White Widow Strain
White Widow Strain. Legendary for its off-the-charts
resin production, White Widow is a staple sativa-dominant
hybrid with powerful energizing effects. It was produced by
Dutch veterans Green House Seeds in the 1990s as a
cross between Brazilian indica and South Indian sativa landraces.
At the time, the underground cannabis market consist
mostly of early hybrids like Northern Lights and Haze,
but White Widow has since joined the ranks of these
legendary strains, winning an early High Times Cannabis
Cup in 1995 and several awards since. Bred specifically
for a high trichome count, White Widow is especially
valued in the production of hash. This strain has an
average THC composition of 20%, with some phenotypes exceeding that amount.
Buds of White Widow are chunky and somewhat conical
and tapered. The bud structure of the flowers are more
sativa than indica, with a loose and fluffy texture that
can be broken up somewhat easily despite its stickiness.
The leaves are spring green with few visible pistils.
When grown successfully, buds are entirely covered in
long-stalked trichomes, lending the whitish-gray appearance
that gives the strain its memorable name. White Widow
is known for having a stinging, ammonia-like scent with
some hints of earthy pine. Breaking buds open gives off a
more hashy, incense-like odor. The smooth smoke tastes
similarly earthy — users accustomed to fruity or tasty
crossbreeds may be disappointed by White Widow’s
relative lack of flavor. That said, White Widow is
especially pungent when combusted, so smokers
worried about discretion should plan accordingly.
White Widow can be grown from seed or from clone
(achieved by planting clippings of mature and healthy plants).
It is a mold-resistant strain, making outdoor
cultivation an option — although an almost Mediterranean
climate with constant temperatures between 70 and
80 degrees Fahrenheit works best. Despite a mostly
sativa high, White Widow look much more indica during
the vegetative stage: plants are bushy and wide, and
rarely exceed 6 feet in height. The plants flower within
9 weeks when grown indoors and are ready for harvest
in early October when grown outdoors. Growers can
expect about 37 to 55 grams (or about 1.3 to 2 ounces) per square foot of plant.
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