From Seed to Sprout, How to Grow Green Crack

Soft Secrets
18 Mar 2021

What wouldn't you give for a good stash of Green Crack?

A sativa-dominant hybrid (75%), Green Crack or Green Cush is a much-praised skunk variant. It’s a great choice of strain to smoke over the day to combat stress and freshen up from fatigue. A potent energy booster - below is everything you need to know on how to grow Green Crack.

Green Crack plants are known to grow faster, and they also grow quite tall before even beginning to flower. You want to be ready when the buds begin to develop, as they will typically take less time to mature. Outdoors growing would bring about the best results, but with a little bit of extra effort, you can always grow inside too.

Genetic lineage: This super finely potent marijuana strain is a match of classic Skunk #1 and Sweet Leaf Indica. As far as cannabis lore is concerned, it was Snoop Dogg who godfathered its more notorious name - Green Crack. 

Lifestyle: As it is a sativa dominant, many people use it during the daytime, and many also as a morning buzz. If you love to smoke first thing in the morning and if you have no issue at growing your own, Green Crack is a must for you.

Medical treatment: For pain and fatigue, against depression, treats chronic pain 

Grow difficulty: Fairly easy

Flowering time: 2 months

Yield: Up to 20 ounces per plant when grown outdoors, up to 18 ounces per plant when grown inside.

Average THC: 17%

Climate: Best grows in mild to warm climates, ideally at 80 degrees Fahrenheit

Warnings: Watch for nutrient deficiencies, and keep an eye if mold appears

Work with clean hands and/or instruments when you handle anything from seeds to full grown plants.

Growing Green Crack Outdoors vs. Indoors

To get the most of your Green Crack gardening, opt for an outdoor garden. This of course will work for you best if you live in warm Mediterranean-like climates. If you seed the plants somewhere in the summer, the Green Crack will be ready for harvest somewhere at the end of September. Per plant, you can get anywhere between 15 -20 ounces, which is generous. If you decide to pick your Green Crack buds during the first half of October, follow the rule of the thumb with the pistils where no more than 75% of pistils undergo a color change. 80% maximum.

Any further delaying may affect the potency of Green Crack. Whether you want to enjoy more than one harvest of Green Crack annually, set up an indoor grow room of course. A key prerequisite is that the room temperature stays between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow the plants closely as the flowering cycle is pretty quick - at just two months. While your plants won’t produce 20 ounces inside, the benefit is that you can repeat the cycle.

Prepare soil outdoors

Separate a space in your garden where your Green Cracks will have sufficient room for their roots. Next, test the pH of the soil that it’s neither too acidic nor alkaline. Aim for values between 6.4 and 6.8. Use appropriate solutions for each case to balance and get the values you need. Enrich the soil with organic fertilizers. Peels from fruits or leaves you collect from your yard will work well for compost for your Green Crack. Work on the compost in advance so that it’s ready as your cannabis plants begin to grow. You can also use and prepare compost tea, but choose natural ingredients for the distillate.

Watch for mold

When growing Green Crack outdoors, keep an extra eye on gray mold. This would depend on whether your garden has more or less exposure to sunshine. Mold is to be expected in humid environments, and it's really pissing when it appears. If it does, use solutions such as Potassium Biracbonate or neem oil.

With mold, fungi may also start to spread, but these solutions are good in preventing the spread. Water management would also be essential as mold thrives on moisture. Water early in the day so that there's enough time before nightfall for the soil to absorb the water. Consider also trimming some of your plant's leaves to increase light exposure and avoid bud rot. 

Extra water tip: During germination, ensure the soil at the top is moist just enough, not too much. As the Green Crack grows, carefully add water as not to overwater and cause root decay. Touch the soil before you add water. Dip with the finger for about an inch, and if it feels moist to the touch, skip adding water that day. Come back tomorrow for the same test.

Nutrient Tips for Green Crack

Green Crack is vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies. It’s good that you familiarize yourself with how to spot deficiencies early to react timely.  What works well for Green Crack is adding sufficient Phosphorus early in the flowering stage. The sooner you start adding Phosphorus, the better. This should get big buds your eyes will be rolling over. Don’t forget to also add the standard plenty of Nitrogen in the vegetative stage. 

From fruit leftovers to resources in your garden, use only natural materials when you prepare compost for Green Cush cannabis.

Lighting for Your Green Cracks

Green Crack is one of those strains that require excessive amounts of light. If you are growing indoors, and if it’s possible for you to keep the lights on for 24 hours during the vegetative stage, it just might be the best thing you want to do. As this may affect your electricity bills, seek solutions to set up your grow room to be energy efficient. Perhaps you can use a reflector wall. This may work particularly well if you have a small grow room.

With reflector walls, you can increase light exposure by a third while using fewer lamps. What you can also do is set up an adjustable track system to move the lights around your grow room. Using such a system to manage your lamps can also help you timely distance the lights from the canopy as your Green Cracks gradually begins to go tall.

Keeping a distance of around 25 inches is advisable between your lights and your plants. If you wonder what kind of lights would work best for Green Crack, choose HPS lighting (high-pressure sodium lights). This type of light produces plenty of ‘red spectrum’ light which will work particularly well to boost photosynthesis in Green Crack plants.

Cooling System

If needed, consider implementing a cooling water system if you notice that the lights create excess heat in your grow room. You don't want to fry your plants.  While it may not be necessary to install a cooling system in every grow room, it pays to have one if your room temperature shows above the 90 degrees Fahrenheit range.

How do you know you get it right? Green Cracks has a distinctive lime green color and citrusy mango-like smell. If you see that your crops get this color and if the buds smell like citrus, you're getting successful crops. Happy growing!

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