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Breeder Histories
    #330349 - 12/12/09 04:28 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

These short blurbs were taken from this thread at icmag.  I have not made any changes.  Credit goes to Tex, Hibridizer, and several others (see the original thread).  When reading through this information please keep in mind that this information was compiled in 2004 for the most part.  Some of these are really cool reads others seem like advertisements.  Some of them are more insightful and on the topic than others.  Some of them may piss you off too, as a few apparently did in that thread above.


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The Story of T.H Seeds [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330350 - 12/12/09 04:29 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

The Story of T.H Seeds

Having been around for more than ten years, T.H. Seeds has established itself as one of the most highly regarded seed companies in the world. It has introduced to the world numerous and now infamous cannabis varieties such as the original Bubblegum, the impressive sativa S.A.G.E. and many more. It can definitely be said that T.H. Seeds has secured its place as a leading competitor in the cannabis seed industry as they won first prize in the Indica Seed Category at the High Times Cannabis Cup for two years in a row now, for respectively The Hog (2002) and MK-Ultra (2003).

1993 was the year T.H. Seeds established its name in the world of cannabis cultivation. Right in the center of Amsterdam, it had its base at the cool hangout called C.I.A. (Cannabis in Amsterdam). The C.I.A. was not only the headquarters for T.H. Seeds but also the first outlet for Europe’s first and finest Hemp store Hempworks.

Many notorious cannabis connoisseurs were impressed by the C.I.A and it quickly became one of the most popular places to visit, meet other cannabis enthusiasts and exchange knowledge on cannabis cultivation. R.C. Clarke perfectly described it as he named it “the epicenter of the cannabis universe”.

Due to Amsterdam’s bureaucratic reasoning in 1995, the C.I.A. had to close down, but fortunately they found a great location right around the corner from where the store used to be. T.H. Seeds and Hempworks are now established on one of Amsterdam’s most famous shopping streets, the Nieuwendijk.

Impressive introductions followed like the living legend S.A.G.E. in 1995. This strain rapidly became one of the worlds most sought after sativa’s. The great flavor and the long lasting high conquered many cannabis loving hearts. The great results on growing this plant made it one of the most attractive sativa’s to grow. Over the years S.A.G.E. has been gaining more and more respect resulting in numerous awards. In the year 2000 it took first place at the High Times Cannabis Cup in the hash category. A year later it won the second prize in the Press Cup at the same Cup. In 2002 it was awarded at the High Life Cup with a second prize for seed companies and also grabbed second place in the outdoor category.

Other interesting strains from T.H. Seeds’ original collection include the flavorful Chocolate Chunk, the massive producer Heavy Duty Fruity, the resin-packed Kal-X and a knockout variety The Hog.

This year T.H. Seeds added two new varieties to its collection: Sage ‘n Sour, a killer cross between the flagship strain S.A.G.E. and the infamous Sour Diesel. A tasty Sativa with a reasonably short flowering time. The other new strain is called MK Ultra. A special cross between the legendary (super strong!) G-13 and world famous L.A. Kush, Very strong and flavorful.

One thing’s for sure and that is that T.H. Seeds has grown a lot in the past years. Its main focus has always been and always will be preserving and improving their line of top quality of seeds and meeting the demands of growers and smokers.

Adam

T.H.Seeds past Victories:
1995 Cannabis Cup: Kal-X hash laminate takes 3rd place in the hash category
1996 Cannabis Cup: Bubblegum hash micro-chip takes 3rd place in the hash category
1996 HasH Bash: Bubblegum laminated hash takes 2nd place in the hash category.
1998 Cannabis Cup: S.A.G.E. takes 3rd highest THC level with 21% THC. This THC test included all 50 varieties entered including seed companies and coffeeshops giving The S.A.G.E. a higher THC level then any of the Cannabis Cup winners
1999 Cannabis Cup: S.A.G.E. takes 3rd highest THC from all the varieties entered.
1999 Cannabis Cup: S.A.G.E. water hash takes 2nd place in the Hash category.
1999 Cannabis Cup: S.A.G.E. water hash takes 2nd highest THC level with over 46%
2000 Cannabis Cup: S.A.G.E. water hash takes 1st place in the hash category
2001 Cannabis Cup: S.A.G.E. takes 2nd place for best overall weed in the Press Cup, voted by the international press.
2001 Cannabis Cup: S.A.G.E. rated highest Sativa by High Times writer Kyle Kushman.
2002 Cannabis Cup : The HOG, takes first place in the seed company Indica Cup
2003 Cannabis Cup : MK Ultra, takes first place in the seed company Indica Cup


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The Story of Serious Seeds [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330351 - 12/12/09 04:30 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

The Story of Serious Seeds

The breeder behind Serious Seeds, Simon, is responsible for the material sold by the seed bank. He studied biology at one of the universities in Amsterdam and was always a non smoker. (Tabacco, and therefore also marihuana because in Holland it is common practice to mix the latter with tabacco and roll a joint.) He only discovered the merits of smoking pure marihuana after his study while travelling through Africa in 1986. Today he remains one of the few dutch who smoke this wonderplant in its pure form as one should. From that moment on he started collecting seeds. Back in Holland he immediately started growing those seeds out for personal pleasure crossing what he thought were the best plants seemed a natural follow up. Contacts with other growers gave him access to different plants from which he also selected the best ones. The genetic background of this material was not always clear.

Simon taught biology at a highschool when Alan Dronkers asked him to come and work at Sensi Seeds. It was quite a carreer change to do that but he never felt sorry about it. After some time working for Sensi he left and started a seed company with some American pot refugees. That year (1994) the AK-47 as well as the Chronoc won prices at the American Cannabis Cup festival in Amsterdam. That first seed company with the Americanshowever fell apart soon, and in 1995 Serious Seeds was grounded. It has always been a Serious policy to have the products grown from the different seeds available to trie out in some of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam. The 'Greenhouse' is one of those coffeeshops which carries Serious' products to smoke from the start in 1995 to this date. Greenhouse coffeeshop won a Cannabis Cup in 1995 with the Kalimist grown by Serious Seeds. In 1996 another famous Amsterdam coffeeshop the 'Dampkring' won the Overall Cup at that years Cannabis Cup with the newest Serious strain White Russian. Another serious shop from the early days is the 'Blue Bird' and recently also the 'Dread Rock', they really sell what is listed instead of anything under an often asked for name.


Serious has always been a small company, and prefers to stay like that. We love to smoke ourselves and basically trie to develop new and interesting plants to grow and smoke for our own pleasure as well as for our clients.

This means we don't work to produce some- thing new every year for commercial reasons or to compete in the next contest. We want to put a new name out when we think we have something worth while for pot growers and smokers to trie out.

F1 hybrid - first generation offspring of 2 (usually different and unrelated) parents
Germination - the sprouting of a seed, the tip of the root appears first
Indica - referring to type of plant which looks short, bushy, leafy with broad leafs, grows a dense, compact bud in a shorter flowering time than another type of plant; Sativa
Medicinal plant - plant seemingly useful for certain groups of patients (usually with high concentration of THC, possibly combined with other cannabinoids)
Sativa – type of plant which looks tall, slender, with open in stead of dense buds, long flower times, but with usually better smoking effect than other type of plant; indica
Strain – a line of plants from common ancestors with certain characteristics
THC – short for the molecule responsible for the High effect in Cannabis


Plant of the Year 2003: Serious Seeds 'AK47'
It seems strange to choose as ‘PLANT OF THE YEAR’ a plant, which has been around for almost ten years. The prestigious ‘High Times’ magazine made the decision And was published in the December issue. What was the reason for this?

