My first grow was a multi-strain grow using ProMix HP under a 600 W MH/HPS using a modified Lucas formula grow with GH's MaxiBloom and Koolbloom. All plants were flushed for a full 2 weeks prior to harvest, and have been curing in jars for a full 8 weeks now.
The 3 Nirvana Northern Lights in my garden yielded 3 very different phenotypes, so I will be conducting a smoke report for each one. I will start with the first pheno today and update this thread at a later date when I have time to report on the other two. Each phenotype will be receive its own rating, which will be used to assign an average rating to the strain as a whole. This is my first grow, so I will be rating the characteristics of each strain/phenotype relative each other, as well as the weed that I normally smoke in my area. Hopefully others will find this helpful
Now to roll one up and get started.......
Tester (and Grower) Name : ShovaBlaster
Strain : Nirvana's Northern Lights (fem, pheno #1 - 'sweet cherry berry pheno')
Method Smoked : 1/2 g rolled into a joint (no tobacco) with Zig-Zag whites.
This was an extremely easy plant to grow (as were the other two phenotypes). I vegged for 5 weeks under a 600W MH and then flowered for 8.5 weeks under a 600W HPS. Very low maintenance plant,not at all finicky with watering or nutrients. I had zero issues with it during the entire grow. Plant not topped or trained at all, and was allowed to grow in its natural form. It grew to a final height of 3' with a typical indica growth pattern. Not branchy or stretchy at all. Very low odour in all growth stages, no telltale skunkiness. I will add a link to my grow journal later for those that want more details/pics of the plant itself and/or my grow.
On a scale of 1-10:
Overall plant appearance: 7 - nice looking, healthy plant, nothing too special
Ease of growth: 9 - I was a total newbie but had zero issues. Enough said.
This is my first grow, so I don't have anything to compare the yield to. This plant was one of the smallest and most compact of the 6 plants in my garden, yet yielded the same or more as plants twice the side due to the density of the buds and short inter-nodal length. With a final cured weight of just under 2 ounces (53 g). I would have to say that this is quite good considering the small size of the plant, the lack of any LST/HST, and the fact that it was my very first grow. I had to induce flowering when it was only 14" as I had a few other plants that were getting too tall. If allowed to veg for another week or too and lst'ed, I'm sure this pheno could have yielded 3 ounces or more.
On a scale of 1-10:
Yeild: 8 - good to very good yield
Buds are small-medium sized, but quite dense.......some of the tightest nugs out of my entire crop, and denser than most of what I have been betting lately. Light green in colour, but appears lighter than they actually are due to being covered is frosty trichomes (90% cloudy, 10% amber). Buds absolutely covered in hairs, so much so that the buds take on an orange/red appearance from a distance.
One a scale of 1-10:
Density- 8 buds are not airy whatsoever, excellent weight and density
Bag Appeal- 8 buds look fabulous, better than 90% of the stuff I see locally
Trichome Production- 7 buds are nicely frosted
This is where this pheno of Northern Lights really shines. When I open the jar, my nose gets blasted by sweetness! I've never encountered weed that smells like this stuff: a very sweet floral smell accompanied by a fruity smell somewhere between cherry and grape. Not even the slightest hint of the typical skunky weed smell. If I left my jars open in a room, most people would not recognize the smell as being weed. This stuff smells so fantastic that I want to eat it. The buds are extremely sticky and a grinder is needed to break them up, and there is a hint of skunk once the buds are broken up, but it is very faint.
On a scale of 1-10:
Smell: 9 -absolutely delicious, and different than anything I've ever smoked. I spent 12 days in Amsterdam a few years back and never encountered/smoked anything that smelled quite like this.
To begin, I'll mention that joints have always been/still are my preferred method of smoking. I have owned pipes and bongs, and use them occasionally, but I enjoy the relaxing aspects of rolling and smoking a spliff and feel like I can better enjoy the taste and flavour.
I would describe this pheno as a mild smoke. It burns very nicely/uniformly for how sticky it is, and burns to a fine white ash. Zero crackling/popping. It is very light on the palate, and extremely smooth on the throat and lungs. A tiny tickle and cough with the deepest of hits (far deeper than I ever take) but that's about it. There is a mild taste to the smoke, a slightest hint of a sweet floral/cherry taste very similar to it's smell. The taste built during the 4-5 minutes it took me to finish my morning joint, and left a pleasant cherry-like still noticeable 15-20 minutes after smoking. It tastes very different than the weed I'm used to getting, none of the skunk or diesel fuel I'm used to. Very subtle and enjoyable smoke.
On a scale of 1-10:
Flavour: 8 -subtle yet very unique (for me at least)
Smoothness: 9 -amazingly smooth, almost perfect in my opinion.
To begin with, I am a daily smoker that consumes roughly a gram per day on average.
The buzz came on very gradually, starting in the head after I'd smoked about 1/3 of my joint. It built into a nice head buzz which is easy on the brow and immediately imparted a feeling of happiness, relaxation as well of a nice little rush of motivation. Spent the first hour of my buzz writing this, and mowing my lawn. A subtle relaxation in my body and muscles accompanied a relaxing (buy far from crippling/couch-locking) body buzz which did not at all sap my energy or motivation. Buzz lasted 2.5 productive hours with no tiredness or heavy indica comedown.
Buzz profile: 60% head, 40% body
Buzz length: 2.5 hours
On a scale of 1-10:
Potency: 6 - slightly above average potency
Quality of buzz: 8 - very good and enjoyable buzz, very functional and social high. No unwanted crippling comedown.
All in all, I am extremely pleased with this phenotype of Nirvana's Northern Lights. I've dubbed it my "sweet cherry berry" pheno. It's taste is something totally new for me, and it's effect matches quite closely what I look for in a buzz. More sativa-like in effect than expected for an indic a strain, great mix of head and body buzz. A nice combination of pleasant/original smell, smooth smoke, and functional/social buzz. This particular phenotype provides me with almost everything I could ask for in a nice daytime smoke, which is precisely what I will be using it for. The fact that it is only slightly above average in potency is not a bad thing for me as I was hoping to get at least one nice, light daytime smoke from this grow in addition some potent night-time weed. I chopped all my plants before too much amber was present as my tastes lean more towards functional buzz over couch-lock.
Growth Rating: 9 - solid yield and ridiculously easy to grow, low odour
Smoke Rating: 8 - great smell, smooth taste, perfect daytime smoke
Overall "Sweet Cherry Berry" pheno rating: 8.5
I would recommend this phenotype of Nirvana'a Northern Lights to anyone, especially beginner growers. Great combination of ease of growth and quality. For those looking for a heavier stone, I'm sure this could have been achieved by letting it go another week for more amber.
Taking all factors into account, this pheno is a definite winner in my books. Considering the low price of what I paid per bean ($7), I couldn't be happier with this one....a total steal. It's a shame I'm not yet running a perpetual garden, this phenotype would definitely be considered a keeper in my eyes.
Thanks for reading Coming soon: Nirvana Northern Lights "purple" and "coffee" phenotype smoke reports.
Edited by Shiva Blaster, 02 August 2012 - 12:58 AM.