Zkittlez is one of the reasonably recent strains to hit the cannabis scene. Arguably, it is also one of the most unassuming ones, too. It does have a stunning appearance, with dense, chunky flowers boasting of beautiful green and purple coloration accentuated by orange pistils. However, the reference to modesty is mainly due to the lack of recognition it deserves.
It is not even ten years since making an appearance. However, Zkittlez has compiled an impressive list of accolades, culminating in winning the Best Indica category of the 2015 High Times Cannabis Cup. As one of the latest additions in the Homegrown Cannabis Co. catalog, it is only a matter of time before this strain captures a worldwide audience.
Zkittlez Traits and Effects
Zkittlez has a complex layer of aromas. After curing, it exudes a somewhat sweet and sour scent. Upon closer inspection, it reveals subtle but recognizable notes of berry and lemon. Depending on the coloration of the foliage, it may also leave an aftertaste of grape - purple, in this case.
Lurking behind the striking appearance and fragrance is the capacity to induce a mind-bending experience. With over 20% THC, the dosage should start small, with an incremental increase over the next sessions.
Once smoked or vaped, the onset starts with a slight pressure around the eyes and the temples. A euphoric buzz quickly melts away stress, clearing the mind. Moreover, it heightens the sensitivity to surroundings as well as distort the senses. For recreational purposes, the combination of amplified sound, vivid colors, and time dilation could enhance listening to music or watching a video.
After some 20-40 minutes, the physical effects of this strain announces its presence, beginning with a soothing sensation tricking into the body. Spreading towards the extremities, it brings calm to muscles, releasing tensions. Not only does it further uplift the mood but also usher in the sense of happiness.
Zkittlez is also a highly medicinal high-THC strain. During the initial cerebral rush, in low dosage, not only does it promote mental clarity, but it may also improve the ability to focus. In this regard, it could help people suffering from ADD/ADHD. Although short-lived, it allows for the completion of final tasks.
Its euphoric and uplifting qualities, on the other hand, help reduce stress and alleviate anxiousness as well as depressive symptoms. Moreover, it has painkilling properties to relieve chronic pains.
The effects of Zkittlez can last up to four hours. During the latter stage, the body gives way to the profoundly relaxing high. In most cases, it does not cause a couch-lock. Laziness does set in, which is why the best time to use this strain is late in the afternoon to early evening. It is perfect for unwinding after a particularly stressful day. Before the effects completely wane off, it induces drowsiness and thus helps the consumers drift off to sleep.
Homegrown Cannabis Co. provides two different types of seeds. For convenience, opt for the feminized seeds. However, if speed is a priority or the local climate requires, then choose the auto-flowering seeds.
In either, coaxing the appearance of purple hues (and grape flavor) is by exposing the plant to a lower temperature during the night cycle.
- Genotype (Sativa/Indica): 30/70
- THC: 15-21%
- Flowering Time: 7-8 weeks
- Yield: 500 gm/sqm
Feminized Zkittlez seeds do not contain male chromosomes. However, there is a small chance that a male may show up. Hence, during pre-flowering, identifying gender is still required. Due diligence, in this case, eliminates the possibility of any accidental pollination with certainty.
It is a sturdy plant with a compact Indica-like structure, reaching only 100 cm. Even with massive yields, its branches are hardy enough to carry the weight with no trouble. The lateral growth, though, necessitates regular pruning and trimming to keep the lower areas neat, improving the circulation of air. Doing so also helps regulate temperature and moisture levels.
Zkittlez thrives under the Sea of Green set up. Under 600W HPS/LED, it could yield up to half-a-kilo of highly resinous flowers. Waiting for harvest time does not take long as it needs only 7 to 8 weeks. In the outdoors, each plant can produce up to 450 grams in a sunny location. Harvest time is at the end of September or early October.
