In Episode 1 of Marijuana Mania, Berner goes to the Cookie Family Farms and talks breeding with Jigga and Mr. Sherbinski, creators of strains Sunset Sherbet, Girl Scout Cookies and Gelato, to name a few. While the entire episode is rich with crystalline bits of information that make you proud to be a cannabis smoker, there is one particular line in the episode (said by Jigga) that, for us, stood out above the rest: “Anyone can cross but not everyone can breed.” To take that sentiment one step further and for the purpose of this piece, we’d say that while anyone can grow not everyone can grow well and after 10+ years in the industry, the Jungle Boys have not only learned how to grow well, they, along with a handful of other growers, have elevated the game through the perfecting of tried-and-true techniques, pheno-hunting and with a passion that has transformed cultivating into an art form.
One look at the Jungle Boys Instagram and it becomes clear that these guys love to grow. For wannabe and novice growers, their feed is rich with images and captions detailing (some of) their grow techniques and videos of their grow operation and plants. Fans long living in the Jungle received an extra special gift in the form of a video demonstrating the “one node and flip”–a technique also known as “lollipopping” that while not unique has been taken to new heights in this version by the Jungle Boys–accompanied by a detailed caption of the length of their average veg cycle as well as more information on the technique. If not walking fans through their veg and flower rooms, they’re documenting the last 24 hours of their plants life cycle when they turn the water off and let them die on the vine or posting images of freshly sprouting seeds in their never-ending hunt for tasty terp profiles. With a burning curiosity that has led to trial and error and, with that, the evolution of cultivation the Jungle Boys continue to push the medium forward through the exploration of techniques, theories and unanswered questions that unlock a new secret to getting the fattest, shiniest, most potent buds from your flowery companions. (Watch a Jungle Boys crew member “one node and flip” below.)
We are often asked how tall our plants are when we put them into flower this is a video we did showing our 1 node per branch and flip technique. The short answer to how long we veg is when the plants are ready and healthy anywhere from 14 to 30 days we do not veg in our flower rooms. This plant was put into flower and is the same plant we just posted in our last post of one node and flip update.#onenodeandflip #jungleboytech Some strains do better with one node and flip and some do better with a simple de leaf. Hope this helps #jungleboys #playingwithfireson #onenodeandflip #jungleboytech * And I’m sure someone will ask how often do we water this question gets asked all day every day there is no easy answer we water when the plants need watering there is no set time. Once the plants have developed and are drinking daily some strains can be watered 3 times a day some 10 it’s all strain dependent plant size and root structure dependent. Dry down cycles are very important but to dry will kill roots.
Just like an artist begins every creation with the perfect canvas, growers start with the perfect phenotype, one that is often selected only after a hundred or so seeds have been popped. The first largest seed pop the Jungle Boys ever did was with White Fire #43, a now-iconic phenotype hailed for its medicinal effects, that was selected in a batch of 500 seeds, originally bred by OG Raskal. Since #43, the Jungle Boys have continued their extensive search for the perfect phenotype within select strains, their most recent introductions (at the time of this writing) being Flo White #7 and #11, and White Durban #111. The patience and selfless passion that goes into pheno-hunting of this size gives TLC Collective patients the opportunity to discover new favorite strains, compare and contrast phenotypes within strains and learn something new about cannabis.
But what is it about the Jungle Boys that, for us, keeps us coming back to TLC? What is it about their style that leaves us craving their greens just as much, if not more, than we would a Western Bacon Cheeseburger at Doomie’s? For, try as we might to experience new dispensaries, new growers, we always end up coming back to TLC, to the Jungle Boys. For romantic idealists like ourselves, it’s the passion behind, the love they put in and the fun they have with their product that has us hooked. Whether through their Instagram, the ambiance and staff at their shop or through the quality of the product they put out, the Jungle Boys love what they do and, luckily for patients, love sharing their passion and enthusiasm with others. For those who have never been to TLC, it’s a fun dispensary with a great selection of flower, wax, edibles and merchandise, and staffed with the nicest girls in LA. It’s an atmosphere whose positive vibe can only be the result of the love and respect they and everyone they hire have for the plant. With impending legalization in California, the potential for cannabis to become “big business” is very real and with that potential will come a rush of people growing the plant to make what they assume will be a quick, easy buck. Until that time comes, and as members of the cannabis community whose duty it is to work against those tides should they turn, let’s appreciate and thank the growers out there who grow simply because they love the plant and want to understand it and its full-bodied complexities. Without those growers, we wouldn’t have the quality of cannabis we appreciate today nor would the craft be where it is at this very point in time, on the tipping point of uninhibited freedom.