The original article was written by Jorge Cervantas, the author of ‘Indoor Marihuana Horticulture’ and a regular co-writer for the American magazine. He told me that he wasn’t part of the group who came to this decision but merely got the order to write the story. Since he doesn’t live in the US any more he is not aware of all the things going on at the office. When contacting the SERIOUS SEEDS office I didn’t get much wiser. It was a surprise to them also. Although they stated that it was a well-earned price for a plant, which, notwithstanding the fact that it won more awards than any other plant known, still was never trumpeted about much.

Could that be it? Surely the AK-47 is a well-known name in the cannabis scene since Serious Seeds coined it in 1995. But when scanning through old magazines I have to admit that little attention was given to it in articles. The fact that it is well known amongst growers is mostly from own experience and from their opinions given in chat rooms on the Internet. But when you look at a well-known name like ‘White Widow’ another plant thrown into the world by Dutch breeders at about the same time as the ‘AK-47’ the latter seems under snowed by the first. For years the name ‘White Widow’ was heard everywhere. But now, almost ten years later it seems that the AK-47 has been gaining popularity over the years and was slowly but surely growing out to be such an acknowledged and reliable champion that there was enough reason to have it chosen as plant of the year 2004. The popularity of this plant is not due to some successful and carefully planned campaign. No, it came from what matters; from the experience of growers everywhere buying the seeds and liking the results they got from them. They made the plant popular and if this is the reason for the ‘Plant of the year’ choice than it is indeed a rightful one.

An ongoing phenomenon with popular seed names, which has been seen for years, is that other Companies like to use those names. They start selling seeds under either the same or almost the same name as the original. People who don’t know the name of the companies who produced the original seed names are an easy victim when they ask for this name and get a cheap imitation in stead. At this moment for example is the ‘Nirvana’seed company doing exactly that. They sell a seed with the name of ‘AK-48’, how original can you be? But that’s not all. When you compare the description of this strain at their website with that of ‘AK-47’ by Serious Seeds it is impossible to see a difference. They copied it till the last letter, won awards and all!! This is not only parasiting on the popularity of reputable seed companies, it is cheating and robbing people who are not aware of what is going on. Practices like this are the cause of bad raps in the cannabis scene. Although ‘Nirvana’ is not the only seed producer making money like this, they seem to be the leading company when it comes to parasiting on popular names.

Facts of AK-47:

The name does not refer to any violent idea but was chosen because it is a ‘one hit wonder’
At least 7 awards were gathered over the years in different weed festivals
With 20% THC the strongest entry at the Amsterdam’ Cannabis Cup of 1999 (2nd place)
The name AK-47 is sometimes also used by other seed companies than Serious Seeds, this is a common thing when certain names become popular (BEWARE!)
The original packaging comes in an airtight tube containing 15 seeds attached to a card with a picture of the strain on the front and a serial number, which must be kept in case problems do occur
Please look for the original packaging when you buy Serious Seeds strains or you know they are copies


Pirated from a post by Hibridizer on another site

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The Story of Magus Genetics [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330352 - 12/12/09 04:31 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

The Story of Magus Genetics

Not everybody succeeds in finding his destination at first go. Many people pass through several jobs before finally discovering – often by chance – that special thing that they like the most and want to do forever. This often applies to people who are active in the field of hemp business, here lateral hires are more rule than exception. There is no special “hemp apprenticeship” that would directly pave the way into the branch, so many people have a different approach, making use of something that they`ve learnt in their former jobs or by self-made education.

Gerrit exactly is that kind of “patchwork guy”. The list of jobs he went through before falling for hemp is long and manifold. Gerrit reports: “I had a shipload of different jobs, varying from working in the flower bulb industry, to being an electrician, maintenance engineer, industrial paint sprayer, grease monkey (car repair moonlighter), steel caster, and bartender/porter, just to name a few.” But he openly admits that he “did not like working for a boss”, “I'm not very good with authorities”, as he puts it. Discovering the drug cannabis should not only lead to the end of his job odyssey, but also serve as an act of deliverance to him: Gerrit managed to turn away from alcohol. While not having been a typical alcoholic, he used to drink a lot quite often, afterwards turning aggressive and erratic. At the early age of eleven already, Gerrit had smoked cannabis for the first time, but not noticed anything else than nausea. It wasn`t until he became 17 or 18 that he tried it again, however, always in the state of drunkenness so that cannabis would have a sedative, sleepy effect on him every time. Sometimes later, when he had decided to stop boozing, he sensed that “cannabis could do a lot more than just putting me asleep”. Amongst other things, helping him to become laidback and peaceable, ceasing his “jumpy neurotic behaviour”, but most important of it all: It supported him in keeping his hands away from alcohol. Hence it`s no surprise that Gerrit says: “Cannabis has enriched my life”.

And that not only mentally. Because with his small, but fine seed collection, Gerrit has been very successful for years already, in addition, he opened a hemp shop in Enkhuizen/NL in Juli 2002 („Magus Genetics Hemp Store“) which also gains much resonance. But one thing after another. Because the way in which Gerrit attained his seed strains, and how he happened to open a seed bank, is very uncommon. At the beginning of the 90ies, he started home growing, choosing an outdoor location. He used Afghani and Skunk bag seeds that he had selected out of coffeeshop weed in 1989. Because he was not familiar with female and male cannabis flowers, he did not realize that the Afghani plants were male and pollinated a female skunk, resulting in a lot of F1 seeds. In the following winter, Gerrit also practised indoor cultivation, mainly making use of clones that he had bought from a friend. But he also took some seedlings and clones of his own material, both his self-F1 hybrid Skunk/Afghani and once again the supposedly pure, but commercial Skunk bag seeds. He noticed that his own F1 hybrids of Skunk/Afghani clearly were more vigorous than the pure Skunk plants, but could not match them in terms of smell and taste. Because his Skunk seed supply was exhausted, Gerrit decided to hybridize his last female Skunk specimens (he had taken several cuttings of the best plant), with the pollen of some male Skunk/Afghani F1s. The resulting generation proved to be very vigorous and even superior to the Skunk mother in terms of aroma and potency, but did not yield as much as the bought cuttings so that Gerrit kept buying them and only grew a few of his own pedigree in the shaded corners of the room. Until spring 2003, he left it with that, but then suddenly his friend got into troubles and Gerrit was forced to fill out the whole cultivation space with his own hybrids. Thanks to this accident, he realised that the reason why his own hybrids had always yielded lower than the bought cuttings simply was that they had to stand in the shade, far away from the light source. From now on, they received optimum light intensities, what made them yield very well, too, and Gerrit made up his mind to exclusively grow his own genetic material in the future, instead of “being dependent on other people”.

