In our detailed grow report, we bring you along as we grow Sensi Seeds’ Banana Frosting Feminized. An indica-dominant hybrid, this beauty flowers fast but stays compact. Following a simple regimen, we produce a beautiful Banana Frosting Feminized plant that offers a bountiful harvest of spectacular and delicious buds.
Flowering stage: 63 days
Total time, seed to harvest: 84 days
Final yield: 106 grams
THC content: 17-20%
This intriguing hybrid strain hails from the impressive lineup of four cannabis legends; Silver Haze x Diesel x Skunk Kush x Hindu Kush. Banana Frosting was bred to capture the best characteristics of each classic. At 70% indica and 30% sativa, it packs a potent indica punch with some reviving sativa characteristics.
The impressive indica-dominant hybrid is particularly acclaimed for its heavy yields of dense, sticky buds, with a delightfully sweet and fruity aroma. Thanks to its indica lineage, plants tend to stay short and compact. But don’t let their size fool you; these ladies are still capable of producing bountiful, high-yielding harvests. Banana Frosting’s high yields are easily obtainable when grown outdoors, but it can also flourish indoors.
While its yields are a characteristic of its indica lineage, Banana Frosting’s aroma, taste, and effects are characteristic of a classic sativa strain. While it still offers the intense relaxation of an indica, the high is equally uplifting and euphoric. In short, it’s a perfectly-rounded hybrid cultivar.
It is also appreciated for its relatively short flowering time, and Banana Frosting is typically ready to harvest in 50-65 days. This makes it an ideal variety for growers looking to produce a quick harvest.
Our Banana Frosting Feminized plant was cultivated inside our 220 x 150 cm grow room, under one 600-watt high-pressure sodium Phillips GreenPower light. It was placed on a 180 x 90 cm table for easy access. Throughout the cultivation process minimal nutrients were used and our plant was hand-watered daily.
So, follow us as we detail the steps we took to grow this magnificent hybrid strain!
Germination & seedling
We sprouted our feminized Banana Frosting seed in a propogation cube. Once our seedlings roots had protruded through the side of the pod, we transplanted our 4 cm seedling into a 5-litre pot full of BAC Lava Soil Grow Mix. We avoided watering for the first two days to allow the roots system to establish.
Our seedling had already developed its cotyledons at this early stage, and her true leaves could be seen growing. Our grow light was hanging 80 centimetres above our seedling throughout vegetative growth and received 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness. Our Banana Frosting was rotated daily to ensure all parts of the plants received adequate light.
During the first week, we dispersed sachets of hypoaspis miles. These predatory mites feed on any fungus gnat and thrip pupae that might develop within the soil. We repeated this application in week three at a concentration of 250 per cubic meter (250/m3) to prevent any outbreaks from occurring.
We began watering our Banana Frosting on day three, and added a rooting hormone to encourage root growth. At this early stage, she only required 100 ml of water per day. The mild nutrient solution was pH-adjusted to 6.2 before feeding, while Its electrical conductivity (EC) was 0.8.
Our grow room was maintained at 65% relative humidity (RH) during vegetation. This was reduced to 45% during flowering. We also maintained an ambient temperature of 26°C throughout the day and 22°C in the evenings.
By the end of the second week, our Banana Frosting plant had reached a height of 9 cm. She proudly displayed multiple deep green leaves with broad serrated blades and narrow margins between them. Short internodal spacing reflected Banana Frosting’s indica heritage, and our plant consumed almost 200 ml of water per day.
We added BioGrow nutrients to our water during the third week, bringing the solution’s EC up to 1.4. By the time we reached the end of the third week, our plant had shot up to 17 centimetres and was displaying large, broad green fan leaves.
Internodal spacing was short, and the main stem was beginning to thicken. Lower axillary shoots had started to develop and were beginning to stretch towards the light. The bright, lime green fan leaves and hefty main stem indicated that our Banana Frosting was undoubtedly healthy.
We anticipated that she would stretch significantly during the first weeks of flowering, and we decided it was time to induce flowering at the beginning of week four.
We began week four by changing our light’s photoperiod to 12 hours on, 12 hours off, and stopped adding grow nutrients and rooting hormones into the solution. We replaced them with BioFlower nutrients, bringing our solution’s EC to 1.6.
Sachets of amblyseius cucumeris and Californicus were hung in our grow room to eliminate any potential thrip linae or two-spotted spider mites. This application was repeated every three weeks until harvest.
Our Banana Frosting had grown to 25 centimetres by the end of week four. She continued to fill out nicely, developing more foliage, thicker stems, and longer branches. The internodal spacing remained very short and compact. Axillary shoots had also developed within the top few nodes, lending to a distinctive, bushy appearance.
Our plant continued to develop rapidly, and during week five, she increased her water intake to 400 ml per day. In addition, she had grown 20 centimetres and now stood 45 cm tall. Pre-flowers had developed at nodes along the apical mainstem and filled the short internodal gaps.
