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5 Cannabis Strains that Could Be Huge in 2021

Writer and grower extraordinaire Michael Coffey pulls out his crystal ball and dishes on what could be the dankest strains in 2021.

Allow me to slip on my Nostradankus cap and prophesize the five fire cannabis strains that are likely to be lighting up your grow-op and illuminating your consciousness in 2021. Just one caveat before we commence: as is always the case with predictions, sometimes they are eerily accurate and other times they are crackpot crazy wrong. That being said, let’s take a closer look at the reefer revelations divined from my cannabis crystal ball.

GH Cheese X Chemdawg X Pineapple

1. GH Cheese X Chemdawg X Pineapple

It’s been quite a while since such gourmet ganja has almost slipped under my reefer radar. Originally released in 2019, without fanfare, the Greenhouse Seeds USA and Landrace limited edition strains were virtually unrecognized by the cannabis press. Now it’s time to correct that grievous omission. Limited to just 100 packs of feminized seeds (10 per pack) these babies will certainly have already been snapped up by wily weed growers by the time you get to read this, but don’t lose hope, dear reader. There is a strong possibility these illustrious genetics will be re-released and perhaps even further refined and become a permanent fixture in the Greenhouse Seeds catalogue.

Fortunately, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pack and give them a run in the grow-op. The magic beans certainly didn’t disappoint. In fact, they exceeded my expectations. GH Cheese X Chemdawg X Pineapple proved to be as awesome as they sound.

Granted, not every seed gave rise to a THC Titan, but I was fortuitous enough to find and clone a terrifically potent indica-dominant phenotype with a classic Cheese growth pattern and a phenomenal flower-to-leaf ratio. Fingers crossed Arjan and co. will be compelled to continue the R&D to bring a mass market edition. Be on the lookout for this “Double-Baked Cheesecake.” Easy to grow, easy to clone, and endowed with fruity-fuel scents and flavors like no other Cheese hybrid. This one could be the big cheese in 2021.

GH Cheese X Lemon Wookie Glue

2. GH Cheese X Lemon Wookie Glue

Another rare and precious ganja gem that Greenhouse Seeds simply must put into mass production ASAP. The GH Cheese X Lemon Wookie Glue, that I like to affectionately refer to as “Chewie Cheese” is a budding beast every home grower deserves to get their hands on in the new year. Great googly moogly this is one gassy-citrus knockout that blasted me into a galaxy far, far away — literally and figuratively. I took a gamble on this F1 hybrid and it payed off big time. The most impressive heavy indica phenotype with uber fat-fingered leaves, tight internodal spacing, and ferociously pungent dense nugs ticks all the boxes for desirable dankness.

Similar to the previously mentioned F1 Cheese hybrid, this is currently an exotic lesser known strain unlikely to appear on the dispensary menu until later in 2021. In the meantime, if someone does have clones, they will likely be coveted and closely guarded owing to the unique attributes of this superb strain. Not that taking cuttings is too difficult given how vigorously and easily they take root. As above, so below as the saying goes. All you can do is stay on the alert and make sure not to miss a second chance if and when more seeds of this sensimilla sasquatch are released. Assuming more beans become available this is destined to be popular with homegrowers in 2021.

3. Bruce Banner #3

These days we could all use a dose of mood-boosting, uplifting sativa-dominant bud. Bruce Banner #3 is the most-wanted blend of OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel and unlikely to be dislodged from her pedestal. This hulking strain, renowned for her powerful cerebral effects, will continue to smash the competition in the new year. If anything, more sativa sybarites will be enticed by her charms. It’s not to be missed if nothing less than 25 percent THC is required. Pure cloudeater cannabis with a mouth-watering, fruity-fuel flavor and a penchant for purple tones when cultivated in cooler conditions. I can’t see any rivals topping the dankest of Banner phenotypes in 2021.

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4. Wedding Cake

Just when you thought dessert cannabis couldn’t get any better, Wedding Cake has stolen the Queen’s crown away from Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) and shows no signs of relinquishing the throne. The ingredients are GSC and Cherry Pie. Effects are a burst of euphoria typically followed by a creeping couchlock ending with a ransacking of all the munchies in the fridge. It’s difficult not to over-indulge with this weed. But what really makes this strain special is not just her tremendous potency and chunky buds, it’s her delicious complex flavor, earthy-tangy on the inhale and oh so creamy on the exhale. Just a few tokes and you’ll feel like there is a party in your mouth and before you know it you’ve got the giggles. Seeds are relatively hard to come by, but this is one worth waiting in line for outside the dispensary, at a respectable social distance of course. I’m confident Wedding Cake will continue to reign supreme in 2021.

