Having survived in the mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan for centuries, Hindu Kush is familiar with harsh living conditions. This strain can defend itself from pests and diseases; hence it is suitable for beginner growers and experts alike. Keep in mind that it is highly resinous and gummy, so you should wear gloves to protect your fingers when trimming and harvesting.
Due to its compact structure, an indoor setup works best for this plant. Using organic soil as the growing medium helps improve the terpene profile – the terpenes are natural compounds responsible for the aroma of the cannabis and the quality of the high it delivers. And if you wish to increase the yield, implement the Sea of Green (SOG) method. If done properly, the plant will flower in 7 to 8 weeks and generate 400 grams (14 ounces) of bud per square meter.
Despite being naturally resistant to mold and mildew, a little pruning and trimming will significantly reduce the risk of these pathogens ever proliferating. These techniques encourage better air circulation. In addition, make sure that the temperature is between 21 and 29 degrees Celsius (70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit). Don’t let the relative humidity (RH) go higher than 70% for the seedling and vegetative stages, and then lower it to 40 to 50% during the flowering period.
Outdoor cultivation is also possible with Hindu Kush. It prefers warm climates and enjoys basking in the sunshine. Although it is a relatively short strain, it can stretch its branches outward when placed in a garden. The maximum height is 100 to 150 cm (3 to 5 feet) with a 450-gram turnout per plant (16 ounces). The usual harvest time falls between late September and early October. Some experts recommend delaying the harvest for about a week for the buds to mature, giving you an extra kick of potency.
Feminized seeds will generate the highest yields. In contrast, regular seeds require more time and effort, but they are excellent for cloning. Because they have a 50/50 chance of sprouting female and male plants, you should germinate double the number of seeds. Separate the males as early as possible so that they don’t contaminate the flowers, and secure the pollen sacs for future breeding projects if that’s your plan.