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Why northern lights is the best strain the world will ever know
Posted 14 March 2010 - 09:09 PM
Northern Lights acquired it's name from the many different hues it produced when grown in the short, often cool lake front temps in the area. It was common to see hues of blue, red, purple, and frosty white from these outdoor grown plants. The true NL strain from Wolverine could be planted in late April and be fully mature by early Sept. which made it ideal for the short grow season; very early frost were quite common in that area. It was also ideal b/c come mid Sept. deer hunters begin to scout out their hunting area which I personally have lost many crops to myself.
I'm unsure of how it reached the West Coast, but it is said seeds were acquired from some bags of NL. Others say it was cuttings taken to out west and they were used as mothers and back crossed to recreate the strain. However it got there, it was the turning point for the strain. By the mid 70's the strain had pretty much become a household name among many grow circles. It's short bushy structure and fast flowering made it an ideal indoor strain as well, this was once again reworked in the Northwest where it then become one of the most famous and legendary strains of all times.
The important thing to remember is that most of the Dutch strains were a result of what us breeders here in the United States did long before seed banks and Dutch hybrids became the norm in growing. If you look at the history of most hybrids since 1984; the lineages lead back to well known strains like: Northern Lights, Skunk, Haze, Early Pearl, etc... and less known strains like Emerald Pearl & Kryptonite.
So when you are looking at all the Dutch strains out there, remember, many of them would not be here if not for the old school United States back woods growers of yrs now past.
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 10:45 PM
Very very true, but focus also on the group, they did it just to help each other with a common goal. no bullshit, just respect for each other. I mean, they went further on respect than most do with talent.
Exactly, I acquired many a strain just out of mutual respect. This new generation of growers would never understand. Back in the late 70's many of us used very primitive indoor set ups, and grew outdoors. We grew just s good of bud then as we have no, but with half the technology and no internet to turn to.
I had a breeding project busted by the Feds, to them it was just a pole barn, shell of a house, and 12 acres of plants growing. To me it was much more. They said the plants were numbered to determine different stages of growth, but that was not the case.
We see it more and more, a grower gets a few successful grows under their belt using basic idiot proofed genetics and they are God gift to growing. They do not respect nor apprciate the knowledge and/or history behind growing, breeding, or even the plant species of cannabis itself. When we took our genetics to Holland it was our goal to further the species and breeding of this species; but this was not the case. All we did was create a get rich quick scheme for Dutch businessmen. Now we are seeing the same with growers here. It is all how much money they make. I could care less if you get $600 for an oz, backcross a rare cut, create your own F1 hybrid, work F2's to make a F1 hybrid grow true...then come talk to me.
To me, growing is a passion based on a goal of preservation of strains long lost, and my great appreciation of the plant itself. Today it is all about who you can stab in the back, or how much money you an make. In Tuscola Co. I remember sitting with groups of growers ranging from commercial growers, those just wanting to make few bucks and have some free weed, and those that just grew b/c they new how. We would trade ideas, smoke, share our bud. It di not matter what was what, it was one set price among us. Harvest &Trimming parties, jokng about the crops which the high school stole, or just laughing over the 6 pm news b/c one of our crops was busted and made the breaking news.
G45, I have no doubt in my mind we have either met, or at the very least have smoked each others bud.
Nice to finally meet a like minded grower with the same passion and respect I possess for growng, breeding, and just over all appreciation for the plant itself.
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 02:23 AM
Im with ya on that Possuum. (I kinda miss the old days).
Man, those are a couple of bad-ass stories dudes. I’ve met some of the boys from the UP in MI. Truer words have never been written!
Some of the best smoke I've ever had was in 1982, grown in the podunk town of Bethune, SC by some old country boys. These were buds about the size of your little finger, almost fluorescent green in color, and literally dripping trichomes and resin. It was potent and yummy and would make you see colors after smoking it!! And these were just some old boys growing weed in the woods and the corn fields. It's just what they did.
I’ve been smoking for many a decade. Our strain selection back in the day was stuff like Thai Stick, Panama Red, Columbian Gold, Jamaican Trip Weed and the ever present bricks of Mexican dirt. For me, I wish we’d just keep the naming thing mo simpla for the simple-minded folks like me. I think we’ve lost touch with the Zen of the thing with all the crosses, back-crosses, and what-not-naming-this-and-that. Pretty soon someone will breed a Deliverance Strain that will be so genetically screwed up that after three years of smoking it you’ll grow a third foot out of the middle of your forehead. Yikes!
Great stories!! +rep to both of ya guerilla and less.
Excellent info G45 and Less.
Posted 15 March 2010 - 05:29 PM
Posted 15 March 2010 - 06:01 PM
Can't argue any of the above. Things have changed. Seems like ppl are in some type of competition with the Dutch or Canadians, and that is a sad aspect of it, no doubt...
Posted 15 March 2010 - 06:06 PM
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