If you are looking for weed that can blow your mind, there is every chance that Strawberry Cough will become your favorite strain! It is a Sativa dominant (80%) hybrid created by Kyle Kushman which he derived from a Haze strain a few years ago. Although its THC content normally levels off at 18%, variations of the strain have been created with over 30% THC! It was initially a clone-only option, but it was recently worked into a seed form in Holland.
As you can probably guess from the name, Strawberry Cough has a delicious strawberry flavor, and a tendency to cause users to break out into an almighty coughing fit! Assuming you get a ‘regular’ version of the strain, you’ll find that it provides an easy-going high. Once you get over the irritation of the throat, smoking Strawberry Cough is an enjoyable experience.
It is widely used as a means of relieving stress, and while it elevates your mood, it keeps you clear-minded enough to finish whatever tasks are at hand. The strain genuinely smells like fresh strawberries, and the delicious berry aftertaste is enough to make you forget all about the time you nearly choked (15 seconds previously). Now that you know a little more about the strain let’s provide you with some handy tips and tricks to get the most out of your Strawberry Cough crop.
1 – Growing Strawberry Cough – Indoors or Outdoors?
If you want to grow it outside, you must live in a tropical and hot environment. Strawberry Cough needs plenty of sun, so it would be fantastic if you could grow it in a greenhouse. As it is resistant to most pests and molds, it is an excellent strain for novices to cultivate. Outdoor growers can expect 14 ounces per plant and a harvest time of early October.
In reality, if you don’t have a greenhouse, it is best to grow Strawberry Cough indoors. It needs to be pruned regularly because it grows bushy and can prevent light from reaching the lower parts of the plant. It has a flowering time of nine weeks indoors and offers up to 14 ounces per square meter.
2 – Greenhouse Growing
Having a greenhouse to call upon is a huge advantage when growing marijuana. It enables your plants to enjoy the power of the sun while remaining protected from inclement weather. The trouble with growing outdoors is that you are at the mercy of the weather. With a greenhouse, you can extend the hours of daylight by adding indoor lighting. As a result, you can benefit from several harvests each year.
When you have a controlled climate at your fingertips, you can guarantee prime growing conditions 12 months of the year. When you grow Strawberry Cough outdoors, you have to contend with the damage caused by heavy wind and rain. If your plants are exposed to too much moisture, for example, they could develop bud rot. In a greenhouse, you control water exposure and can use a dehumidifier or humidifier to alter the room’s humidity.
3 – Pruning Your Strawberry Cough
It is a mistake to leave Strawberry Cough to its own devices because it is a plant that grows thick and bushy. Although it is generally a low maintenance plant, it is best if you regularly prune it to remove excess foliage. You may notice that your Strawberry Cough has become a little unkempt a few weeks before you force it into flowering.
At this point, it is a good idea to remove low down branches that aren’t getting much light, bud sites located near the bottom of the main stalks, and leaves that appear to be dying due to lack of light. Believe it or not, trimming away part of the plant will help it grow and flourish because all parts of it will receive light and be exposed to decent airflow. Also, dying leaves and unnecessary branches use up valuable nutrients.
Make sure you have several pairs of sharp scissors ready for the job. The sharper, the better because clean cuts mean a lower chance of infection. Remove the biggest branches first before focusing on the more intricate task of clipping branches in the center of the plant beneath the canopy. Carefully analyze your plant and get rid of any non-essential parts that don’t get enough light.
Don’t perform all of your pruning work in one session or else you risk causing plant shock. Avoid pruning within a few days of forcing your plants into flowering, and stop pruning 2-3 weeks into flowering.
4 – Strawberry Cough Prefers Soil
While it is possible for Strawberry Cough to do well in a hydroponics setup, it flourishes when grown in soil and fed organic nutrients. The thing about soil is that you need to find a blend that enables your plants to thrive. It isn’t as easy as putting some soil in a pot and hoping for the best. In reality, soil varies according to texture, pH level, drainage, water retention, and level of nutrients.
Soil is normally divided into four categories:
- Silt: Known for being full of nutrients, silty soil retains water well and helps stabilize your plants. On the downside, its drainage is poor, and it is easily compacted.
