(Platinum Kush Mints / Gelato #45) x (CookieWreck / Biker Kush)

Hey pancakenap here, thanks for joining me.

Doing a grow journal today, on a homemade cross from a male tester that was crossed by In House Genetics and gifted by Neptune Seedbank, and a female that was bred by Karma Genetics that was sourced from Attitude Seedbank.

Lineage

Here’s the full lineage. I outlined each generation to touch back to a cultivar I thought most would be familiar with. We have some of the grandparents and the great grandparents in the Canadian legal market today (traditional market has had most of these for a few years).

Parental Generation
CookieWreck x Biker Female

The CookieWreck x Biker mother was selected from regular seed. I had kept the plant multiple years, crossing it to 3 males over the time period.

I treasured the plant. It tended to make longer, spear-like buds, as Karma describes in his selection of the original CookieWreck mother, from CannaVenture. I find her aroma to be sickly sweet geranium while growing, I don’t prefer it actually but that’s just personal preference. Once dried and curing, a flowery perfume is expressed, backed by (what I view as) traditional OG Kush.

Platinum Kush Mints x Gelato 45 Male

The Platinum Kush Mints x Gelato 45 tester was gifted by Neptune Seedbank.

Females tend to make taller plants with long internode space. Buds are triangular with beefy bracts. Trimming is favourable usually. Scent is sweet gas, acetone. The low end of the profile is earthy, but with much interference from the top end gas, the bottom ends up interpreting fairly gritty. Aromatic character of the females ends up being more aggressive than what one might experience from the parents in the lineage.

The male that fathered this cross was selected from a group of plants I grew in late 2019 that had shorter internode space. I grew the male outdoors where it formed a large rounded bush shape and decided to try it out on some of the keeper females I was not going to keep the next season.

Freezing Pollen

Quick aside; I kept the Platinum Kush Mints x Gelato 45 pollen with baking powder in a mason jar in a freezer. It’s been sitting for almost 3 years, until this year when I used a small amount to pollenate a Dr. Grinspoon by Barney’s Farm. I’ve been wondering how long the pollen would keep and it seems to have been ok for 3 years in that state.

Grow Method

Back to 2021, I’ve germinated several seeds from the cross above. Seeds were sprouted in peat pucks before being placed in a 2” net pot in a small DWC hydroponic unit. Once the plants were 6 to 10 inches they were transferred to a NFT system where they were sexed. Males were culled and females were cloned. 

Growth style is all over the place. I’m trying to limit flowering to the top 3 nodes on each individual, but otherwise letting the apical meristem grow naturally. There are some plants that were transferred earlier that were allowed to make longer bottom branches. 

The goal is to see as many individuals from this cross as possible. So I’m not growing the plants large, or topping them. I’m aiming for an ounce or two of top buds from each. This space isn’t devoted to this one cross, I’m also growing other plants here too; some stout 55 flowering day plants alongside snakey 110+ flowering day plants. So this grow has been partially about exploring individuals from this cross, with an assortment of other plants I’m interested in.

Environment

Environment fluctuates from 40-60RH depending on time of day. Temperature is usually 60-70F. Mentioned previously, growth system is NFT using 2 inch net pots. Reservoir is mounted to the exterior with air delivery via air stones. A pump (400 GPH) fills the input via a half inch line. I also use air stones at the input to the NFT runs. Drain is via gravity back to the exterior reservoir.

Nutrients are primarily salt based with some aquaponic water. I keep the ppm around 1100. pH is high 5, low 6. 

Flowering time

This post is written about half way done the flowering process, about day 32. I expect a 70-75 day flower.

I didn’t prepare a gantt chart for this grow, but I am tracking the date of completion and will use those variables in the rate calculations for each individual.

Journal

For this write up I’d like to categorize each of the 8 individuals I’m growing from this line, and start to group them by similar traits. I’ll note the morphology of each, colouring and aroma. Pretty much anything I’ll forget about this grow six months down the line. 

Individuals
#1

This plant is taller than the others. Multiple nodes were left. Larger bottom branches are long enough to penetrate into the canopy. Internode space is long. I felt like light hits the plant top to bottom fairly easily. 

#2

This plant has a higher ‘calyx to leaf’ ratio. It’s also growing next to a HSO Supertron which is encroaching on its territory. 

Whether related or not, I don’t prefer this plant. So it might end up being a tragic victim of its environment, or just tragic, not sure which. 

#3

Number 3 is a smaller plant growing in between some of the larger plants nearby. It is making one good stem with flowers that appear less dense than the others. There’s more leaf along the crown than I would like but isn’t a deal breaker.

#4

Probably the best looking mid way through flower. Colouring is deep purple. Flower morphology is ideal, the buds are forming into column shape which looks easy to trim and like it would produce a good yield.

#5

Number 5 is similar to #4 in colouring, but maintains a vibrant green closer to the centre of the flower. Calyx to leaf ratio is less than favourable, and the buds look more like a pine cone with a sharper tip and thicker base.

#6

This plant has grown large with many nodes. It’s root ball is difficult to fit into the 5″ pipe used for the NFT run. If displaced, the plant topples over.

Node space is adequate. Enough to let the light in. Not so much that the plant is lanky. Leaf ratio on the flower is favourable as well.

#7

This plant is more stout, and is making fatter buds than the others. Colouring was deep purple in one stem for some time, now the whole plant is deep purple. We’re a little leafier on this plant, plus the lack of internode space makes it less open for light to reach the bottom nodes.

#8

Number 8 is a smaller plant growing in the run furthest away from the light. It is making one main stem and the development of the apical flower is favourable.

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