Monday, 21 July 2014

Chimera Seed Co. Highland Mexican

Chimera Seed Co. is dedicated to developing and improving cannabis varieties and delivering them to market with the utmost value. The Chimera breeders combine their vast experience and passion for the herb with formal training in plant sciences.

Currently we have 16 strains to choose from in store. Although they have many more to choose from. Check out this Highland Mexican for example.

Highland Mexican

Indoor / Greenhouse

A unique treasure from the past, which is very different from today's marketplace cannabis. The maternal contributor was a potent and sweet highland Guerreran specimen selected from a true Mexican land race stock, collected circa
'72-'73. The blueberry pollen was from an F4 generation (original stock unique to DJ Short).
Technically not an F1 hybrid as the Mexican land race individual is not from a stabilized breeding line; as such growers will find a small degree of variation. Only recommended for equatorial and sub-equatorial outdoor plantings, greenhouse environments, or very experienced indoor cultivators using growth chambers with sufficient light intensity and height requirements to accommodate her equatorial habit. Indoors only clones from mature mother plants should be induced to flower shortly after rooting.

Height: 2m + Greenhouse/Outdoor Yield 1-2 Kilos per plant if allowed to grow to their fullest potential is full sun.

Genetic Heritage by region: Mexico, Thailand, Columbia, Afghanistan

Spend $100 or more on Chimera genetics and receive a free Modern Mix while supplies last. Call for availability - 778 329 1930

Check Out all Chimera has to offer at our website listed below.

Vancouver Seed Bank


Monday, 14 July 2014

Auto Flowering Cannabis

Want to share a few thoughts from my third year of growing auto flowering strains. These little plants are a pleasure to grow in a city environment. Having street and neighbours lights on and off during all hours can cause all kinds of issues with non auto flowering strains. These little beauties grow and flower all on their own. I would really love to have a controlled environment to grow in but until then these ladies look great in the sunshine! 

First year, I had tried Syrup from Buddha Seed Bank.  Had a great yield for an auto flower, about 2-3 ounces per plant. Super white crystals and a smooth clean smoke. Sadly they are hard for us to get coming all the way from Spain. I look forward to being able to carry this strain and similar again in the future. 

Second year, I went with some a sample strain that was given to us from an unfamiliar breeder. The strain name I have since forgotten as it was not memorable or worth the time I put into growing it. Yield was enough to roll 2 blunts. Be careful when dealing with "new" strains. Make sure you are dealing with established breeders and reputable seed banks or distributors.

Third year, is looking great! Dwarf Low Flyer, Candy Cane and Early Miss are all very vigorous healthy and having some great flower production so far. Will have some more info once the season comes to an end. 

Note: All my growing is done with dirt and water. (KeepItSimpleStupid)

Here is a picture of the Auto Jack I look forward to growing next year on my deck.



Check out the link below to all our Auto Flower strains currently in stock.

http://vancouverseedbank.ca/categories.php?cid=111

Here is the Wiki on Auto Flowering Cannabis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoflowering_cannabis


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Sativa, Indica, or Ruderalis... what's the difference?

First of all, all cannabis- be it Dank Afghani Indica or Soumi fiber hemp is considered technically to be the same species; Cannabis Sativa. Within the species however there are several recognizable 'strains' or 'varieties' which it can be categorized as.


Cannabis sativa plants typically grow taller than other varieties. They have long narrow leafs, and the buds tend to be fewer and more spaced out. Sativa often grows near the equator and as a result the flower time of these plants can be significantly longer than other varieties. Sativa is known for its high THC content however, and is often the best choice as a daytime medicine. It supplies energy, and an 'UP' feeling. Sometimes sativa can be very stimulating and cause anxiety in certain people. Some famous Sativa dominant strains include; Haze (there are many varieties of haze), Sour Diesel, Jack Herer, Durban Poison, Kali Mist, and even OG Kush is technically a Sativa despite it's misleading name. Sativas are popular among connoisseurs and medical users alike. They often smell very pleasant, and despite their typically longer flower time, most Sativa growers would agree that it is worth the wait.