- Sand: Sandy soil has a low pH and is known for having large grains. It offers good drainage, high oxygen levels, and it prevents compaction. Downsides include bad water retention, and since it dries out quickly, nutrients are easily washed away.
- Clay: Clay soil has a high pH and retains water, provides plenty of minerals, and keeps your plants stable in their pots. However, it is heavy, hard to work with, and offers poor drainage.
- Loam: Loamy soil is the gold standard of gardening. It is a mix of the three soil types above and has a pH that is near neutral. It offers good water retention, drainage, nutrient retention, high oxygen levels, and it is easy to work with. The only downside is cost.
5 – Keep This Strain Warm!
The ideal temperature for marijuana strains varies, and Strawberry Cough thrives in warmer conditions. As a rule of thumb, make sure the temperature never falls below 70 degrees during the day. At night, or when the lights are off, please ensure the temperature doesn’t fall by more than 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Strawberry Cough can comfortably handle a grow room temperature of up to 85 degrees.
If you allow the temperature to exceed 85 degrees, it could negatively impact photosynthesis. Strawberry Cough will do well at 90 degrees but only if you increase the level of carbon dioxide in the grow room. Finally, when you increase the temperature, make sure you reduce humidity.
6 – Using the Right Lighting
As you might expect, there are several types of grow lights. Here is a concise overview:
- Metal Halide: These lights are ideal for the vegetative stage and help plants grow short and squat.
- High-Pressure Sodium (HPS): These lights are perfect for any stage as the light they provide encourages plants to grow tall with thick buds.
- Light Emitting Ceramic (LEC) and Ceramic Metal Halide (CMH): Don’t let the names fool you, LECs and CMHs are the same light technology. LECs are a cross between HPS and MH lighting but can last up to 20% longer than MH. LECs also produce lots of UV rays which boost trichome development.
- Light Emitting Diodes (LED): LEDs are among the most powerful form of lighting and provide the closest thing to a full spectrum as you will get in artificial lighting. They offer a form of light closer to what the sun provides than the other options.
- Fluorescent Grow Lights: The most common forms of fluorescent lights are CFLs and T5s. They are not as powerful as others on this list but are ideal if you have a small grow room.
7 – Kill Those Pests!
Although Strawberry Cough is highly resistant to pests, it doesn’t mean it won’t attract them! Here are some quick and easy ways to prevent an infestation:
- Sterilize the Soil: Unsterilized soil may contain the eggs or larvae of pests. To sterilize your soil, ‘cook’ it in the oven at a temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes.
- Companion Plants: Consider growing beans, basil, garlic, or marigolds in your marijuana garden. These plants are known to either repel pests or add further nutrients in the soil to strengthen your weed’s immune system.
- Natural Predators: Ladybugs and other insects feast on pests without damaging your crop.
- Predator Urine: Spraying the urine of a pest’s predator in your garden will keep those pesky critters at bay.
- Natural Insecticides: You can create natural pest killers using ingredients such as neem oil, soap, garlic, chili, and tomato leaves.
8 – Counting the Cost of Growing Strawberry Cough
You can find an ounce of Strawberry Cough for less than $230 in Oregon, so is it worth your while to grow it at home? While you could benefit from a yield of up to 14 ounces per square meter at home, let’s say you manage three such harvests in a year. 42 ounces will cost you between $9,000 and $10,000, although you may get discounts for purchasing in bulk.
For the sake of this section, let’s assume you are growing in a 6 x 6 feet grow space with soil as the growing medium. There are ready-made grow spaces available for a couple of hundred dollars online. Your biggest expenditure will be the lighting setup. A 1000-Watt setup could cost anywhere between $200 and $600, not to mention the $600+ that is added to your electricity bill.
Add in the cost of pots, soil, fans, a carbon filter, a nutrient starter kit, hardware such as stakes, water tanks, and any other extras you decide to add. Overall, the average cost per grow will be $2,000, but it could be anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500 using a basic setup. At least most of the cost is of an upfront nature. Aside from seeds and electricity, the cost associated with future harvests is much lower.
All in all, the profit margin on growing your own weed at home is outrageous, although you may find that the biggest investment is your time.