was so large I had to move the system to a flowering tent. The flower it produced is from this same F1 set, but tastes wildly different than its sisters. Taxonomically, it looks similar to this loose phenotype we just reviewed, but the flavours are unreal. We’ll talk about it next.