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How to Grow Blue Dream Strain

How to Grow Blue Dream Strain

Blue Dream- a classic strain known to captivate you with her sweet inviting smell. If you choose to have this girl in your garden, be prepared to get intimate with her through lots training and topping, otherwise you’ll find yourself looking up at her canopy.

She’s considerate and forgiving to any newcomers; this stable favorite has grabbed many first time growers’ hand and guided them through a high yielding harvest with a ridiculously large margin for error. Whether she was the first or somewhere down the line, this short-flowering sativa can easily find a permanent home in any garden and if you’re nodding your head, she probably already has.

Picture from @missmmjgeek’s garden: “I wanted to take her smell and bottle it into a perfume bottle; capture the colliding scents of sweet and musk.”

Characteristics of Blue Dream Strain

80% Sativa 20% Indica

ORIGIN: beach community of Santa Cruz, California

LINEAGE: DJ Short’s Blueberry X Mr. Nice’s Super Silver Haze

MEDICAL USE: Daytime high–relaxing but not sedating/ cerebral sativa effect with indica guided body high

YIELD: High

Blue Dream Garden Behavior

Blue Dream is notoriously known for her sweet blueberry smell and toppling dense nug structures. She’s a heavy yielder without instructions needed, rooting fast when cloned and remaining quite flexible when feeding. My particular pheno was able to take anything I threw at her. She took heavy nitrogen feedings like a champ, but she never seemed content with enough magnesium so I always added extra Cal-Mag to her feed bucket.

When conversing with other growers who have farmed this gal in their stable, she tends to carry the same mannerisms with everyone, even under different conditions.

How to Grow Blue Dream Strain Indoors

When growing this strain indoors there are a few things to consider: sativa, sativa, sativa. Even with her harvest time cut short, you know sativas-taking forever to finish flowering, she can still stretch like one. Grower @frosty_the_budman was kind enough to share his experience with Blue Dreams’ stretch:

“Can’t keep her under 6ft, even when topped aggressively”

Picture from @frosty_the_budman

I also asked @mrspliffofcannabis to enlighten me on his cut of the clone-only Santa Cruz Blue Dream. This girl has been in his stable for 4 years and is “never leaving.” He has only grown her indoors.

Blue Dream Strain Indoor Growing Tips, provided by @mrspliffofcannabis:

  • early topping and aggressive tying are necessary
  • proper staking at week 2 will allow the plant to really thrive
  • responds really well to stripping and training
  • bit taller than most but easy to handle
  • large node spacing with heavy set flowers
  • grenade like top colas
  • harvest= 8-9 weeks
  • heaviest eating plant I have ever grown
  • never seen deficiencies other than N towards weeks 6-7 bloom
  • most aromatic smoke on earth
  • haze/musk aroma with light hints of blueberry and cinnamon

Picture courtesy of @mrspliffofcannabis:
“She is covered in resin and looks like bear fur with honey and stick trapped in it”

How to Grow Blue Dream Strain Outdoors

I personally have never seen Blue Dream in an environment outside of a tent, but I can only imagine the surrounding atmosphere of an outdoor crop being directly affected by the pungent aromas of musky blue-jolly-ranchers. For this reason I consulted a grower who lets his plants dance under SoCal sunshine–@ggreenbeard.

So, what are her likes, @ggreenbeard?

  • drinks tons of water and can handle heavy feedings
  • responds well to topping/ fimming with quick recovery
  • Nitrogen thirsty
  • extreme heat

Does she have any notable particularities?

  • lots of lateral branching
  • nodes stack tight
  • pre-flowers for 2-3 weeks before chunking up

Have you encountered any setbacks when growing her under harsher conditions outdoors?

  • she has an overall weak structure and needs support throughout veg and flower–high winds can damage entire limbs. Although stems beef up during weeks 3-4 of flower, it is not enough to carry the weight of such huge, dense colas.
  • Caterpillars love her, because of the sweet smell she emits

sidenote: Blue Dream is susceptible to spider mites

Picture from @ggreenbeard’s outdoor

I would bet caterpillars and most other pests would love to get some sweet Blue Dream.

