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Kerala seeds

Kerala Gold is an equatorial heirloom variety, characterized as a Narrow leaf drug producing cultivar. It is said to have branched out from Idukki Gold a pure equatorial landrace, now extinct.

Kerala is situated at the southern-western ghats of India near the Malabar coast, and sees little to no change in daytime light duration, as it is only about 9 degrees North from equator, with a mild tropical-wet climate and moderate temperature throughout the year.

Kerala Gold plants can be grown easily at any time of the year in its place of origin, but January is usually seen as the most popular choice for harvesting. The humidity and amount of precipitations increases by 10-15% from April, gradually peaking at monsoon July-August and with the passing of monsoon to northern part of India, the humidity levels starts to go down and hit the lowest in January and February.

First 5-7 weeks of flowering is spent in stretching and creating internodal space for flower bracts. The parigonal bracts swell towards the very end of flowering and give of a yellowish/golden tint, caused by the majority of amber trichome heads and ample coverage of unusually long dried stigmas wrapped around it. Although it is not a vast difference like many highland regions but with relatively cooler nights in the last 4-5 week of the flowering plants transpire a bit more than wetter monsoon months, adding much needed girth to the budding flowers.

Kerala Gold features 16- 20 weeks of flowering with moderate to high yields. The strain shows great resistance to mold/powdery mildew, and pests in general. Even when grown outside of its natural habitat (at latitudes as high as 43 degrees), Kerala Gold thrives and flowers properly within 16-20 weeks depending on the phenotypic selection.

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It produces an invigorating mental high, with euphoric onset which can continue for 2 hours. The terpenes are floral, woody, sour, spicy, incensey and,sandal.


Genetics: Traditional Idukki Ganja Domesticate (“Landrace”)
Sourcing: The Real Seed Company, Idukki District, Kerala, South India, 2015
Purpose: Ganja (seedless or lightly seeded buds)
Latitude: 9° N
Regional Harvest: December to early Feb
Height: 2 – 4 metres
Characteristics: Mint, pepper, and mango-carrot aromas; bamboo-like leaflets; intense, energising high; Sativa-type architecture
Grow Type: Greenhouse or outdoors

This is a classic South Indian ganja landrace from Idukki District, Kerala.

Keralan landraces are renowned for their intensely positive and stimulating ‘Sativa’ high. They’ve played a crucial role in the creation of modern hybrids such as Haze and White Widow. The equatorial highland district of Idukki, where this landrace was collected, is Kerala’s most renowned historic centre of ganja cultivation.

This Idukki landrace is a true tropical Sativa-type strain, ranging between 2 and 4 metres tall, with characteristic bamboo-like leaflets. ‘Creeper’ and ‘Christmas-tree’ architecture can be exhibited. Buds are loose and resinous with minty, peppery, and fruity aromas, yielding a smooth, sweet smoke. Above all, it’s characterized by the energising positivity of its high.

In Kerala, Cannabis is typically planted from June to July, and harvests are from December to early February. Traditionally, farmers have favoured a later harvest.

This recent 2015 accession has exhibited exceptionally early maturing variants that can be ready by early November. The morphology of the plants does not suggest hybrid contamination, and neither does the aroma. The fast finish appears to be the result of decades of pressure from eradication programs, which have caused farmers to keep seeds from early plants.

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Standout individual plants of this landrace show great potency and will have the characteristic elevating Idukki effect. A recent test reported 17.63% THC (or 14.86% THC, depending on how the result is interpreted). Modest quantities of THCV were present. No CBD was exhibited, as expected for a true South Indian landrace. Mid- to high-teens THC is typical for this strain.

NOTE: This batch of seeds is the second generation from the original accession and has been reproduced ex-situ through open pollination.

Kerala landrace strain, Idukki, 1983

Kerala landrace strain, date unknown

Second-generation Kerala landrace collected by The Real Seed Company outdoors in Hawaii

Second-generation Kerala landrace collected by The Real Seed Company outdoors in Hawaii

Second-generation of the Kerala landrace collected by The Real Seed Company outdoors in Oregon

RSC Kerala landrace outdoors in Hawaii

Early Kerala variant in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Cut on November 6th. Other strains got hit by powdery mildew. The Kerala didn’t.

Early Idukki landrace variant, Pacific Northwest USA, cut November 6th

Idukki landrace. The grower writes, “right after manicure, this stuff is really sticky… medium sized bracts, abundant glandular trichomes.”

Idukki landrace. The grower writes, “right after manicure, this stuff is really sticky… medium sized bracts, abundant glandular trichomes.”

Kerala Regular Seeds

This is a classic Keralan strain from the highland growing regions of the Western Ghats, reputed to produce the finest ganja in South India. It is cultivated at altitudes of around 1700m-2100m. This is a classic sativa strain with narrow leaves, heavy side branching and multiple bud sites. It is harvested as late as mid January, by which time the buds cure to a deep brown colour and have a tangy minty aroma. The aroma when smoked is heavy, sweet and pungent. The effect from this Keralan strain is up and creative, racy and energizing, but without an edge of panic or paranoia. It is a refined high quality strain with great breeding potential. Photo is from early flowering in late September.

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