Big Bud XXL Feminized is a photoperiod strain, which means that it needs the grow light schedule to be switched from 18/6 to 12/12 to kick off its flowering stage. It will take 7 to 8 weeks for the plant to finish budding, so for outdoor cultivation, harvest time can start in late September.
Since these seeds do not contain any male genes, you can expect your crop to be all-female. There is no need to separate the plants because the chances of accidental pollination are nil. That’s one less step for gardeners – a great advantage for neophytes and even experienced cultivators who want to raise plants that produce smokable buds exclusively.
This strain’s height ranges from 90 to 150 cm tall (3 to 5 feet), depending on the setting. When grown under natural sunlight in a temperate climate, it will grow bigger, but not by much. You will be astonished, though, that this mid-sized shrub can yield as much as 2000 grams (70 ounces). Due to the heavy weight of the immense colas, it will need some bamboo stakes or a trellis to prevent the branches from snapping.
If the climate in your area is not ideal, you can propagate Big Bud XXL indoors. Its compact shape will allow you to set up a Sea of Green (SoG) configuration, but make sure to leave enough space between the plants for adequate air circulation – essential for the developing buds. They have a good calyx-to-leaf ratio, which makes them easier to trim, but the nugs themselves are so large and incredibly dense that you have to keep an out eye for bud rot.
The best thing to do is to monitor the temperature and relative humidity (RH) regularly. You want the temp to be 21 to 27 degrees Celsius (70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit) and the RH at 40 to 50%. An efficient ventilation system and an oscillating fan would be very helpful for maintaining those levels. If all goes well, you can expect a fantastic yield of 600 to 900 grams (21 to 32 ounces) per square meter.