But he also had another incentive to grow his own: Meanwhile he had gotten into contact with the “Bluebird”, one of Amsterdam`s most popular coffeeshops, and the Bluebird guys sold Gerrit`s own creation under the name “Warlock”, enthusing a steadily increasing circle of customers that cried for more. And they should get more – Gerrit managed to further improve his hybrid`s yield, by optimizing the growing factors. He did not continue the breeding process and kept on reproducing one single superb mother plant by taking cutting from cutting over years. However, in 1997 he got worried about the germination power of his original hybrid seeds which were several years old now. He also was afraid that in case of being busted or stolen, his mother plants would disappear forever. So Gerrit decided to make a cut in production and put the whole matter on a more professional basis. He also felt inspired by the fact that the Bluebird had taken 3rd place in the bio category of the High Times Cannabis Cup 1997 with his “Warlock”. He sowed all original seeds that were left, still obtaining a good germination rate. Simultaneously he started reading a lot of botanical and breeding literature, what made him realise that he would need far more growing space in order to get the best out of the genetic potential of his hybrid. So he hired a larger grow room, at the same time letting his seed operation be regularly registered at the local chamber of commerce from January 1998. Between 1997 and 1998, Gerrit worked with 50 different breeding lines that he had created out of 25 female individuals and 2 different males. He made sure to have numerous safety copies of the respective parents and selected the best line for creating Warlock as commercially available seed strain for the first time, introducing it to the market at the High Times Cannabis Cup 1998 with great response.

Warlock – this strain proved to be a true lucky punch. It is especially remarkable that a breeder has created something outstanding and unique out of completely regular and commercial strains like Afghani and Skunk. In the following years, Gerrit experimented within the original gene pool what resulted in a new father plant for Warlock. This specimen was also used to create new varieties like Exile (x White Widow/Northern Lights), Starwarz (x Sensi Star), and Double Dutch (x pre-2000 Chronic), while Starwarz is only available as weed at the “Bluebird”, not as seed strain. Gerrit himself prefers Warlock, when it comes to the quality of the high, but recommends the Double Dutch for optimum yields. He says that the 1999 ban on seed production in Holland actually was irrelevant to him, because he used to work in the underground likewise before and after that. He had already decided to move to a slightly smaller grow room at the end of 1998, since the rent had proved to too high for him, as he had not yet started the professional sale of seeds. But also now, he has an adequate facility for ensuring both further development and maintenance of his strains. Double Dutch also became most popular within short, and Gerrit`s latest hit, the outdoor strain “Biddy Early” (Early Pearl/Skunk x Warlock, “but there is way too much Early Pearl influence to call it an outdoor Warlock”, as Gerrit says), surprised everybody at the High Times Cup 2003 by taking second place in the sativa category, beating numerous indoor strains! Gerrit is also working on other breeding projects, such as Sensi Star x Warlock, and an exotic sativa strain called “Zamal”. He believes that the seed market will keep on increasing in the future, but also, that the price dumping, as practised by certain competitors, will get even worse. Gerrit for his part wants to keep his reasonable prices (50-70 Euros for 10 seeds are a fair offer).

He grows his plants on a regular peat-moss/perlite medium, pH 5.8 and EC 0.8 in the beginning. For plants that reach a height of up to 60 cm in the course of their life cycle, he uses 7.5 litre pots, which is sufficient for most of his experimental plants. Night and day temperatures usually amount to 15 resp. 25°C, at an air humidity of approx. 70% during vegetative growth, and about 50% in the flowering stage. For producing seeds for sale, Gerrit uses two male/female plant pairs (identical copies) at different locations, out of safety reasons.

In the summer of 2002, he opened his “Magus Genetics Hemp Store“ in Enkhuizen, offering almost every availabe hemp product to his customers. Gerrit had the special goal to create an appealing shop ambience, because he “wanted to to break up all that common associations concerning hemp like illegality and ominousness, and to appeal also to non-cannabis smokers, with a nice looking and inviting shop”. And he succeeded in this goal, according to Gerrit, many people come to his shop who are curious about the manifold ways of hemp application and respective products, like textiles, cosmetics, healthy foods or hemp paper. The drug aspects are also frequently discussed thereby, and Gerrit feels happy then about being in a position to give competent advice and education. It was especially important to Gerrit to expand his business in terms of communication and customer contact. But his wife Corinna, his right hand in the company, of course plays the most important role in his life: “She`s the only thing in life that has a greater influence on me than cannabis”, he reveals – what a nice end to this story.


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The Story of The Flying Dutchman [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330353 - 12/12/09 04:31 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

The Story of The Flying Dutchman

One of the few people in the world with a Cannabis history of more than 30 years decided to share his experience and knowledge about breeding the highest quality Cannabis seed varieties.

Thousands and thousands of people must have grown his seeds without knowing they were his, as a wholesaler he provided many seed retailers with his seeds.

Now he has given a new dimension to his life of working with Cannabis by opening the Cannabis College Foundation Amsterdam and his first Flying Dutchmen Seed shop.

During the sixties in Holland, all that was available was hashish, and low grade imported grass. During the early seventies, a small number of Dutch enthusiasts started to grow two Dutch strains, known as ‘The Purple’ and ‘The Green Lemon’ types. These were very large plants with small buds and a very average taste and high. In fact during the Second World War this grass was used as a substitute for tobacco.

Eventually a few seeds made it over from Afghanistan so the Dutch started to work with this new variety.

Suddenly this weird character showed up on the scene from America trying to introduce the Dutch enthusiasts to some new varieties of seeds.

He brought over pure true breeding strains like Early California, Thai, Mexican and Silver Haze from Columbia, Afghan and South African seeds. Most importantly he brought over a few crosses that he had already made himself, including the very first Skunk Number One which is a Columbian, Mexican, Afghan cross. This earnt him his present nickname THE SKUNK MAN.

Eddy who worked directly with The Skunk Man was one of the three major players of that time with an interest in superior plants.

The base genetics for almost all the grass that you see in Holland today originates from these three guys work. They were all a little sceptical of The Skunk Man’s bigger and better American ways but Eddy decided to grow out his seeds in greenhouses, using crude methods to simulate day and night cycles and gauge the results for themselves.

In 1984 the first crop was grown out and the results were outstanding, higher yield and better quality, Eddy never looked back.

In order to find ideal genetics (both the male and female) plants were being grown out of seeds, tens of thousands at a time in a green house and the top 50 were selected, then crossed again and grown out thousands at a time, always trying to isolate the best.

Once you have found the best breeding stock by allowing all plants to fully mature (flower).

How do you hold that plant back for future breeding genetics?

There were talks that in America a couple of people had experimented with the concept of cloning.

Eddy chose some mature female flower cuttings and left them under florescent lights in someone’s attic in the hope that they just might take. After 18 weeks only 20% survived, but it was not until a further 6 months had passed that one of the plants ‘sprouted one little leaf’ probably the first successful cloning of flowered cannabis ever.

The moment that little leaf shoot appeared cannabis history changed forever

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Paradise Seeds - How it all began… [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330354 - 12/12/09 04:32 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

Paradise Seeds - How it all began…

After 12 years of growing, testing and experimenting with many different varieties, Paradise Seeds was founded in 1994. About 17 years ago in Amsterdam, many coffeeshops started to sell imported hash from India Afghanistan or Morocco and weed from Thailand, Columbia, Mexico or Malawi. Most of this was of poor quality. But things were changing, new types were introduced from the U.S that were early crossbreeds of already higher quality. Since then we got involved in the early research for better quality strains. This took place in Amsterdam and at several outdoor locations in Holland. Our aim was to create better weed, with a sweet/spicy taste and stronger high, for our own use.

