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Special Kush 1

Originary from Hindu Kush, a region between Afghanistan and Pakistan

Kush is to Indica varieties what Haze means to Sativa. Much like skunk, kush is a term which can be used to describe a whole lineage of cannabis plants. We use the term Indica today to describe a type of plant which is found naturally (indigenous to) in the India Region. At that time all plants were called Cannabis Sativa, but there was something very different about these varieties which required discrimination into another category, named Indica due to the region where they were first discovered.

Although we now know that Indicas are indigenous to more countries than just India, not only has the term remained, but the pattern of naming weeds after the locations of their discovery has remained also. The first ever Kush weeds that appeared were named in homage to the Hindu Kush, a mountain region which stretches across from Afghanistan into Pakistan.

Good for all the pockets

We decided to resurrect one of these old school Kush strains by bringing it into the modern era with a feminized only seed. Special Kush is our lowest-price seed, perfect for the budget grower. If you’re looking for some decent smoke without the heavy price tag, Special Kush is perfect for you.

Up to 3 meters outdoors and good yields

Special Kush likes to grow wild as if in the mountains of Afghanistan; this means it will fill up any space it can. Indoors, care should be taken that it doesn’t overgrow its space, but given enough space, like outdoors, it can grow to over 3 m tall.

It will be finished flowering in 8-10 weeks and can yield about 65-150 g per plant indoors, 475 g per square metre under a 600w light. Grown outdoors, it needs that warm environment such as can be found in Italy or North Africa. With enough sun, food and water, this tree can yield over 550 g per plant.

Hash-taste strain

Generally, the buds from Special Kush are small and tight nuggets of frosty goodness which are spread all over the plant. The smoke carries a very hash-like taste with a full body stone present from its Indica background. This is a simple and basic plant, with good smoke, available in a feminized seed for a low price.

Special Kush 1 data sheet

Strain Type: Feminized
THC: 17%
CBD: Low
Yield Indoor : 425 – 475 gr/m2
Yield Outdoor: 500 – 550 gr/plant
Height Indoor: 60 – 100 cm
Height Outdoor: 200 – 270 cm
Flowering time: 7 – 8 weeks
Harvest Month: Late September
Genetic Background: Afghan x Kush
Type: Sativa 20% Indica 80%
Effect: Stoned, physically and mentally
Climate: Warm
Flavor: Earthy, Pungent, Sweet

Title : Very fine results
Comment : As a first time grower i was suprised how tough this plant is. From 3 plants i got about 220grams when dried. Very happy, very good taste. It was done outdoor.

Title : el pintor
Comment : levering duurde iets langer ( denk door Corona) maar perfect verpakt ontvangen. super start, gewoon alle zaden komen binnen drie dagen op . Ziet er heel hoopvol uit.

Title : O.G
Comment : Versand ging schnell und kam in einer unauffälligen Verpackung. Samen sind alle gekeimt und auch ohne Probleme gewachsen. Man kommt gut mit ihr klar und sie verzeiht auch einige Fehler. Sehr schönes Endprodukt und preis Leistung natürlich klasse. Niedrige Temperaturen hat sie auch gut überstanden.

Title : Top!
Comment : Jamais déçu par RQS, bonne variété. Germination: 3 graines sur 3 et aucun problèmes

Title : Herr
Comment : Abwicklung einfach und schnell. Alle Samen sind aufgegangen, Top. Kleiner Wermutstropfen, die drei Gratis Critical sind nicht aufgegangen, hatte vor einigen Jahren das gleiche mit Royal Dwaft.

Title : Top
Comment : Top quality

Title : Sehr gut
Comment : Alle keimen Ergebnis sehr gut verzeiht einige Fehler. Wirkung sehr klar macht mich sehr glücklich und lustig. Schlaf ist auch sehr gut.

Title : Very good
Comment : Veramente buona costa poco produce tanto ed è veramente buona

Title : Bionissima
Comment : Cresciuta molto bene

Title : Ottimo
Comment : Germinazione 100% gusto pieno

Title : Not sure how will end up
Comment : Seemed ok, but seems that it stopped growing. Other strains next to it, are going in the 3rd branch, and this one stopped in the first. But I´ll keep my faith on it.

