Every summer HIGH TIMES sends cultivation editor Nico Escondido across the pond to the fairytale land of cannabis known as Amsterdam. His charge there is simple: Find out the what’s what and the who’s who for our upcoming Cannabis Cup, held annually each November.

           

This summer Nico visited with the up-and-coming seed breeders from The Devil’s Harvest Seed Company. With big-name strains from the US, such as Casey Jones and Shoreline, as well as some newer varieties that came to be via long-term breeding projects, such as their Strawberry Sour Diesel and Gold Haze (their respective indica and sativa entries in 2011), we can’t wait for what they turn in at this year’s 25th Anniversary Cannabis Cup.

 

Here’s a sneak peek of some of The Devil’s Harvest facilities and what they got cooking for 2012.

 

When growing for buds, there is nothing like a good clone operation to ensure complete uniformity.

 

Once the clones put down some strong roots, growers can “top” the plant by pinching off the terminal (top) node, which will encourage a vigorous bushing effect for heavier yields. These clones have been in pots for about 10 days and should be ready for their first pinch!  

 

The result of using genetics that grow squat combined with good topping and pruning techniques, is this – a lush dense garden that also requires smart trellising to support large plants. 

 

Trellising also helps open plants up by pulling branches apart for better light penetration.

 

A very typical Dutch-style grow, plants here are contained in smaller pots and packed closely together for a sea-of-green (SOG) effect.

 

 

Inside one of the breeding rooms at Devil’s Harvest seed facility. Notice the seed pods already forming at the apex of this young adult female.

 

 

Seeded plants tend to grow lanky, tall and airy flowers that are filled mostly with seeds. Once seeds are stripped, the remaining flower material makes excellent hash.

 

A true sativa, this Gold Haze strain may look whispy and airy, but she tested at 20.51 percent THC at the 2011 Cannabis Cup. Don’t underestimate the power of the sativa-side!    

 

Killer Strawberry Diesel grown under 9,000-watts in a large 10’ x 20’ grow tent.

 

In three more weeks these ladies come down and, if they make the cut, may go into a long cure for a possible 2012 Cup entry. Be there or be sad. November 18 – 22.

 

 

Over-and-out!