If you enjoy a savory taste from your marijuana, look no further than Blue Cheese, an Indica dominant (80%) strain that dominates your senses. It has become the favorite strain of many cannabis lovers, because of the combination of a cheese-like aroma and delicious taste. It is a cross of Blueberry and UK Cheese and was developed in Europe.
It is a potent strain with a THC content of up to 20%, and its 2% worth of CBD ensures it is also a favorite amongst medical patients. Once you light up Blue Cheese and have a few tokes, you will enjoy a truly cerebral experience. It should cause you to feel euphoric, but eventually, it creeps into your body and helps you relax and feel mellow. Don’t be surprised if you feel an urge to raid the fridge because Blue Cheese brings on a serious case of the munchies in some users.
Blue Cheese is often used to help alleviate anxiety disorders and is said to be successful in controlling symptoms of bipolar disorder and PTSD. Although it is Indica heavy, there is enough Sativa in the strain to relax the body without causing couch lock. If you are interested in cultivating this dank strain, keep reading our grow guide for some handy tips and tricks.
1 – Where Should I Grow Blue Cheese?
Blue Cheese is a great strain for new growers because it is highly resistant to mold and disease. Unlike other strains from the same family, however, Blue Cheese prefers to grow in a slightly cooler environment. It is a versatile strain that grows well indoors or outdoors and also thrives in soil or a hydroponics setup.
If you grow Blue Cheese indoors, you should find it easy to train. It averages a moderate to high yield of 18 ounces per square meter, and its flowering time is 7-8 weeks. If you grow it outside, make sure it is exposed to relatively low heat and is located in an area that enjoys regular gentle breezes. It is normally ready for harvest by the end of September and yields approximately 19 ounces per plant.
2 – Be Wary During the Vegetative Stage
In many ways, Blue Cheese grows differently to what one might expect from an Indica. Rather than growing short and bushy, Blue Cheese may exhibit stretching behavior when flowering which causes it to triple in height effectively. As a result, we would recommend ensuring that you keep this strain below 16 inches high during the vegetative stage.
We have heard from several growers who gave their Blue Cheese crop no more than 17 days of vegetative growth. Despite such a short growing period, the plants easily reached a height of 14 inches. During flowering, the plants grew to a whopping three feet tall! If you grow Blue Cheese outside, it could reach 10 feet in height.
3 – Manipulate Temperature to Attain the Coveted Blue Tinge
When you get it right, you will be rewarded with gorgeous leaves and flowers that carry a bluish and purple tinge. To achieve this, you need to ensure that the night temperature is 20 degrees Fahrenheit lower than during the day. The ideal daytime temperature is between 65 and 80 degrees. The main issue with reducing the night temperature by so much is a risk of shock. If you are looking to grow colorful Blue Cheese, keep the daytime temperature at around 75-80 degrees so that the 20-degree drop keeps it in the mid-50s.
4 – Feeding Blue Cheese
The main reason why Blue Cheese is such a vigorous and strong plant is because of its insatiable appetite. It has plenty of foliage and can handle large amounts of nutrients. Aside from the usual mix of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium, Blue Cheese also needs reasonable amounts of Calcium and Magnesium.
Also, don’t be afraid to add Silica. Better known as silicon dioxide, silica is formed when silicon comes into contact with oxygen. It is found in abundance in healthy soil and is a significant component of a plant’s tissue. Assuming you use a store-bought brand, make sure it contains at least 8% silica.
5 – What is the Right pH Value for Blue Cheese?
The pH of the water and soil used by your marijuana plants dictates how well it absorbs nutrients. As a general rule of thumb, marijuana grown in soil needs a pH of between 6.0 and 6.8. This value falls to 5.5 to 6.5 in a hydroponics setup. Through trial and error, growers have found that Blue Cheese prefers the pH to be on the higher side of the scale; 6.3 – 6.5.
6 – Training Your Blue Cheese
When you train Blue Cheese correctly using a Low-Stress Training (LST) technique, you can increase yields without damaging the plant. The LST technique itself involves bending the Blue Cheese plant as it grows. You need to tie down branches that grow too long. If you pull the branch downward, an increased amount of the hormone, auxin, is released which encourages the plant to grow upwards.
Use the special green tape you’ll find at gardening stores for this purpose. Eventually, you will expose a variety of bud sites at the same height. When your Blue Cheese plants enter the flowering stage, the colas grow upwards from the plant, and the result is multiple colas instead of a single large one.
There is also the Screen of Green (SCROG) method which involves attaching a screen above the plants. Once their branches begin to grow through, tuck them back into the screen.
7 – What About Humidity?
In general, Indica dominant hybrids prefer drier regions whereas Sativas thrive in warm, subtropical climates. As Blue Cheese is Indica dominant, it prefers lower humidity throughout its life cycle. As a seedling, you can keep the humidity in the grow room at 65-80%.
Once your plants are in the vegetative stage, bring the humidity level down to around 60% and decrease by several percent each week. By the beginning of the flowering stage, the humidity level needs to be below 50%. As harvest time draws near, Blue Cheese can handle a grow room with a humidity level as low as 30-35%.
8 – Storing Your Blue Cheese Seeds
Let’s say you bought Blue Cheese seeds but don’t have the time to grow them right now; what can you do? The answer is simple: Store them in a cool, dry place until you are ready! Did you know that it is possible to store cannabis seeds for up to five years in the right conditions!
If you only need to store the seeds for a matter of weeks or months, a grip-seal bag should do the trick. An alternative is a glass mason jar. In other words, find an airtight container. If you need to store the seeds for a year or longer, consider purchasing a vacuum-sealed package. It is also a good idea to add a food-grade desiccant to your container.
Overall, cannabis seeds must be stored in a cold location; even a refrigerator will do! The key is to ensure the seeds aren’t exposed to rapid changes in temperature. Also, make sure the humidity level of the storage area is below 10%. By the way, it is possible to freeze your seeds too.