This resulted in several new varieties and the seeds were given to a number of people to grow. Due to early pioneers such as ourselves, Dutch cannabis became the best in the world and growing got evermore popular. Also many foreign people realised Dutch cannabis was of the highest quality. They took seeds home, to grow for personal use. At that time our seeds found their way to the people at a local coffeeshop in Amsterdam.

The demand increased and what started as research and experiments for personal knowledge and dedication to the Ganja bush, had become ‘Paradise Seeds’, a reputable seed bank, for growers that demand only genuine and finest quality seeds.

In 1999 we won the first prize with our famous variety Sensi Star in the Highlife Cup, the biggest, objective contest in Holland, for coffeeshops, growshops and seedbanks. Again in 1999 we won first prize in the Hightimes Cannabis Cup with Sensi Star, and got fourth with Nebula! In 2000 we won second prize with Sensti Star again at the Hightimes Cannabis Cup.

Paradise seeds maintains strict selection criteria on characteristics such as potency and taste. This results in the creation of powerful strains, that will satisfy everyone who wants to enjoy the sweetest fruits of the Dutch garden of Eden. Our seeds are grown organically and tested regularly on viability. We are dealing with living material, therefore we can not guarantee that all seeds will germinate. One packet contains 10 seeds, and comes with basic information on growing, flowering and harvesting.

Be aware there are several imitations on the market. Feel free to contact us for information where to purchase the original Paradise Seeds. Give us a call while having a spaced out visit to Amsterdam, if you want to take some seeds home!

Due to the excellent quality of our seeds and our dedication to the ganja bush, you can soon proudly present your friends with a master smoke!

Luc,
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The story of Soma [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330356 - 12/12/09 04:32 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

The story of Soma

Soma is a 55 year old Rastafarian who is spiritually dedicated
to the Sacred cannabis plant. He has been working with the plant for 37 years.
He wears pants and shirts made out of it, smokes it constantly,he has a prescription
for 10 grams a day, and studies every aspect of the marijuana phenomenon.

He feels that it is one of the tools that can save humanity from it's direction of self destruction.
He knows that it helps healing take place whenever and wherever it is used. Unlike aspirin,
alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and nuclear radiation, cannabis has never killed anyone. It is one
of the safest therapeutic substances known to man. Humankind has been using it since time immemorial.

It is one of the best paper sources in the whole wide world, it can be recycled 7 times, takes one
fifth of the pollution to manufacture than tree paper, and could be a totally renewable source of Bio-fuel.
Hempseed is one of the best sources of vegetable protein available on
planet earth and 55% of a mature cannabis plant is seeds.

The only problem is the art of cannabis has been recently lost to mankind, it has been lied about,
it has been suppressed, it has come close to genocide and the fear factor for this safest of substances
has been blown totally out of proportion. Soma Seeds plans on changing the direction a few things
are going these days. First of all Soma Seeds is an earth friendly business striving to think of
earth first in the business that we create. We grow our seeds biologically, we let our hearts guide us
with the plants, not calendars, not money, not power trips, but a sacredness, a vibration of mutual trust,
an exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, a friendship. Soma Seeds focus's on the medicinal
side of cannabis,constantly striving to find better and better geneticis to be used in a medicinal way.

Medicinal cannabis has to be grown in a manner where the end product is truly going to make the
patient feel better, not full of pesticides, poisons, and money vibes. Our seeds are tested constantly
for their germination quality. We have a line of 100% female seeds as well as male and female seeds.
Our male and female seeds are usually about 30% male 70% female.
We have 20 different types of seeds available.


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Dutch Passion [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330357 - 12/12/09 04:33 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

Dutch Passion

Thank you for your interest in our highly valued Cannabis Seeds. Dutch Passion has been developing, upgrading, producing and selling Cannabis Seeds since 1987, making us one of the first Dutch Seed Companies. Through the years we have gained a lot of experience in developing, producing, and marketing premium quality Cannabis Seeds. In 1998 Dutch Passion made a major breakthrough in Cannabis Seed Technology, through the development of "Feminized" Cannabis Seeds. Under the right growing conditions these "Feminized Seeds" give rise to only female plants. Also we are the only Cannabis Seed Company that gives THC and CBD percentages of most of our strains in our catalog. In this catalog we offer you most of our Cannabis varieties, "Regular" as well as "Feminized".


Thanks to our customers' satisfaction with our products, Dutch Passion now has a leading position in Europe in the Cannabis Seed Trade. We supply our seeds to over 450 Head-and-Growshops in Europe. The basis of our success is the genetic control we have over our strains and the constant influx of new genetics that we obtain worldwide. Upgrading our seed stock is our constant concern. In addition to the genetics of our Cannabis Seed varieties, we specially select for the ripeness, size and germination rate (95%) of our seeds.
We do our utmost to supply you now and in the future with premium Cannabis genetics for "Regular" and "Feminized" seeds. Our success is your success, and yours is ours.

Dutch Passion advises all potential customers to check their national laws before placing an order. Dutch Passion does not want to induce anyone to act in conflict with their national law. Dutch Passion cannot be held responsible for those who do.

Packaging
We sell our seeds in bags of 10 in which the seeds are not visible. Although we are aware of this disadvantage, we have chosen these bags for two reasons:
These bags are made for seed purposes only. The bags contain a special foil that allows the seeds to preserve their germination ability over a long period of time.
The bags are professionally sealed, so you can always be sure that they contain genuine "Dutch Passion" seeds.


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The Story of Nirvana [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330358 - 12/12/09 04:33 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

The Story of Nirvana

Cannabis seeds history of Nirvana goes way back to the end of the 1980's. At that time Nirvana's founder was working at Amsterdam's most famous grow-shop, the legendary "Positronics", and it was the knowledge and inspiration that he received there that moved him to think about starting his own cannabis seeds company. Years were spent traveling, seeking out and collecting marijuana seeds from the finest strains. And more years went in experimentation, growing, cross breeding and developing the new cannabis strains from among which Nirvana selected the best to become their range of high quality hybrid marijuana seeds. After applying and expanding his experience in a number of Amsterdam's best known grow-shops it came time to offer the expertise he had gained, and the high quality products he had developed, to the world. The result of this initiative was the foundation of Nirvana in 1995. Originally a cannabis seed specialist, Nirvana is now an innovative business concept. It has developed into a shop with a unique and original range of self-developed hemp products that extend the uses of this extraordinary plant further than ever before.
While constantly improving and extending its range of high quality cannabis seeds, Nirvana has also developed a range of hemp products that are unique. As the new millennium starts, alongside Nirvana's own Home-brew Hemp Wine and Hemp Beer, there is a choice of original products such as Hemp Vinegar, Hemp Ice Tea and Eva's Paradijs, Hemp Liqueur.

In the heart of the picturesque Pijp, the Nirvana B.V. Headquarter lives up to its name; adding colour and serenity to the surrounding streets. Inside, Among the holy images and smart shop products, the vibe is mellow and the staff are always pleased to offer advice, suggestions or just hang out. Please feel free to pay us a visit. We will always make you feel welcome.


