Whether you choose to grow Girl Scout Cookies from feminized or regular seeds, the care requirements are the same. Its height rarely goes beyond 150 cm, making it suitable for most spaces. However, it may be a little challenging for novices because of the need to tame its bushiness. Regular pruning is necessary to promote better airflow and expose all the parts of the plant to the light evenly. Removing the non-essential leaves and stems will also encourage the plant to concentrate its energy on bud production.
Furthermore, it requires ample nutrient feedings to ensure robust growth. Besides the usual nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium, you should give it calcium and magnesium. As for the growing medium, you can use either soil or hydroponics. Just maintain the pH level at 5.5 to 6.5 so that the nutrients can be absorbed efficiently.
This strain thrives best in an indoor environment where all the ambient conditions can be controlled. For best results, the temperature should stay between 20 and 26 degrees Celsius (68 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit). The optimum relative humidity (RH) level is 50 to 60% during the vegetative period, but then it should be dropped to 30% a few weeks before harvesting. These are photoperiod plants, so remember to set the grow light schedule at 18/6 during vegetation and switch to 12/12 for the flowering phase.
For the maximum yield potential, employ the Sea of Green (SOG) technique. After 9 or 10 weeks of flowering, you will be able to collect 280 grams of delicious bud per square meter.
Growing GSC outdoors could be trickier, especially if you aren’t residing in a warm area with lots of sunlight. But if all goes well, a yield of 280 grams per plant can be achieved by mid-October. This strain might not be as high-yielding as its parents, Durban Poison and OG Kush. Nevertheless, the enticing aroma and flavor will more than make up for it.
Take note that regular seeds have a 50/50 chance of sprouting male and female plants. To get the expected yield of smokable bud, germinate twice as many as you think you’ll need.