This strain has shown nothing but love to growers who’ve met her, which is why she continues to be a classic amongst many. Much thanks to those who shared their experiences on how to grow Blue Dream strain and once again I hope this helped! Happy farming.

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Need advice on time of Harvest

greenthumb

One of my four girls, the Blue Dream seems ready to harvest at the beginning of week 6 of bloom! Most of the trichomes are now amber! This is surprising, since everyone says you need at least 8-10 weeks bud time even for hybrids or indicas.
Two other of my sativas also have some amber, but not as many.
(I have four different plants/strains in my grow tent. The only real hybrid/indica one seems to be the Blue Dream, it grows bushy and spreads out, does not stretch like the other three (Sour Diesel, J-1, and Trainwreck to a lesser degree —also seems like a hybrid.)
All the buds look and smell wonderful.

I’m thinking of harvesting the big top buds of the Blue Dream soon and maybe letting the lower small buds mature a while longer, even though they have some amber too.

I’d appreciate some feedback on this unusual early maturation, thanks,

greenthumb
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Seamaiden
Living dead girl

One of my four girls, the Blue Dream seems ready to harvest at the beginning of week 6 of bloom! Most of the trichomes are now amber! This is surprising, since everyone says you need at least 8-10 weeks bud time even for hybrids or indicas.
Two other of my sativas also have some amber, but not as many.
(I have four different plants/strains in my grow tent. The only real hybrid/indica one seems to be the Blue Dream, it grows bushy and spreads out, does not stretch like the other three (Sour Diesel, J-1, and Trainwreck to a lesser degree —also seems like a hybrid.)
All the buds look and smell wonderful.

I’m thinking of harvesting the big top buds of the Blue Dream soon and maybe letting the lower small buds mature a while longer, even though they have some amber too.

I’d appreciate some feedback on this unusual early maturation, thanks,

Don’t rely solely on trichomes for harvesting. That’s my first bit of advice.

Second, you can absolutely stagger the harvest. It doesn’t necessarily lead to better yields, but I’m getting the impression you’re not after yield so much as the particular qualities of each strain. To that end, learn the other metrics by which to gauge doneness.

2: Buds. Are they still growing noticeably, or does it seem they’ve stopped growing? If still growing noticeably, the plant has more time left to go.

3: Appearance. Now, this may be a less reliable metric for you depending on how you feed. Many folks continue pushing N long into flower, possibly all the way through, depending on their fertilizing regimen, and that can throw things off (for me). Generally though, if the plant acquires what I’ll call an autumnal appearance, especially once the major fan leaves begin yellowing, then you know you’re fairly near the finish line.

4: Water/fertilizer consumption. If it’s still taking in a lot of water, it’s still transpiring actively, which would suggest it’s still growing actively. If it’s still ‘eating’ as it was during the earlier phases of flower, then again, likely still has some time. If it seems to have stopped drinking and eating, as some put it, then it’s likely done.

BeenBurned

Does it really matter whether or not it’s a real BD? Besides, the BDs I’ve seen have a decidedly hybrid appearance, not ‘definitely’ Afghani (aka Indica) and not ‘definitely’ Sativa.

Don’t rely solely on trichomes for harvesting. That’s my first bit of advice.

Second, you can absolutely stagger the harvest. It doesn’t necessarily lead to better yields, but I’m getting the impression you’re not after yield so much as the particular qualities of each strain. To that end, learn the other metrics by which to gauge doneness.

2: Buds. Are they still growing noticeably, or does it seem they’ve stopped growing? If still growing noticeably, the plant has more time left to go.

3: Appearance. Now, this may be a less reliable metric for you depending on how you feed. Many folks continue pushing N long into flower, possibly all the way through, depending on their fertilizing regimen, and that can throw things off (for me). Generally though, if the plant acquires what I’ll call an autumnal appearance, especially once the major fan leaves begin yellowing, then you know you’re fairly near the finish line.

4: Water/fertilizer consumption. If it’s still taking in a lot of water, it’s still transpiring actively, which would suggest it’s still growing actively. If it’s still ‘eating’ as it was during the earlier phases of flower, then again, likely still has some time. If it seems to have stopped drinking and eating, as some put it, then it’s likely done.

greenthumb

Does it really matter whether or not it’s a real BD? Besides, the BDs I’ve seen have a decidedly hybrid appearance, not ‘definitely’ Afghani (aka Indica) and not ‘definitely’ Sativa.

