Among the many specific aromas the cannabis plant amazingly is able to produce also is the scent of citrus fruits such as orange or lemon.
Cannabis strains offering such a flavour are in popular demand. Not only because they are smelling and tasting so delicious, but also because their high limonene terpene content contributes to an exhilarating, occasionally even prickling and euphoric way of effect. Limes and lemons – they both are rich in limonen, and so it is with two lemony Barney’s Farm strains: Amnesia Lemon and Lemon Tree. The first one had been tested with a really citrusy, limonene-soaked result by The Doc already, now he set out to check the qualities of Lemon Tree as well.
A cannabis variety named as such naturally comes with a pledge of juicy flower fruits with a sweet ’n sour lemon flavour. Well, according to Barney’s, it fully honours this pledge, thanks to the guarantee seal of two limonene bombs in the world of cannabis strains: Lemon Skunk and Sour Diesel. These classic US varieties were crossed with one another by the Barney’s breeders to create Lemon Tree, a genetically slightly indica-dominant (55%) plant that is in addition to limonene is also rich in myrcene. Which, together with other terpenes contained in relevant amounts, leads to the presence of slightly skunky and gassy undertones in Lemon Tree. Cultivation-wise, this strain appears to be very convincing, too – after 65-70 days of flowering, up to 650 grams of heavily trichome-encrusted citrus buds are piling up in the grower’s harvest basket. While its name may suggest unusually big dimensions, Lemon Tree is actually not a “tree” among cannabis plants, with a final height of 90-100 cm (given a standard duration veg stage) it’s described as medium tall rather. Outside it may grow up to two metres, with plants maturing in the third to fourth week of October and yielding up to 1.5 kilos each. Lemon Tree flowers provides a stimulating onrush full of tingly happy energy to users
The veg stage: Quickly hatched and determinedly upwards
The Doc started his second Barney’s Farm lemon strain adventure with two feminised Lemon Tree seeds. Germination took place in the usual rapid Barney’s speed – it took the two seedlings only about 2.5 days to hatch and show up above the soil. From which they were soon protruding tall, after the four weeks veg stage measuring 43 and 48 cm already, equipped with a good scaffold of branches.
Into flowering: Heavy lemon clouds, a colossal gush of resin makes for a sight to behold
Then something was about to begin that The Doc will not soon forget… one of the most spectacular cannabis flowering shows that he, the old grow veteran, had ever witnessed. As soon as three weeks into flowering, a lot of resin glands were glinting on the young buds, an early announcement of a colossal trichome gush setting in shortly after: In the course of the nine weeks flowering stage, the Lemon Tree flower heads looked liked snowed under in resin avalanches. Reported The Doc at the end of flowering, “That’s a breathtaking sight to behold! These fat bone-hard indica style buds are ‘blinded’ with resin, oozing out juicy lemon glue like hell, their insanely thick trichome coating is second to none I’ve ever personally seen! And then, making for a wonderful contrast, they’re displaying a lovely blood orange colour, the sugar leaves and upper shade leaves are vibrant red in large parts.
But the attraction doesn’t stop there – these heavenly cannabis fruits are really smelling like lemons, fully honouring their limonene pledge! The plants have raised a terpene storm which not only swirls lemon clouds into the room, but just as described also brings a slight diesel note with it – “if this element wasn’t there, too, blindfolded you could think it’s real lemons smelling that strong here”, The Doc depicted his olfactory impression, and added, “growing this strain, who wouldn’t think of that famous song by Fools Garden of the same name where they say ‚all that I can see is just another lemon tree‘? Well, Lemon Tree by Barney’s Farm is definitely NOT just another lemon tree… but something highly special in the world of cannabis strains!”Both plants ripened with no delay, with 65 and 68 days even a few days before the end of the official harvest window. One of them reached a height of exactly one metre, the other was 17 cm taller.
After drying: As if the buds had been deep-fried in resin
Three-digit numbers also were on the agenda some weeks later then when The Doc weighed his dried harvest and counted 106 and 113 grams. Their look made The Doc giddy with pleasure: “These buds are looking as if they had been deep-fried in resin, so crusty is the trichome coat they’re wrapped in. I guess this is as excessive as it can get! Luckily, also in dried state now they’re some dazzling lemony flower nuggets with a very slight Diesel twist. I’m craving for the taste and effect of these sense-boggling cannabis fruit pieces!”
Sampling Lemon Tree: An exhilarating freshness experience turns The Doc into “Mr. Fresh”
“When life gives you lemons, smoke them! That is, vape them”, said The Doc laughingly whilst making preparations for the sampling session – he grinded half a gram of Lemon Tree and put it into the filling chamber of his Mighty+ vaporizer. A full load of limonen kind of exploded in The Doc’s mouth then: “The flavour is as much of concentrated lemon as expected, it’s a sensation as if my taste buds were sprayed with lemon molecules, what an exhilarating freshness experience! In the finish, that small bit of gassy spiciness comes out as well.” Two hits later, his freshness experience continued in the effect department: As though on a hot muggy day a fresh breeze had blown in his face, Lemon Tree acted as an eye-opener, causing a tingling sensation on his temples, his mind cleared up and got filled with cheerfulness – “I feel like Mr. Fresh himself!”, The Doc said with a grin, “on a party, so full of energy and happiness I’d storm the dance floor now… really amazing how much a rich limonene content can influence a strain’s effect – Lemon Tree is slightly leaning towards the indica side genetically, but nevertheless its sort of effect is very stimulating and refreshing, providing a classic sativa mind stimulation. Of course though this sativa effect had an unwinding indica trail to it “at some point in the second half of the game”, The Doc reported after his Lemon Tree consumption experience had ended after about two hours. Ranked #1 in The Doc’s personal Barney’s chartsThe Doc’s stand-out verdict: „Barney’s Farm has brought me a lot of extraordinary cannabis varieties in recent years, but Lemon Tree is the most special and spectacular one in terms of aroma and effect – this unique plant has conquered first place in my personal Barney’s charts!
Genetics: Lemon Tree (Lemon Skunk x Sour Diesel)
Vegetative stage: four weeks (after germination)
Flowering stage: 65 and 68 days / 65-70 days in general
Medium: Bionova Bio Soilmix, 11 litre pots
pH: 6.2-6.6 EC 1.2–1.8 mS
Light: up to 7 x SANlight Q6W = 1505 watts
Temperature: 19-28°C Air humidity 40-60%
Fertilization: Bionova Soil Supermix, plus PK 13-14 in the flowering stage
Additives/stimulants: Bionova Silution, The Missing Link, Vitasol and X-celTools CleanLight Pro for mould prevention
Height: 100 + 117 cm
Yield: 106 + 113 g
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