Pineapple Express was not given the moniker “Express” for no reason. This Sativa-dominant strain flowers in about 8 weeks, which is relatively fast for a Sativa variety. However, Pineapple Express is better suited for intermediate growers who already have some experience handling finicky plants. Novice growers may find it challenging to tend to this strain as its growth traits are similar to landrace Sativas. For one, it grows quite lanky,and its slender branches are not robust enough to hold the massive buds they produce. As such, cultivators must have prior knowledge on height-reducing techniques such as pruning, topping, LST, ScrOG, and super-cropping. They must also know how to use supports to prevent the plant from toppling over.
This strain grows exceptionally well indoors and outdoors. When planted indoors, make sure you have ample space to spare as this plant can grow up to 150cm. Take note that it only requires moderate feeding, and you must pay special attention to pH levels to keep it within the optimal range of 6.0 to 6.5. Also, keep in mind that a 600-watt HID is the minimum requirement for lighting to ensure fruitful yields. Lastly, the optimal temperature range for Pineapple Express is between 74°F and 85°F.Other than these, Pineapple Express is an easy-going plant as it already has high resistance to molds, pests, and pathogens.
When grown outdoors, you should plant Pineapple Express in an area with rich soil that is exposed to plenty of sunlight. It prefers a temperate Mediterranean climate and a moderate level of humidity (40% to 50%). Moreover, make sure that the stems are adequately supported and that the area where they are planted is not exposed to strong winds. As mentioned earlier, the branches of this plant are weak and they may break when exposed to strong gusts of wind.
When grown with tender love and care, Pineapple Express will reward you with a generous harvest of 500 grams/m2 (indoors) and 500 grams per plant (outdoors).