As the offspring of two famous parents, Granddaddy Purple and Durban Poison, you would expect Cherry Pie to be an exceptional marijuana strain, and it does not disappoint. Although it has a THC content of up to 23%, you may also end up with just 13%. Don’t despair, you still feel ‘high,’ but it is well-balanced and unlikely to make you feel anxious or paranoid.
Although Cherry Pie is a strongly indica-dominant (80%) strain, the body high you feel doesn’t take you near couch lock territory. However, your mood is likely to be elevated as euphoria takes hold. The dank scent delivers on the strain’s promise of smelling like a freshly baked cherry pie. It also tastes like fresh cherries with some underlying earthiness for added enjoyment.
This strain is often used by patients who are suffering from anxiety or stress. The uplifting euphoria it offers also makes it an excellent strain if you have depression. Although it isn’t especially potent by modern standards, Cherry Pie can also be used to treat chronic pain. If you want to get a taste of this delicious strain, keeping reading this growing guide for helpful hints and tips.
1 – Keep Cherry Pie Indoors
You can grow it outside if you live in a warm, Mediterranean climate where the daytime temperature ranges from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the grow difficulty is moderate to easy, Cherry Pie is clone-only, so finding it isn’t as easy as you might hope. Also, many growers complain about the strain’s issues with self-pollinating.
You need to keep a close eye on the strain to prevent this from happening, a difficult feat if you grow it outside. If you persevere with an outdoor grow, it will yield up to 14 ounces per plant and be ready for harvest by the end of October. If you take the sensible route and grow Cherry Pie inside, it will flower in 8-9 weeks and provide up to 16 ounces per square meter planted.
2 – Use Soil as Your Growing Medium
Although you are welcome to use a hydroponics setup, Cherry Pie prefers soil. You can purchase potting soils from gardening stores or create your own. Soil varies in several ways which are important to the growth of your marijuana plants. You need to take into account drainage, texture, pH level, nutrients, and texture.
There is sand, silt, clay, and loam soil on offer. Loam is a mixture of the other three and is by far the best to use. The majority of potting soil you’ll buy is loamy, and it should have a dark color and a structure that enables you to squeeze it into a loose ball before it breaks apart. It is expensive, but has the ideal pH, is easy to work with, supports microorganisms, retains nutrients well, and has high oxygen levels.
3 – Prune Your Cherry Pie When Necessary
Pruning is an often-neglected method of increasing yield and reducing the risk of mold growth. If your plants receive the right amount of nutrients and are exposed to plenty of light with good airflow, you will be shocked by how fast the plants grow. As soon as your Cherry Pie strain begins to look bushy, it is time to take out the pruning shears.
Aim to remove any dying leaves, branches low down on the plant that are not receiving light, and any bud sites way down on the main stalk. Use a pair of Fiskars for smaller leaves and branches, and a sharp pair of scissors for larger foliage. Prune the plants in cycles to avoid causing shock. Not only does shock slow down growth, but it could also lead to hermaphroditic plants (plants that exhibit traits of both genders).
It is best to begin by removing the largest branches because it gives you more space to perform intricate pruning. Once the plant recovers from the initial shock, it should experience a significant growth spurt. It is not advisable to prune marijuana plants once they are a couple of weeks into flowering.
4 – What Are the Advantages of Cloning Compared to Growing from Seeds?
Cherry Pie is a clone only strain which has several advantages when compared to trying to grow from seeds:
- It is much faster to work from cuttings; you skip the germination stage altogether. When growing from seed, the seedling stage alone can take up to three weeks indoors, and double that time outdoors. All you need to do with a clone is allow time for the cutting to develop roots, and then it is in the vegetative stage.
- Not all seeds germinate, and non-feminized seeds have a 50% chance of developing into a male plant. Assuming you purchase your Cherry Pie clone from a reputable seller, the cuttings will be from a female plant.
- With a clone, you get precisely what you want every time. The same can’t be said for seeds. Even if you buy them from a trusted seed bank, there are no guarantees about the kinds of phenotypes you’ll end up with.
- You also get more harvests per year with cuttings. Again, this is mainly due to skipping the germination stage. Rather than hoping for healthy female plants to grow, as is the case with seeds, cuttings guarantee healthy plants every time, as long as they came from a healthy mother plant.
5 – What About Lighting?
In terms of light cycle, the tried and trusted tactic is to allow 18-24 hours of light a day during the vegetative stage. Once you are ready to force your Cherry Pie into flowering, switch to a 12-12 cycle, ensuring that your crop is exposed to 12 consecutive hours of darkness each day.
When growing indoors, you need to select the appropriate lighting and place it at the right distance from the canopy. Too many growers overdo it, not realizing that excessive light exposure damages the terpenes in the plants. CFL lights are ideal for small grows because they emit just enough heat to help plants grow.
HPS lights are often used during the flowering stage, as are LEDs. If you use HPS lights, make sure they don’t generate excess heat which drives the grow room temperature above 80 degrees. If this happens, and your ventilation system is unable to cool the room sufficiently, switch to LED lights for the rest of the cycle because they don’t emit a great deal of heat.
6 – Stress Your Plants for More Terpenes
Cherry Pie contains terpenes such as linalool, alpha-pinene, beta-myrcene, and beta-caryophyllene. Terpenes are responsible for the stunning scent from the strain, and they are also linked with improved medical properties. Although you don’t want to stress your plants to the point where they go into shock and stop growing, a little stress can boost the crop’s terpene profile.
We advise that this tip should be followed by experienced growers only. According to the theory, stressing the plant strengthens the smell because terpenoids are synthesized in trichomes, which are created as part of weed’s defense mechanism. When you subject your plants to ‘controlled’ stress, they can develop bigger trichomes which produce stronger flavors.
You can also attempt super cropping, which involves bending and twisting the stems; just make sure they don’t break! Another tactic is to place the plants in 48 hours of continuous darkness just before harvest.
7 – Flush Your Cherry Pie Before Harvest
As harvest time approaches, it is time to flush your plants to remove the remnants of nutrients. As you know, when plants absorb nutrients, they travel throughout it and into the buds. While the nutrients help buds to grow, we don’t want to taste them in the final product. Failure to flush your plants could result in horrible tasting weed.
Wait until 1-2 weeks before harvest and use pure water to flush the soil. Through this process, the plants will use up any reserves they have left in the bud, but as you are not replacing the nutrients, there is no danger of a foul fertilizer taste when you smoke your weed. While there are pre-packaged solutions designed for flushing, pH neutral water will work just as well.
8 – Keep Relative Humidity (RH) Low, Especially When Curing
RH refers to the amount of water vapor air can hold at a specific temperature. Cherry Pie prefers lower RH levels, so during the vegetative stage gradually reduce the level to 55%. By the early flowering stage, you can reduce RH to 50%, and in the late flowering stage, you can reduce it all the way to 40%.
You should also pay attention to humidity during curing. ‘Curing’ refers to the process where the buds are slowly dried to remove any moisture while retaining cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. If you allow the RH to stay high during curing, you are risking mold growth, which will ruin your crop.
When you ensure the RH is at the perfect level, you benefit from a higher THC content. When cannabis is properly cured, chlorophyll gets broken down and is released from the buds. You will even benefit from enhanced terpene production.
There are special humidity regulators that come in the form of packets. Pop one into the mason jar where you store your weed and allow it to work its magic. For example, a 62% RH packet will make sure the humidity remains at 62%. Eventually, you will need even less moisture so you must purchase a 55% packet. These packets will cost extra, but when the result is higher quality bud, it is a purchase well worth making.