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Strain Report – D-Shaze

D-Shaze is a cross between Super Silver Haze, White Shark, and Diesel (aka Chem Dog 91).  The exact mother and fathers are not known, but the strain is a solid yielder, very resilient, and tastes and smells unlike any strain you’ve ever known.

How is it grown?
D-Shaze is an 8-10 week strain depending on conditions.  In our test batch only one phenotype was identified.  It grows tall and long with large spaces between nodes, similar to the Chem Dog heritage.  The plant responds well to topping and produces as many as 6 or 7 tops if you top it right.  As well, the plant responds very well to thinning as it is a leafy and bulky strain.  If thinned and topped right, the plant will develop very heavy buds and will require support.  Feed, water, and light as usual.  Flush D-Shaze for two and a half to three weeks, after you last feeding at 7 weeks.  Dry and cure as usual, but take care to watch the smell.  D-Shaze should have a very pungent and “sour”, or “acidic” smell.  When it is cured properly, and opened jar will have a piney and peppery smell, almost like a spicy mustard.

Distinguishing Characteristics?
Other than the odor and the dense weight, the most distinguishing thing about D-Shaze is it’s extremely pod-like, large nugs that grow a final layer of “pods” or “spires” in the 10th week.    Don’t worry, they aren’t male flowers, or seed pods.  They are just a crazy brand of nuggy buddiness that hasn’t been witnessed much before.  Imagine a bud with large calyxes, similar to Sour Diesel, but with the density of an Indica.  It really is the best of both worlds.  As well, these characteristics provide the Shaze with a level of bag stamina not found in many strains.  Lastly, the strain is particularly resilient, resisting molds, mildews, and mites rather well.

Finishing Moves
Shay-Dee has plenty of amazing flavor to take advantage of, so don’t cut any corners in the flush or the dry, and definitely don’t pull it prematurely.   The white hairs will make your finished bud appear younger than it really is. You can cut off the outer layer of pods (the ones with the white hairs) during your trim if this happens, but they are good bud, and dry up nice and tight if they can be left.

The Bottom Line

The D-Shaze is an above-average yielder.  Expect 2-4 ounces per 1-2 sq ft. of canopy, depending on how green your thumb is.  If you come across D-Shaze, give it a whirl if you are looking to try something new and are looking for some Sour-Diesel-ish bud that is dense, gooey, and the definition of “chronic”.  Remember, always grow organic for the best in flavor and aroma.

Strain Report – OG4way

Straight from the hills of Southern California, this variation on the now-classic OG strain delivers flavor, smell, and a heady buzz that works as well for a crazy night out as it does for a night on the couch.  It has an uplifting medicinal effect similar to any sativa.

What is it?
4way is – supposedly – the result of one man’s attempt at attaining the most accurate and original OG Kush genetics he could find.  After identifying a promising mother, the strain was then bred to itself 4 times.  The original OG plant was stressed during flowering to create a hermaphrodite with viable pollen.  This pollen was then collected and used to pollinate another flowering plant.   The seeds were collected from this plant, grown out, and after selecting a male, another mother was pollinated and the process was repeated 3 additional times for a total of 4 generations.  Hence the name.  This story was passed along in great detail with the plants that were received for our test.  The plants we received were grown from seed.  We made up the name.

How is it grown?
The plants we received exhibited two distinct phenotypes.  One of them matures right at around 63 days, and exhibits the classic traits of it’s mother, the original OG.  Yield, taste, and medicinal effects are all what one would expect.  The slower of the two phenos exhibited larger yield, but had a lighter, pod-like bud structure similar to it’s sister strain, the Sour D.  As with any OG, this strain is a pathetic yielder but it tastes, smells, and smokes amazing.  Definitely a “grower’s reserve.”  Veg it extra long if you want to offset the yield.  You’ll have to make a compromise either way.  OG is OG, however, so we were extremely pleased to acquire such a classic-tasting variety.  Genetics like this aren’t often shared.

Distinguishing Characteristics?
To determine the fast pheno, look for red hairs approx. 7.5 weeks into your flowering cycle.  We waited for the tricombs to turn from milky to amber at about a 50% ratio.  This will happen right at about 9 weeks.  The slower pheno will take about 1 to 1.5 weeks longer to complete.  In addition, this strain is particularly susceptible to herming if stressed at all, because of it’s genetics.  Because of this and because of the unpredictable phenotypes, we at Roots & Harmony decided not mother this plant any further, effectively destroying our reserve of this strain.  Because the strain was given to any number of individuals, it could be floating around with some other name, but likely with a similar back story.  If you hear of some inbred OG strain that is supposedly the best thing ever, take note… you might be the lucky recipient of some rare OG4way.  It won’t grow you much but it’s great stuff.

Finishing Moves
If you do end up with a flowering crop of OG4, flush it really really well so you take advantage of the flavor potential.  In comparison to most strains, the OG dries up relatively quickly, taking about 5 and a half or 6 days.  Cut it straight off the vine and cure it in jars, breathing the flowers on a 24-hour schedule for 10 more days, with minimal light.  By the tenth day, when you remove that jar lid, you’ll be smelling a smell that takes you back to high-school smoke outs, Pink Floyd, and live laser shows.

Once dry, the two phenos mixed really well.  They both have great bag stamina, and while the quicker pheno has a slightly piney-er smell, they both smell very similar, taste the same, and look the same once dry.

The Bottom Line
The bottom line on 4way is that we are believers.  It is what it says it is.   A lot of people call a lot of different bud “OG”, but the second we tasted 4way we knew the story was true.  It’s incredible bud that your friends won’t be able to get enough of.  The bright, piney, minty, herby, sweet, bitter, amazing carnival of flavors is there, and in abundance.  Unfortunately, the many problems the strain has, such as susceptibility to herming and ridiculously small yield, mean that no one will ever produce this little gem beyond small reserve batches.  Alas, this strain will probably go down in history like many great strains have – missing.

If you come across OG4, pass it by for a better yeilder unless you know what you are doing and just have to taste it, which would be understandable.



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