5. Super Skunk

I foresee a reefer renaissance period for Super Skunk in 2021. In times of crisis every home grower needs a rock-solid reliable performer in the grow-op and with even more ordinary decent stoners compelled by circumstance to grow their own, Super Skunk seeds will be a hot commodity. Whether you are prepping for Armageddon, or housebound by another lockdown, you need a strain you know you can count on. Super Skunk is an old-school hybrid of Skunk #1 and Afghani that consistently delivers above-average potency, dense-stinking buds. Best of all, she boasts uniformity and doesn’t require any special care or attention to bring to harvest successfully. At the onset of the pandemic I stocked up on these classic beans. Furthermore, I consider a pack of Super Skunk just as essential to my survival stockpile as the mountain of toilet roll and leaning tower of canned tuna I have accumulated. Even if the worst doesn’t come to pass, toking on Super Skunk is and always will be a satisfying blast from the past.

The Vegetable Garden In August

“The month of August is a busy month in the vegetable garden.” This must be about the fifth month in a row that “The Monthly Tips and Tasks” article has begun with that sentence. Perhaps you’re beginning to believe that every month in the vegetable garden is a busy month. Me,too. Well, let’s begin with the short version of the August to-do list: continue harvesting vegetables, continue removing spent spring and summer crops, plant fall crops and cover crops, and, of course, continue weeding.

Speaking of weeds, I am always amazed at how they continue to pop up week after week and year after year. I am often asked: where do they come from and why so many? They can be blown in by the wind, washed in by surface water, and introduced by birds and other wildlife. And the weed inventory can also be increased with the application of organic mater: compost and manure. One of my biggest gardening surprises was the day I learned that the majority of weeds come from seeds we gardeners plant ourselves. Whoa, hold on! Gardeners plant weeds? You bet, every time a weed is allowed to go to seed, they replant themselves in our garden. Okay, by now you are thinking it’s August, it’s hot and I got sweaty just walking to the garden! How are a few weeds going to seed in the garden going to make a difference? Well, you are going to be surprised!

A garden friend once remarked, “Certain weeds have mastered every survival skill except learning to grow in straight rows! And it’s as if they are the home team; they always win because they bat last.” One of the survival skills that weeds have truly mastered is their ability to produce an abundant seed crop. How abundant you ask? Well, many common weeds have the ability to produce thousands of seeds that are deposited on the earth, and these seeds can remain fertile for up to 40 years or more after they are added to the weed “seed bank.” A seed bank is simply the collection of weed seeds in the soil. Let’s look a little closer at that seed bank.

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A single weed plant can produce a great number of seeds. Examples of individual plants that produce a hefty number of seeds include: red pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus — 117,000 seeds per plant), common purslane (Portulaca oleracea — 52,000 seeds per plant), shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris — 38,000), common lambsquarters (Chenopodium album — 28,000) and yellow foxtail (Setaria glauca — 12,000).

In addition to producing vast quantities of seeds for germination, weed seeds have a protective coating and have the ability to lay dormant in the soil up to 40 years or more and still remain viable for germination.

This annual collection of seeds, if present in the garden or seed bank, makes weeds a tough adversary. It is estimated that the seed bank can be depleted by 80-90 percent within 2-3 year period of control. However, the seed bank can be replenished with a single year of bad control. Did you ever wonder about the origin of that old gardening proverb, “One year of seeding makes seven years of weeding”? Think of that weed seed bank in the garden waiting to sprout! So getting those weeds out of the garden before they produce seeds can make a big difference in reducing the number of weeds in years to come.

Common Purslane (Portulaca oleracea). A single plant can produce up to 52,000 seeds.
Photo: Oregon State University

Red Pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus). A single plant can produce up to 117,000 seeds.
Photo: Maine.gov

August is a transition month; the vegetable garden is moving from late spring and summer crops to cool weather or fall crops. The gardener who fails to plant a fall garden is often missing out on a remarkable growing season. Here in central Virginia, we can harvest fresh produce well into the fall and often into early winter. No matter how ragged the summer garden looks, a fall garden offers us not only a second growing season, but also a second chance to plant those early spring crops that failed in the summer heat. August in central Virginia is fall planting season — the time to plan and plant a fall garden. Timely planting is the key to a successful fall garden.