Cannabis indica is known for being a shorter, more 'stout' plant. It's buds are dense and it typically flowers faster than C. Sativa. Indica was a miracle plant during the 70's when Cannabis production had to be taken indoors due to the new 'War on Drugs'. Its smaller size and faster flower time made it ideal for hybridizing and growing n limited space. The buds are dense and close together, and the leafs are typically fatter. Though not as potent in THC, Indica presents its own unique benifits by being considerably higher in other cannabinoids such as CBD. CBD is great for treating body and nerve pain. It is relaxing and is also useful as an anti-inflamitory. CBD is responsible for giving certain strains of Cannabis their 'Couch locking' effect. It hybridizes easily with Sativa and together ther can produce some unbelievable hybrids. Some famous strains of Indica are: Hindu Kush (real kush), Blueberry (DJ Short), Hashplant, Northern Lights, Afghani, and God Bud.


Cannabis Ruderalis in the past was not a common sight in a grow room, though from time to time it could be found growing next to the road between B.C. and Ontario. On it's own this plant has little value medicinally, but it does possess one unique and amazing feature, it flowers without needing to be triggered by a change in light cycles. Thus it received the nick-name; 'Auto-flower'. Since it's discovery breeders everywhere have been trying to exploit it's unique 'Auto-flowering' characteristic by breading it into Indica and sativa strains. These days it is becoming more and more common to find 'Auto-flowering' seeds in shops or online. Breeders have found techniques to properly breed the 'auto-flowering' feature into plants, without losing very much potency or appeal. Some 'Auto-flower' strains complete their grow cycle in as little as 60 days! Though they do tend to produce less bud than Indica or Sativa, the speed in which they can be grown speaks for itself.


At this point in Cannabis culture upwards of 99% of strains have been hybridized in some form or other. Hybridizing is a natural process in which plants evolve and adapt. Though there is something to be said about preserving heirloom genetics, the best way to survive and grow stronger against bugs, diseases, and environmental changes is to hybridize.

Happy Grow season 2014! Hope to see you in the shops soon. :)




Sunday, 5 January 2014

Strains worth trying out 2014

Happy New Year!

Over the past year we've started carrying a variety of new Canadian strains that are all worth checking out.

Sativas have been gaining popularity once again over the past year. We have some great new strains that are already showing some amazing results and gaining popularity.
Firstly, from Jordan of the Islands we have 2 new god bud crosses. 
#1 the infamous Durban Poison x God Bud hybrid: God's Poison. This strain is already very popular. These chubby seeds are impressive specimens in themselves. The plants retain the sublime euphoria of the Durban genetics with the hardiness of the resilient and quick to finish God Bud.
These two cannabis strains (Durban Poison x God Bud) are completely opposite when it comes to finishing time, bud girth and plant structure - making them perfect Jordan of the Islands breeding material.
Durban Poison is known to be difficult to manage as it can grow very large and lanky and is suggested for experienced marijuana growers.
These challenges are greatly reduced with first time grower friendly God Bud, which grows short, finishes flowering quickly and produces exceedingly dense buds.
Gods Poison is perfect pairing of these two stellar marijuana strains - a mid sized plant, heavy buds and decent flowering time.
This brand new offering from Jordan of the Islands will please both sativa and indica growers with its uniqueness. Good for both the indoor and outdoor gardener.
#2 is a sativa cross brought in by many requests, the one and only God's Green Crack (God Bud x Green Crack). Despite its slightly colorful name, this strain is anything but a dangerous drug. The euphoric and medicinal properties of Green Crack compliment Jordan's legendary God bud by adding a soaring high that fills your body with energy but relaxes the soul. 
Here's what Jordan has to say about this hybrid: 
At Jordan of the Island's we really adore our award winning God Bud, but sometimes the chill sedate relaxing vibe results in slow days. To solve this we've added some fantastic sativa zip via Green Crack. Be prepared to go for a mental couch ride with God's Green Crack because the indica and sativa mix in these marijuana seeds are darn near perfect.
For a cannabis strain with such an uplifting sativa zip these marijuana seeds produce an incredible fast flowering plant (between 50-55 days/avg) with above average yields. God's Green Crack retains God Bud's hefty yields and short stocky nature.
 Both Green Crack and God Bud are known to turn purple in the final 10 days of flowering. To really induce and get the most from these beautiful purple colors it's best to lower the temperature. The plant responds by turning deep shades of purple.