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Sagarmatha Seeds Info [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330359 - 12/12/09 04:34 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

Sagarmatha Seeds Info

Sagarmatha Seeds wishes to thank all of her satisfied customers for proliferation of our product and reputation across the globe. A worldwide genetic pool was placed in our care to provide marijuana smokers and growers with fresh, original varieties of marijuana.

After more than 10 years of service we have emerged as a creditable source of connoisseur quality cannabis seeds. Together with your feedback and interest we will continue to provide a variety of delectable treats for the many marijuana farmers of the world. These "magic beans" have given Sagarmatha and friends many hours of enjoyment and entertainment. Every stage of development, from planning, planting to finally providing, has been a tremendous pleasure.

Almost every experience will have peaks and valleys over time - every farmer has their share. We believe Sagarmatha's peaks will give our customers the highest cerebral views and physical sensations possible with marijuana.

Please enjoy our catalogue with a friend. We hope you will be able to partake in some of our potent products. Perhaps with your participation and our plants we can help create some peace for our planet.

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DJ Short on the Blue Family: [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330360 - 12/12/09 04:34 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

DJ Short on the Blue Family:

"The "Blue Family" of the herbal community originated from crosses of four varieties: Highland Thai, Chocolate Thai, Highland Oaxaca Gold, and Afghan Indica. All were pure P-1 contributing ancestors. Both Thai varieties and the Oaxaca were pure, land-race sativas.The seeds were gleaned from the connoisseur's choice herb of the late 1970s/early 1980s directly from their region of origin.The indica line came one generations removed from its region of origin in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan via the growing community and network in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

The Highland Thai, also known as "Juicy Fruit Thai," produced a maze of many branches in a full, bushy tangle that was quite asymmetric, developing no easily identifiable main stem at
maturity. The Oaxaca Gold was crossed with the Chocolate Thai to produce a plant that became known as "Purple Thai." The Purple Thai had symmetric branching patterns and grew tall with
support. Both the Highland Thai and the Purple Thai were late bloomers, with finishing times that ranged between 10-16 weeks indoors or as late as mid-November outside, and sported at
least minimal hermaphroditism. They each also produced champion herb that had little or no "ceiling" to them; that is, the more one consumed, the higher the experience.

The Purple and Highland Thai became the two female contributors to the Blue Family Females were selected for overall quality of the finished product, including bouquet, flavor and buzz, as well as the lowest incidence of hermaphroditism. The Afghani Indica supplied the male P-1 pollen source. Selection among the Afghani plants was based on stout full structure and strong, musky, "skunkish" odor. The resulting cross grew very uniformly to a medium height producing long, spear-shaped buds. I referred to this fI simply as "the Cross." When two of
these "Cross" plants were bred together, the resulting f2 "DoubleCross" produced an extreme variation in phenotypic expression. It was from these varied Double Cross f2s that the Blue Family members were chosen and stabilized through several generations of selective breeding.

Not really his breeding history but it is his history of breeding the "Blues"

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JLP [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330361 - 12/12/09 04:35 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

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I think I smoked my first joint around 1980 back in high school.Back then Skunk had just really started to come on to the scene.I stopped in 84 and didn't resume until about 95.Upon my return I was really put off by the high prices and dealing with flakes so It didn't take me long to figure out I should just grow my own.
I started with a couple flouros and a few bagseed.The only thing I knew was that you smoked the females and that was it.
When I started I didn't have a computer,but I got an issue of High Times and ordered Mel Franks book and the original SOG video with Hans.The book gave me knowledge and the video gave me inspiration.I've been growing non-stop ever since.
Even with my limited knowledge it only took about 3 weeks of growing before I found myself at the local Lighting supplier buying a 400 watt hps ballast.There were no local grow shops then so I made my own hood and ballast box.
I've built or bought several lights since then,air-cooled,water-cooled and light movers.
I grew in soil for the first few years until I switched to an ebb-flow.Switching to HIDs and switching to hydro were the two biggest advancements I've had in my grow, but I've fiddled with everything,CO2 injection,all sorts of nutes and techniques.
In the beggining seeds were un-attainable except from bagseed so my first grows were rather schwaggy.In 2000 I got my first computer and began surfing the pot sites.It didn't take me long to find a seed source for all those cup winning strains I oogled over in High Times.
My first bought seeds were Nirvana seeds from Seeds Direct.Even back then picking strains was kind of a shot in the dark because of the wide variety,but over time if you become aware of the knock-out strains.
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Bushy Old Grower (BOG) Seeds [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330363 - 12/12/09 04:35 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

Bushy Old Grower (BOG) Seeds from BOG himself

Back in about 1970 we were 16 and trying to grow bagseed outside with little success but we did have some plants and we did smoke some immature weed. I was married at 18 and by age 19 I had my own farm where I grew outdoors. I became successful to a point but genetics were not easily available and I had to do the best I had with what I had. You never really knew what you had but you thought it tasted like what might have been called this or that.

It wasnt at all scientific but i read hightimes and I learned about sinse early on so my plants were good pot if they would finish and I developed my own strains. Another friend of mine also had a fine strain we called Blanchard Weed and it rivaled my best now in heavy resins. I had created my own feminized line i called "RED" and it yielded more than his and tasted great but it wasnt as potent. Eventually I mixed his with mine and grew this cross, mine more sativaish and his was indica. Eventually the strain became hermaphroditic due to many generations of inbreeding.

I was online in early '99 and this is when I got access to Seedsdirect and Gypsy. He sent me many genetics and many growers at OG sent me seeds to work with. Getting lucky with a few good strains I made f2 seeds and selected clones. Years of selection led to a very fine bubblegum called Bogbubble and that was crossed later to a NL5 to make Bogglegum. When Lifesaver came out people saw that I was 3 for 3 and they couldn't understand how a small grower did it?

Gypsy still calls me the "Enigma" which means mystery and I prefer to maintain some of the mystery as part of my BOG myth. You know about me living in a cave and great grand daddy being an alien. I am not a myth however and those who have judged me by the fruits of my labors no longer question how I do my work. Now Sour Bubble is going to stun the breeding world. Just mark my words.


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~Reservoir Seeds~ [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330364 - 12/12/09 04:36 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

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Aw,hell....
I started growing in the late 80's,when I met a guy we'll call K,with a Phototron,a (Neville's) Seed Bank Catalog,and about fifteen sheets of very very good blotter.
K,who was to be my partner in many nefarious adventures over the next decade-plus,(until alcohol ruined his productivity) had a huge collection of High Times magazines which we read and re-read...and that's how it all started,
in the most general sense.
Soon the scenario was upgraded,to H.I.D. lighting,and I never looked back.
I shared knowledge with a lot of people about what I knew best,which was indica-doms in ebb/flo tables,and we spread a fair amount of Skunk1/Basic5 and Neville's Hash Plant around a certain demographic area to the tune of a million or so,(in 80s bucks),before it all caved in,somewhat due to folks getting sloppy,but mostly because of some nasty LEO ops that would actively HUNT growers,sorta' like Vancouver has,now.
When the SSSC and The Seed Bank closed shop back in the late 80's,I realised right at that point,way back then, that there was a huge IMPORTANCE in keeping the availability of great genetics of a plant that's illegal
around.
So,I selectively bred NL 5x2 f2s, Skunk1/B5 f2s,and some HP crosses, etc.
Sadly,those seeds were lost years ago,off to a landfill as a result of a huge fuckup involving misidentification of property....but I bred my first seeds in 1989,if that dates me,a little.
I've taken years off from growing here and there,but I always kept coming back-it's always the Best when you do it,yourself,imHo.
Anyhow,you know what I've been up to for the past couple of years,so there's no need to elaborate about the Sour Diesel Projects or the William's Wonder Projects,let's just say I'm a busy entity who's totally absorbed by this work, we'll leave it at that.

