With a name like Alaskan Thunder Fuck, you would be correct in assuming that this is quite a potent strain. It has a THC content in the 16%-23% range and a CBD level of 0.80%. Smokers of ATF describe its high as cerebral, which is said to creep up on you slowly.
Alaskan Thunder Fuck is also known by a number of different names, namely Matanuska Tundra or Matanuska Thunder Fuck, as it is believed to have originated in Alaska’s Matanuska Valley. Sometimes it is simply referred to by its initials ATF.
This legendary old-school sativa is said to have been brought to Alaska from Northern California in the 1970s. From there it was decided to hybridize the Californian strain with a Russian ruderalis and then later with an Afghani Indica landrace. And thus, this potent breed of cannabis was formed.
ATF is known for its pungent aroma which is described as smelling of skunk or diesel. Others say that ATF smells like pine or has an earthy fragrance. While ATF’s pungent smell may be off-putting for some, its rich and unique variety of flavors make up for what it lacks in the way of pleasant fragrance. ATF smokers experience strong flavors of menthol, pine and lemon, with hints of spice, banana and even orange.
If you are reading this article you probably have been a consumer of ATF in the past. Maybe you have always wanted to grow your own ATF at home but didn’t know where to start? Well, read on to equip yourself with the necessary knowledge and hopefully, these tips will help guide you through the process.
Tip #1: Difficulty Growing
One of the challenges faced when growing Alaskan Thunder Fuck outdoors is that the plant is only moderately resistant to diseases. One tip for helping to improve your ATF plants’ resistance to disease is by adding some silica to the soil. This can be done without too much difficulty by dissolving silicon in water and applying it separately from your two-part feed (for more on this, check out the tip “Feeding for Alaskan Thunder Fuck” below).
Silica not only stimulates the development but also speeds up the process by which plants produce their cell walls, leading to a stronger, healthier plant and helping to improve its resistance to pathogens. Another added benefit of silica is that it is a wonderful, natural alternative to toxic fungicides and pesticides.
You will need to monitor both your plant and the weather closely in order to prevent your ATF plant from being adversely affected by extremes in weather. ATF grows better in a more acidic grow medium. Experienced ATF growers believe that the optimal pH level to help your cannabis plant to flourish is 5.5.
Tip #2: Growing Techniques
ATF is best suited to a cooler climate due to its heritage. It is recommended when growing ATF outdoors in colder weather that you grow your plant in trenches rather than in pots in order to keep the roots warm. When growing outdoors, always make sure that your ATF plant is getting enough direct sunlight and plenty of food to help it grow.
Pruning methods such as topping and training are recommended for plants like ATF with abundant internodal spacing as they will produce longer, taller stems. Pruning the necessary nodes and internodal spaces will create more desirable branching which can lead to higher yields.
It is also recommended that you use dowels as this will help the plant support its own weight as it grows. You will also need to stake your ATF plants side branches as well as the apical stem to prevent your buds from lying on the floor.
Tip #3: Alaskan Thunder Fuck Yield
It is in the yield where growers will notice the biggest difference between growing outdoors as opposed to indoors. ATF can produce as much as 32 ounces per plant when grown outdoors, with October being the ideal month for harvesting. The indoor yield is considerably less; growers can expect an average yield of 16 ounces per square meter.
Tip #4: Feeding for Alaskan Thunder Fuck
In order for ATF to reach its full potential in terms of yield when grown outdoors, growers are advised to use nutrient-rich soil which is high in both nitrogen and microorganisms to boost growth. As mentioned above, silica can be a very beneficial supplement when growing your ATF plant. Not only will silica help strengthen your plant’s cell walls, it also increases the amount of available nitrogen to your plant, one of the most important nutrients for aiding growth, particularly in the vegetative stage.
Another of silica’s many benefits is it also helps to increase the plant’s uptake of water and other nutrients. It is important to note for those of you who intend to use a hydroponic method to grow your ATF that hydroponic feeds do not contain silicon. Silicon is not included in hydroponic feeds as its high pH would react with the other nutrients included in the feed in an adverse way, which could lead to your plant being deprived of essential nutrients.
One trick to ensure that your ATF receives all of the benefits silica has to offer is by keeping your silica application separate from your normal two-part feed. Plants absorb silicon as monosilicic acid after it has been dissolved in water. If you are intending to grow hydroponically, the main silicon additive to use is potassium silicate.
Tip #5: Growing Outdoors/Indoors
While Alaskan Thunder Fuck can be grown both indoors and outdoors, the plant thrives outdoors, particularly in colder conditions, with the optimal temperature range being between 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
One thing to bear in mind when growing ATF indoors is that the plant has quite a pungent odor upon curing, and growers should ensure adequate ventilation to prevent any unwanted lingering odors.
Tip #6: Alaskan Thunder Fuck Flowering Time
So when can I expect those bodacious buds to reach maturity? Well, the flowering time for the Alaskan Thunder Fuck plant is approximately 9-10 weeks. By this time the leaves and flowers of the ATF plant should be covered in trichomes. Trichomes get their name from the Greek word “Tríchōma,” which means “growth of hair”, as you will notice that’s what trichomes on a cannabis plant resemble.
Trichomes are sticky and the flowers of the ATF plant can be difficult to break up. A grinder will come in handy for this. It is easy to tear off the leaves from the stem to reveal the ATF plant’s chunky buds, which are medium to large in size. ATF’s orange pistils are much longer and thinner than those of other strains and grow predominantly around the leaves.
Tip #7: Climate for Growing Alaskan Thunder Fuck Strain
As already mentioned, ATF thrives in a cold to moderate climate due to its heritage. Autumn is the best season for growing ATF, with October being the ideal month for harvesting. While some ATF growers believe that the plant produces its best yields when grown in temperatures ranging from 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit, others believe that the optimal range is slightly higher, specifically in the 75-85-degree Fahrenheit range.
While such a difference may seem minuscule, it should be noted that ATF – just like other plants – is vulnerable to the effects of changes in temperature. If the temperature drops too low, ATF is more susceptible to fungal diseases like powdery mildew, which can be very harmful to the plant. Obviously, higher temperatures can kill your ATF plant unless it is adequately watered.
Tip #8: What Type of Lighting Should I Use?
Indoor growers should avoid any source of lighting will drive temperatures above the 80-degree Fahrenheit mark to prevent damaging the plant. High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lights, such as High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) and Metal Halide (MH) lighting are generally considered to be the best available lighting sources for growing indoors.
Higher wattage HIDs tend to produce more heat and use a lot more energy, with the added hassle of setting up a supplemental ventilation system for dealing with the excess heat produced. It is recommended that you use a lower wattage HID which will require less electricity to run (saving you money!) and produce less heat to keep the temperature in that optimal 65-80-degree Fahrenheit range.
It is important to note that implementing a 12/12 strategy with regards to lighting throughout the process will produce fewer trichomes. Experienced growers of ATF have noticed that, during times of the year when days become shorter and nights longer, trichome coverage increases dramatically. In order to maximize resin maturation, it is advisable for growers to allow a few days of darkness before harvesting for the plant’s cannabinoids to reach their full, potent potential.
Final Thoughts on Growing Alaskan Thunder Fuck
Alaskan Thunder Fuck can be a challenging strain not only to come by but also to grow. It will take quite a bit of care in terms of pruning and staking, as well as keeping your ATF plant in the optimal temperature range to produce the best yields possible. So, to finish, it may take a few attempts to perfect your ATF grow, but the rewards are worth the extra effort.