2014 is also looking better than ever for Indica lovers.
From the northern boreal region of Canada, the Manitoba based breeder; 'Great White North' is now offering feminized Hindu Kush seeds. Guaranteed 100% viability. Hindu Kush is the original 'Kush' strain from high in the mountains around Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India. Hindu Kush is your typical indica plant. Huge wide leaves deep green, almost blue in colour, and fingers that often overlap each other.
Short and stocky in growth habit with lower branches that grow all the way nearly to the top. Flower clusters are dense and form all the way along the branches. Extremely heavy resin production, early maturation, and good yields are characteristics of this strain. All this make the Hindu Kush strain a valuable plant for breeders and an important part of many modern hybrids.
Available now in packs of 6 or singles. Feminized for your convenience.

If you're looking for something cutting edge with taste, weight, bag appeal, and legs to match. We bring you from our friends at the BC Bud Depot, the California super strain; Girl Scout Cookies.
When 2 full boxes of Girl Scout Cookies arrived in British Columbia, BC Bud Depot knew what to do. The clone was fast becoming a legend - a potent mix of an OG Kush x Durban Poison x Cherry Kush mother backcrossed with a prime-looking OG Kush father created possibly one of the best Northern California strains of all time.
After dedicating a number of mothers, BCBD immediately started growing these out to reverse and create the first feminized (S1) Girl Scout Cookies seeds released to the world. The incredible chocolate mint flavour was decidedly a must to be made available!
Fast becoming a BC Bud Depot favourite, the Girl Scout Cookies are excellent for medical use, particularly is the areas of anxiety, depression, pain relief and inflammation.
Avaliable while supplies last!
For more on whats new at our shops visit our web sites:
vancouverseedbank.ca
victoriaseedbank.ca
northcountryseeds.com

Stay tuned to our blog for more strain and gardening ideas for this year's growing season.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Holiday season is upon us... enter to win!

This Holiday Season help those in need by donating a dry good food item when you make a purchase purchase at the Victoria seed bank. When you donate you will receive 5% off your total. We are accepting donations until December 23rd when they will be delivered to the Mustard Seed Food Bank. 

We are also having a 'Hempy Holidays' gift basket give away! With every purchase you may enter your name to win a gift bundle bundle of Hemp related items including; A pack of Canadian Cannabis seeds of your choice, 1 lb of yummy hemp hearts, a copy of the latest Hempology 101 textbook, a pack of Elements 300 rolling papers, a custom made 4/20 rolling tray, and a custom made 4/20 1" button.
All the makings of a good year to come! Enter now to win!


Monday, 18 November 2013

In-vitro Mushroom Jars - Instructions

All new at the seed bank we have a mushroom growing technique that has proven effective, convenient, and incredibly simple. Great for the beginner and reliable for the experienced.


The technique is simple. We blend a nutrient rich substrate and carefully place an even proportion of it in the bottom 1 & 1/2 inches of a full quart mason jar. Our lids are fixed with a red silicone innoculation port, then screwed snug (but not too tight) onto the jar. We then sterilize the jars, and after cooling they are ready to innoculate.


First thing you will need to do prior to innoculation is flame sterilize your needle. Sterility is EVERYTHING in mushroom cultivation. Wipe both the port and needs down with alcohol. Be careful when using alcohol around flame. First use the flame, then use the alcohol.
 STERILITY IS EVERYTHING!
After wiping everything down, innoculate the jar with about 2.5cc's of spore solution or liquid culture. Then carefully retract your needle, wipe everything off with alcohol, and place the jar(s) in a warm, dark place, like the cupboard above the fridge. The darker the better and the ideal temperature is around 80 degrees F, though temperature is not as important as darkness.


