Vietnamese weed at home

32 years ago I was a 20-year-old fresh-faced and very naive young man sent to Southeast Asia by our government. I was caught up like so many of my generation in the wide sweeping net of the last military draft of the last century, and sent to fight in Vietnam.
I became a helicopter pilot and flew all over the central highlands of Vietnam, circa 1970-71. Of all the things that I experienced, and of all the places that I visited while there, one of the most remarkable in a war of renowned remarkability, was the sight of 30-foot tall plantation-style cannabis plants in a little known province called Dalat.

Dalat is off the beaten track, nestled between two mountain ranges at an altitude of around 6000 feet above sea level. It is really only accessible from the air. (It was the birthplace of Ho Chi Minh and therefore “off limits” to the VC.) I had a distinct advantage because of my air mobility.

While there, I met the owner of the “plantation,” a wonderful old French gentleman, and he was always more than kind when it came to sharing his bounty! For our part we kept him well stocked with much needed, and hard to get, staples and supplies. Without a doubt, it was the most remarkable “herb” I’ve ever experienced, and these past 32 years I’ve never seen the equal of those “Dalat 100’s!”

A fellow compatriot and veteran recently re-visited the very same plantation, and much to his surprise, found the heirs of our old friend carrying on the generations-old “family tradition.” The stories he tells of wandering for hours, through row after row of “trees the size of fence posts, with buds as big as a big man’s leg” are truly amazing. But that’s another story, for another time.

Here’s my question: by a stroke of good fortune, and also because of the seeds of friendship and good Karma that we sowed over 30 years ago, my friend was able to bring back a generous lifetime supply of pure land race Sativa seeds of a variety not seen in the outside world in over 30 years!

I need your help in the cultivation of this special plant. What’s the best advice you can give me, concerning all aspects: lighting, soil, temperature, etc. for an indoor grow?

Di Wee Dalat,

Give the plants very high intensity light, 80 watts or more per square foot. Start the seeds using only 10 hours of light and 14 hours of darkness daily. Hopefully they will start to flower soon after they germinate and won’t grow too tall. Let us know what happens, Di Wee.

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