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zeppelindood did the following: [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330366 - 12/12/09 04:38 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

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Koala Seeds

Koala Seeds has been a long term project of an Australian grower and breeder, who we call the Koala. The Koala wanted to make his lines of specialist cannabis, available to the most people possible.. He especially wanted his medical strain,The Barrier Reef , to be available for a very long time, and he wanted it to be of the best possible quality, time and time again. So, a few years ago now, he teamed up with one Europe's largest specialists in the area of cannabis seeds production. Work progressed and expectations were not only met, but exceeded. The Koala Seeds Ltd. seed lines could now be made commercially available with the optimum levels of quality observed at every level of the production process.

The New Sativa Seedbank

The Sativa Seedbank is a new seedbank founded in cooperation with Nirvana ©.The breeders from Nirvana © developed new strains next to the already existing ones, exclusively sold by The Sativa Seedbank.The breeders gained a knowledge after 20 years of experimenting, crossing and stabilizing of cannabis seeds .Thats why the quality of the seeds is very high.The Sativa Seedbank is specialized in sativa strains, that means that we developed the seeds that will give a plant with the true sativa high.

Spice Brothers Seed Bank

Spice Brothers Seed Bank was created in order to make expensive strains more affordable to the average grower . We believe Great genetics should not, and does not have to cost a lot of money. We could claim to have reinvented some new strain but instead we admit that our beans are of pure f2s and of original crosses of top quality proven well known strains at a fraction of the cost.

The New Spice of Life Seeds

Spice of Life features unique Canadian and Dutch genetics, using only the highest quality breeding stock to bring you new flavors. All plants are now selected by Breeder Steve in Switzerland greenhouses for the largest parental selection anywhere! "After a bit of a hiatus, we're back and better than ever. We hear you missed us and wanted us back and so it is that we're returning to the old menu to strut our stuff and be whisked around the world on jets to exotic locales for a life of luxuriating in marvelous gardens. If you have a marvelous garden all of the sisters and cousins would love to come for a visit and stay as long as you'll keep us. You might decide you need more room; you'll love us all so much.

White Widow Web

These seeds belong to the Sjamaan Cannabis Seeds family. We have presented our new brand of cannabis and marijuana seeds at the Highlife cannabis fair of 2004. At the first day in the life of De Sjamaan Cannabis Seeds, our new White Widow® variety has won 2 prices at the Highlife cup. Our seeds are cultivated exclusively for us by the creator of White Widow® & Peacemaker; Ingemar. His varieties have won dozens of prices at the Highlife cup & the High Times cup in the last 10 years. Now they are all available.

Reeferman Breeders Stock

A former hog breeder with a degree in agriculture, the man at the center of Reeferman Inc. understands that maintaining a diversity of genetics is the best way to ensure the existence of a hearty lifeline as cannabis enters the 21st century. He’s part of a new generation—F2 growers, if you will—who respect and appreciate the accomplishments of the field’s pioneers long before they arrived but also understand the vast amount of work required to secure our smoke in a time of serious global prohibition. This new breed of breeders has been meeting on the Internet, trading seeds like the Dead tape collectors of old and logging the results of their experiments in public journals—forming an informal, organic, decentralized peer-based review system, as did the noble gentlemen who founded the great scientific societies at the dawn of the Enlightenment.

Sensi Seed Bank

"Sensi is the oldest of the many seed companies in business today. Two decades of experience makes Sensi Seeds the definitive company in medical cannabis seeds and sales. Sensi strains are established and have been highly recommended over and over by leading authorities in the field."
- Ben Dronkers, Sensi Seeds President and Founder

Almighty Seeds

Almighty Seeds was founded from over 25 years of growing experience. Their genetics are created for the personal user and have highly valuable medical properties. Instead of creating commercial types of herb, they focus on the effects desired by true cannabis lovers. Check out the fabulous strains they have to offer.

Classic Clone Company

Classic Clone Company is a new and different kind of seed company. As our name implies, we will be focusing on producing S1 (selfed) seeds from those coveted classic clone-only strains that everybody wants but only those who “know” somebody or can afford the outrageous prices that some people are charging for the classic clones will ever get. Our goal is to make every classic clone strain available and affordable to anyone who wants them.

Dman Seeds

Dman Seeds strives to breed the finest, highest quality Cannabis strains possible. Dman seeds breeds only from clones of proven parent stock that have the specific traits and qualities looked for. Breeding for extreme potency to alleviate the breeders own Chronic Pain is his main goal. This constant and ongoing search to provide the very best, high quality medicine for himself will likely never end, however he will keep searching. In this search, new Hybrids are constantly being bred and Beta tested. Dman Seeds was created to offer these quality strains, at fair and reasonable prices to medicinal and recreational users alike.

The British Columbia Seed Company

All seeds produced by The British Columbia Seed Company are the result of our dedicated breeders working constantly to bring you the finest pure strains and hybrids. All our seeds are grown under carefully controlled conditions to ensure genetic integrity and seed viability. At BCSC we use only true males and females to make our seeds,never hermaphrodites. Our seeds are periodically tested for proper germination. With experience comes knowledge and consistency.

Next Generation Seed Co.

We have been in the seed breeding business since 1997 , we have a reputation as being a reliable source of great genetics providing top quality cannabis seeds to the B.C. marijuana community and beyond. Continually growing and searching for many of the best strains from the pacific northwest and around the world, we select only the best for our breeding program.

Secret Valley Seed Co.

I have bred these strains to be very dependable and hardy for the growers around me who demand strains with heavy yield and top quality. Hardcore and Top Dollar were developed to be fast flowering and high yielding, as cash crop strains that are easy to grow. Our Northern Flame and Jamaican Grape are connissour strains in that they taste and smell extra sweet, but they take a little longer to flower than the production strains. The Texada Timewarp and Purple Pineberry are very dependable B.C. outdoor strains and are used for there high quality and log shelf life. Some of these strains are already commonly known to be of the highest quality. I have grown out a large amount of parent stock and have bred with only the very best of thousands of seeds.

Vancouver Island Seed Company

Over 3 decades ago I began my quest for discovering the ideal Cannabis plants in which to breed some of the finest hand picked breeds that were available to me. Time flies when you are doing something you love. It has taken me a lifetime of acquired knowledge to create over hundreds of breeds that can be grown by anyone. The more TLC you give them the more THC you get back. In soil I find my breeds do best in pH6.4 -6.6, hydroponics it is 6.2-6.3 that works best. At Vancouver Island Seed Company we always strive for Best Taste, Best High, and best of all Easy to Grow! Good luck and have fun.

Mighty Mite

Mighty Mite is a famous BC indica strain from the Himalayas, cultivated for 12-15 years here. It is uniquely suitable for indoor or outdoor cultivation. All Mighty Mite varieties and hybrids feature a dominant main cola that explodes in the 6th to 8th week of flowering.

