Northern Lights is one of Sensi Seeds’ most legendary and successful strains. We share the Northern Light’s strain information in this article, including its typical growth patterns, flavour and effects. We also share a grow report of the Northern Lights Automatic version. With no need to eliminate males or change light cycles, this strain was an easy one to grow!
For decades and decades, Northern Lights® has been considered one of the most important strains in cannabis history. There are many modern cannabis hybrids who share Northern Lights® as an ancestor; Shiva Skunk® and Silver Haze® are just a couple. Needless to say, the classic strain continues to captivate cannabis aficionados the world over! And for a reason: a beginner-friendly variety, Northern Lights® produces generous, luscious plants covered with resin from stem to peaks!
Northern Lights® itself descends from Thai landrace and Afghani cannabis varieties. It’s one of the most popular of all indica varieties, bringing with it characteristics of true Afghan genetics.
Cultivating Sensi Seeds’ Northern Lights®
Whether you’re growing the regular, feminized or autoflowering variant, cultivating Northern Lights® is an absolute pleasure. Not only is it very resilient, resisting beginner’s mistakes and temperature changes, it also requires very little maintenance. Their resistance to temperature changes makes them suitable for any type of weather.
Northern Lights® plants are not exactly the most compact, but can be trained to accommodate all kinds of indoor grow spaces. Regardless, they will be generous, so make sure you have many, many jars to accommodate your harvest.
Its buds are also heavy, and compact. For all intents and purposes, Northern Lights buds are the textbook example of the “nuggets” that all growers seek. To top it off, the amount of resin simply won’t stop increasing until it’s time to harvest.
One thing that experienced growers appreciate is the fact that Northern Lights® buds, while still providing an unforgettable olfactory experience when consumed, are very stealthy as far as smell goes. A true gift for those who appreciate a discreet growing operation!
Tasting Sensi Seeds’ Northern Lights
Many say that Northern Lights® buds taste just like they smell, not in terms of intensity, but in terms of its nuances. The taste is described as “earthy”, “musky”, “spicy”, “sweet”, and “piney”. Overall, the flavours make for the perfect balance between sugar and spice.
A Northern Lights® high is more relaxing than energetic, taking over the body with a gentle buzz and relaxing the muscles. The cerebral effect is also relaxing, which makes it a popular strain for those seeking to relieve stress and symptoms of anxiety. Depending on when it is consumed and in what dose, Northern Lights can be a perfect night cap or a gentle addition to a quiet evening with friends.
Northern Lights Automatic grow report
One of Sensi Seeds’ resident growers took to the garden with the Automatic version of Northern Lights. Note that with autoflowering seeds, there is no need to separate males from females or to induce flowering. This makes for a fast and easy grow!
The grow report outlines the grower’s entire growing cycle from germination to harvest, including the final yield. All things considered, Northern Lights Automatic is a great choice for the novice cannabis gardener.
Germination of the seeds took place indoors on March 31st. Three out of three seeds germinated, of which two survived repotting. They were planted outdoors and started to flower on May 23rd (54 days after germination). They were cut down slightly early in anticipation of bad weather, on July 19th (58 days after planting).
The weather conditions were poor, with a lot of rain and wind to start off. Extreme variations occurred later on in terms of temperature and weather conditions. Climate varied from extremely rainy and windy, all the way to extremely warm, sunny days, and back again.
Side note: Northern Lights Automatic is a strain which Sensi Seeds generally recommends for a sunny/ mediterranean climate. It can be grown outside in a warm, sunny climate with a long summer.
No fertilizer or nutrition was given to the plants, except for once during flowering: potassium nitrate, which is a natural solid source of nitrogen. It turned out to be too much though and shocked the plants. They were flushed repeatedly and left to recuperate.
No extra food was given.
The two Northern Lights Automatic plants measured between 50 and 70cm. The smaller size can be attributed to being grown in a small pot, however.
5. Flowering time
Vegetation time was 53 days. Flowering took 58 days.
The total dried harvest for both plants was 30.2g: 13.8g off the smaller plant and 16.4g from the larger plant.
Northern Lights Automatic tastes sweet and spicy, and is remarkably powerful!
Have you ever grown Northern Lights, Northern Lights Feminized or Northern Lights Automatic? If so, we’d love to hear your growing experience. Let us know in the comments below.
- Disclaimer:Laws and regulations regarding cannabis cultivation differ from country to country. Sensi Seeds therefore strongly advises you to check your local laws and regulations. Do not act in conflict with the law.