In about a week your jar(s) should be showing signs of pure white mycelium growth. At this point you may also see mold as a result of contamination. Though mold sucks and will end that jar, it is common and part of the learning curve. If you discover mold, remove the jar from your house ASAP and dispose of it outside. Mold spores will spread fast if let lose in your house. It should take anywhere from 1-4 weeks for the substrate to completely colonize. When it's done it should look like this:


Now that the jars are colonized you may choose to add a casing layer. This is optional but can help pin set. A casing layer is a thin layer (<1cm) of low nutrient 'top soil' that simply keeps moisture in and helps regulate fresh air exchange. To make this simply mix a handful of vermiculite and a handful of peat moss. Add enough water so the mix is thoroughly moist but not wet. Place the soil in a freezer ziplock bag, submerge in a pot of hot water (180 degrees f), and let sit for about an hour at this temp, then remove the sealed bag and let cool over night.


To add the casing layer simply open the In-vitro jar(s) and scoop a heaping tablespoon of mix right on top of the colonized substrate.


Then put the lid back on the jar(s) and shake the mix until the entire surface looks evenly covered.






Now to initiate fruiting. Once the casing layer is on, or if you chose not to case, fruiting is easy. First set the jar(s) in a spot where it/they will get light. Indirect sunlight is perfect. Next open each jar and mist with water. Any water will do, and just a couple squirts is all you'll need. Then screw the lids back on just snug, not tight. Repeat this misting process every day or two and soon you should see pin-heads (mushroom primordial) forming.





Once pins start showing continue misting every other day and watch as the mushrooms grow like magic! Once the mushroom fruit bodies have broken veil they are ready to harvest.





To harvest simply open the jars, wiggle the jars until the mycelium cake moves a bit closer to the top where u can get a good grip on the stems. Twist and pull. Harvest all that you can but leave the baby pin-heads that might be remaining as these will be your second flush.


To flush after first harvest simply pour enough water into the jars that the cake floats. Leave it soaking overnight with the lid on. Next day pour out the water and adjust so the cake is set back to how it was. Now just open the jar every other day for fresh air exchange. Mist if you need to but a simple fanning should be sufficient at this point. Second flush usually happens in about a week. The most flushes obtainable from this technique should be no more than 3. One or 2 is plenty.




Happy harvest! These per-sterilized jars are available now at our Victoria location for $15 a jar, or 4 jars + a spore syringe of your choice for $80. 



Friday, 8 November 2013

A mushroom you should know: The Death Cap

The Death Cap - By Erik Blair

We've all heard horror stories of people eating poisonous, wild mushrooms with fatal results. The Death Cap Mushroom or Amanita phalloides, is responsible for 90% of these tragic deaths, and is the number one killer mushroom world wide. Originally from Europe, it has grown wide spread and can now be found all over the world, from Australia to North America and spreading. The species travels through its ectomycorrhiza relationship with trees such as Oak, Beeches, Chestnuts, Horse Chestnuts, Birches, Pines, and many others. When these trees are imported and planted for ornamental purposes, they can bring with them a deadly (though beneficial to the tree) stowaway.


The Death Cap is a very beautiful and charismatic looking mushroom to stumble upon. It can grow fairly large, and emerges from a thick, egg-like vulva. It has a light olive brown cap, white stalk with white veil. The cap is usually rounded but flattens out with age to allow for easy escape for it's white spores. In it's primordial form, it can appear to be a small white egg in the ground, resembling the common Puffball Mushroom, which is considered a worthy edible by some mushroom pickers. Have caution when picking Puffballs to eat. Cutting them in half should reveal a soft, smooth, marshmallow-like interior. If when you cut it in half you see the obvious form of a young mushroom eager to hatch, drop it immediately and wash your hands before handling any other mushrooms you may be considering ingesting. The poison will not transfer through your skin, but may rub off onto other surfaces including your mouth and eyes. In some rare cases where the population of Death Cap mushrooms is very concentrated and the watering of lawns is done in excess, the mushroom toxins have actually seeped into neighborhood streams and accounted for the poisoning and deaths of several dogs.




