Top 5 weed strain crosses ever
When making a world class cannabis cross it is essential to start with the best parent genetics available. Often original cannabis cup winning mother plants are used to guarantee that the cannabis cross really is the finest possible. One key strength of the professional cannabis breeder is the availability of laboratory analysis. This ensures that only those plants with the finest cannabinoid profile and terpene profile are used when cross breeding cannabis.
Once you have identified the best parent strains the cross pollination should produce very special results. The best cannabis seed companies will then spend many generations stabilising the new cannabis cross and then preparing the marijuana seed production to produce either autoflower seeds, feminised seeds or regular seeds.
Here Dutch Passion give an inside glimpse into the breeding that produced their top 5 weed strain crosses.
How does cross-breeding cannabis work?
A cannabis cross aims to take the best features of each parent variety into a new strain. Cross pollination takes cannabis genetics from each parent combine to create the genetic profile and properties of the new cannabis cross. In the wild, a cannabis cross can occur randomly between any plants in close proximity. But when professional cannabis seed suppliers prepare a cannabis cross a great deal of effort goes into the planning.
The first and most obvious question for the breeder is what are they intending to achieve with the cross pollination and which are the best cannabis strains to cross in order to achieve this. Here are some of the features that breeders will look for in parent strains when considering a cannabis cross.
● Cannabinoid levels. Trying to produce a THC rich cannabis cross with low THC parents is a recipe for disaster. Having a clear analysis of the cannabinoid profile of your parent strains is essential. This is particularly true when trying to create a cannabis cross rich in unusual cannabinoids such as THCV, CBDV, CBG, CBD etc.
● Aroma. For top breeders, a satisfying and rich aroma/terpene profile is the difference between a great cannabis cross and a merely average strain. To make a good cannabis cross the strains of weed used for breeding need to deliver a powerful terpene profile.
● Growth Patterns. Do the cannabis genetics grow tall or short plants. Is the growth bushy/squat or long & stretchy?
● Bloom length. Many growers like heavy crops that mature quickly. Selecting the parent genetics that reach harvests before their siblings may offer some attractive benefits when selecting the best genetics for a cannabis cross.
● Yields. So long as quality and cannabinoid levels can be maintained most growers want a cannabis cross that delivers the heaviest harvests. This means careful selection of parent genetics before cross breeding weed strains.
● Hardiness. When creating an outdoor cannabis cross it’s crucial to select the hardiest parent genetics which can best tolerate outdoor conditions. Resistance to variable weather, mold and bud rot are crucial features for a durable outdoor cannabis cross.
● Appearance. Some growers love buds with an exotic colourful appearance. This gives extra bag appeal, especially if combined with an exquisite aroma. Auto Blackberry Kush is one such stunning strain with vivid blue/purple buds.
When considering ‘how does cross breeding cannabis plants work’ remember that everything depends on the quality of the parent genetics. Dutch Passion have over 30 years of experience and a collection of some of the finest cannabis genetics anywhere in the world. With over 60 cannabis cup wins you can feel confident that any cannabis cross from Dutch Passion will deliver superb results.
|Dutch Passion cannabis cup winning strains|
Best cross-breeding projects ever by Dutch Passion
It’s not easy selecting the best F1 cannabis cross after so many decades of breeding. But each of these cross strains of weed have connoisseur quality levels that will delight even the most discerning cannabis lovers.
Blueberry (Afghan Indica x (Thai Sativa x Mexican Oaxacan Sativa))
Blueberry seeds are one of the earliest cannabis crosses and still have a legendary reputation. The indica dominant genetics deliver a smooth and powerful effect with a truly delicious taste of freshly picked Blueberries. With three different genetic building blocks, Blueberry is sometimes referred to as a triple crossed weed strain.
The breeding project came from a collaboration between Dutch Passion and Canadian breeder DJ Short. The goal was to create a new indica dominant cannabis cross which would showcase a new generation of mouth watering fruity flavours alongside an alluring aroma of dark forest fruit. At the time, no-one could have imagine the huge number of weed strains crossed with blueberry which would eventually emerge.
Blueberry is available in autoflowering cannabis seeds (Auto Blueberry) as well as feminised seeds and regular seeds. She grows with great vigour and a delightful, sweet fruity aroma which intensifies as she approaches harvest. The buds have a white frosty trichome coating. When grown in cool bloom conditions you will see some beautiful autumnal colours as the buds and leaves develop blue and purple hues. The high is powerful, comforting and long lasting.