The sixth week began with a one day flush to break up any nutrient deposits in the root zone, and our regular feeding schedule was resumed the following day. This flush was repeated every two weeks until harvest.
Bud sites were developing nicely, with a plethora of white pistils emerging from the calyxes. Short internodal spacing on the mainstem indicated her indica heritage, and by the end of week six, our Banana Frosting reached 58 centimetres.
During week seven, our Banana Frosting began to develop a frosting of milky white resin glands that were particularly prominent against the rich green foliage. The apical bud was swelling substantially and growing thicker by the day. It was beginning to look like one giant cola as the axillary buds filled the internodal gaps along the apical mainstem.
By week eight, our Banana Frosting had begun to slow its vertical growth. It reached 74 cm and was consuming a hefty 800 ml of water per day. The internodal spacing remained compact and tight, giving the plant a bushy appearance typical of an indica.
Broad, lime green fan leaves were still soaking up the light, but the plant’s energy was undoubtedly focused on flowering. The layer of resinous trichomes continued to develop, leaving the buds sparkling beneath the light. We once again flushed with tap water for one day and resumed feeding the following day.
Our plant finally levelled off by week nine, reaching a height of 76 cm. Her main cola was now a thick, sticky cluster of pistils and crystals. More heavy, resinous buds were swelling halfway down the main stem and on each branch. Side shoots were developing smaller, colas of their own, and buds were covered in a thick coating of sticky resin glands.
As weeks ten and eleven passed, our plant continued to focus on maturing, and the deep green foliage that covered the plant began to lighten, and leaves developed yellow edges.
Her aroma had become undeniable, with a distinct citrus tinge reminiscent of a classic sativa as well as heavy undertones of banana. The buds continued to swell, each gaining a formidable size of their own, and lower branches were topped with chunky cannabis flowers.
We began our final flush in week twelve with pH-adjusted tap water to clear the root zone of any unwanted nutrient residue. Our plant sensed the end was approaching and began putting her final touches into producing resin glands. A heavy layer of trichomes covered the buds, and the pistils had turned a luscious, dark amber.
Once we noticed that roughly 60-70% of the pistils had turned amber, and trichomes had changed into a milky white, we harvested our Banana Frosting Feminized on the first day of week thirteen. The heavy coating of resin glands made our Banana Frosting glisten under the 600W lights, and it looked a magnificent frosty white.
After cutting down our Banana Frosting, branches were separated and hung upside down in our drying room. The room was kept at a consistent temperature of 18-20°C, and fans were used to maintain constant air circulation.
True to her heritage, our Banana Frosting produced a distinct citrus aroma that offered up intense notes of ripe bananas. A slight tinge of diesel fuel was also perceptible, hinting at the sativa in her lineage.
After two weeks in the drying room, our Banana Frosting was ready to be taken out and trimmed. Once we began the trimming, we could see just how densely structured the buds were. Buds were coated in a layer of sticky resin, and subsequently our gloves and trimming scissors were covered in a frosty layer of resin. No complaining here, of course!
We placed the manicured buds into mason jars for the curing process, and they remained in the jars until the curing process was complete. We opened the jars for half an hour per day, allowing the air to be replenished. After three months, our Banana Frosting Feminized was cured and ready to be enjoyed.
Once cured, our Banana Frosting Feminized smelled and tasted exceptional. The presence of limonene seemed to be most prominent given the intense citrus aroma. Additionally, an almost spicy demerara scent could be detected, suggesting the likely presence of beta-caryophyllene as well as myrcene.
With such a delightful aroma, it was little surprise that our Banana Frosting Feminized offered a similarly delicious flavour. A wave of citrus was initially noticeable, which then gave way to an intense sweet banana taste. The sweet spiciness that was initially present in the aroma could also be detected on the exhale.
The effects were quick to take hold and proved intense. The indica genetics hit the user with a deep body relaxation and heavy impact, which develops rapidly and intensely. Instead of mellowing into couchlock sedation, though, the sativa genetics took hold and developed into a euphoric, uplifting high. Banana Frosting is an exceptional hybrid, balancing out the indica and sativa effects to create a relaxing, and thoroughly enjoyable experience.
The final dry yield of our Banana Frosting Feminized was an exceptional 104 grams, and laboratory test results revealed the flowers to have a THC level of 15.06%. Banana Frosting Feminized exhibits sativa-like characteristics in its effects and terpene profile. However, its growth pattern is more characteristic of an indica as these plants remain small and bushy.
This indica-dominant strain is exactly what any good hybrid should be – it’s easy-to-grow, trustworthy, and delivers bountiful harvests all growers desire. Banana Frosting can be grown indoors and outside in a Mediterranean climate, making it a versatile addition to any grower’s repertoire. Its small stature makes it ideal for those trying to grow discreetly or in a confined space.
Are you a fan of indica-dominant hybrids? Or, have you cultivated Banana Frosting yourself? If you have, please let us tell about your grows in the comments below. Or, you could always upload your own grow report over at GrowDiaries.com.
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