Amber Honey… Californian Gold is a hard hitting hybrid that is indica dominant (80/20) and a real gift to the grower. It is easy to grow and its payload delivers with an explosion of resinous buds with a high THC content (20-24%).
The Paradise Seeds research and development program has been looking for an indica hybrid with unique qualities and Californian Gold is it! We have taken a trip down memory lane with this variety, released to commemorate legalization in the Golden State, picking out some old school classic Californian genetics and giving them a turbo boost to produce something very special.
This strain is the result of a combination of some heritage genetics taken from the Paradise Seeds library.
Californian Gold cannabis seeds carry genes from an Afghani female and a male developed through the Paradise in-house breeding which has elements of original US Skunk and South Asian indica.
The result is a real indica heavyweight which is worth its weight in gold.
The predominant scent is tropical – a mouth watering sweet citrus pungency, with tones of lemon and mango – reflecting its Limonene and Myrcene heavy terpene profile. As such this is a very tasty treat for any connoisseur with a sweet taste that invites you to come back for more.
Difficulty Level: Medium
Indoors : Californian Gold lives up to its name in the grow department, an easy going addition to the indoor grow setup . It is a bushy plant, robust with thick stems and big leaves, and is very pleasing to grow. In terms of production, smell and flavor this plant comes with the full package. For the indoor grower, its medium size makes it a good companion for the grow room, especially one where height is an issue. The quick flower time and dependable yield are two further qualities to recommend this variety and production is characterized by large buds that are compact and oozing with resin.
Outdoors : In the garden, Californian Gold will naturally thrive in warmer climates, where the sun will make those characteristically large indica buds swell. However, the hybrid nature of this plant makes it a reasonable adapter to the cooler climates of more northern regions.
Characteristically indica in its growth pattern – thick and bushy this plant has a relatively quick finish time. The exceptionally oily nature of the chunky Californian Gold buds owes much to the strain’s genetic makeup and the legendary hash making qualities of the Indian subcontinent in the mix. As the flowering stage approaches its conclusion the resin heavy buds often appear to ooze honey.
Indoor Yield : 500 g per m² Outdoor Yield: 750 g per plant
Recreational: A popular strain since it was released thanks to its high THC content (not a strain for the novice) and potent effect which delivers full body relaxation without losing the head in an indica fog. A great strain for unwinding at the end of the day and letting the stresses and strains melt away.
Medical: A very popular choice with medical users who are comfortable with high THC levels. The super relaxation effect of this strain give it excellent pain relief qualities and also a good aid to combat sleep insomnia.
Suitable for growing outside between 50º n.L. and 50º s.L., Californian Gold will finish in early October outdoors (n.L.) and after 8 – 9 weeks indoors. Estimated yield is 500 g per m² indoors / 750 g per plant outdoors.
Green Midas touch leads to magic mango buds
Californian Gold was released by Paradise Seeds in 2018. It’s a fruity indica dominant hybrid which combines classic Afghani genetics with added Dutch pedigree. It is an ideal indoor variety, its low height making it a perfect fit for growers with limited space in their grow rooms.
As the name suggests, this strain is a celebration of the ‘Golden State’, California, which legalized in 2018. With a population of almost 40 million and an economy ranked the fifth largest in the world, California also has a long history of cannabis cultivation and innovation. The name also refers to the insane trichome production which make the buds appear to ooze sweet, gold-coloured, honey.
Germination and vegetative state
Four Californian Gold seeds were used for the purposes of this grow report, which was carried out by the legendary German cultivator known as ‘The Doc’.
Placed between two pieces of moist kitchen paper all four seeds germinated within the first day. The newly rooted seeds were placed in 11 litre pots filled with soil (Plagron Grow Mix-Erde) and within two days the seed heads popped above the surface.
They were placed under SANlight LED lights to veg for five weeks, a little longer than under HPS lights. The four seeds made no secret of their mostly indica nature and were in no rush to stretch at the beginning of their life. However, despite the low size, the plants showed impressive uniformity (all four so similar in that they gave the appearance of clones), displaying bushy growth and a real green darkness to the leaves.
At the end of the veg stage the four plants stood at heights of 28, 28, 30 and 31 cm. Under 12/12 lighting, they reacted quickly, showing signs of female pre-flowering within only six days.
Young buds were soon springing from the plants, with very healthy development and displaying thick hairy flower heads. It became apparent at an early stage (just four weeks into flowering) how this strain got its name as the buds displayed significant resin build up, the buds developing a thick coating of shimmering crystals
After six weeks the plants continued to display amazing uniformity. Characteristics of all four included limited branch elongation and intense bushy growth – so dense in fact that it was impossible to see through them! On these branches, flower development continued to be impressive – the buds becoming corpulent and roundish. Noticeable too was the extreme juiciness, with the fruity sweet scent reminiscent of mango juice with a sour dash of citrus.
The plants took slightly longer to mature than the description stated and were ready for harvest between 65 – 67 days (five days later than predicted). Their heights when cropped were 44, 45, 47 and 51 cm.
The yield produced numerous bone-hard, resin-dripping indica nuggets and the handy plant size and fairly low leaf count produced a quick trim job. The Doc noted that the harvest was impressive for the size of the plants, writing in his a report that the plants were “compact but astoundingly powerful!” in their production.
The dried weight from four plants was 305 grams (an average of 76 grams per plant).
Smell and Smoke Report
The distinctive fruity smell matured once the plants were cut, dried and cured. The smell was noticeably sweeter than it had been in the grow room and, once cured, there was an additional hint of honey which added another layer to the dominant fragrance of mango and citrus.
For the taste sample, half a gram was placed in a Mighty Vaporizer. The first hit could be described as tasting like fruit sugar, with the Doc noting “a sugar-sweet exotic mango cloud passed my palate, leaving a long lingering delicious impression.”
The effect was swift to follow! The sensation had a waxy softness that delivers a Zen like feeling of serenity, light-hearted satisfaction and a sense of wellness for the brain. On a physical level, the blazing indica flame provided a feeling of warmth and deep relaxation to both limbs and muscles.
Overall Californian Gold provides a wonderfully soothing long-lasting effect that doesn’t take you out of the game by making you too stoned to be able to cope with everyday tasks such as answering the phone!
Californian Gold combines honey sweet Cali genetics with turbo tuning, packing an exquisite mango flavour which is highly special in terms of aroma and effect. Cultivation-wise, this variety is compact and handy in size yet is extremely productive – a superb indoor strain for the grow room.
Green Born Identity – G.B.I.
Californian Gold (80% Indica, 20% Sativa)
five weeks (after germination)
65-67 days / 60-63 days in general
Plagron Grow Mix-Erde, 11 litre pots
up to 12 x SANlight S4W = 1680 Watts
Organic Bloom Liquid from Green Buzz Liquids
Living Organics, More Roots, Humin Säure Plus, Big Fruits, Fast Buds and Clean Fruits from Green Buzz Liquids
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through its growth we did not expect to get what we did from this genetic… we put the seed in a 5g pot. (first mistake) i wish we put it in a 1000Gal smart pot. the Veg had HUGE fan leaves on it far bigger than my face or hands. and in its flower.. so we are in northern ontario canada where it gets really humid through the summer. this genetic did not have a lick of mold on it! we lost whole plants of some skunk#1’s. (not by paradise)
the outcome has been chunky dark indica buds with a smell that i can only describe as Red Fruit punch crossed with a sweet sugary cream. atleast that was our 2 pheno’s. i will most definately be growing atleast 75 clones of this next year lmao
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Very good to deal with and you can’t beat the delivery time all in all 100-% pleaded
Great medical strain, perfect germination