There are only a handful of strains in the world, that have gained the notoriety achieved by White Widow. A potent hybrid, that had incredible flavor and was easy to grow, White Widow quickly became a popular strain among consumers and growers alike. It first made its appearance in the cannabis scene in the mid-nineties, and has gone on to obtain legendary status among cannabis consumers around the world.
Its true origins are only suspected, as many have claimed to have been the first to breed White widow. What is suspected, is that the first White Widow came from the Green House Seed Company and master grower Shantibaba. It is also believed, that the first White Widow was a cross between two landrace strains; a Brazilian sativa and an Indian indica, however, the uncertainty behind the original parents has left White Widow shrouded in mystery.
White Widow flowers into dense, pale green buds, with their famous white coating of trichomes spreading out onto the surrounding leaves. The appearance is hard to overlook, as White Widow tends to stand out in any grow. As a stable cross of landrace genetics, White Widow is resistant to swings in climate and can thrive with less care than most other strains, making it a great choice for your garden if you are just starting to develop your green thumb.
The smell of White Widow is incredibly pungent and savory, with some piney undertones and just a hint of spice. Once smoked, the delicious flavor is sweet and fruity, and it leaves behind a slightly sugary aftertaste. Despite White Widow’s sweet flavor, it definitely packs a punch so coughing might be inevitable.
Immediately after smoking, you will experience a burst of energy and euphoria leaving you feeling uplifted, conversational, and creative. If you have any anxiety or stress, you can kiss that goodbye after a few puffs of white widow.
However, after a while the effects become heavier and you may end up stuck on the couch for a while if you’re not already engaged in some sort of activity. Of course, whether or not you’re couch locked depends on many factors: how you consume it (smoke, vape, edibles, etc.), your tolerance level, and how it’s grown.
Fortunately it doesn’t take a master grower to be able to produce quality White Widow at home. If you are having trouble keeping your temperatures and humidity constant, White Window won’t take it personally. Bred from landrace strains, that had to adapt to harsh and shifting climates, you will find, that White Widow wants to survive and will produce heavy yields, despite minor obstacles.
White Widow can be grown outdoors and will sprout up if allowed to. Indoors, she will grow into plants, that usually won’t exceed a meter. Their short stature make them perfect for cultivating in the sea of green method. Sea of green focuses on short plants with thick dense center colas, that end up forming a thick canopy of buds in a small area. Known as a heavy yielder, you can collect as much as 500g/m² indoors and up to 600 grams per plant outdoors or in a greenhouse.
If you are looking to gain a little more size and weight out of White Widow, don’t feel the need to cut the vegetation period short. Topping White Widow once, and allowing it to veg for a full four weeks will maximize the number of flowering sites and help put out an enormous yield.
If you choose to plant these outside, you will want to have these in the ground early enough to harvest in mid-October. Indoors you can expect to go from flowering stage to harvest in eight weeks, although some recommend letting her go for another week or two, to maximize the trichome production, which White Widow is famous for.
As long as you keep your EC, pH and climate within the suitable range for cannabis, White Widow doesn’t need any particularly special care. It has learned to get by with less water than most cannabis plants, so if you are using coco or soil, it doesn’t hurt to throw some perlite into the mix to increase airflow and allow excess water to be shed. In the end, White Widow is an incredibly potent strain, that is easy to grow and will satisfy even the most ardent connoisseur.
It didn’t take long for White Widow to take home a Cannabis Cup trophy. Only a year after it made its way onto the scene, White Widow took home the first place trophy at the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1995. Since then, breeders from around the world have taken home numerous Cannabis Cup trophies with their own version of this beloved classic.
If you're interested in growing your own White Widow, then the following strain might also be interesting for you: Black Widow. This strain is a creation from Shantibaba (Mr. Nice seeds) and some believe these genetics of Black Widow are actually the original White Widow genetics responsible for winning the first prize at the 1995 Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.
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