Combine that with the trademark taste/aroma, beautiful bag appeal and heavy yields and you have a truly unique cannabis cross which stands for quality and excellence in all aspects.
Such is the quality from this elite cannabis cross that Blueberry has been one of the main weed strains that get crossed by other breeders and seed banks. These include Skywalker (Blueberry x Mazar), Mazar x Blueberry OG (Skywalker OG), Blueberry Headband, Blueberry Diesel, Blue Dream, Blue Cookies Blue Cheese, Blue Auto Mazar, Auto Blackberry Kush and many others.
One new release from Dutch Passion is Skywalker Haze. This is a cross of original Skywalker (Blueberry x Mazar) x Amsterdam Amnesia. Skywalker Haze became a cannabis cup winner before launch at the Homegrown Cup 2020.
Skywalker Haze is a Blueberry cross with Mazar, But what are some other hybrid strains crossed with Mazar? There are plenty available. Mazar has been used in several Dutch Passion autoflower seeds, including the ultimate auto heavy yielder, Auto Ultimate.
Blueberry seeds are the cornerstone variety of the Dutch Passion Blue family of cannabis seeds.
|Dutch Passion Blueberry grown under HPS with 20% THC levels|
Mokum's Tulip (Gelato x Sherbet)
Mokum’s Tulip is a hybrid cannabis cross with genetics from the multiple cannabis cup winning Gelato and Sherbet strains. With such powerful parent genetics this is a cannabis cross with very high THC levels. The feminised seed version of Mokum’s Tulip takes around 8 weeks to bloom. Fans of autoflowering cannabis seeds should note Auto Mokum’s Tulip. In the first year of release Mokum’s Tulip won 3 awards at the Dutch Flowers Cannabis Cup 2020, Clouds In The City 2019 and the 2019 Farallones Medical Cannabis Cup.
With a worldwide network of cannabis contacts Dutch Passion have enjoyed access to some of the finest USA special genetics. The elite parent strains of Gelato and Sherbet guarantee the very high THC levels along with the flavour explosion that characterises the juicy, resin soaked buds from Mokum’s Tulip.
Mokum’s Tulip grows fast and blooms rapidly. Typically, the plants grow sturdy and thick trunks/branches. This makes her very well suited to a SOG grow or for growing in the natural way. The compact and heavy buds are well supported by these strong branches. In good conditions, phenotypes can be found that are ready to harvest in a maximum of 7-8 weeks. But in general we recommend a flowering time of between 56-63 days.
|Mokum’s Tulip Grow review under HPS grow lights|
Kerosene Krash (Gorilla Glue #4 x Sherbet)
If you love cannabis with extremely high THC levels and a powerful fuel scent than look no further, Kerosene Krash seeds are precisely what you are looking for! This indica dominant strain is part of the cannabis cup winning USA Special collection of cannabis seeds. Kerosene Krash is a member of the very exclusive collection of Extremely High THC seeds. THC levels may be up to 25% in good conditions, home grown weed doesn't get much stronger!
The breeding goal behind Kerosene Krash was to create an indica strain with sky-high THC levels and an unsurpassed tongue-tingling terpene profile of rich kerosene/diesel. Kerosene Krash has extremely sticky and stinky buds full of trichomes. The trademark pungent gasoline odour seems to get everywhere and penetrate through any bag! Look out for the phenotypes with the strong diesel/gassy side of terpenes spectrum. These are our some of the best, most powerful USA genetics ever found by Dutch Passion.
Because Kerosene Krash flowers with such speed she tends to remain a very compact plant with minimal stretch and short internode distances compared to other USA-special strains. She will only stretch in bloom for 2 to about 3 weeks. Some phenotypes come to a standstill very quickly, so it is recommended to use longer vegetative growth periods with Kerosene Krash in order to maximise yields.
|Kerosene Krash grow review under LED grow lights with coco fibre|
Orange Bud (Orange Skunk selection X Skunk citrus phenotype)
Original Orange Bud is still as popular today as she was when first introduced in the early 1980’s! It’s a sativa strain with an unusually fast bloom time of around 8 weeks. The thousands of repeat growers cultivate her for the powerful anti-anxiety buds which pack a tangy taste of freshly picked oranges. Like all Skunks, she is easy to grow in a wide range of grow systems/grow mediums with heavy yields and very high THC levels.
As well as being available in feminised cannabis seeds, you can also get Orange Bud in regular seeds or autoflower seeds (Auto Orange Bud). Orange Bud seeds are a member of the Orange Family of cannabis seeds.
