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Growing cannabis in the northern parts of Europe

By 26. August 2019 No Comments

Hemp sativa is the most widely cultivated species of hemp grown in the Western world. Initially, its use was mainly on an industrial scale for the production of hemp fiber, oil, and food. Hemp is characterized by high growth, with few, broadly spaced branches and a specific leaf appearance.

Indian hemp (indica), predominantly from South Asia, is characterized by shorter plant growth, but at the same time gives much more room for yield. The flowering time is usually shorter than Sativa.

Ruderalis is a specific strain, much more resistant than the other strains mentioned in this blogpost, and is grown mainly in the northern Himalayas and in the southern states of the former Soviet Union. This type of cannabis has been named “ruderalis” because it can be found in nature, mostly in so-called “ruderal” places, such as the high-lying mountain locations.

The term ruderalis is derived from the Latin “ruder”, which is also the plural form of “rudus”, the Latin word indicating pulp or coarse pieces of metal.

In nature this cannabis strain reaches a height of approximately 30-60 cm, with only a few branches on the sides and a relatively low number of leaves. It is characterized by its thin appearance and skinny growth. Cannabis ruderalis has lower levels of THC in the wild than classical sativa or indica, so it has so little recreational use in itself. However, Indian cannabis strains are often crossed with the ruderalis species, and such hybrids produce a higher THC content. These hybrids are known under the name autoflowering plants. Autoflowering plants have almost all the positive qualities of classical cannabis, but thanks to ruderalis they grow and bloom faster. This opens up new possibilities for growers.

Benefits of Ruderalis

The exclusive advantage of growing cannabis ruderalis is, the plant grows faster and automatically begins to bloom after reaching a particular age. Compared to sativa and indica, ruderalis does not need to reduce the solar cycle. Ruderalis cannabis has an interesting medical and shamanic tradition. The oldest records date back to BC. A bag of ruderalis cannabis seeds was found in one grave in Mongolia. Until now, ruderalis has been used in Russia and in Mongolian folk medicine to treat depression. Ruderalis also has one other front advantage, which is increased resistance to insect infestation, greater immunity to bacterial disability and resistance to mold infections.

Hemp sativa is the most widely cultivated species of hemp grown in the Western world. Initially, its use was mainly on an industrial scale for the production of hemp fiber, oil, and food. Hemp is characterized by high growth, with few, broadly spaced branches and a specific leaf appearance.

Indian hemp (indica), predominantly from South Asia, is characterized by shorter plant growth, but at the same time gives much more room for yield. The flowering time is usually shorter than Sativa.

Ruderalis is a specific strain, much more resistant than the other strains mentioned in this blogpost, and is grown mainly in the northern Himalayas and in the southern states of the former Soviet Union. This type of cannabis has been named “ruderalis” because it can be found in nature, mostly in so-called “ruderal” places, such as the high-lying mountain locations.

The term ruderalis is derived from the Latin “ruder”, which is also the plural form of “rudus”, the Latin word indicating pulp or coarse pieces of metal.

In nature this cannabis strain reaches a height of approximately 30-60 cm, with only a few branches on the sides and a relatively low number of leaves. It is characterized by its thin appearance and skinny growth. Cannabis ruderalis has lower levels of THC in the wild than classical sativa or indica, so it has so little recreational use in itself. However, Indian cannabis strains are often crossed with the ruderalis species, and such hybrids produce a higher THC content. These hybrids are known under the name autoflowering plants. Autoflowering plants have almost all the positive qualities of classical cannabis, but thanks to ruderalis they grow and bloom faster. This opens up new possibilities for growers.

Fast blooming seeds

All cannabis varieties begin to bloom if the day’s length falls below 13-14 hours. Fast flowering seeds behave differently. Today’s ruderalis varieties begin to bloom automatically when they reach a certain maturity, regardless of the solar period. Even under the light of 18 hours of light every day, these plants begin to bloom themselves for approx. 16 days in the growth phase and the final ripening of such a plant is much shorter than the average 90 days for classical cannabis. But the big unknown remains, what is the reason for the flowering of these new varieties? Are they the internal biological clock of the plant, the genetically predetermined number of cell divisions that must be made? Another possibility is that as soon as the induced levels of plant hormones reach a certain threshold, the plant begins to bloom.

Climate

One of the biggest problems associated with growing outdoor cannabis varieties in northern latitudes (such as Canada, the Netherlands, etc.) is that the harsh climate affects the reduced production of psychoactive substances and the risk of mold infection. The cultivation of autoflowering plants of the ruderalis variety in the northern areas is ideal in terms of quality results, even in the absence of sunlight and a cooler climate. The cold environment contributes much more to the high concentration of THC in such plants.

Future

The future seems clear. Autoflowering is suitable for outdoor as well as indoor growing. The demand for stabilized, high-flowering, flowering hybrids is great today. New and more varieties of these hybrids are growing every day, and even better results come with each other. Some autoflowering strains, although they do not want height, are able to compete with common cannabis strains

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