The Return Of The Super Sativa Seed Club • Higher Occasions


Back in the Haze

Founded in Amsterdam by Karel Schelfhout in 1985, the Super Sativa Seed Club (SSSC) was 1 of the initial providers to sell seeds straight to the public via its catalog as properly as advertisements in the back of Higher Occasions. In truth, the SSSC was only the second cannabis-seed business, right after the Seed Bank, to operate openly in the Netherlands. At that time, Karel was a squatter, taking more than abandoned properties and fixing them up to be habitable as properly as turning them into some of the quite initial indoor expanding facilities in Europe. In these growrooms, Karel and his compatriots pioneered and created the strategies to develop indoors working with horticultural lighting, rockwool mediums and mineral nutrients in liquid options delivered straight to oxygenated plant roots.

Back then, “Sam the Skunkman,” a legendary breeder from America, had lately moved to Amsterdam from California and gifted Karel with his Original Haze and Skunk #1 seeds. These varieties, as properly as some seeds received from Nevil Schoenmakers of the Seed Bank, became the developing blocks of the SSSC catalog of strains.

Small business swiftly took off, and involving 1985 and 1987 the SSSC sold millions of seeds all more than the globe. Karel’s mission was to “spread cannabis seeds about the globe and empower cannabis customers to develop their personal cannabis from the quite greatest genetics.” Nevertheless, due to the fast rise of the business, and the paranoia that came with it, his partnership with his business enterprise companion disintegrated and the SSSC folded.

Fortunately, Karel held on to the most crucial genetics for additional than 80 years, patiently waiting to return to the cannabis-breeding neighborhood when the political and legal climate became additional tolerable. Through that time, SSSC varieties have been made use of to produce numerous Cannabis Cup winners and legendary varieties by the numerous seed banks that stepped up to fill the void left by the departure of the SSSC from the scene.

Old to the New

In 2007, I inducted the Super Sativa Seed Club into our Higher Occasions Seed Bank Hall of Fame as “Esteemed Pioneers Emeritus” along with Sacred Seeds/Cultivator’s Decision, the Seed Bank, Lowlands Weed/Seed Organization and Positronics. By this time, Karel’s son Kees had joined the group right after a stint expanding his personal plants close to Barcelona. He produced the Karel’s Haze strain popular in the cannabis-friendly social clubs of Spain and realized that the time had come to reintroduce the SSSC to the basic public. Working with new-college strategies and premium old-college sativa-dominant genetics, the master-breeder father-and-son group of Kees and Karel fulfilled their destiny to restore the legacy of the dormant seed bank and relaunch the SSSC in 2018.

In maintaining with the old traditions, the SSSC sells only typical seeds, which means that each female and male seedlings emerge from their beans. The rewards of this are numerous, but the most crucial is hybrid vigor. For the reason that the seeds are made from distinctly distinctive parentage, the F1 progeny (or initial filial generation) is stronger than its parents and outcomes in larger yields of potent pot. The important is to develop the seeds out, discarding the males and maintaining the females to flower or holding on to them as mother plants in their vegetative stage. This way, you can take clones from the mother plants that you know will be female and behave identically to their parent.

The SSSC also operates as a correct club, with distinctive tiers that members can join in order to get a assortment of rewards. These include things like exclusive merchandise, customized expanding tips, access to customized newsletters and even the capability to produce and name a new strain of a member’s personal collectively with Kees and Karel.

Connoisseurs and household growers are the concentrate of the SSSC. The business specializes in challenging-to-discover, boutique and unique genetics for the correct aficionado. It is an old-college scientific method to breeding that does not include things like feminized or auto-flowering strains. Karel and Kees think that the only way to generate the greatest and most uncommon varieties is to stick to the original strategies of pollination and choice from massive populations.

So if you are interested in flavors and terpene profiles that are not additional of the identical old stuff, appear no additional than the SSSC. Its relaunch incorporates 4 distinct varieties that will tickle the tongue and tantalize the senses. These one of a kind and electric strains are each a throwback to the previous and a glimpse into the future. Hashish made from SSSC strains will have you soaring into the atmosphere with unrivaled potency and taste. Much more strains are coming, but these initial 4 represent the greatest of the old and the new.

