Humboldt Grow

Inspired by Marc Emery’s courage and his quest for truth and transparency, a group of growers born and raised here in Humboldt County – and all currently growing – decided to pool our knowledge and show off some homegrown pride. We’re tickled that Cannabis Culture magazine is showing the great plants of our Humboldt Grow growers and giving our project a boost! We couldn’t be happier to tell the world what goes on in our wonderful part of the world. It’s a very tolerant and broadminded stretch of heaven 200 miles north of San Francisco: the emerald triangle of California, commonly known as Humboldt and Mendocino Counties. Our hope is to provide an all-access look at the wild and sometimes dangerous life of marijuana growers in northern California.

Humboldt Grow is online and also available in print; a few thousand copies hit the newsstands around California and will go out by subscription. Our first issue online debuted in June 2007 ( . Highlights include April’s 4/20 events at Arcata Redwood Park, behind-the-scenes of the local grow environment, dozens of images of original grow rooms and delectable crops, stories of first time smoking, plans and ideas for building affordable and efficient vegetative plant rooms, original artwork and other entertainment and education about our beloved Northern California lifestyle. Future article ideas include festivals, grow methods, politics and diverse lifestyles. If you live in Mendocino, Humboldt or Trinity counties, we would love it if you wanted to grow with us!

Humboldt’s Maui Buds

Since 2000, Maui has become a popular strain in Mendocino County with novice and advanced growers. According to Jacob Dillion, who is responsible for propagating and distributing the strain, Maui’s popularity stems from its formability and its ability to yield one pound per light in virtually any grow room despite considerable pest and environmental problems. Considered by many around here as an expert grower, Dillion continues to grow Maui despite the increased demand for Kush and Purple strains by the medical patients for whom he provides cannabis. Eighty percent of his gardens are Maui plants, while the rest are currently LA Confidential and an unnamed purple strain. One of the greatest qualities of the Maui strain is its flexibility and willingness to bend and super-crop. “No other plant can take to forming like Maui; you can almost tell it what to do,” explains Dillion.

To realize Maui’s full potential, it must be grown outdoors in full sunlight, where it will produce two to four pounds per plant in ideal conditions. Plants started indoors in January and put outdoors in May have yielded four pounds on a single plant. Average outdoor plants started in May under optimal conditions yield between two to three pounds per plant. Plants started outdoors as late as July 20 have evolved into half-pound to three-quarter pound yielding plants in Mendocino County. Outdoor Maui, in Mendocino County, is ready to harvest during the second week of November; these are large plants, often requiring a greenhouse or the ability to tarp the growing area in case of wind and rain. One Maui plant needs to have an eight-foot diameter growing space to reach its full potential. At the end of the outdoor season, Maui turns beautiful shades of red and purple. The longer you leave it to finish, the more purplish it will become.

Maui is a Hawaiian sativa crossed with a local Mendocino County hybrid and then stabilized to produce large colas with extremely tight internodal spacing. The spongy texture of the buds allows just enough airflow to prevent mold from developing during the last weeks of flowering. Maui produces virtually identical results when grown hydroponically or in soil – indeed, many indoor growers in Mendocino use soil and add their own unique blend of hydroponics fertilizers. Maui does very well in soil beds, pots, and ebb and flow.

Growing Maui indoors requires a full 60 days of 12 hours lights on/lights off to harvest. Plants grow large, as tall as five or six feet, yet nodes remain tightly clustered together throughout the plant’s canopy. Larger leaves that grow toward the center of the plant are removed for airflow and to allow light to penetrate more of the plant. Maui can, and often will, develop a small amount of powdery mildew when indoors, but it can be easily treated.

Maui’s smell can be described as ancient-earthy and spicy-sweet. The high is very balanced and is a staple of hundreds of stoners across California. Hopefully these photos give you a small taste of what the emerald triangle and Humboldt Grow magazine have to offer!

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