Indica at its best
The indica strain Wappa entered the seed market in 2006, when Paradise Seeds came up with a “six pack” of six new feminised strains. Paradise Seeds has an excellent reputation in terms of feminised seeds, so the grower was curious whether it would be confirmed by Wappa, too.
Paradise Seeds describes Wappa as a stout-statured and stable pure indica strain, the low height of which makes it a good choice for gardeners with limited growing space. It’s available as a feminised strain only. For producing feminised Wappa seeds, pollen is obtained from a female manipulated to produce male flowers and applied to a female plant so that all of the resulting Wappa seeds will become female. It has a flowering time of 55-60 days. When forced to flower at 30 cm, it doubles in size by maturity, producing big chunky colas (yield potential: 400-500 g/m2) that fill the air with sweet aromas of fruits and sugar, or also marshmallows, as reported by some people. Untypical of an indica strain, Wappa has a high calyx-to-leaf ratio which makes it a breeze to manicure. Also unusual for an indica is the fact that Wappa has a light green leaf colour, and in addition, its leafs are sharper serrated than those of other indicas. Also, Wappa’s high provides a surprising effect – even though she is a pure indica, she does not weigh the body down, it’s a non-couchlock and non-stupor indica that delivers “an active, aware body vibe, more conducive to merrymaking than couch surfing”, according to Paradise Seeds. They even promise “it is a luminous high that nudges open the doors of perception” – thanks to a high THC content of 15-18%. Wappa also has a good outdoor performance, she adapts well to the climates of Northern Europe, such as Belgium or Holland, but she really goes strong in sunnier and warmer regions like France, Italy or Spain, yields of up to 500 grams per plant are possible.
A grower called “The Doc” germinated three feminised Wappa seeds (only three because he also tested a fewer other varieties at the same time) in order to get a first impression of the Wappa strain. All of the seeds sprouted perfectly and the seedlings were grown under two 125 W CFL lights (6400 K) during the first two weeks. The seedlings were transplanted to 11 litre pots filled with Plagron Standard Mix. After two weeks, The Doc replaced the CFLs with two Planta Star 600 Watts high pressure sodium lamps and one with 400 Watts. That certainly was an extremely copious amount of wattage for The Doc’s grow room with an area of a few square meters. Without a doubt, Wappa would enjoy optimum growing conditions in that light paradise. After the third week in the vegetative stage, at a height of 30-40 cm and a width of already more than 40 cm, the first side branches slipped through the huge leafs from below. The three Wappa plants grew very homogeneously and bushy, producing many long side branches within a short time, something that is also rarely seen on indica plants. After four weeks in the vegetative stage – the plants had kept on growing vigorously, having reached a height of 50-60 cm – The Doc induced flowering by reducing the light period from 18/6 (day/night) to 12/12 and replaced the Planta Star lights with two 600 Watts Osram Son-T Plus and one with 400 Watts. Already two weeks later, flower cluster formation had started at the plant tips. The numerous side branches kept on stretching in the first weeks of flowering, and so did the whole plants, also further increasing in width. After four weeks in the flowering stage, the plants had reached a height of about 100 cm, having become luscious globe cannabis plants that raised the expectation of a bumper harvest, the more so as the buds where about becoming very big, dense and long.
At the end of the fourth week of flowering, the buds were already coated with a shimmering resin layer. After five weeks, flower production kind of exploded, the buds tremendously increased in size and density. Also in the flowering stage, there was a great deal of uniformity, there were no different phenotypes, even the flower structure was identical on all the three plants. The only difference found on one plant was the fact that it even outmatched the high resin content of the other two plants. Also the fruity sweet aroma was the same with each plant. The plants didn’t exhibit any male flowers, the feminisation quality of Wappa seemed to prove the good reputation of Paradise Seeds once again, although three plants cannot be considered as representative in general of course.
All the three plants – which had grown to a height of about 120 cm in the end – could be harvested between the eighth an nineth week of flowering, which was in line with the flowering time data stated by Paradise Seeds. After the buds had been dried, The Doc happily took 312 grams off the scales, a yield that did fulfill the high harvest expectations. And there also was plenty of resinous leaf material for being used in the Ice-O-Lator. Wappa’s high was as strong as expected, it had a quick onset and lasted for many hours, having a pleasant body relaxing effect which, indeed, was not paralysing – The Doc still could move easily and was mentally present, being densely enwrapped in mental candyfloss though, he was heavily stoned but also felt a lot of euphoria. Wappa’s smell and flavour also fully convinced him, the buds provided a mild and sweet smoke with nice subtle fruity undertones. For The Doc, Wappa easily ranks amongst the best strains of Paradise Seeds.
With a price of 30 Euros for five feminised seeds and 55 Euros for ten, Wappa furthermore has a very good value for money – undoubtedly, this is indica at its best in any respect.
|Vegetative stage:||Here: 4 weeks|
|Flowering stage:||8-9 weeks|
|Medium:||Plagron Standard Mix (soil mix)|
|EC:||Vegetative stage: 1.2–1.6 mS
Flowering stage: 1.6-2.0 mS
|Lights:||1st half of vegetative stage: 2x 125 Watt CFL (6400K)
2nd half of vegetative stage: 2x Planta Star 600 W + 1x 400 W
Flowering stage: 2x Osram Son T plus 600 W + 1x 400 W
|Temperature:||Vegetative stage: 22-24°C (day)
Flowering stage: 24-28°C (day)
Night: 18-19 °C
|Air humidity:||Vegetative stage: 40–60%
Flowering stage: max. 50%
|Fertilisation:||HeSi Bloom Complex, also HeSi Phosphor Plus from the 4th week of flowering|
|Additives:||Nitrozyme, HeSi Boost and Root Complex, Enzyme|
|Height:||about 120 cm|
Originally Published in Weed World Magazine Issue 86