The Death Cap contains many different and potentially harmful chemicals, the one most likely responsible for the destruction of the liver, kidneys, and red blood cells is called alpha-Amanitin. It usually takes between 10 and 24 hours for the first poisoning symptoms (diarrhea & cramps) to start, long after the stomach would have digested the mushroom completely. Typically these first symptoms will pass, often making the victim to feel their health is improving. Usually by the 4th or 5th day the liver and kidneys are severely affected, and death follows usually at approximately 1 week after ingestion. If caught soon enough, and depending on the amount ingested, Death Cap poisoning can be treated at a hospital by using various drugs. In larger quantities however, usually a liver and/or kidney transplant(s) is the last resort for survival.


If you do ever find yourself in a situation where you have ingested a death cap,  seek immediate medical attention. Penicillin and hyperbaric oxygen are usually quite effective as treatment and increase ones chances for survival. There is also a herb called Milk Thistle (Silybum Adans) which when administered within the first 48 hours after ingestion of said mushroom, increases not only the likelihood of survival, but can actually prevent severe liver damage from ever occurring. If Milk Thistle extract is administered within 10 minutes of ingestion, animal studies have shown that it is possible to completely counteract the toxic affects of the mushroom, and sustain no liver damage.
That being said, there are some easy precautions a person can take to avoid death-by-mushroom. First of all it is better to avoid all Amanitas until you are a master at identifying them. Amanitas are typically recognized by their egg like vulva at the very base of their stem, and their white spores. The death cap has an olive brown cap, which to the trained eye, can be spotted a great distance away. If you are brand new to identifying mushrooms always remember to spore print every  wild species of mushroom as well as pick and identify a species a minimum of 2 times before ever considering eating it. Death caps can also be recognized by their foul smell in age, when the mushroom is young however it may smell mild or even pleasant.






The Death Cap Mushroom is one of the most infamous and well respected mushroom world wide. It terrifies and inspires, with a charisma that only the worlds most lethal mushroom could possess. Let not it's unrivaled beauty lure you to taste its deadly fruit. For if you do, it may be the most beautiful, delicious and last meal you ever eat. Like the Icarus moth flying towards euphoria before she busts into the very flame which only seconds earlier she coveted completely.

Milk thistle seeds are available for sale at both our Vancouver and Victoria shops. It is a beautiful and important plant, especially when it concerns the Death Cap Mushroom.

Safe Picking!
-VSB-

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Victoria Seed Bank now ships!

Check out the new Victoria seed bank website. Same address but new, easy to navigate layout.
http://www.victoriaseedbank.ca/
We are now shipping from both our Vancouver and Victoria locations for your convenience!

http://www.victoriaseedbank.ca/

Same quality products and service, with twice the convenience.

Happy November!

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Mushrooms!

It's fall in full bloom and mushrooms are fruiting in abundance this year. One of the most coveted grass land species is the small but powerful Psilocybe semilanceata aka 'Liberty Cap'. Now despite what the law says, we know that people are going to be looking for these little guys and picking them. Here are some tips and identifying features of this mushroom that will help anyone looking for them I.D. them correctly. We want everyone to be safe and use responsibly. Oppressive governments thrive on ignorance.

First off, location is everything. Liberty caps grow in old cow pastures, or grassy fields rich with moisture and fertilizer. They rarely grow in lawns, but can sometimes be found around golf courses where they receive ample moisture and nitrogen. The typically start fruiting in September when the temperature drops and the autumn rain starts falling. They will fruit until the ground begins to freeze.
Liberty caps are small gilled mushrooms with long brittle stems and a cap circumference usually smaller than a dime. It usually has a nipple-like point on top of it but not always. The cap color can range dramatically from white-buff, golden yellow, deep 'trout' green, to blue. This can make it hard to identify some specimens. Fortunately there is one feature that all liberty caps will have in common; they have a sticky layer of skin (pellicle) that covers the cap and keeps it contained. By carefully pulling apart the cap you should be able to see the sticky skin stretch like clear rubber. This feature is KEY to identifying. A mushroom could look identical but without that sticky, stretchy skin, it is not the right species.
When hunting for these mushrooms, typically you graze over the grass slowly keeping your eye sharp to anything resembling a mushroom. When you spot one stop where you are and look carefully through the grass surrounding you. Where there is one you can see there are typically many others hiding which you can not see. Search the area thoroughly, it will be worth your while!
Another key feature that will separate this species from any look-alike's is it's dark purple spores. If the spores are black, brown, rust, white, or any color other than a dark purple it is an indicator that you have the wrong species. To make a spore print simply cut the cap off of the mushroom and place it on a piece of paper gills down. Cover the cap with a bowl or container and let it sit for anywhere from a few hours to over night. The spores will drop and you should be able to see the color quite easily.
More often than not you will find yourself picking these mushrooms on private land, so remember to be respectful. Avoid trespassing and never EVER litter. It is a good idea to bring a bag for collecting litter. That way if you are questioned about your intentions you can be honest, "I'm picking mushrooms and picking up trash". Rarely will someone be upset to hear that you are picking up garbage.