Don’t rely solely on trichomes for harvesting. That’s my first bit of advice.

Second, you can absolutely stagger the harvest. It doesn’t necessarily lead to better yields, but I’m getting the impression you’re not after yield so much as the particular qualities of each strain. To that end, learn the other metrics by which to gauge doneness.

2: Buds. Are they still growing noticeably, or does it seem they’ve stopped growing? If still growing noticeably, the plant has more time left to go.

3: Appearance. Now, this may be a less reliable metric for you depending on how you feed. Many folks continue pushing N long into flower, possibly all the way through, depending on their fertilizing regimen, and that can throw things off (for me). Generally though, if the plant acquires what I’ll call an autumnal appearance, especially once the major fan leaves begin yellowing, then you know you’re fairly near the finish line.

4: Water/fertilizer consumption. If it’s still taking in a lot of water, it’s still transpiring actively, which would suggest it’s still growing actively. If it’s still ‘eating’ as it was during the earlier phases of flower, then again, likely still has some time. If it seems to have stopped drinking and eating, as some put it, then it’s likely done.

Does it really matter whether or not it’s a real BD? Besides, the BDs I’ve seen have a decidedly hybrid appearance, not ‘definitely’ Afghani (aka Indica) and not ‘definitely’ Sativa.

Don’t rely solely on trichomes for harvesting. That’s my first bit of advice.

Second, you can absolutely stagger the harvest. It doesn’t necessarily lead to better yields, but I’m getting the impression you’re not after yield so much as the particular qualities of each strain. To that end, learn the other metrics by which to gauge doneness.

2: Buds. Are they still growing noticeably, or does it seem they’ve stopped growing? If still growing noticeably, the plant has more time left to go.

3: Appearance. Now, this may be a less reliable metric for you depending on how you feed. Many folks continue pushing N long into flower, possibly all the way through, depending on their fertilizing regimen, and that can throw things off (for me). Generally though, if the plant acquires what I’ll call an autumnal appearance, especially once the major fan leaves begin yellowing, then you know you’re fairly near the finish line.

4: Water/fertilizer consumption. If it’s still taking in a lot of water, it’s still transpiring actively, which would suggest it’s still growing actively. If it’s still ‘eating’ as it was during the earlier phases of flower, then again, likely still has some time. If it seems to have stopped drinking and eating, as some put it, then it’s likely done.

Thanks so much Seamaiden for your thorough response. The answer to #1. is that it’s not throwing out tons of pistils, but then I am using only CFL’s (7 cfl’s +4 T-12 tubes for four plants). As to the buds (#2) I am not noticing a lot of growth at this point, just that the buds are turning amber.
This is my first serious indoor grow (I grew outside once a long time ago, but that’s a whole different thing. ), so I am really just relying on vague feelings or intuition, other than what I’ve read, and all the great advice on this forum.

I had a feeling that this blue dream might have some auto-flowering genes because some white flowers started happening way back toward the end of the vege stage which was long (60 days).
As to #3. Unlike the other ladies, this one doesn’t have a lot of yellow fan leaves, only a couple so far. The fan leaves are generally dark green. I do give them all a bit of N, because the Bat Guano I use is solely P (0-10-0), and seems so have no N, and I was getting a lot of yellow leaves, so I mix in a bit of my GrowMore Vegetarian fert. (5-2-2) now so that the chemistry doesn’t get too out of whack. I also put in a little (1 tsp.) of molasses in the mix. I only use a tsp. per 64 oz. of each. Hope it’s not too much. I wanted to use only organic fertilizers.

And as to #4. I don’t know what you mean by stopping to drink. When the soil feels dry (every 3-4 days), I water them all at the same time; I don’t know what they do if they didn’t want to drink?

You are right as far as me wanting to know the different strains. I wouldn’t mind a good yield. (but this girl here is a sucker for variety!)

One of my four girls, the Blue Dream seems ready to harvest at the beginning of week 6 of bloom! Most of the trichomes are now amber! This is surprising…