DNA Genetics Kandy Kush

Jul 4, 2017

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Another famous Kush cross from DNA Genetics that has been available for a long time is Kandy Kush, (60/40 indica/sativa) consisting of OG Kush x Train Wreck (T4). In 2010, Kandy Kush won a remarkable prize when out of 140 strains she was chosen as the best medical marijuana at the 1 Colorado Cannabis Crown contest. Another award followed at the Spannabis Outdoor Cup 2012, where she took third place.

DNA Genetics explains about its growth and bloom behavior

"A Classic stretch of the OG Kush that bulks up and fills out like the TW to give you OG flavor and TW nugs. The Train Wreck strain was used for this cross because of its commercial productiveness, very high resin content and lemony aroma. Just like the OG Kush, it has become a highly popular American flagship strain in recent years, so Kandy Kush is another exciting meeting of two giants in the world of cannabis strains. Marrying Train Wreck to the OG Kush led to an insane sweetness reminding of kandy, a true California flavor.”

They praise Kandy Kush as “one of the most resinous plants in their catalogue”,(which certainly means a lot), announcing the onset of heavy trichome production after the 5th week that won’t stop increasing until the very end. With 9-10 weeks of flowering, Kandy Kush takes a bit longer than most of the other DNA Kush varieties, but with regard to its big yield potential of 450-550 g/m2, nobody will get impatient I guess. She is available both in the form of feminized and regular seeds.

Growulff sowed half a package of six feminized seeds only as he shared the other half with a friend. Together with Kandy Kush, Stacked Kush and a few other varieties. Placed into Jiffy pots, the three Kandy Kush seeds popped up within three days and were raised under under two 75 Watts high-efficiency CFL lamps in a Secret Jardin one sqm. grow box at first. The leaves soon produced by the plants were quite broad in the beginning, but then became a bit thinner with every new set, until they were more on the sativa side. After two weeks, Growulff had transplanted the plants into 22.5 litre Air Pots filled with coco ground and watered by hand. Then they were moved into the actual grow room that was equipped with 6x 600 Watts lamps (3x HPS, 3x MH, adding up to +600 Watts/m2), where the vegetative stage was continued for another two weeks. The Kandy Kush plants exhibited a very early onset of strong side branch growth, but at the same time vividly stretched to height, growing very vigorously and also homogeneously. After four weeks, at the end of the vegetative stage under a daily light cycle of 18/6, they measured 86, 91 and 98 cm in height already, lined with a lot of long side branches, adopting a rhombus or diamond shaped growth model. An already intense kushy sweet scent gave a good hint of what was to come, a true “aroma bomb” as Growulff did expect. Highly satisfied with their vegetative performance, he sparked the three Kandy Kush plants into flowering mode by cutting down the daily light cycle to 12/12. Three more 600 watts HPS bulbs were installed in the grow room, replacing the MH ones to give the plants a perfect light spectrum for the flowering stage.

Within 7-9 days, the first female preflowers became visible at the tops of the plants. And the Kandy Kush plants would waste no time, fully switching to the flowering mode without hesitation. While lots of dense clusters of female flowers were developing allover the plants, they kept on stretching to height for about another four weeks. It became obvious that similar to the Stacked Kush plants, long drawn-out mighty main top colas would steeply arise from a wide carpet of side branch top buds located in the middle of the plants.

The budding pattern was clearly dominated by Kandy Kush’s indica genes, with fairly big calyxes shaping chubby succulent buds that exhibited quite a high calyx-to-leaf ratio. One could not have said there was little resin on the buds before flowering week six, in fact, there already was quite a lot of. But as announced, resin gland production was noticeably changing into the highest gear from that point on, in the following weeks also packing the edges of larger leaves in the buds into crusty thick layers of resin. At the same time those intense sweet Kush aroma clouds spread by the plants were accordingly becoming even more overwhelming, it almost was as if one could have cut the air into pieces.

After nine weeks of flowering, Growulff scheduled harvesting the plants in about half a week or one week, so it was all going according to plan obviously. In the end, those frosty plants were 118, 122 and 132 cm tall, laden with tons of juicy tight indica-like nuggets. The tallest plant had produced a tremendous main stem top cola that was longer and thicker than a strong tall man’s underarm! This majestic Kandy Kush plant needed 69 days to ripen, the other two 66 and 71 days. So once again a DNA strain had proven to perform very evenly, the more so, as also that incredible smell given off by the plants was all the same. Also, not a single male flower showed up.

When the buds had been dried and slightly fermented, Growulff weighed those silvery white, super sticky and dense Kandy Kush buds, reading harvest weights of 115, 123 and 135 grams off the scales. Needless to say he was extremely delighted about that fantastically fat yield that even surpassed his expectations! And the buds’ odour was simply awesome and highly alluring, spreading an incredible spicy sweetness, smelling like peppered kandy. Their yummy flavour then would keep this promise of a particularly savoury smoke experience, delivering a full-mouth piquant sweetness that lingered on the palate extraordinarily long. Last but not least, the long-lasting turn effected by Kandy Kush was another real smasher, shifting Growulff into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation in no time, but at the same time he remained active and mentally clear enough to properly think and move, so he wasn’t totally devastated and instead also sensed a certain grade of bright euphoria in his mind. He appreciated that state of mind and body very much and considers Kandy Kush’s kind of high as ideal for respective medical treatments.

After that great Kandy Kush cultivation experience, DNA Genetics strains keep on impressing Growulff and he looks forward to testing more of their new Kush crosses such as Lemon OG Kush, Chocolope Kush and Holy Grail Kush…

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Cultivation data:

Genetics

Kandy Kush (OG Kush x Train Wreck (T4) = 60% sativa, 40% indica)

Vegetative stage

here: 4 weeks

Flowering stage

66, 69 and 71 days, 63-70 days in general

Medium

Coco CoGr (in 22.5 litre Air Pots)

pH

5.6-6.4

EC

1.2–2.1 mS

Light

First two weeks: 2x 75 W Secret Jardin CFL, then +600 W/m2

Temperature

20-27°C

Air humidity

40-60%

Watering

by hand

Fertilisation

Canna Vega A+B, Flores A+B (Air Pots)

Additives/stimulants

Rhizotonic, Cannazym, PK 13/14, Agrom Medical Boost

Height

118, 122 and 132 cm

Yield

115, 123 and 135 g (about 124 g per plant on the average)

This article originally appeared in issue 103 of Weed World Magazine

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