So remember, be safe! Don't eat a mushroom unless you are 100% sure of it's identity. When in doubt, throw it out. It can be exciting when you think you have found a huge patch of magical mushrooms like these, but keep the excitement at bay until you know for sure. Also, when it comes time to sample the fruit of your labor remember that these little guys are about double the strength of the typical 'Magic' mushrooms you might find at a college party. 1-2grams dry weight is plenty enough to have a safe and pleasant experience.

Happy picking!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Happy Harvest 2013!

Happy Harvest everyone! 
Here are a few shots of Jordan's Blueberry Cough.
 This strains showed great mold and bug resistance.
 Blueberry Cough pre-flowered early in the summer. This allowed for easy sexing long before flowers began developing.
Pistols are stained in deep purple and smell of ripe black berrys and spicy black pepper. A delight to observe and experience!

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These are a few shots of a mystery strain found in some of Cookie's leftovers. ;)
 Beautiful color as the plants ripen. Sweet and earthy smelling buds.
 Purple kush perhaps? Though it did display some very sativa-like characteristics... I guess we'll never know.

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We hope your gardens and plant projects blessed you with abundance this year.
From all of us at the VSB's, HAPPY HARVEST!

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As the days are numbered now for Medical Cannabis users to grow their own medicine. We encourage every voter in BC to join the Sensible BC campain. Sign the petition and show support in any way you can.
Click the link for more info.
There is no reason Canadians should be moving backwards in regards to our social liberties. In this day and age ending prohibition of this plant is not only a chance to improve and benefit in every aspect of society, it is also considered common sense.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Golden Teacher Mushroom Spores

We sell 'Golden Teacher' Psilocybe Cubensis mushroom spores in sterile 10cc syringes, or in print form.


Our spores are fresh, healthy, and printed in a sterile environment. Ideal for studying under the microscope or for scientific research.


The 'Golden Teacher' variety is known for resistant to contamination in comparison to most other Ps.cubensis varieties, and its fast colonization speed.


 Spore germination has been reportedly seen in as little as 36 hours under optimum conditions, but can take up to 2 weeks in colder environments. A liter of grain could potentially colonize completely in less than a week.


When conditions are right to fruit, Golden Teachers usually show 'pin-heads' in about 10 days.


Though the majority of Ps. cubensis mushrooms found in the wild are quite typical, this variety can produce some unique mutations when it wants to.


A very fast and rhizomorphic colonizer, the 'golden teach' loves grain rich substrates. 
This strain can fruit prolifically in the wild and can produce some monster mushrooms in later flushes.


A customer of ours from the Netherlands was nice enough to send us and allow us the use of these pictures of Golden Teacher mushrooms growing in a domestic lab setting. The mushrooms in these pictures are of the same lineage as the spores we sell.

To our understanding, Golden Teachers achieved their legendary name for their amazing ability to heal the mind, and spirit. They are reported to produce breathtaking 'divine' effects when used in a shamanic setting.

Available while supply's last!
Syringes are $30 each.

Unlike other Spore distributors online we guarantee that these spores are of the original Golden Teacher variety. We pride ourself in our honesty when it comes to our advertising and our commitment to preserving vital genetics.

Like all medicine the earth has given us it is important to show respect and refrain from abusing the amazing power that this entheogen possesses. Know the laws in your country or state before attempting any sort of experiment with these spores. Unfortunately in most western countrys, Psilocybine containing mushrooms are considered illegal by law.
As this is the case in Canada; our spores our meant for Microscopy research only.