If you have ever wanted to grow your favorite strain, and it happens to be Sunset Sherbet, then you’re in luck! In this growing guide and strain review for Sunset Sherbet, we offer eight steps and tips to help you navigate the tricky waters of marijuana cultivation. As far as Sunset Sherbet is concerned, it is a marijuana strain that offers a strong scent and a delightfully fruity and citrus taste.
It is a California Cookies Fam creation that involves the crossing of Pink Panties and Girl Scout Cookies (GSC). It is a primarily Indica dominant (85%) hybrid that contains up to 19% THC. You can expect to feel some profound cerebral effects when using Sunset Sherbet, along with the sweetened taste of Pink Panties. While you can use it when performing daily chores, make sure you only use a small dose.
If you overdo it, you might not be fit for work, but you will feel euphoric and possibly enlightened. Ideally, you will use it after work because of the mellow feeling it provides. In the medical field, Sunset Sherbet is used to treat depression, anxiety, and is also useful if you have nausea after chemotherapy.
Before embarking on your odyssey, make sure you realize that you will probably grow a different Sunset Sherbet strain to your neighbor, at least in terms of yield (possibly quality), and it all boils down to the growing techniques you use.
1 – Is Sunset Sherbet Difficult to Grow?
Its grow difficulty is best described as moderate to hard. This is primarily because finding authentic genetics for this strain is tough. Once you have Sunset Sherbet seeds in your hand, you can try to grow it outdoors if you benefit from a central California-type climate. This strain enjoys warm nights and hot days so bear this in mind if you are growing outdoors.
For indoor growers, make sure you keep the daytime temperature between 70- and 85-degrees Fahrenheit and don’t allow the ‘lights off’ temperature to veer far below 70 degrees. Sunset Sherbet offers a low to moderate yield of eight ounces per square meter planted with a flowering time of up to 9 weeks. As far as outdoor growers are concerned, it is normally ready for harvest by the end of September and offers up to 11 ounces of bud per plant.
2 – Feeding Sunset Sherbet: It’s a Big Eater
If you want this strain to reach its full potential, make sure you provide it with plenty of nutrients as it requires heavy feeding. This is especially the case during the vegetative stage for faster growth. As always, make sure the strain gets a lot of Nitrogen, but don’t be afraid to use plenty of Potassium and Phosphorus. During the flowering stage, reduce Nitrogen and increase doses of the other two. If you are growing hydroponically, you need store-bought botanicare nutrients.
Of course, just because the strain eats a lot, doesn’t mean you should ignore normal feeding protocols. It is still possible to overfeed Sunset Sherbet so make sure you look for signs of nutrient burn. While it is normal for the leaves to turn yellow near harvest, it is a potential problem during the late vegetative and early flowering stages. Consider using a feed journal to keep track of the nutrients you give to your plants. It will prove a helpful guide for future grows.
3 – Add Some Molasses if Growing in Soil
If you are growing your Sunset Sherbet in soil, add a spoonful of blackstrap molasses to your water in the final few weeks of blooming. Just a teaspoon per gallon of water can make all the difference, and eliminate the need for expensive supplements. Molasses are very rich in nutrients, and the added sugars and carbohydrates enable your plants to blossom.
What happens is that the organisms in soil eat the molasses and release the nutrients which are gleefully consumed by the cannabis plants. It also improves the level of beneficial organisms in the soil. As a result, your plants benefit from better soil structure and improved moisture retention.
4 – Use Other Organic Ingredients
Rather than spend money on chemical fertilizers, create a super soil that is filled with everything your Sunset Sherbet needs. Compost tea is a self-sustaining and organic fertilizer that boosts growth and keeps pests at bay. All you need to do is add water to compost, allow it to steep for 24-36 hours, and apply it to your crop.
Bat guano is another excellent soil additive. By adding it to water, you help prevent your marijuana plants from burning, and ensure they remain well hydrated. Bat Guano adds Nitrogen and Phosphorus and improves nutrient absorption. When you use organic materials rich in nutrients, there is no need to damage your soil with chemicals.
