Each came from a different breeder, and their genealogies are also diverse. However, it is worth discussing them simultaneously because they have a very important feature in common –enormous yields of ultra-relaxing buds.
The photoperiod variant was created by the Ministry of Cannabis, and it originated from the legendary Big Bud strain combined with Black Domina and Northern Lights. Thus, it is Indica-heavy and offers a profoundly soothing physical sensation coupled with an uplifting cerebral buzz.
On the other hand, the autoflowering version was bred by Zambeza Seeds using the award-winning icon, OG Kush. Although it was infused with Ruderalis genes, it is still predominantly Indica. The resulting plant produces nugs that generate a blissful calm while being exceptionally easy to grow.
As a matter of fact, either of the two strains can be cultivated by a first-time cannabis gardener since it has straightforward growth characteristics. Their short and bushy structures make them suitable for small spaces. And because they are Indicas, they are resilient in all sorts of environmental conditions, whether indoors or outdoors.
That gives Big Bud XXL (whichever cultivar is being referred to) remarkable flexibility, and it definitely should be the strain of choice for any home grower who wants an unlimited supply of stress-reducing weed. Not only does it alleviate anxiety, depression, and insomnia, but it also has painkilling properties.
|Feminized & Regular||Autoflower|
|Genotype||Genotype80% Indica + 20% Sativa||GenotypeMostly Indica + Ruderalis|
|Lineage||LineageBig Bud x Black Domina x Northern Lights||LineageOG Kush x Ruderalis|
|THC||THC14 % to 17%||THC10% to 15%|
|CBD||CBDLess than 1%||CBDLess than 1%|
|Indoor Flowering / Yield||Indoor Flowering / Yield7 to 8 Weeks / 600 to 900 g/m²||Indoor Flowering / Yield8 to 9 weeks from seed to harvest / 400 to 450 g/m²|
|Outdoor Harvest Time / Yield||Outdoor Harvest Time / YieldLate September to early October / Up to 2000 g/plant||Outdoor Harvest Time / YieldAll year round / 100 to 170 g/plant|
|Recommended To||Recommended ToBeginner||Recommended ToBeginner|
As most cannabis enthusiasts know, there is a strain that has been around since the 1980s named Big Bud. It lives up to its moniker by producing massive yields of huge buds, but breeders are never satisfied, as always. The Big Bud XXL photoperiod and autoflower strains are part of the quest for bigger, better, and faster. Given their supercharged characteristics, it is safe to say that their breeders are successful, and their creations certainly deserve the XXL suffix.
Both versions are typical Indica plants with broad fan leaves forming bushy, dark green foliage. They exhibit apical dominance, although secondary colas are plentiful along the thick and sturdy stems. Their buds are gigantic and exceptionally dense, with yellow or orange pistils poking through and crystalline trichomes dusted all over. You don’t have to wait long for the nugs to ripen since these plants are designed to be fast-flowering.
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.
If you want a plant that is more suitable for covert cultivation, get Big Bud XXL Auto seeds. Reaching a height of only 80 and 110 cm (2.5 to 3.5 feet), this miniature cannabis plant can fit into any available space without any problem. Hide it away in a closet or leave it out in the open with the other houseplants – its size will not call attention to itself.
As an autoflower, it does not have to wait for shorter daylight hours to enter the flowering phase, unlike a photoperiod plant. You can expose it to light for 18, 20, or even 24 hours a day, and it will still start budding because its internal clock tells it to do so. In addition, it has a lightning-fast life cycle, taking just 8 to 9 weeks to go from germinated seed to harvest-ready plant.
That means a perpetual harvest indoors is a cinch, and you can collect 400 to 450 grams (14 to 16 ounces) of colossal buds per square meter each time. Seedlings and vegetating plants can even be placed in the same area since the grow light schedule does not matter.
For outdoor cultivation, each plant can supply 100 to 170 grams (3.5 to 6 ounces). That may not seem like much, but you can have 2 or more crops per growing season. For example, you could sow one batch of seeds in early spring, then another in June or July while you are harvesting the previous group.