Afropips

I was raised in Africa & started smoking Durban Poison in my hometown in the late 70's. I systematically worked my way through Transkei , Swazi, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia & Zimbabwean weed, ending up settling for the Best - Malawi. Malawi Gold has been my first choice & everyday weed since then - 1985-2000. In the year 2000 I moved to England & this is when I started to create New African Hybrids mainly to satisfy my personal taste & effect preferences. My First Wife is Mary Jane, My Harem & offspring stretch to the 4 corners of the planet. I like to maintain a perpetual garden with 4 harvests a year. Special plants that are harvested at the beginning of the year are regenerated & reharvested at the end of the year. My first grow was destroyed by them babylon in 1988. The Afropips website was started 17/01/2004 & has received apx' 10 000 visitors. Love of Ganja got me growing & my personal taste & high preference got me into breeding.

Zeppelindood

I'm not in the same catagory as any of the above ~

Started my grows in 1980... as a teen outside in Northern USA. We called it Chucky Bud... and it was very Skunky... buds were fluffy but they were prime. Spent many a hot summer night manicuring lbs of the stuff into packs to sell off. Back then.... it went for a nice fee.... $10 gram, $120 ozzy.

Continued with outdoor grows when I moved to the south of Indiana. Damnnnnnn, I said... this soil is prime... and so it was. We didn't know it but we were growing Indiana Bubblegum at the time. One thing I kept saying, and it did teach me a lesson that I wouldn't forget.... I should have preserved that Skunk I grew as a kid.

I got sick and dropped out for a few years... had some heart work done then found Gypsy, Dutchgrown and all of my friends on the IC ~ My pride and joy now.... is my Sour Saver line. I have yet to mass produce it... once it's "pure", I will.

I really enjoy crossing Shiva's, Sour's and Thai's with other lines to form tasty hybrids. I know that I don't belong in here.... if I live long enough, maybe? peAce ~

Richard Williams Seed Company

Richard Williams Seed Company (RWSC) is a father and son team with over 34 years combined experience working with cannabis for gourmet and medical uses. Richard Williams St. got his start working with cannabis strains on the famed 'Sunshine Coast' of British Columbia, Canada. Growing outdoors in the climate of B.C., it was a yearly tradition to breed a patch of seeds working with renowned strains from the Gulf Islands.

Richard Williams Jr., joined the company in the 1980's and has worked with his dad to modernize the company, working indoors and out to produce strains working with old school strains from British Columbia, the Emerald Triangle of California, rare landrace sativas from Africa, and Amstredam bred and stabilized strains.

It is RWSC's mission to provide rare gourmet strains that also have benefits to medical cannabis patients.


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ACE Breeders [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330367 - 12/12/09 04:39 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

ACE Breeders

A.C.E is a group of breeders and lovers of Cannabis, dedicated to the preservaion and study of this wonderfull plant.

Our planet is undergoing a constant loss of its genetic diversity and Cannabis is no exception. It is the responsibillity of our species to save all these unique forms of life, maintain and preserve the biodiversity of the species.

A.C.E is a group of breeders and lovers of Cannabis, dedicated to the preservaion and study of this wonderfull plant. ]

Our planet is undergoing a constant loss of its genetic diversity and Cannabis is no exception. It is the responsibillity of our species to save all these unique forms of life, maintain and preserve the biodiversity.

The pure landrace varieties, which are the origin of all our domesticated varieties are a consequence of this amazing plants adaption to the echo systems of our planet.

These pure varieties are disapearing for many reasons, like the elimination of natural habitats, through war zones, lost ancesteral culures genetic contamination due to globalisation and mainly due to the false laws prohibiting research and utillisation of this wonderfull plant.

Although we already count medicenal uses for Cannabis in the hundreds we have still only barely scratched the surface of the potential of this plant and what it can offer to the world. At A.C.E we want to improve the lack of genetic diversity and to stop the depression of the species that Cannabis is suffering at the moment.

So A.C.E offer you pure genetics, fresh and new selected from the best of our extensive libary of C.Sativa strains collected from around the world and preserved in our collection.

We are proud to offer you the first 10 varieties of our first catalouge. From the the breeders of A.C.E and our private collections we are very sure you will enjoy these exceptional varieties.

All at A.C.E look forward to working with the UK growers to ensure your satisfaction and we look forward to seeing you around the forums and sharing with you.

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GrowDoc's History [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330368 - 12/12/09 04:39 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

GrowDoc's History

Growdoc – A Biography 2005
"by Lazystrain at SoftSecrets"

The Grower

Growdoc started growing Cannabis at a very young age. Growing-up in Matanuska Valley, Alaska (a region infamous for its high quality cannabis) Growdoc quickly learnt how to cultivate his own plants. During these early years he experimented with lots of different old-school strains, mainly from clone. Through a process of mothering and cloning his favourite strains and smoking the results, Growdoc started to develop what some would term “habit”… He’d become addicted to growing cannabis!

Five years later, by the age of 18, cultivating cannabis had become second nature to Growdoc. So much so that he then decided to move location into Europe- just so as to be that bit closer to The Netherlands and Europe’s then burgeoning dope scene. From here he started growing lots of the now famous strains finding something nice every once and awhile. But it didn’t take him long to realize that there were much better strains out there on offer.

Now based in Norway in 1995, Growdoc started work as the press spokesperson and traveling merry-maker onboard the ‘CannaBus’. The ‘CannaBus’ would drive from Oslo to Amsterdam in 24hrs, stopping off at Christiania, Denmark, en-route for some refreshments (just to refill the empty baggies). The party would then stay 3 nights in Amsterdam, visit the red light, some growshops and lots of coffeeshops, before travelling back to Oslo with minds full of smoke and red-red eyes.

Likewise in 1995, Norway's first official coffeeshop was opened. Not surprisingly Growdoc was at the heart of the action (being one of its most active supporters) gaining sponsorship and collecting new members. Unfortunately the local police closed the shop down after only two years of trade. Later in May 2000, there was further unrest in Norway. Cannabis smokers clashed with the police in the streets of Oslo. As Growdoc “the now cannabis activist” was administering first aid and helping people with head injuries into ambulances, the Press showed up, and the ‘Cannabis Riot’ made National coverage on three major TV channels in Norway.

During 1995 medical strains of cannabis entered into Growdoc’s mind as his mother found out she had Lupus. The following three years were invested in collecting info about (and growing out) medicinal strains of cannabis. Finding a suitable medicinal strain was Growdoc’s top priority from now on- a priority that remains today.

Throughout the five-year period between 1995 and 2000 Growdoc’s horticultural activities didn’t grow untended. During this time Growdoc’s personal feedback helped to develop the 400 watt HPS Son T pia bulb by Philips. He was also beginning to develop his own methods of cultivation based upon everything he was learning from his travels and feedback from fellow growers. The regular trips to Amsterdam were proving invaluable as a source of information about the latest growing products and techniques. Growdoc quickly came to value and respect the Netherlands as being central to the horticultural industry within Europe (if not the world). In wanting to be part of this “industry” Growdoc’s next step was quite logical… why not move to Amsterdam itself or at least rent someplace in Holland.