Title : Pido
Comment : Alles Top, guter Ertrag

Title : Good
Comment : Very good

Title : Seb
Comment : Nice

Title : Monsieur
Comment : 👍👍👍

Special Kush 1, created by RQS, is an indica-dominant cross that won’t disappoint. She’s heavy-hitting and prefers warm growing environments for best results.

How to Germinate Seeds for DWC (Hydroponic Germination)

This guide will show you how to germinate seeds for DWC (Deep Water Culture) growing.

Starting from clones is much easier than starting from seed when it comes to DWC. Seeds are fragile and require extra care when being propagated for hydroponics. This is probably the one area where soil growers have an edge over DWC. Since soil typically contains trace nutrients simply plopping a seed in moist soil is usually all it takes to get a healthy 3-4″ plant.

Materials Required for DWC Germination:

  • The Doc’s DIY Aeroponics Cloner
  • Paper Towel
  • Cannabis Seeds
  • Foam Collars

Paper Towel Germination

Start your DWC germination using a moist paper towel. Wet 2-3 sheets of paper towel using tap water. I don’t bother with adjusting pH this early into the grow. Ring the paper towel out so that it is moist but not dripping.

4.4g dry weight, 35g wet weight for the nerds out there

Spread the seeds out over the paper towel and fold over so that the seeds are sandwiched by at least two layers of paper towel. Work with clean hands and minimize air exposure after soaking.

Put this somewhere warm, 80F is ideal for germination but in my experience, anything above 65F will work fine.

Top of the fridge is an oft-recommended spot but when I actually tested surface temperatures in my house the top of my fridge was about 5 degrees colder than the top shelf in my pantry

If you live in a very cold climate like me and my fellow Canadians you can put the seeds in the oven with the light on to generate a bit of heat. Goes without saying you should put a sign up if you are using the oven method!

After 1-2 days the seedlings should crack and the taproot will begin growing. Leave them a few more days.

After 3-5 days the taproot should be over 1″ long. This is when they are ready for transplant. The seeds were a freebie so I’m ok with the 66% success rate. Typically, you should have 90% or greater germination rate for high-quality genetics.

Rockwool Sleeve

EDIT: Since writing this post I have tried inserting the rooted seedling directly into the foam collar and found it works just as well. IMO the rockwool sleeve is not necessary.

What I do next is something I came up with out of necessity. A full rockwool cube I find to be unnecessarily large. If you’ve read my DIY Cloner article you’ll know that I feel Rockwool can create a low oxygen environment where pathogens thrive.

Rockwool serves a purpose for hydroponics germination. It helps protect fragile taproots and holds water between spraying.

Start by soaking your Rockwool in pH 5.5 water.

Take a Rockwool starter plug and cut it into 4 long strips. Use a clean knife to cut a slit in these strips.

Place the germinated taproot into the slit that you created.

Rockwool Sleeves for Foam Cloning Collars

As per my DIY cloner article I prefer foam collars over neroprene. The foam holds up better and surprisingly absorbs less water.

Trim the foam collar to create room for the Rockwool sleeve

Aeroponics Cloning Nutrient Solution

  • 1 Gallon Water
  • pH down (Target pH 5.5)
  • FloraMicro 3 Part Series (1 mL each Micro, Gro & Bloom)
  • 1.2 mL of Rapid Start

A few drops of pH Down gets me down to 5.5

Unlike soil (which has trace nutrients) cloning/germination in hydroponics requires immediate additions of nutrients. Once you get the pH to 5.5 add:

  • 1.2 mL GH Rapid Start
  • 1 mL of FloraGro
  • 1 mL of FloraMicro
  • 1 mL of FloraBloom

My starting ppm was 100 and the final ppm was around 300.

Seedling Growth

From here the process is the same as with clones. Simply run the pump on a cycle timer and let nature do its work.

The plants will not look happy on day one, but don’t worry they will perk up quickly under the light.

Rockwool Watering (Why I started using aeroponics for germination)

This video shows how quickly Rockwool cubes can dry out. Without using the aeroponics cloner I needed to water the seedlings multiple times per day, even with the humidity dome! You can also see why I have the plants so close to my light now. Fluorescents are not very strong and can cause extreme stretching if they are not within a few inches of the plants.

Full picture guide on how to germinate cannabis seeds for hydroponic growing. Foam collars and Rockwool cubes are used to protect the fragile taproot