Maruf Kandahar Green Selection Standard

GREEN SELECTION FROM MARUF, KANDAHAR PROVINCE IN AFGHANISTAN
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Maruf, Kandahar (Farm #2). Latitude: 31 39’N 65 11’E. Altitude: 1000-1200 meters.

As of August, the domesticated cannabis crops at Maruf, Kandhar had already started to transition into the flowering phase, a few early flowering males could be seen peeking from in between the crops while the females were only beginning to stretch out the internodes and new shoots to accommodate the buds.

Some of the characteristics changes observed in the Maruf (Kandahar) populations as they transition out of the vegetative state includes the development of red colour on the petioles and stems (in a considerable chunk of the population) with the onset of the flowering.

The plants grow in an calcareous alluvial like mix of clay and sand and silt which consists of a higher percentage of sand compared to the alluvial mix commonly observed in the north western Himalayan (India/Nepal) foothills.

The farmer (Haji Agha Khan) who owns this particular farm documented here, employs a variety of selection criterion to narrow down a few different types of plants that they believe makes for the best Hashish. Their selection process is quite opposite to what most farmers do, since they make their selections in terms of males which will be left in the field to make the seeds with any female at random, as they very meticulously uproot all the nonselections before the females begin to produce viable stigma to catch the pollen.

As per the farmer who owns this farm, he brought these seeds from Andrabi District (North East Afghanistan) 15 years ago and have been since propagating and selecting specifically for plants that grow very tall and robust reaching as high as 12-14 ft. with certain plants also expressing purple, black leaves. The farm is enclosed by an apple orchard from all sides and receives organic inputs to fertilize the crops. The farmer does his selections from the male side, by leaving approximately 5 males for every 100 females present in the field for pollination. The males are selected primarily in terms of robustness and vigour but a colourful and large cluster also increases the likelihood of that male being selected for the pollination, if we look at it from the farmer’s point of view.

The unprecedented cold wave that ran through the central Asian region caused widespread damages to various crops due to a sudden drop in the temperature at least 30 days ahead of the usual time, tons of cannabis crops got decimated overnight in these regions as they froze over and died instantly from a cold shock ambush by the nature.

The cannabis populations in the fields of the farmer Haji Agha proved out to be much more resilient in comparison to many other we witnessed on our journey, but also being located at a lower altitude in comparison to some of the other regions like Mapan in Zabul province helped tremendously in mitigating a severe and unprecedented cold wave.

As mentioned by the farmer during August (first half of the tour), all of his main crop had attained a height of over 12 ft. on avg. and a very good proportion of his crop, also expressed deep purple hues that appear almost black, several of these extraordinary specimens survived the cold wave with little to no damage. Most of the plants featured high yields and girthy colas that primarily reeked of musky, earthy phenol like smells with a lot of subtle notes varying from one plant to the another such as floral sweetness or nutty/roasted almond or pistachios like smell.

ILE team selected a Black, Green and a Red Kandahar phenotype that in our opinion represented the truest and the rawest form of this supreme landrace variety.

After going through a number of different plants we selected a few robust and meaningful individuals from a pretty large sample size as this in Maruf, which provides access to an exclusive gene pool, where smells tend to revolve around an offensive-foul olfactory tangent.

GREEN SELECTION

The Green selection from Maruf in Kandahar, features a lime green plant with some subtle fade on the leaves. The Green selection has a perfect bud structure, which is conical in shape with a lucrative bract to leaf ratio from commercial stand, the buds are covered in a dense layer of dry to semi-sticky textured resin. Although a beautiful looking plant with XL yields, it did take some damage on the leaves during the cold snap but saving the real prize i.e. a deeply offensive smelling and equally potent resin.

The plant structure was quite similar to most other plants within the population which is an upright and robust structure with a girthy and elongated stalk but with tad bit of less side branching and overall height. The smells once again take an acrid tangent and are mainly built upon subtle layers of lemon/citrus, spices and sharp phenol based smells that leans more towards toluene (which constitutes 15% of the smell in petrol) hence smells a lot like petrol (fuel).

Additional Information

Additional Information

Tipo FIRST GENERATION (P1) LANDRACE STRAIN
Format Standard
Sativa / Indica ratio 100 % indica
Flowering indoors 9-10 weeks
Flowering outdoors October
Yield High
Resistance against spider mites Average-High
Resistance against powder mildew Average
Resistance against botrytis Average
Resistance against white fly Average-High
Resistance against cold High
Resistance against heat High
Latitude 0º-45º
Genetics Green selectiion first generation pure indica landrace from Maruf, Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Structure Tall, vigorous and robust indica plants reaching as high as 12-14 ft. The plant structure of this particular Green selection was quite similar to most other plants within the population which is an upright and robust structure with a girthy and elongated stalk, but with tad bit of less side branching and overall height.
Bouquet Deeply offensive smelling, The smells take an acrid tangent and are mainly built upon subtle layers of lemon/citrus, spices and sharp phenol based smells that leans more towards toluene (which constitutes 15% of the smell in petrol) hence smells a lot like petrol (fuel).
High Strong sedative effect.
Terpene profile It has not yet been analyzed.
Growing Tips Especially recommended for outdoor growing in hot and dry climates due to its excellent adaptability to heat and drought in its place of origin. It withstands without problem the cold during flowering and strong temperature variations throughout its development. It can easily be grown indoors too.

We recommend moderate levels of nutrients for the whole cycle, slightly higher in NPK in the first two thirds of the flowering period.

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