- They’re beautiful strains with great yields and potent effect, but if you asked growers about Dinafem Seeds, not many would think of them.
- Bubba Kush, Remo Chemo, Dinachem, Amnesia Kush, and Blue Kush: five cannabis varieties whose reputation doesn’t do them justice. Because although they’re not very well known, they’re definitely high-quality marijuana strains.
- Let’s have a look at the features of these five Dinafem ladies that were born with the ambition of reaching your grows but still haven’t had the chance to fully shine.
Some marijuana strains become more popular than others. Names like Bubba Kush or Amnesia Kush are widely known amongst growers, whereas other names like Dinachem or Remo Chemo haven't been as well received. Interestingly, Remo Chemo entered the Top 10 list of cannabis strains of the year by the renowned High Times magazine (i.e. the cannabis Bible). Truth be told, these strains aren't the easiest to grow; they're not suitable for beginners but those with some growing experience shouldn't ignore them as they have a lot to offer. Here we explain why.
Bubba Kush is one of the most acclaimed Indicas worldwide. She's pure, with a really potent narcotic effect, and was the first Californian strain to achieve international fame. She was created in the 90s in Los Angeles by the breeder Bubba (hence her name), and quickly became really popular amongst the most established US rappers of the time.
If we had to explain what an Indica is, Bubba Kush would be the perfect example. She embodies all the characteristic features of this type of cannabis like no other: hardy; compact; with large, fleshy leaves; short internodes; and thick, really round buds. So why isn't this strain as celebrated in Europe?
Even though she's a must for any US consumer, Bubba Kush still hasn't found a place as one of the favourite strains of the European growers. One of the reasons for this could be that she needs to be trimmed when she starts flowering: that's the only recipe for success. As a good old Indica, her countless number of incredibly wide leaves can prevent the flowers in the centre from receiving the light they need, which can also result in excess moisture and a decrease in bud size. But if you keep an eye on this, the result will be outstanding, and you'll finally understand that common saying amongst growers… "it smells of Bubba".
When this super potent Indica broke into the cannabis market, she definitely did it in a big way. In her first year of life she entered the Top 10 list of 2017 strains by the magazine High Times; she received the 1st prize in the Indica category at Expogrow (Spain); and was also awarded the 1st prize in the Indica category at Karma Cup in Toronto (Canada). The following year she got the 1st prize in the Indoor Indica category and another 1st prize in the Aroma category at Cannazores VI Cannabis Cup 2018; and received the 1st prize again in the Indica category at Karma Cup 2018. All these awards made it clear that she was a first-class strain, but without revealing that some previous growing experience was required in order to get the most out of her.
So it is more than likely that the need for certain growing skills, to be able to grow Remo Chemo to her full potential, has been the reason for her lack of popularity. Which is a real pity because only by taking a little extra care when trimming, this strain can deliver buds with higher quality than that of other varieties. So what do you need to do if you choose Remo Chemo? You need to keep the plant well aerated at all times. For what purpose? To prevent excess humidity in the centre of the plant, and for greater light penetration. She's compact so it is best to trim the secondary leaves that sometimes help retain moisture and can lead to the appearance of fungi.
Once you've done this, Remo Chemo will become a great yielder of really special flowers with a unique terpene profile and high THC levels (that can exceed 20%). She retains the pure Kush aroma and flavour, and contains some UBC Chemo genes, a strain created by researchers at the University of British Columbia to alleviate chemotherapy side effects in cancer patients. This means that this strain is highly appreciated therapeutically as it can help increase appetite and promote muscle relaxation.
Despite directly descending from ChemDawg (one of the most acclaimed US strains), Dinachem is not really well-known. She's one of the predecessors of the legendary gassy aroma and the leading edge of the Diesel strains, for instance NYC Diesel or Sour Diesel. But even so, she still isn't one of Dinafem's most beloved strains. We're not quite sure why, so we'll explain the reasons why we think she should be more popular.
Firstly, her original aroma. She maintains her mother's prevailing fuel notes but also showcases new citric and woody hues. Secondly, she develops into large and slender cannabis plants with Sativa morphology that withstand humidity really well. This is because they stretch upwards and also horizontally, developing ample internodes. Thirdly, she delivers generous crops of really hard and compact buds.
Nowadays the cannabis market is swarming with North American strains, but back in her heyday Dinachem was one of the first strains to bring the cannabis soul to Europe from the other side of the Atlantic, and became one of the great North American cannabis icons of the time.
Amnesia Kush is a strain with first-class pedigree that doesn't seem to have acquired the reputation that matches her lineage. This variety is born from the cross between two huge cannabis icons: OG Kush, the highest cannabis representative from the West Coast; and Amnesia, the most consumed strain in the Dutch marijuana mecca. Those who have had the pleasure of trying Amnesia Kush know that she's the perfect marriage between an Indica and a Sativa, a Kush and a Haze. She turns into a large, bushy plant with plenty of branching, with a deep Kush aroma fused with refreshing Haze notes.
She's quite easy to grow: she withstands humidity well as her structure allows for good ventilation, and even though she's got Sativa influence she's not too greedy. Her only downside is her lack of discretion: Amnesia Kush needs plenty of space to develop since she stretches out both vertically and horizontally. This means that she can't be grown in reduced spaces, and is not suitable for exposed areas as it's difficult for her to go unnoticed. However, if you have plenty of space, choosing this variety is a guarantee of success.
Blue Kush musters enough qualities to become a must in any grow: she's fast (she flowers in 60 days); as a result of her Blueberry lineage, she takes on breathtaking purple hues during the flowering phase; she's hardy and vigorous; she develops to her full potential with only standard care; and she showcases a really special aroma thanks to her unique Kush and wild berry fusion. Even so, she's not one of the most popular strains, which is interesting given her similarity to Blueberry Cookies, a variety that with only one year of life broke into the 2019 growing season with great strength.
Blue Kush derives from the cross between an OG Kush and a Blueberry, and embodies the traits of these two strains to perfection. She's compact and develops ample branching with short distance between nodes, which helps support the weight of her branches. The most striking thing about this strain is probably her colour and aroma. The purple hues on her leaves and flowers bestow her with a mysterious look, and Blueberry's typical fruity touches give a new dimension to the classic Kush aroma. If you haven't grown her yet, don't hesitate to make space for this amazing strain in your tent.