I started growing for myself in 2010. I deal with some chronic pain issues from about 25 years of riding a skateboard and Cannabis provided me a safe alternative to deal with the pain. I’ve always been a do-it-yourself kind of person as well as a creative person my whole life, so it’s in my nature to create things – it’s kind of what I do. These feelings of wanting to create something for the cannabis world hit me in late 2012. I had been listening to episodes of Subcool’s ‘Weed Nerd’ show and hearing him talk about crossing strains and breeding which got me more than a bit interested. So, I started looking into it more – reading everything I could on breeding, genetics and plant selection. I was so fascinated by the genetics and where they came from and how modern hybrids were made that I had to start playing and learning myself.
Dirt Farmer Genetics was founded in 2013 with the creation of my first project: Purple Tears. I had been interested in breeding, and phenotype selection for a while now so I decided to create my first strain to further explore these aspects of growing.
I started off with a QuerkIe male that was very Purple Urkle dominant. I was really into colorful plants when I first got into growing and when deciding which strains I wanted to start with, I knew I wanted something to bring some color to the mix. For the female I chose Delahaze, a girl I had been running for her sweet mango flavor and heavy resin production. She had no purple traits so this would be a good one for me to see what the male would provide color wise. This cross became Purple Tears.
In the first batch of test seeds I ran the first seed to pop was (and still is) my favorite to this day. When I topped her for the first time she gave off a little purple colored tear drop at the end of the meristem. This is where the name Purple Tears came from. She grew with tight internodes in veg and during flower she quickly started packing on resin. By day 40 you could already see her changing color. She finished around day 63 with dark purple leaves and dense resin-covered purple buds. I cracked open a nug to reveal a beautiful magenta-colored inner calyx surrounded by trichome forests.
I have been working Purple Tears for the last three years now. From here I’ve been selecting traits for purple coloring, resin production, and a grape hashy- terp profile in further generations.
She makes for a really great hash strain, whether it’s bubble, oil, or rosin. She also works great medicinally for chronic pain, muscle issues, anxiety, and sleep aid.
Purple Tears seeds are currently available in two versions: Bx and F3. Both are great pain meds with slightly different flavor profiles with the Bx leaning more towards musty grape hash and the F3 delivering a grape/fuel flavor explosion. I also have a few F1 hybrid crosses made with the Purple Tears F2 male. These plants grow with a nice tight nodal structure and early topping is recommended for multiple colas. She likes a little longer veg time and can be a heavy eater, but she will reward you with nice dense purple buds just glistening with heavy resin production. No need for cool temps to bring out the purpling in these girls. The F2 male selected showed lots of purpling and greasy resin production – just like the female counterparts. They are sure to add resin and color to any variety.
Most phenos finish with pinkish purple to full on magenta and dark purple buds with a flowering time between 60-70 days. When you first get a jar of Purple Tears you can already see the pink and purple hues through the glass and as you open the lid the aroma of fresh grapes and hash fills the area.
When you look inside at some beautiful pink and purple buds covered in trichomes, you will pull a nug out to admire the color and quickly put it to your nose and inhale deeply while giving the bud a gentle squeeze. Aromas of fresh grapes, and hash will tickle your nose. Start breaking open the bud to reveal even more beautiful colors inside as you pack your bowl. Spark that flame and inhale…Her smoke is heavy and dense, it fills your lungs with a potent mix of cannabinoids and terpenes. Upon exhale the taste of grape fuel lingers as your eyes get heavy. Sit back and relax as a calm wave comes over your body, your legs start to tingle and eases your pain away.
Purple Tears has been my labor of love for the past three years but she’s going to take a little pause from further workings for a bit. While working her I have been pheno-hunting new varieties to breed with and have been working to create my own males to use in future projects. This is where I hope to bring some unique new genetics to the mix.
For me the selection of the two parents is key. Breeding for me isn’t finding the one male and making crosses. Its about making those proper selections and pairing the right male and female then working through those seeds.
Next in the lineup to get worked is SourBlime. SourBlime combines the legendary Black Lime Reserve male crossed with a very special clone only cut of Sour OG female. This project is in its initial phase and is already shaping up nicely.
My goal with Dirt Farmer Genetics is to create interesting seed varieties that have great flavor profiles and medicinal value at a price for the working grower.
Published in issue 126 Weed World magazine