How to Grow Diamond Dust

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Cultivation information for growers, from breeders.

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Cultivar Details:

Plant physiology: 4.5 feet tall, assuming a three-week veg period. Width is about 2 feet.

Average yield: Total flower weight of 60 grams per sq. ft.

Flowering time: 63 to 70 days

Ideal light-intensity setting: 700 to 900 µmol/m2/s from double-ended HPS fixtures

Water needs: Maintain a volumetric water content of 55% to 60% in the grow medium throughout the flower cycle.

Ideal cultivation temperature: 74 degrees to 80 degrees Fahrenheit during first 56 days of flower; 64 degrees to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during last 7 to 14 days for optimal trichome ripening

Ideal cultivation relative humidity: 55% to 65% relative humidity (RH) during the first 42 days of flower then reduced to 50% to 55% RH during the last 21 to 28 days

Nutrient needs: Diamond Dust performs well in a nutrient formulation with an electrical conductivity (EC) of 2.0 to 2.8.

Cannabinoid profile: Type 1, THC-dominant variety with a decent amount of cannabigerol (CBG) that carried through from the Lemon Haze (sativa) lineage. Diamond Dust generally tests around 21% to 25% THC and 2% CBG, which gives a nice balance to provide a clean and clear high.

Terpene profile: d-Limonene, linalool, ß-caryophyllene, e-nerolidol, ß-pinene, and ß-myrcene gives Diamond Dust a terpene profile that is somewhat a mix of cheese funk and sweet.

Susceptibility to any diseases/conditions: Resistant to powdery mildew (PM) and botrytis

David Holmes launched his first large-scale commercial facility in 2007. Shortly thereafter, Clade9 was formed to meet demand for cultivation experts. Applying his expertise in grow room design and management, Holmes focused on medical marijuana strain breeding. He has developed more than a dozen strains including the Ying Yang, a high-CBD strain with superior seizure-reducing capacities.