This potent strain, with its unique green color, is comically but appropriately named Bruce Banner. But unlike The Incredible Hulk, this strain won’t send you into a rage. Its effects are much more pleasant, relaxing and calming, leading ultimately to a feeling of euphoria with an increased alertness and focus. Smokers of this strain describe its high as starting off heavy before lingering lightly.
Tip #1: Bruce Banner Strain Review
Bruce Banner is a creation of the legendary Delta 9 Labs, a hybrid strain which was formed when OG Kush was combined with Strawberry Diesel. It has a ratio of 60% sativa to 40% indica, making it a well-balanced strain for receiving the benefits of both varieties.
There are three known phenotypes, with the Bruce Banner #3 strain being the most potent. Even the least potent strain of Bruce Banner has a very high THC content of between 25-29% making it one of the strongest strains of cannabis out there.
Bruce Banner’s fragrance is a pungent mix of diesel combined with floral, earthy, and sweet aromas. It has a sweet, fruity, strawberry flavour but you can taste those earthy Kush flavours in there too.
Tip #2: Difficulty Growing
Bruce Banner is considered to be a moderately difficult strain to grow. You can grow Bruce Banner hydroponically or in soil. This strain is generally considered to be naturally highly resistant to disease, which helps. However, successfully growing Bruce Banner will definitely require a lot of care and attention. Hopefully, the tips contained in this article will help you to grow a strong and healthy plant which produces the best yield possible.
Tip #3: Growing Techniques
Bruce Banner’s OG Kush genetics mean this strain will stay short and bushy which makes it an ideal candidate for both the Sea of Green (SOG) and Screen of Green (SCROG) methods of growing. The SOG method is ideal for forcing strains of cannabis which naturally have longer vegetative states to flower sooner. The benefit of this method is that you will be able to harvest much sooner than if you just let nature take its course.
The SOG method is also useful when space is at a premium. It should also help you to achieve a higher yield while using less space. While the yield from a single plant may be lower, a more efficient use of space allows you to grow more plants in a smaller space, thereby increasing the overall yield.
The SCROG method is very similar to the SOG method, but growers use a screen to maximize light exposure to the entire plant. To achieve this, you can use either chicken wire or nylon netting as your screen. Pull back the top of the canopy so that the parts of the plant previously cast in the canopy’s shadow now receive enough light. You might want to source some chicken wire or nylon netting which has holes around 5cm in diameter to ensure that enough light gets through.
The SCROG method is an effective way to grow multiple colas rather than just a single top bud. Over time as the plant begins to grow through the screen, pull them back down and tie them to the screen. This will result in more budding sites and should lead to a higher overall yield. (For more on both the SOG and SCROG methods, see Tip #8 “What lighting should I use?” below.)
Another technique for increasing the plant’s budding sites is to remove some of the larger fan leaves so that the buds receive more energy. Be careful not to remove too many of the larger leaves as the plant depends on sun leaves for energy.
A useful tip for encouraging your plant’s canopy to swell is by removing the lower fan leaves and buds. It is important when growing a plant with a thicker canopy that you take measures to ensure proper air circulation.
Tip #4: Bruce Banner Yield
The yield from a successfully grown Bruce Banner strain is moderate to high. Those growing their Bruce Banner plant indoors can expect a more moderate yield, approximately 21 ounces per meter squared. The outdoor yield can be substantially higher, with as much as 35 ounces produced per plant.
Tip #5: Feeding for Bruce Banner
If you intend to grow your plant in soil, then it is recommended that you begin your feeds with above-average levels of nitrogen and CalMag. Later, you should top-dress with phosphorus-heavy nutrients for flowering. For those who will be growing outdoors, a useful tip for preventing powdery mildew is to apply a Foliar spray with compost tea to the plant’s leaves.
Tip #6: Growing Outdoors/Indoors
As already mentioned, you can grow Bruce Banner indoors or outdoors, but with a significant difference in the yield produced by the different methods. If you are intending to grow your Bruce Banner plant in an indoor marijuana garden in a tent, then an air-cooled lamp will help to keep both the temperature and humidity in the optimal ranges for growth.
For those who are intending to grow outdoors, Bruce Banner thrives in a warm and dry climate, with temperatures of between 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit being the ideal range. It is recommended when planting outdoors that you source a dry area free from autumnal rain showers.
Tip #7: Bruce Banner Flowering Time
The flowering time for this potent strain is approximately the 9-10-week mark, with October generally considered to be the ideal month for harvesting. Upon harvesting your successfully grown Bruce Banner plant, you will understand why it got its name. Those vibrant green leaves will have you picturing The Incredible Hulk. By this time, your plant should also be heavily frosted with a generous amount of orange pistils.
Tip #8: What Lighting Should I Use?
Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lights are the most efficient light source for converting electricity into the light energy cannabis plants use for photosynthesis. Both LEDs and T5 fluorescents are very effective when utilizing a SOG method to grow your Bruce Banner plant.
If you decide to use the SOG method, you can begin by germinating seeds or using cuttings to create clones. Start off initially with 18-24 hours of light exposure ideally until they grow to about 10 -12 inches in height. You can then space the plants out so that one or two plants fill one square foot of space.
From there reduce the LED lighting the plant receives to 12/12 light exposure. You should see more branches when you switch your lighting to 12/12 when moving into the flowering stage. Once a dense canopy of buds is formed you can trim the lower branches to form clones for future plants if you wish.
Alternatively, you can use a SCROG method to maximize the amount of light exposure that the entire plant receives. You should aim to keep your LED or T5 fluorescent light as close as possible to your plant or plants without overheating them so that all of the buds receive sufficient light. Training the top of your plant first will help when using the SCROG method.
Final Thoughts on Growing Bruce Banner
The Bruce Banner strain is one of the most potent strains out there on the market. This particular strain may be one for more experienced growers to try considering all of the measures which need to be taken to successfully grow it. Hopefully, the tips contained in this article will help guide you through the process so that you can one day reap the rewards of all of your efforts.