Is Purple Cannabis Or Purple Marijuana Real?
Purple weed strains can be some of the most exotic and beautiful flowers to behold. Typically decked out in glittery, sparkly, trichome glory, purple marijuana buds are always a hit. The vibrant, psychedelic color seems to harmonize with the mind-blowing effects of cannabis in general, suggesting an otherworldly vibe.
Almost, as if, your weed was grown on an alien planet, or in the lab of some mad marijuana scientist. Ask any cannabis enthusiast, and she or he will likely tell you that purple strains are highly desirable.
So if you’re looking to grow some purple weed, whether for pleasure or profit, here’s a short guide that tells you all you need to know to grow great looking purp.
Turning your cannabis purple is a bit easier than many might assume, considering the “exotic” status purple buds hold.
Purple Weed Seeds
It probably goes without saying that you can’t turn a plant purple that doesn’t have those pigments in its genetics.
Still, plenty of folks think that growing purple weed is just a matter of finding the right temperature and nutrient balance. While that’s true, you also have, to begin with, the good genetics, and there are a few favorite seed varieties that will do the trick.
To turn purple, your plant must be high in anthocyanin. This is the same pigment that makes eggplant and blueberries purple.
Examples of strains that are high in anthocyanin are Blue Mystic, Blue Cheese, Haze Berry, Bluematic, and of course, Purple Haze.
Botanical researchers have looked into the color-changing properties of individual plant pigments. Their studies show that depriving plants of particular nutrients at critical stages in their flowering cycles can activate the darker pigments that make flowers turn blue, purple, or red.
But when it comes to turning your cannabis purple, you don’t have to be so cruel as to starve your blossoming plants. Just an appropriate modification of the temperature in your growing environment should do the trick.
Anthocyanin, the purple color pigment, is typically hidden by the stronger pigments in chlorophyll. During the fall months, however, the green pigments break down. We see this in the spectacular display of autumn colors.
When chlorophyll breaks down, the anthocyanin can reveal itself. In other strains, it can cause yellow, gold or blue pigments to come out.
So during the flowering stage, turn the temperature down during the night cycle.
The temperature should sit below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius. About two weeks before it’s time to harvest the buds, your flowers should begin to turn a dark purple.