Dope fiends who've jusi bçen turned on lo their first joint of sinsemilla are liable to suspect thai a trick's been played on them, that their benefactor has sprinkled a taste of hash oil 011 the stuff 01 cured it in a psychedelic. .Not because there's anything peculiar about ils taste or weird about ils buzz, but simply because it's so outrageously stony, stonier by a big jump tlian any reefer they've ever smoked, even Thai weed. As potent, loke for toke, as fine Afgliani hashish.

Sinsemilla is atrociously expend ve. liven in Hawaii and California, where it's most available, it fetches up to $200 per ounce. Three-joints- worth tied around a lollipop stick retails to Bay A ica connoisseurs as a "Thai stick" for $20or $25.

Sin semilla [Mii-se-'mi. yaj. a Spanish term meaning "without seeds," describes thé most obvious physical characteristic of this wonderful dope. Now that doesn't mean that the seeds, have been removed by some toothless peasant laborer. It's dope thai never had seeds, tltat grew without seeds. The buyer should look for well-developed flowering top. frosted allover with a glittery dust, like a cinnamon doughnut.. When examined closely, its bracts, (seed pods) should he completely formed but emptv. or tiiey might contain a liny while infertile seed.

Seedlessness is no novelt} in the plant world. Oranges, grapes and bananas are obvious examples of plants that ltave liad their natural reproductive methods bred out of their genetic scheme entirely and that aie nowadays propagated hy other methods. Seedlessness in Cunnubis sutivu lias not been developed through gciictic or hormonal manipulation. SinsemiUa can he grown by anybody, anywhere in the world, with any marijuana seeds. Phenomenal stoniness is already programmed into the genes of every dope seed in the world. The secret of sinsemilla is nothing more tlian good old-fashioned liorniness. The se* life of Ihe female dope plant has particular import lo the human being destined to smoke her. since her protection of cannubinol (the stony principle) is regulated by hei sexuaj development. .

Asa girl she produces no more, ami perliaps less, of this precious resin than' he: brothers. And she ceases to produce it altogether once she is impregnated. She produces ; it in significant quantities ouly during her virginal frça)zy. dusting the leaves and stems with it. coating her flowers with sticky layers of it. It is a! the heigjit of Jiér hominess. in die moment before impreg nation,, Uiat she is most attractive to her human consumer., The hornier she gets, the hi ¿her he gets.

Warren Dearden High Times, July 1975

plants may decrease production, but bushy plants arc harder to detect. . Clip the main stem about three inches from the top when the plant is 12 to 18 inches high. Very long secondary branches may also be trimmed. The clipped lops can be dried aud smoked, of course, or they can be rooted. This process should be repeated if ihe plant starts growing ti\U again.

If you have prepared the soil properly you will, not need to fertilize during the growing season. But it is a good idea to check the plants periodically. If they seem to have any deficiencies, add the proper nutrients. If they arc not growing quickly, make sure they do nol have too much competition for sunlight. .If the plants arc too close together, some can be trimmed or pulled. If crowding is not the problem, pll probably is. Test it and make the proper adjustments. Also, make sure not to over water your plants. Keep the ground moist but not waterlogged.

PLANT PESTS -OUTDOORS Several different kinds of insects like to cat 01 stick on marijuana, aud you can use several methods lo prevent them from getting at it. Companion planting of onions, gaijic, chives, savory, thyme or marigolds keeps some insects away. Intercrop one of these with your marijuana.

Predatory insects, such as praying mantises, ladybugs and lacewings eat insects that attack marijuana and can be purchased from commercial hatcheries. Do not spray the plants with insecticides when Ihe insect predators are present. .

Botanical repel IeJits-concentrated, naturally occurring in sec lie ides-can be used in spray form. They arc not persistent (that is, tlicy do nol build up in living tissue), but they arc poisonous. Pyrethrum and Rotenone are the ones most often used.

Your plants are more likely to be attacked by foraging animals. Blood meal placed on the ground near the garden will keep deer away, and chimes, belts and scarecrows will be ot some help against foraging animals. Fences can also be used successfully lo keep hungry animals from your1 garden.

FLOWERING AND HARVESTING Marijuana plants will begin to flower between late Aligns! and late September. When total daylight hours fall below 13 to 15 hours a day, the plants (depending on variety) are triggered into (he reproductive eyeje.

If you have a long growing season and secure conditions, pick off the flower buds and the plant will send up new ones. As long as the plant continues to send them up, you can clip them off. Some say that this increases potency; it surely increases yield.

Another technique used is to bend the tops more or less horizontally so that they snap but do not crease. The lops draw some liquids from (he base of the plant, bul nol enough lo stop them from willing within ten days. People who use ihis method claim it increases potency significantly. In many places, mosl notably in India and Pakistan, farmers make il a practice of destroying all male plants as soon as their gender becomes determinable. This is done lo prevent their maturation and ihe pollination of the females. It has been found lhal a loss of resin ofien occurs in the female flowerlops shortly after pollination.

Advanced cultivators have refined this technique and produce shisemiUa (Spanish for "without seeds1'). This polent grass comes from sweet, nnpollinated flowers of the female plant and is the product of a careful cultivation technique.

If your growing season is short, you may want to harvest the plants before they flower. Some studies indicate that marijuana reaches peak potency jusi before it starts the reproductive cycle.

If you wait until the seeds mature and drop off the plant, you may have a crop the following year without planting. It is almost impossible to get rid of marijuana once il has become indigenous lo an area. The federal government has gone so far as to suggest that farmers in Iowa and Kansas napalm or herbicide their fields.

Marijuana can be harvested by pulling up live whole plant, including ihe roots, by chopping il off aboul halfway UP stem or by picking each part of the plant separately.

Depending on cultivation methods and environmental conditions, you should harvest between 1,000 and 5,000 pounds per acre (43,000 square feet).

Fine strains now grow in all parts of the globe. For example, in the United States, thousands of people now grow strains from Mexico. Fifteen years ago, virtually no marijuana was grown in Hawaii; now people are lyrical about strains such as Maui Wowie and Kona Gold.

Marijuana is an especially rewarding plant lo cultivate because il is one of the fastest-growing and most responsive of plants. The hemp plant (Cannabis sat'iva) is highly adaptive and grown around the wodd; some varieties grown under optimum conditions may attain a height of 20 feel.„

But the actual harvest is only part of the satisfaction of growing marijuana. As live plant grows, you see the complete life cycle growing in a short period of time. From tiny seed (embryo) to seedling (baby), lo vegetative siage (adolescence), lo reproduction and finally lo death, it parallels the human cycle. Almost every grower with whom we have ever talked has glowingly described the process as a most humanizing experience, one lhal has given insighls into nature and the life process.

This chapter was adapted for the encyclopedia by Ed Rosenthal and Candice Jacobsen from The Indoor/Outdoor Highest Quality Marijuana Grower's Guide by Mel Fi-ank and Ed Rosenthal. . Editorial assistance by Peter Beren. Photos by Mel Fi^nk. Drawings by Larry Todd.

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