Why should you grow Chocolope
Chocolope is a direct descendent of OG Chocoloate Thai which is basically an Asian sativa landrace.
DNA Genetics, Source
I got these seeds from key’s of choc thai back in the early 90’s we selected for the best traits and quick finishers. We made only a few seeds of this and Drawoh is the man thats keeping it alive by inbreeding it more.
The other part is Cannalope Haze a crossing from Orginial Haze and a Sativa landrace from mexico. Overall the Chocolope has a nearly 100% Sativa background which she shows in her grow pattern!
Items and Tools that I used for that grow
- Active carbon filter
- DIY 310W COB Light (Guide coming soon)
- BioBizz Lightmix soil
- BioBizz Nutrition
- GHE pH-Down
- 1x 3 gal smartpots
- DNA Genetics feminized Chocolope seeds
- A 5l watering can
- Gardening metal hooks for LST action
- 100cm x 80 cm grow chamber (no tent!)
- Big glass jars for curing
- IKEA Greenhouse for the seedlings
- IKEA Växer hydroponics starter kit
- IKEA VÄXER rockwool pods
- 72 W fluorescent tube light in the pre tent stage
- IKEA gardening scissors
- A syringe for the nutes
- 1gal water sprayer for the early grow stage
- 10W Clip Fan
- 40W ventilator
TL;DR – Chocolope
- Strain: DNA Genetics Chocolope feminized
- From seed to weed: 143 days (veg 76 days, flower 67 days)
- Wet harvest weight (wet trimmed): n.a.
- Final dry yield: 70 gr (2.46 oz.)
- Effect: High / Head / Euphoric / Hallucinogenic
- Taste: Sweet / Earthy / Caramel
…if you have some vertical space to fill up. She is a stretcher.
…if you like haze.
…if you want to be able to be somewhat productive after a smoke.
…if you have the time to spread her out.
Don’t grow it…
…if you want small compact plants.
…if you are a militant kush lover.
…if you rather sit on a couch after consuming.
Germination and failed start: Week 0 – 5
This was my first test trying to implement a hydroponic (high pressure aeroponic) setup. The system is called Bifarm Aerokit and I failed this machine completely.
The setup was okay, and the Aerokit is running smooth. After 5 weeks in the aerokit the plant was still poorly developed and small. I think it was stunned due to wrong nutrition plans. It was a nice experience, but I wont come back all too fast doing hydro.
In short: The water chiller is running hot, heating up the grow space. Its also very loud. If you want to deal with two sources of heat (chiller and light) you will have to implement an AC unit aswell. That could cost more than the aeroponic setup can achieve in the end…
Vegetative Stage – Week 5 – 10
After transplanting the poor girl she started to thrive very fast. BioBizz soil is made for this! I gave her my way of low stress training along with alot of lollypopping.
After another four weeks of vegging she was ready to flower. I went exactly as the nutrient schedule says with the BioBizz starter kit. She was thriving til then. Chocolope is a very larky plant with long internodial distances. To keep her in check its helpful to cut away any 3rd generation side branches. If done right, she reacts very good to spreading and bending.
Flowering Stage Week 10 – 19
Chocolope show her sativa descent in the flowering in full extend. She is a nasty stretcher and needs to be controlled. My phenotype built very dense and baseballbat-like colas that where stuffed with buds.
Grow conditions were far from optimal. The summer was very hot and dry, which also effect condiditons in tents, that are not fully climate controlled. Temperatures of 30°C and more were more standard than exception. But she dealt pretty decent with it.
About 6 weeks into flowering I stopped the nutrient supply. She reacted by showing off her beuatiful fall colors.
Bad grow conditions and harvest
In the end the plant the conditions went worse: Moderate spider mite infestation and very few cases of bud rot needed to be adressed and quite a number of buds got lost in the process. I also tried to use neem oil against the mites in the late flowering stage, wich i would not recommend to anyone. Just throw the buds away if you dont like it.
Pro Tip: Do not spray any pesticide or insecticide on your plants while flowering. Its better to get useful predators to deal with these pests. You want to consume the product in some way. And you can not really clean the surface – like tomato or a pickle.
Pro Tip: Try to keep your temperature at 25°C +-/3°C and the humidity low in flowering to prevent bud rot.
Harvest Chocolope is a breeze. The phenotype has a very nice leaf to bud ratio and can be manicured with ease.
Pro Tip if you have spider mites on your plants at the end of a grow cycle: Hang the colas upside down. The mites are always looking for the highest spots on the plant and will gather around the stalk or branch of the cola. You can just burn them away with a lighter. Do not forget to clean your grow and dry area very thoroughly. Mites are a bitch to deal with. Make sure, they stay dead.
Chocolopes effect is a clear high. Get out to your favourite smokespot in the green and get going. The effect is pretty strong and caused a few visual and auditive hallucinations. Prepare to get a good bit of tunnel vision and subtle music you might hear in the sounds of nature around you. After a while it really clouds your mind and you will drift away. This is strain is nice if you are alone and want a bit of time with you and your mind.
It also does not effect you for the rest of the day. You will get clear very lean but after a bit of time.
The taste is very sweet and earthy. The typical haze smell is missing, which is unusal for a sativa dominant plant, making this strain more atypical. One could also reason this characteristic comes from the bad grow conditions. We will know, when I grow her again.