In 1994 I stored a bunch of seeds, perhaps about a thousand of them and split them into different categories, vacuum packed and surrounded with rice.. that was what I used back then before other desiccants.. When I came to Spain at the beginning of this century I left half in the UK with friends and brought with me some of the more interesting ones, mainly Sativa because that was my choice back in the day, my Mota mortal and Acapulco gold type strains for example that I grew out successfully recently. When I came to Spain they were all chucked into the deep freeze and I’ve been as careful as possible in all that time not to let them thaw.
Last year tho I cracked into a tube of Hawaiian background seeds, seeds that I had collected over the course of a few years from mates going to check out the scene back then around the end of the 80’s. These recently planted beans threw out all manner of phenotypes, from about two dozen seeds it felt like I had twenty different phenotypes or strains. This is never an ideal situation, different requirements, different heights etc and coupled with the hectic year and me moving twice within about 6 months the project was a disaster.
For this year, along with my regular reliable meds I am going to grow out a batch of these old schools again and try to give them the required attention. Nothing stood out as unbelievable grower early on last year so I’m not expecting fireworks but I AM hoping that we can find one or two that are interesting.
Now, for purists, I know that some argue about the true background of Hawaiian land-races and I am aware of all this but for me cannabis has been around the world and back again ten times over over thousands of years. They might not technically be a land-race as in originated in this place but I consider land-races to be strains that thrive in a certain location and are growing wild. That’s what the plants that produced these seeds were doing.
As I was just saying to a friend on Facebook
“i love the nostalgia of these old school tho and not quite knowing what you are going to get is always nice for an enthusiast ”
The early idea is to just plant a few, remove any weak plants in the first few weeks, force flower half after 6 weeks or so and let the remaining plants get fully mature with several re-pots before planting outdoors. I have an area in my smallish garden in mind for them with some bamboo and canes growing high behind them for some protection from the elements and prying eyes. With these particular seeds having a Hawaiian background they should do well in our local, almost sub-tropical climate.