The following planting chart was created by using the Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication No. 426-334, “Fall Vegetable Gardening.”

August 1-10 August 11-20 August 21-31
Beets
Brussels Sprouts*
Broccoli* Broccoli*
Cabbage* Cabbage*
Carrots
Cauliflower* Cauliflower*
Chard, Swiss Chard, Swiss
Collards Collards
Cucumbers Cucumbers
Chinese Cabbage* Chinese Cabbage*
Endive Endive
Kale Kale Kale
Kohlrabi Kohlrabi Kohlrabi
Lettuce, bibb Lettuce, bibb Lettuce, bibb
Lettuce, leaf Lettuce, leaf Lettuce, leaf
Mustard Mustard Mustard
Peas, Garden Peas, Garden
Radish Radish
Rutabaga Rutabaga
Spinach Spinach Spinach
Turnips Turnips Turnips
Cover Crops:
Buckwheat Buckwheat Buckwheat
* Denotes Transplants
The suggested dates may vary for different areas.

More Gardening Tips and Tasks For August:

  • When choosing vegetables for the fall garden, select those that are semi-hardy, as they will tolerate a light to moderate frost, and look for those with quick maturity (fewest days to harvest). This information will be listed on the seed packet or in the seed catalog.
  • Vegetables that can be planted in August include leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, collards, kale and mustard. Radishes, turnips, beets and carrots can all be started from seeds in August. Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts can be transplanted in August and still have enough time to produce a good harvest. When selecting plants for transplanting at the local gardening center, be sure you are selecting edible (not ornamental) varieties of cabbage and kale.
  • Fall plants often have fewer insect problems, as they avoid the peak insect activity period of midsummer. However, some insects, such as cabbageworm and corn earworm, may be worse late in the year than in the summer; vigilance is still required. Avoid some pests and diseases by planting crops of different families than were originally in that section of garden.
  • When planting fall crops, prepare the soil by restoring the nutrients removed by spring and summer crops. A light layer of compost, or a small application of an organic or complete fertilizer will provide the nutrients needed by your fall crops.
  • Dry soil can making working the soil difficult and can also inhibit seed germination during the late summer. Plant fall vegetables when the soil is moist — after a rain or after you’ve watered the area thoroughly the day before planting. Plant the seeds slightly deeper than recommended for spring planting. Once planted, water them in thoroughly, and then use mulch or a covering of compost to prevent the soil from crusting.
  • Watering properly is the key to conserving water in the heat of the late summer. One inch per week applied all at one time will wet the soil 6 to 8 inches deep and insure good yield from your mature crops. Two inches of organic mulch such as leaves or straw will cool the soil and reduce surface evaporation of water. Water the garden early in the day so the foliage dries before nightfall. Wet foliage at night increases susceptibility to fungus diseases.
  • When mulching around young seedlings, care should be taken not to cover the seedlings. Young seedlings need as much sunlight as possible, and the mulch should be covering the soil — not engulfing the young plants.
  • Pick summer squash and zucchini every day or two to keep the plants producing. If you are going on vacation this month, harvest all your vegetables beforehand, and then arrange for someone to pick fast-maturing crops such as squash and okra while you’re off loafing. Otherwise, your vegetables will become over-mature and stop producing,
  • Potatoes continue to grow as long as the tops are green. Dig only as many as you need for immediate use. The tubers will keep better in the ground than in a warm dry area.
  • Consider planting a cover crop. A cover crop such as annual rye decreases erosion of the soil during the winter, shades out weeds, adds organic material when it is incorporated into the soil in spring, improves the soil structure and adds valuable nutrients. Cover crops can be sown between rows of fall vegetables a month or less before expected harvest. The cover crops will get a head start and not interfere with vegetable plant growth. Buckwheat will be killed by frost but can be sown as a cover crop up to 6-8 weeks before a killing frost, usually about the 3 rd or 4 th week in October.
  • Garden vegetables that become over-ripe are easy targets for some pests. Remove them as soon as possible to avoid detection by pests.
  • Having trouble locating your tools in the garden amongst your plants? Paint the handles of your garden tools a bright color other than green or tie a piece of bright orange surveyor’s tape around the handle.
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During the hot dog days of August, one of the last things a vegetable gardener wants to think about is planting more crops. But look ahead to the fall garden, which offers its own satisfaction through its prolonged harvest of fresh vegetables, savings in food costs and knowing that you are making full use of your gardening space and season.

Thanks for joining us in The Garden Shed. We look forward to you stopping by next month.