The breeding of Orange Bud was a little different to some other cannabis crosses. Instead of taking two quite different/diverse parent strains the focus was to create the most powerful citrus tasting Orange Skunk selection. In order to do this a large number of plants were grown from seed in the 1980’s Skunk breeding project.
Two carefully selected Skunk lines were found. Both packed heavy yields and were particularly fast to grow. One other common feature was the aromas of these two citrus lines, oranges, lemons, limes and tangerines were prominent scents. This cannabis cross was stabilised and Orange Bud was created. She has since been used in countless other cannabis crosses.
Orange Bud is highly prized by Sea Of Green (SOG) growers for her yields. By using the SOG method you will be able to achieve the largest possible harvest. A SOG grow is quite straight forward and less time consuming than most other growing methods. Orange Bud also thrives in a ‘screen of green’ grow (‘SCROG’). She loves being bent, manipulated and super cropped. Be sure to give her a longer veg period if you grow her in a SCROG setup in order to fully fill the screen and deliver heavy yields.
|Auto Orange Bud grow review using LED grow lights and BioTabs|
Auto Cinderella Jack. (Cinderella 99 X Jack Herer) x Magnum
One of Dutch Passion’s best ever cannabis cross projects has to be Auto Cinderella Jack. THC levels of over 25% have been recorded by independent labs!, making her perhaps the world's most potent autoflower. The Dutch Passion team haven't seen any higher independently verified THC levels in an autoflower strain. Auto Cinderella Jack suits the serious grower who is uncompromising about quality and insists on the highest possible THC levels.
Some cannabis cross projects come with grand plans for the heaviest yields or the fruitiest flavours. The idea behind Auto Cinderella Jack was to ignore all aspects other than THC levels. That meant that the selective breeding favoured only those plants with the very highest THC levels. Everything else was simply discarded. The resulting cross pollination produced Auto Cinderella Jack. Before this, the Dutch Passion team have never seen an auto with THC levels over 25%.
This hybrid autoflower seed is ready to harvest around 75 days after germination. Some phenotypes will take a week or two longer and these tend to be the heaviest yielders. She grows up to 1m tall with a dominant central bloom surrounded by a ring of slightly smaller blooms - the classic Dutch Passion autoflower structure. For the best results, it is recommended to grow her indoors under LED grow lights. Part of the Classics family of cannabis seeds, where you can find some of the most trusted and reliable cannabis genetics for your future grows!
|Auto Cinderella Jack, strongest autoflower on earth with THC levels over 25%|
Other cross cannabis strains to consider
As well as our top 5 cannabis cross strains there are a couple of other varieties worthy of a mention. When cross breeding cannabis, some strains (such as Durban Poison) are mentioned time and time again. That’s usually a sign that the genetics are both stable and special.
Durban Poison (Durban x Unknown Indica)
Original Durban Poison seeds are available as feminised seeds, autoflower seeds and regular seeds. It’s a classic high THC variety which performs well both indoors and outdoors with thousands of repeat growers. Part of the Dutch Outdoor family of cannabis seeds.
What strains are crossed with Durban Poison? There have been many but one famous modern strain to come from a Durban Poison cannabis cross might be the legendary Girl Scout Cookies. This came from a Durban Poison cross with OG Kush.
What are the other strains crossed with Girl Scout Cookies? Girl Scout Cookies is a modern classic and has been crossed extensively with numerous other strains. Sherbet, Gelato, Wedding Cake are just some of the Girl Scout Cookies (‘GSC’) cannabis cross strains. Because GSC is such a popular, strong and stable strain it is continually evaluated in new cannabis cross projects, though not all of these will reach commercial cannabis seed sales. Likewise there are also countless strains crossed with Grandaddy Purple and other similar iconic strains.
Other FAQ’s on cannabis cross breeding
Are there any marijuana strains crossed with Charlotte's Web? Charlotte’s Web is a high CBD low THC strain developed by the Stanley Brothers of Colorado. The strain was never released in seed form for commercial sales, so no commercial crosses exist. But you can buy other types of high CBD low THC strains, such as Dutch Passion Charlotte’s Angel.
Is there a Dutch Passion strain made from Blue Dream crossed with Gorilla Glue cannabis? Dutch Passion Glueberry OG uses cannabis genetics from (Gorilla Glue #4 X OG Kush) x Blueberry. It’s a prize winner, so expect heavy yields and very high THC levels.