Karel’s Haze finishes flowering in just eight-9 weeks/ Courtesy of SSSC

Strains from the SSSC Catalog

Kees’ Old College Haze

If you are in the mood for a “blast from the previous,” this is what you are seeking for! Kees’ Old College Haze is an thrilling 100 % pure sativa that grows in the blink of an eye. KOSH is a clone additional than 30 years in the generating and is a plant for the additional knowledgeable grower. Below steady, optimized circumstances, Kees’ Old College Haze presents substantial harvests right after 12 to 13 weeks of flowering. Our original Old College Haze produces dark, musky, ammonia-like aromas combined with a fresh citrus touch. When smoked, it is a true hazy expertise with a fantastic trippy impact. Count on a seriously powerful smoke! The Old College Haze is the cornerstone of the SSSC. She has been with us for pretty much 35 years and nonetheless expanding powerful! Providing the globe the original Old College Haze taste expertise.

Old College Haze x Old College Haze
12-13 weeks
Pure sativa Old College
Large plants

Suggestions From the Master Breeder
This is a bit of a sensitive lady. She will generate arm-extended buds with the suitable therapy. Make confident your space/tent is ventilated correctly day and evening. Attempt to develop at 25-26° C (77° F) consistently. An air-conditioning unit will be the ticket to achievement in hot climates. Excessive temperature swings will make her shoot out thin, useless branches that generate tiny buds and can be slow to ripen. The Old College Haze will not be a lot entertaining for the typical grower.

Karel’s Haze

1 of our a lot easier strains to develop, you can count on mature flowers in eight to nine weeks. This is a truly unique hybrid, produced from our Old College Haze and Chem Dog OG Fire, a assortment that produces medium-to-massive plants. Organic vigor produces fat, frosty OG buds, so maintain your eye out for these. And appear for the fruity or gassy phenotypes. You can count on very good-yielding, frosty plants with a wonderful terpene profile, which are fantastic for generating extractions.

We are prepared to say that Karel’s Haze is our new pride and joy. It is 1 of the most scrumptious smokes you will ever have, with a layered taste of tropical sativa lime and a citrus touch with a dark gassy aftertaste. Karel’s Haze presents you the greatest of each worlds. A quite smooth smoke, but right after a couple of tokes a head rush can be anticipated.

OSH x Chem Dog OG Fire
eight-9 weeks
Hybrid sativa 70%/indica 30%
Medium/massive plants

Suggestions From the Master Breeder
If you want this child to generate for you, attempt to major your plant in the course of veg (eliminate the expanding tip). This will enable you to keep away from single-branched plants. We want significant trees, of course…

Prima Holandica

Our tribute to a quite unique Secret Super Sativa: Prima Holandica. We crossed it with Old College Haze, our greatest sativa. Count on significant plants with sativa buds as extended as your arm. This is pretty a producer you can discover a total spectrum of sweet, fruity aromas. But we also discovered some phenotypes with a peculiar metallic/diesel taste. Some wonderful and exciting specimens can be discovered in these seeds. This smoke will bring you to an elevated state, with a powerful trippy impact that will final for pretty some time.

Old College Haze x Secret Super Sativa
10-11 Weeks
Pure sativa
Medium/significant plants

Suggestions From the Master Breeder
Make confident you have sufficient height in your space/tent for the reason that these will get tall. Or flip the light cycle (into a 12/12-hour regimen) earlier than standard, even though the plants are nonetheless little.

Frosty Friday

This original “Creeper Sativa” assortment is a rapidly grower. The Creeper genetics generate substantial amounts of branches and buds. It will have to have assistance for confident it is a significant plant! The buds are not the largest in size, but they have a good dense structure and look. The smell leans toward the gassy/chemical side of the spectrum. This assortment requires about 10 weeks of flowering. When the blooms are mature, they will be covered in resin. This is a higher-yielding strain excellent for generating extracts. The hash that is produced from this plant is major good quality as the buds are merely superb.

M4 Creeper x Karel’s Haze
10 weeks
Sativa 70%/indica 30%
Medium/significant plants

Suggestions From the Master Breeder
This is our trichome machine. With massive and plentiful trichomes, this will generate major-good quality hash. Turn off the lights for the final two days just before harvest in order to maximize the terpene profile.

Initially published in the September, 2019 concern of Higher Occasions magazine. Subscribe suitable right here.


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