Having already gained a good reputation as a freelance grower, in the year 2000 Growdoc began testing feminized/female seed strains for ‘No Mercy Supply’, Holland. This involved growing out different strains, checking stability rates, and monitoring seed-lots for signs of deformity and/or hermaphrodites. During the same year, the natural ebb and flow of cannabis evolution took its course…Growdoc started to breed his own strains of cannabis.

The Breeder

In the year 2000 Growdoc undertook his first breeding project and created BubbleDust (Bubblegum x Angel Dust). The cannabis strain ‘Angel Dust’ (not to be confused with the American street name for PCP) had by this time been acquired “under-the-counter” someplace within Holland (?) The medicinal qualities exhibited in this strain of cannabis were exactly what Growdoc had been searching for. Growdoc describes the breeding process behind BubbleDust as follows:

“I spanked one male against 7 females, picked the ones I liked and did it again, then repeated time an time again over a 2 year period until I found the genes I was looking for”.

By this stage the breeding bug had obviously taken hold! Growdoc had fresh soil under his fingernails, resin on his palms, and couldn’t help studying the plant, its macro/micro ecology and characteristics. Slowly but surely he’d unknowingly fallen into the underworld of cannabis breeding. Cultivation had for a long time played such a huge role in Growdoc’s lifestyle and psyche, that breeding didn’t really take any extra effort. The periodical harvesting of seed was a natural stage in Growdoc’s cultural, mental and spiritual development. Growdoc would now produce seed. As he continued to keep things simple (while maintaining his own methods) his background with cannabis opened new doorways onto new horizons.

In 2003, Growdoc entered into partnership as the co-owner of a small Dutch seed bank called ‘Mammothea Seeds’. With a locally client base in Flevoland, Holland, ‘Mammothea’s’ initial focus was aimed at producing medicinal strains of cannabis for medicinal users. This is where and when Growdoc started working closely with some unique genetic characteristics, and was able to isolate some very interesting traits now present in his seed-line.

In the same year (2003) Growdoc sponsored Norway’s first Cannabis cup. After hours and hours of judging the many different types of marijuana and hashish that had been submitted, both 1st and 2nd place went to Growdoc for some bio weed he’d grown previously. Be it a miraculous act of fate or an out right fix, Growdoc’s weed was getting a good rep. amid fellow growers… some people started to ask about seed from his own stock… which developed into Growdoc Seeds.

Launched in 2005, Growdoc Seeds is a new company dedicated to the maintenance of quality cannabis genetics. Years of development and research have brought about a collection of seeds that sit at the cutting edge of cannabis evolution. The current catalogue is short and simple offering both home-growers and commercial growers easy access to a recreational and medicinal strain base. ‘Team Growdoc’ is constantly testing out Growdoc genetics, using many methods, across many mediums, to ensure that all seed-lines are consistent and representational of their lineage.

The present strain base (which is constantly under the direct scrutiny of Growdoc himself) contains a range of individual cultivar including ‘Anubis’, ‘Odalisk’, ‘Mummia’, ‘Angel Dust’, and the awaited ‘BubbleDust’ which is due to be released in May 2006 (just after the ICG420 Cup). In order to provide customers with the best information possible the website (www.growdoc.net) was launched late in 2005. Here growers can find out about the seeds on offer and contact Growdoc direct for a more in-depth perspective about his work at Growdoc Seeds.

Growdoc’s current seed-line grows upon the strength that each bloom is crafted from his own hands into seed. From seed his passion for cannabis is clear. All of which ensures that when people grow with Growdoc they’ll “Grow and be free”.


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Green House Seed Company [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330369 - 12/12/09 04:40 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

Green House Seed Company

The Green House Seed Company is a very successful cannabis business. Winner of many international awards (31 High times Cannabis Cups, 17 Highlife Cups, 1 Champions Cup and many more private awards in many countries), it is leader in cannabis genetics.
Arjan, owner and founder, is also known as The King of Cannabis. He has always been committed to create the best genetics in the world, and to ensure that the growers choose good genetics, based upon their location, logistics and personal knowledge.

The first and most important distinction to be made is the choice between growing outdoor or indoor. Once the decision is made, it is important to get the right type of seeds for the purpose.
Most cannabis plants can be grown indoor or outdoor, but the peculiar characteristics of each strain always guarantee best results in one of the two ways. The personal or commercial nature of the operation will always influence the choice of the genetics. Sativas are usually regarded as higher quality, while indica strains are faster and more commercial.

Between the 18 strains now sold by the Green House Seed Company there are true indoor plants and true outdoor plants. The Himalaya Gold is the most recommended outdoor plant, because of its genetic resistance to cold nights, altitude, pests and diseases. The origin of the plant is from the Himalayan region, and it proved an incredibly versatile and adaptable plant. Growers in the mountain regions of Italy and Spain love the Himalaya Gold for its high yields and sweet strong indica characteristics. Another true outdoor champion is the Arjan’s Haze #1, with great production and unique sativa high. The Arjan’s Haze #1 performs very well indoor, but outdoor the plants can grow to reach their development-peak and the maximum productivity. Moreover, solar light activates the production of a wider range of cannabinoids in the buds, guaranteeing a truly psychedelic effect. Besides, it finishes flowering in 11 weeks, allowing cultivation in most southern European countries. On the indoor side, the best plants of the Green House Seed Company are The Doctor, the Great White Shark, the White Rhino, the El Nino and the White Widow. All these strains belong to the “white” family and share a common genetic origin. They are shorter, bushier plants with great bud production and amazing resin production. The bouquet and taste vary considerably, as well as the effect. The White Rhino in particular is very suitable for sea of green systems, where the plants are kept very close to one another and flowered at an early stage. It has a sweet taste and a great narcotic effect that made it popular with MS patients and chronic pain patients. The Great White Shark and The Doctor are very popular between indica lovers worldwide. Their yields are amazing and the buds rock-hard.
The Hawaiian Snow, the Strawberry Haze and the Neville’s Haze are good outdoor or indoor plants, but are mostly grown indoor because of their longer flowering time. Sometimes these varieties are given 12 hours of light from the very beginning, to keep them short and to shorten the flowering time.

There are also plants that are very suitable for both indoor and outdoor conditions, such as the El Niño and the Super Silver Haze. These strains will perform incredibly good both ways, with some differences in plant development and yield. The Super Silver Haze in particular can produce more when grown outdoor, as the plants can develop taller and stronger branches can sustain the heavy buds. The choice of the genetics remains one of the key factors in the success of every grower or breeder, and it is very important to acquire the most information before committing to the task.

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Owls Production - Breeder Information [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330370 - 12/12/09 04:40 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

Owls Production - Breeder Information

Felix Kautz of Owl's Production has been selecting Cannabis genetics since 1978. He founded Owl's Production in 1996. According to the competent cantonal authorities, Felix Kautz is a recognized Cannabis breeder who has developed quality strains and has obtained the license to cultivate them. Owl's Production selects Cannabis varieties from many different countries and climates. The selected parental stocks have been kept as Mother plants and clones for many years. Male plants are also kept for seed production. Parent lines of all the varieties sold by Owl's production have been kept over the years in order to guarantee a constant quality.


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Re: Breeder Histories [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #330372 - 12/12/09 04:44 PM (7 years, 14 hours ago)

I can't speak to the absolute authenticity of all this information.  You're best bet is to follow up on this information.  You can go to the original thread to get a bit of context.  Feel free to comment on any of that information or add to it.


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