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Dutchies Pass to the Left: Exploring a Legendary Breeder’s Indoor Grow

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Dutchies Pass to the Left: Exploring a Legendary Breeder’s Indoor Grow

Photos of Sunset Sherbert | Gracie Malley for Cannabis Now

Dutchies Pass to the Left: Exploring a Legendary Breeder’s Indoor Grow

Amsterdam Weed Royalty Has Decamped for California.

Inside the grow room the longtime marijuana breeder who goes by the name Harry Resin photographs the 6-gram buds of Sunset Sherbet that swallow the space.

This cannabis grow doesn’t look like any I’ve seen yet – the plants are almost pure flower, starting with fat frosty purple colas on top all the way down to bowl-worthy break-offs at the base of the stems. All of the excess leaf material has been removed.

“The leaf eliminated allows for greater light penetration,” Harry explains while pointing out a small spec of green on a nug indicating that at least a tiny part of the flower has started to re-enter a vegetative state. “That’s an indication of ripening.”

Within the 12 x 18-foot indoor space – tucked away in a nondescript industrial zone near the highway in San Jose, California – one can spot many aspects of advanced techniques. Overhead there are eight dual-ended HPS Gavita lights — the winners of a test Harry conducted with a $5,000 quantum light reader courtesy of his collaborative work with Nico Escondido at High Times Magazine.

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The plants themselves have been grown using a technique called “schwazzing” outlined in the $500 grow book called “Three A Light.” This grow supplies Harry’s San Francisco-based delivery service URB with its premium product. I take a puff from a fat joint of Sour Diesel and immediately begin to feel the invigorating effects brought on by the classic sativa and we’re off to view the next room.

Within this space, many of the plants appear miniaturized. When asked what strain they are Harry answers the way one would expect a breeder with more than two decades of experience crafting his own strains in Amsterdam to answer.

“They are Gorilla Glue S-1 Short Pheno,” he says, shortening the scientific term for phenotype and conveying that while these plants may have originated from this year’s most popular cannabis strain Gorilla Glue #4, they are now, at best, distant cousins.

Harry and his head grower, who goes by Bruc3 Bamm3r on Instagram, have crafted this strain by growing the original “mother” plant and then taking off a small portion, or a clone, and growing that plant for cuttings. After seven generations of plants produced from clones “you get a genetic drift,” Harry says of the strain which grows at a stunted height by the seventh iteration. This style of keeping plants small while ensuring high flower production is a technique he adopted from Europe where, unlike California, physical grow space is often confined to closer quarters.

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Before the day’s end we sample Pink Champagne shatter from the dab rig Harry appears to have on hand at all times. The strain, Bruc3 Bamm3r says, only yielded a pound a light but turned out to be a “hash maker’s dream.” It looks like clear, amber, sea glass and tastes like a mouthful of ripe raspberries. Like a traditional glass of bubbly, it goes straight to your head. Harry adds in one last tidbit of information before the heavily sedative effects of the multiple dabs taken together set in.

“It’s not the THC level that gets you high,” he says shattering the notion that THC levels alone are responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive nature. “The terpenes humalene and limonene work with the THC to make the high more concentrated.”

Originally published in Issue 23 of Cannabis Now. LEARN MORE.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. jay

    July 7, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Genetic drift is very real. Every time u take a clone from a clone is slowly degrades. That’s why mother plants are kept to take clones from.

  2. Maxcatski

    May 10, 2017 at 8:12 am

    There is no such thing as “genetic drift”. Clones are an exact copy of the parent. You can grow an unlimited number of generations of exactly the same plant. Otherwise, there would be no such thing as “clone only” strains. It is sad to see misinformation in such a well informed magazine. Maxcatski

    • jau

      July 7, 2017 at 5:09 am

      That is not true. When u take a clone from a clone by the 6th or 7th time it changes. It Degrades a lot. That’s why keeping a mother plant to take clones from is the best WA to go.

      • Maxcatski

        July 27, 2017 at 8:32 am

        Actually, what I say is true. I have cloned up to thirty generations from a single seed – and the last plants were as nice as the first. There is no such thing as genetic drift. I never keep mother plants, I simply take clones from each phenotype before flowering. You need to prune the bottom branches off anyway. And don’t get me started on “schwazzing” which I don’t agree with either. Been there, done that, too.

  3. Larry Kuntz

    January 26, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Harry is a legend. Expect big things.

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