Cheers to all the sweet growers. Today we are going to talk about one of our new USA strains, released during this season.
We are talking about Do-Sweet-Dos® (SWS80), a strain we fell in love with since the first day, with its huge trichome production, compact buds and strong effect. Not to mention its magnificent earthy and floral aromas reminiscent of cookies. It is a new strain but, in our hearts, it already turned into a classic.
Here’s a tip for when you grow this champion!I will summarize a grow operation that I made with 9 seeds under LED lights in a 120 cm closet. You will see that with little effort you can achieve very good fruits out of the wonderful Do-Sweet-Dos® from Sweet Seeds®. And best of all, you will feel the satisfaction of growing your own medicine, while enjoying the beauty of this genetic.
Growing my sweets. A dream come true.
I always start by cleaning the entire room where I have the closet. It is advisable to use the vacuum cleaner instead of sweeping since with the broom raises a lot of dust that can accumulate on the walls.
Next, I use a good disinfectant and move on to the second part: thoroughly cleaning the closet, lights, screens or refl ectors, flower pots and any tools that are going to be used. All this is of vital importance since 99% of pests and fungi are dormant among the remains of the previous crop, waiting for the optimal conditions to attack and colonize your plants. Do-Sweet-Dos® features great resistance against fungal attacks, but prevention is always a good option.In total control of the cleaning and preventive issues, we make sure to solve 50% of the possible problems. The other 50% would be weather conditions and food. Do-Sweet-Dos® usually supports all types of fertilizers, but we will now take it into further discussion.
It is important to know the tools and fertilizers that we will need, because once the plants start growing, the biological clock does not stop anymore and it will be necessary to act urgently at key moments. It is important to use/have: a high-quality soil mix, specific fertilizers for growth and flowering, potassium hydroxide, a good watering can and, of course, a pair of extractors, decent lighting equipment and new bulbs. It is always better to save the used ones (about 6/12 months of use) to use them if the new ones have any problem while the grow operation is running. I have been using COB LEDs for a couple of years and they last at least 3 years so, for now, I am unconcerned and do not need to change them.
About the soil mix, if it is from a good brand especially designed for cannabis growing, you will not have to worry about using fertilizers during the first month. The basic needs of the plant will be covered with a simple root stimulator before flowering begins. Even if you don’t measure the pH of the water, a good soil can cushion and attenuate this problem. Now, if you think it is not enough and you need to get all the juice from your beautiful Do-Sweet-Dos®, you can choose a coconut or hydroponic grow operation instead. I have used coconut this time and the plants performed wonderfully.
As you know, in coconut you must feed the plants from the beginning and practically every time you water your plants. It is also essential to use pH and EC meters since errors can become expensive at this point. Growing with coconut is halfway between soil and hydroponics. This means that the water needs are greater as the coconut dries faster, allowing a greater supply of oxygen to the roots and also a higher rate of irrigation (therefore, more food). We must keep the pH a little lower than with soil and it should always be stable, at around 6.0. I give them a pH of 5.8 in vegetative and once they start fl owering, I raise it to 6. Do-Sweet-Dos® is a strain that goes well with a gentle diet so I never went above 1.8 EC at any time. In vegetative they performed very well with an EC standing between 0.8 and 1.2. A base fertilizer and a root stimulator were more than enough at this stage. Before flowering started I watered the plants with Thrichodermas as a preventive.
These are a type of fungi that are naturally present in coconut itself, but that usually decreases over time. Therefore, it is good to feed the substrate with new colonies as they help fighting other pathogenic fungi that can attack our plants. It is a natural preventive that feeds on other fungi, helping to strengthen the roots since it keeps them isolated from the attack of other opportunistic fungi.
Do-Sweet-Dos® takes very little time to show its first pistils, so it is essential to have the plants in perfect condition when flowering starts. Once flowering begins, there is no going back. A series of processes are triggered that make the plant invest all its effort in the production of flowers, so it is a crucial moment where each extra contribution will be rewarded with some sweet and tight buds.
If there are any pests, or you have food deficiencies or excesses, refrain to change the cycle until you have it solved. Following this rule, I am sure you will harvest some great fruits. Now, which type of food should I use right now? Easy, any fertilizer specific for flowering that is valid for coconut. But if you want to have the best results, you should also consider having a quality flower stimulator, a bottle of Cal Mag and another bottle of enzymes. As I said before, less is more and Do-Sweet-Dos® is a strain that with little, offers very good results. I do not mean that you should not fertilize, but do so in moderate doses. Keep a smooth pace of fertilizer and increase gradually. You will see that your plants will soon be forming good buds.
It is a very resinous strain and once the flowers achieve maturity, they swell to a point that they even seem to be full of seeds. The way how they fatten their buds and become whitish because of the amount of resin that covers them is an outstanding show to watch. Like all strains from the United States, the buds are not extremely fat, but they are quite tight and hard. The plants can acquire a violet color in their leaves and flowers. This is way more pronounced at the end of the cycle after flush is performed. By using products to help clean the substrate we will flush and force the plants to use the last nutrients stored in their tissues, so I recommend doing it about 10 days before harvest. After flushing your plants, it is time to see them change the color of their leaves, turning to an orange-yellow color and if it is also accompanied by a certain drop in night temperature, we can enjoy beautiful purple-colored flowers.
This is where we clearly see its Kush offspring. If you like photography, Do-Sweet-Dos® is a model that gives a lot of play and is perfect to enjoy with its powerful colors and lots of resin. At the end of the grow operation, the smell in the room is really attractive. Strong earthy aromas combined with sweet and citrus hints, with a background that is reminiscent of the authentic Kush American genetics. And this plant has 100% USA all written around its flowers.
Like all good wines, drying and curing is the secret. I advise to manicure the flowers only when they are ready for the glass jars. With this you can achieve a slow drying, allowing the plant to gradually lose its chlorophyll and then have a smooth, but persistent flavor. Once dried and manicured, it is important to wait 3 or 4 weeks before tasting. By then you will notice all its nuances, among which the wet earth, sweet cookies and the best floral-based limoncello stand out.
When all this happens, we tend to smoke a bit more than we should and, in the end, it is inevitable to feel all the power of Do-Sweet-Dos® flowers. It’s like a punch in the neck along with a massage at the top of the head. A feeling of lightness in the mind and relaxation throughout the body.
Best enjoyed in a comfortable place with your best friends as it can make you laugh a lot and be totally relaxed. This strain has been my partner throughout this summer and I am already missing it in anticipation of the next crop. And if it isn’t enough, you can do impressive high-quality extractions with this strain. Instead of Do-Sweet-Dos® they should have called it 10-Sweet-10.