- Genotype (Sativa/Indica/Ruderalis): 35/55/10
- THC: 15-18%
- Growth Rate: 8-9 weeks from germination to harvest
- Yield: 300-500 gm/sqm
Compared to the photoperiod variety, Auto Zkittlez is about 30 cm shorter. These are also feminized seeds that grow into sturdy, resilient plants. For indoor growing, its size makes it versatile in that it could fit even in tight spaces such as small cabinets.
The one rule, when cultivating this variety, and any auto-flowering strain for that matter, is to avoid causing unnecessary stress and injuries. One of the reasons for choosing auto-flowering Zkittlez is the insanely short growth cycle. From the time the seedlings appear, it takes only 8-9 weeks to reach full maturity. Quite simply, it cannot recover from the "shock" caused by excessive stress or injury.
During harvest, this plant yields anywhere from 300-500 grams per square meter. Outdoors, each plant produces 100-300 grams. For an auto, this strain is a generous provider. Moreover, it can have as much as 18% THC.
Gorilla Glue #4 x Zkittlez
Gorilla Glue #4 is an award-winning strain that is known for monstrosity - in potency and yields. This cross is also the first successful attempt at creating a highly capable and desirable hybrid with Zkittlez in its lineage. At the moment, Homegrown Cannabis Co. offers two types of seeds.
- Genotype (Sativa/Indica): 40/60
- THC: 20-24%
- Flowering Time: 8-9 weeks
- Yield: 500-600 gm/sqm
Among the first use of Zkittlez in a breeding project aimed at creating a new hybrid is a cross with Gorilla Glue #4 (GG4). The resulting offspring leans towards the Indica and remains intensely potent, with up to 24% THC. A pronounced euphoric buzz characterizes the onset of the psychoactive traits. Eventually, an overwhelming sense of relaxation wraps the body, inducing laziness.
GG4 x Zkittlez is also highly medicinal. It can relieve stress and uplift the mood. More importantly, it can also help ward off anxiety and depression as well as chronic pains.
Growing GG4 x Zkittlez feminized seeds requires a bit of prior experience in gardening. It also needs more attention, especially with regards to maintaining the optimal conditions and regular pruning and trimming. It thrives well in either the Sea of Green or Screen of Green setup and could produce a massive yield after flowering for some 8 to 9 weeks.
- Genotype (Sativa/Indica): 20/80
- THC: 20-23%
- Flowering Time: 8-9 weeks
- Yield: 450-700 gm/sqm
The seeming success of Gorilla Glue #4 and Zkittlez inspired Homegrown Cannabis Co. to produce regular seeds. Compared to the feminized variety, it features a tamer cerebral high, but the heavy-hitting physical effects remain the same.
For casual consumers and medical patients, the feminized seeds might be a better option. That is not to say that regular seeds cannot be used for harvesting flowers. It can, but it also involves identifying the males that show up and removing from the grow room. These efforts are not for waste, though. As old-school connoisseurs insist, its traits - cannabinoid and terpene profile - appear to be better than if grown from female seeds.
Gorilla Glue #4 and Zkittlez grown from regular seeds have a flowering period of 8 to 9 weeks. It can yield up to 700 grams per square meter.
GG4 x Zkittlez is proving to be highly desirable. And, after attaining stability, Homegrown Cannabis Co. used it to create yet another hybrid with more to come in the future.
Gorilla Lemon Fire
- Genotype (Sativa/Indica): Indica-dominant
- THC: 20-22%
- Flowering Time: 8-10 weeks
- Yield: 500 gm/sqm
The fragrance and flavors of Gorilla Glue #4 x Zkittlez, in this cross, receives a boost from Lemon Pie. Dubbed Gorilla Lemon Fire, it is an intense couch-locking Indica that leaves one in bliss after a period of tantalizing cerebral high.
Gorilla Lemon Fire feminized seeds also germinate with high success rates. Unlike GG4 x Zkittlez, this strain is beginner-friendly. For one, it has excellent resistance to numerous pests and diseases. Moreover, it does not require much attention except ensuring that the environmental conditions are in the optimal range. After flowering for some 8-10 weeks, it can yield up to 500 grams of flowers per square meter.