5 – Train Your Sunset Sherbet for Best Results
As Sunset Sherbet grows bushy, you need to consider topping and training your crop. The idea behind Low-Stress Training (LST) techniques is to force your plants to grow flat and wide, normally by bending the branches. You can also use the Screen of Green (SCROG) method which involves placing a screen above the plants. Once your plants grow through the mesh screen, bend the branches back through the screen. When you do this correctly, the entire plant gets direct exposure from your lights.
Topping involves removing the top of the plant’s main stem when it is still a seedling. Instead of growing a single cola as is normally the case, the plant is split into two stems when you ‘top’ it. It will grow several colas which means your plants should grow more evenly.
6 – Keep Humidity in Check
If you want to ensure better Sunset Sherbet production, indoors, in particular, it is crucial for your grow room to have the right level of humidity. In the first week or two, when the crop is still at the seedling stage, you can keep the humidity level at above 70% but below 80%. At this point, the plants have weak root systems, so you need to protect them. A higher humidity level ensures they take up more water from the growing environment, and focus on developing strong roots.
For successful growing, drop the humidity slightly during the vegetative stage. Assuming the temperature is 80 degrees, keep the relative humidity (RH) level at 60%. When your marijuana is at this stage, it has a strong root system capable of absorbing more water from the soil.
By the early flowering stage, lower humidity is the key. Keep your Sunset Sherbet in the 40-50% range to maximize production. It is also a good idea to reduce the grow room temperature to around 70-75 degrees. By the late flowering stage, the RH should be in the 30-40% range with a room temperature of 70 degrees.
7 – Getting Your Lights Right
You will promote better growth if you invest in your lighting system wisely. The main options include:
- Fluorescent Grow Lights such as T5s and CFLs
- Metal Halide (MH) or High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights (Also known as HID lights)
- LEC or CMH lights
It is crucial to associate yourself with the different types of lighting, and adopt the right technique. MH and HPS are still the most commonly used, but LED lights, which provide a greater color spectrum, are catching up fast. Fluorescent grow lights are ideal if you are on a budget and have a small grow room.
Keeping your Sunset Sherbet plants the right distance from grow lights is a neat trick that can improve the yield of your crop, as well as the terpene profile and flavor. Here is a quick lighting distance overview:
- HID Lights: 150W should be 8-12 inches away. 1000W lights should be 16-31 inches away.
- LEC or CMH Lights: 315W should be 18-20 inches away, while 630W should be 24-26 inches away.
- LEDs: 1W bulbs should be a minimum of 12 inches away. 3W or 5W bulbs need to be at least 18 inches away. A powerful light such as a 300W version should be at least 30 inches away.
- Fluorescent: You are unlikely to give your plants light burn with these low powered lights. Simply place your hand where the plants are in relation to the lights for half a minute. If it doesn’t hurt your hand, it is the right distance away.
8 – Consider Greenhouse Growing
You could produce even more Sunset Sherbet if you have the opportunity to use a greenhouse. Throughout history, greenhouses have been seen as the perfect way to grow plants 24/7 without exposing them to bad weather conditions. If you own or rent a greenhouse, you benefit from:
- Lighting control
- Climate and weather control
- The ability to manipulate light cycles
- Energy conservation
Crops such as peppers and tomatoes excel in greenhouses, and so does marijuana!
Final Thoughts on Growing Sunset Sherbet
Sunset Sherbet is a marijuana plant that enjoys a warm and sunny climate, which is why it is a favorite of California growers. As it is a bushy plant, you need to prune and train it to ensure all parts of it receive enough light, airflow, and nutrients. Although it is fairly resistant to pests and diseases, you still need to anticipate problems because if you are unable to identify issues as and when they happen, your crop could be damaged beyond repair.
Make sure you combine Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium in the vegetative stage, before reducing Nitrogen intake as the plants bloom. We hope this eight-part guide, which is part of a detailed series on growing different marijuana strains, will equip you with all the information you need. Our team will continue to work hard to ensure you have the right data to grow exceptional weed.