Up in the misty canyons of the Sierra Nevada, the word is sinsemilla. The pot that’s hand-tended and carefully watched through the growing season is the finest domestic smoke you can find, if you can find it. Strewn all over California are small homesteads growing this weed without seeds, stems or smuggling problems. The quality of this pot is unmistakably due to the careful tending of the grower. During the growing season the farmers are prepared for the worst, especially rip-offs, and many weeks are spent sleeping in the field of highs with a weapon and a paranoid outlook.
The idea is to plant when the sun is high, and after the last frost of the season. In each plot go 5-10 excellent seeds —Thai, Hawaiian, Afghani. When they start to sprout and grow, the best looking female plants will be allowed to continue to grow, while all others are cut off at a point 6 inches above the ground. This way, no roots are pulled, ripping other settled roots out of the ground.
All Males Must Go
In Press of Berkeley’s book, Sinsemilla Marijuana Flowers, by Richardson and Woods, there are photos of early and distinguishing characteristics of male and female sprouts. Careful pruning and topping should be done early in the plant's life, according to growth and the plant's heartiness. Watering and fertilizing with nitrogen early in the season are the first steps. In the last few months, the plants are not watered, the drying out stimulating resin-generation.
When the plant blooms, it is essential to cease pruning. Liquinox Bloom plant food, high in phosphorous and potash, should be bought. This makes the female flowers bigger and better. As long as the plants are not crowded, they will flourish. Protection from rodents, dogs and country animals should be provided by 10 to 12-foot high chicken-wire fencing. Those deer love to chew pot leaves. Even tarring the bottom foot of the plant's stalk, if it’s a very healthy plant, could prove to be beneficial in protecting against mice and other pests.
Throughout the growing season, you must relate to your plants by talking to them and telling them that their mission is to grow, and then to be cut down and absorbed by you and close ones. This way, the plant is your ally and you and the plant become one at the end.
Harvest is the most exciting period, when you realize this shit is all yours. Most farmers will chop the stalk 6 inches from the ground and take the whole plant to dry upside down in a well-ventilated room high off the ground, with reflected, not direct, light. A slow drying process is the best, and the longer the airing, the better. The product gets more potent after the water has had ample time to evaporate. The best sinsemilla is then hand-manicured. All leaves and stems are pruned away, and nothing is left but the giant flowers that are urging you to smoke them.
Storage of this prime weed should be in airtight zip-lock bags or in glass jars. These are then placed in dark places that are cool or very cold. Frozen cannabis retains its potency for a long time. Never powder up fresh pot until you are ready to smoke it. THC will evaporate from pot that is cleaned long before it is smoked.
All of this exacting care and protection will be well worth it when you squeeze a plump sinsemilla bud and whiff the tangy smell released thereby, and then fire up the one and only hit needed of this American Wonder Weed. Recently, some 20 something millennial types walked up to me and asked, “Do you want to buy some Sinsemillion?” I laughed and looked at them in the eye, and correctly pronounced the word, sinsemilla. They could have cared less, they were asking me if I had heard of the new Sinsemillion Kush Delivery app.
The state of Kansas is is one of the lowest ranked tourist states in the country. Literally 49th out of 50 in tourism on some scales, but who cares. Perhaps the Chamber of Commerce does, but to an increasing new breed of Kansas farmers the sentiment is–when it comes to growing sinsemilla, who needs tourists? Though virtually at the bottom of most anyone’s list of favorite places to visit, Kansas is often at the top in quality homegrown marijuana.
Along with Dorothy, Toto and tornadoes, Kansas has long been known for the vast quantities of domestic hemp, called “K-pot,” which grows wild throughout much of the state. Harvesting the wild weed and selling it to dealers who mixed it with other breeds or passed it off as Mexican has been big business to local entrepreneurs for many decades. Times are changing though, as evidenced by the tons of K-pot, bricked and ready to go, that anxious harvesters are sitting on. One reason for this state of affairs may be the large amounts of homegrown domestic–sinsemilla and Hawaiian—that have been available on the market in the 21st century. This is especially true in Kansas, a state whose physical and legal environments are uniquely and ideally suited for growing pot. Since there is such an abundance of wild marijuana it is relatively difficult for law enforcement agencies to bust a grower. And large scale growers have tougher times distributing.
A common practice among wary pot farmers is to plant and tend small patches of premium-grade marijuana in areas that might normally support wild strains. Thus disguised, the grower can tend his fields as safety permits. If the grower owns a secluded piece of land, then discovery may be of little worry. However, in more populous areas many growers work their fields at night by lantern light or during the day while out on “birdwalks" or "mushroom hunts." Still others hide their ladies from view by planting them among sunflowers (the Kansas state flower), which not only provide excellent concealment but are also chemically compatible with marijuana as well. Behind that enchanting yellow sunflower is lurking sweet smelling bud.
In addition to easy concealment the Kansas climate is close to ideal. The long growing season allows farmers plenty of margin to get a crop in and harvested before winter. The usually rainy spring and hot sunny summers make growing good weed seem almost effortless. The fine climate permits the grower to expend extra time and energy practicing some of the more subtle techniques necessary for growing truly incredible strains of marijuana.
Problems with which the Kansas grower must contend do exist, however, One is the danger of cross pollination with K-pot. Kansas is a very windy state and this can happen easily if wild domestic fields are in the vicinity. This is especially worrisome for one who is trying to coax his ladies into producing those fine, powerful, sweet-smelling sinsemilla tops. The solution, fortunately, is simple. The female flowers are protected from pollination by covering the flowering tops with sacks such as plastic baggies. In this manner the tops are not prevented from developing further, nor is there any chance that their potency will be weakened from cross pollination with the domestic strain.
This method is risky, however, to one concerned about his plants’ concealment. A good excuse would be hard to muster if ever questioned as to what one was doing fooling around in a patch of marijuana plants with baggies on their branches, Luckily there is an alternative method-sharpen up the ole machete, pardon the plant world, and methodically eliminate all wild hemp in a 2 square-mile radius, Planning ahead and planting in an area with no wild weed or eliminating what there is of it while the plants are young can make the problem a relatively easy one.
An additional cause for worry to the Kansas grower comes during harvest time. Where can the tops be cured safely, slowly and efficiently? Since barns and outbuildings are often too conspicuous or not available, many growers hang their crop upside down in trees, hedge, hackberry and Locust are excellent for this purpose. They are plentiful, provide adequate protection from the elements, allow ample air circulation, and are dense and thorny enough to make discovery extremely difficult.
With these problems countered, nothing short of tornadoes can deny the Kansas grower excellent herb and a profit margin pretty enough to cover an extended winter vacation in warmer destinations. Unequivocally, some of the best pot to enjoy, is some Kansas-grown Afghanistan Sinsemilla.