White growths on the tips of marijuana inflorescences
All growers are well aware of what cannabis inflorescences usually look like at the beginning of the flowering stage and closer to harvest. The closer you get to harvest, the more resinous and dense the buds become. They become smooth, spread a gorgeous scent around them, and look like Christmas tree cones.
The harvest varies in shape and color from variety to variety. The Sativa variety has a looser, more oblong flowering while the Indica variety has a rounder, firmer flower. The classic color of the buds is green and its shades, but there are also colored varieties in which the buds are colored purple, blue, red or even black by the beginning of the harvests.
White growths on the tips of cannabis inflorescences are an unusual phenomenon that growers don’t often encounter, but they do happen.
Cones on the buds – how is this possible?
The white growths on the inflorescences were first described by Susan Gress, the owner of a small family cannabis-growing business. The inflorescences of cannabis on her plantation Vashon Velvet, located in Washington state, turned out so strange that Susan decided to invite to her famous experts.
The fact was that on top of the ordinary buds on the bushes grew very beautiful discolored growths. It seemed as if the volume of the harvest doubled – additional buds appeared on top of each inflorescence. And these outgrowths were snow-white, as if burned in the sun.
The first person to visit Susan’s plantation was Bobby Montoya, an NW Leaf employee and photographer. When he saw these unusual white growths, his surprise was boundless. After photographing the bushes with macro photography, Montoya had nothing definitive to say about such an unusual crop, exclaiming only that he had never seen anything like it before.
The second expert who visited Susan Gress’ plot was Ethan Russo, a talented neurologist and researcher of the effect of cannabinoids on the human brain. He made a number of manipulations with the bushes and afterwards declared that he didn’t see any pathology – the bushes were absolutely healthy. His conclusions were confirmed by other specialists who visited the cannabis plant later.
Are plants with white growths elite cannabis?
The research that was done with the cannabis on Susan Gress’ plantation showed some very interesting results. The THC levels in these white buds far exceeded those of the psychoactive cannabinoid in the green buds of the same shrubs.
And then Susan was finally convinced that her bushes were absolutely healthy, and the phenomenon she encountered was a real breakthrough in cannabis cultivation. Today many advanced growers look for seeds at Vashon Velvet outlets and try to grow the original white reeds which have the highest THC content.
How do you get white sprouts?
Susan Gress used la when grovelling her unique plants, and that was the secret to her original crop.
These lights have become increasingly popular among growers lately because they offer many advantages:
The lamps do not emit heat – this makes it possible to place them close to the top of the plant without fear of harming it.
Since the lamps do not generate heat, the need for watering and ventilation of the grow box is reduced.
LED panels are durable – their lifetime is 35000-50000 hours.
Lights consume minimum electricity, which allows you to save on lighting.
The lamps emit a uniform light, capable of giving each bush the necessary amount of energy.
An important advantage of these lighting systems is that LED-panels can be adjusted to the most different light spectrum. By changing the wavelength of light, growers help plants form shoots during the vegetative stage and produce fragrant resin with THC during flowering.
The only drawback to LED bulbs is their expensive cost. Not all growers have the ability to immediately invest a large sum in the purchase of such a lighting system.
However, by purchasing a modern LED light, the grower can forget about lighting problems forever and will be able to grow an impressive crop with white growths on the tips of the inflorescences.
A great option is the Apollo 6 LED light with 210 watts. There are 6 blocks of LEDs on the panel with 15 pieces in each block. The advantage of this lighting system is the ability to create directional light, because the LEDs have personal lenses. The light range can be adjusted to different wavelengths, illuminating plants in the blue spectrum on the vega and red – when translating to color. No adapter is needed for the fixture – it runs from 100-240W.
Albino outgrowths – the norm or pathology?
Among growers today there is still a lively debate on the subject of these unusual albino cones. Some growers stubbornly believe that the appearance of such growths is one of the symptoms of a disease caused by heat or light burns.
But it can’t be a burn, and here’s why:
Heat or light stress would have affected the shape of the leaves surrounding the growths – they would have become deformed, bent down, brittle.
If there was stress, the surrounding leaves would also become discolored, spotty, and eventually die along with the inflorescences.
The occurrence of heat stress with LED lighting is virtually impossible because these lamps do not heat up and do not emit thermal energy.
Light scorch on the plants with the original growths at the Vashon Velvet farm was also unlikely, as the unusual crop appeared even where the bushes were away from the light sources.
The white growths on the tips of the cannabis inflorescences are a phenomenon that remains to be studied in more detail. One thing is clear: you cannot call such cannabis diseased, as many factors indicate. According to Susan Gress – the discoverer of the snow-white outgrowths – the use of LED lights most likely had such an effect.