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Blue Moonshine, the fifth member of the legendary „Blue Family“, was made available as a feminised strain as well by Dutch Passion in 2008. German master grower Rocky Resin put it to the test…

The Dutch Passion Blue Family strains.

The Blue Family, a highly individual and charismatic cannabis gene pool, was created from different landraces and refined by Canadian breeder DJ Short in the 80s and 90s. Blueberry and Flo are the most well-known Blue Family members, the other siblings are Blue Velvet and Blue Heaven. The Blue Family strains were introduced to the European market by Dutch Passion in 1998, under cooperation with DJ Short. The Blue Family’s genetics are based on Oaxacan Gold (a legendary Mexican sativa strain), two Thai landraces (Highland Thai and Chocolate Thai) and an Afghani indica. From this gene pool of pure landraces, DJ Short bred the various Blue Family strains, giving every single strain a different genetic accentuation. Flo for example is genetically mostly influenced by Oaxacan Sativa, while Blue Moonshine has the highest share of Afghani indica (90% indica).

 

 

 

Blue Moonshine, a quality Strain.

Blue Moonshine originated in the early 1990s. Despite its indica dominant pedigree, she isn’t a strong yielder, only delivering a moderate yield - according to Dutch Passion. So it’s not a commercial strain, but a quality strain, true cannasseur’s delight. Blue Moonshine is pretty damn strong, super potent, thanks to its heavily trichome-coated buds. Dutch Passion praises it as a true "hash plant". Also characteristic for Blue Moonshine is the long lasting narcotic body high.

Germinating seeds and transplanting them.

When there’s talk of “hash plant”, infamous resin expert Rocky Resin always pricks his ears, and Blue Moonshine fell on fertile ground in his product garden. After he had received a bag of feminised Blue Moonshine seeds (10 seeds), he didn’t waste time and germinated six seeds, each in a separate one litre pot filled with seedling soil. Five seeds germinated very quickly, but one proved to be a latecomer, reaching the soil’s surface three days later than the others. For the vegetative stage,  Rocky Resin used a 400 watts Philips HPI-T lamp. After the six Blue Moonshine plants had established themselves well in the one litre pots, having become almost rootbound, they were transplanted to 6.5 litres pots filled with Plagron Standard Mix. The nutrient content of this medium enables the grower to do without any extra fertiliser in the vegetative stage, with the soil’s nutrients being sufficient for the first three vegetative weeks in any case.

 

 

Growing tall with slight differences.

Rocky Resin let the six Blue Moonshine plants spend 24 days in the vegetative stage and, indeed, could do without any extra fertiliser, the plants thrived very well and fairly homogeneous, except for the latecomer that remained much smaller than his siblings. After Rocky had induced flowering, in the course of the following weeks the other five plants also developed slight differences in height and branching pattern. At least two different phenotypes became evident: On the one hand, an indica typical phenotype (four plants) – the buds of which strongly reminded of Original Blueberry – on the other hand, a phenotype with more sativa traits (two plants). It came as a surprise though that the Blue Moonshine indica phenotype proved to become much taller than the sativa phenotype, the difference in height compared to the sativa phenotype was 20-45 cm in the end. The sativa phenotype grew much denser and more compact than the indica phenotype that had much wider internodes and the buds of which were interrupted inbetween at the main stem, there wasn’t a continuous top cola.

Great results, little bit spicy, a little bit fruity.

Thanks to the 600 watts Sylvana HPS lamp that Rocky Resin had installed at the begin of the flowering period, and the application of Hesi Flower Complex and Phosphor Plus fertiliser, the Blue Moonshine plants were strongly pushed. Especially the two sativa phenotype plants grew into impressive product marijuana exemplars, loaded with big compact resinous buds that had a high calyx-to-leaf ratio. However, they weren’t as super resinous as the buds of the indica phenotype which produced less bud weight though. The aroma was more or less the same with all the six plants: Sweet, a little bit spicy, a little bit fruity, very pleasing. Also in terms of maturing time, all the Blue Moonshine plants gave a fairly homogeneous performance. The four indica phenotype plants were ripe after 60 days of flowering, the two sativa phenotype plants took only one week longer (Dutch Passion states 63 days flowering time for Blue Moonshine, so this was well within tolerance).

 

Blue Moonshine’s purple blue trademark attribute.

On the plants there were only slight hints of one of Blue Moonshine’s trademark attributes, purple blue hues or even colour in the buds, only the indica phenotype plants exhibited a little bit of this. This was probably due to the fact that it was quite warm in the grow room (21-26°C during daytime, 16-21°C at night) – the colder it is, the stronger purple colours are expressed by the plants. Another very important result: All the six Blue Moonshine plants passed the femi-test with flying colours, none of them produced any male flower so that Dutch Passion’s feminised seeds proved to be stable and reliable once again. 

High yield with a very strong, highly narcotic and long-lasting high.

The appearance of a sativa phenotype in this Blue Moonshine grow was particularly interesting, as such a phenotype hasn’t been described in respective strain literature so far. And it was same as surprising that the indica phenotype achieved tall end heights of 145-158 cm, having grown rather into sativa dimensions. On the other hand, and this really was a paradox, the sativa phenotype grew much lower and more compact. The biggest surprise, however, came when it was time for Rocky Resin to put the dry Blue Moonshine harvest on the scales: Altogether, the six plants yielded amazing 240 grams, 40 g per plant on the average, pretty much for plants grown from seed - and much more than Rocky had expected after Dutch Passion’s moderate yield forecast. The high was precisely as described by Dutch Passion, however: Very strong, highly narcotic and long-lasting, Rocky Resin was definitely couch locked and impressed by Blue Moonshine’s outstanding indica potency. The sativa phenotypes provided a little bit of sativa freshness only at the very beginning of smoking, then the indica power quickly totally took over also here.

On the whole, Rocky Resin considered Blue Moonshine a very charismatic and rewarding strain that even clearly exceeded his expectations.



Green Born Identity – G.B.I.


Cultivation data: Blue Moonshine

 

Strain 

Blue Moonshine  

Pedigree 

Highland Thai x Afghani Indica

Vegetative stage 

here: 24 days 

Flowering stage 

here: 60-67 days (63 days officially) 

Medium 

Plagron Standard Mix 

pH 

6.1-6.4 

EC 

1.2-1.5 mS 

Light 

vegetative stage: Philips HPI-T 400 Watt  

flowering stage: Sylvana HPS 600 Watt 

Temperature 

night: 16-21 °C 

day: 21-26°C 

Air humidity 

40-60 % in the flowering stage 

Watering 

by hand 

Fertilizers 

In the flowering stage: Hesi Blüh Complex, Hesi Phosphor Plus 

Stimulators/Additives 

Hesi SuperVit 

Height 

90, 112, 128, 145, 157 and 158 cm 

Yield 

40 g on the average