Lemon Tree x Animal Cookies
Lemon Frosting gives cannabis growers the best of both worlds: the generous yield and pungent aroma of Lemon Tree, and the exceptional frost and density of Animal Cookies. This feminized hybrid’s big, beautiful buds and powerful effects will delight any grower or user. The mouth-watering flavor of Lemon Frosting is just the icing on the cake.
Lemon Frosting’s parents—Lemon Tree and Animal Cookies—are award-winning strains that have become highly sought-after in recent years. Lemon Tree has earned a reputation for its well-balanced high and its hefty, terpene-rich buds; Animal Cookies has become widely recognized for its extremely high trichome production, narcotic stone, and exotic flavor.
By combining these two award-winning strains, Greenpoint Seeds has developed a potent and reliable all-rounder that will satisfy cash croppers and closet growers alike. Lemon Frosting offers a generous yield of dense, resin-caked buds that will leave users craving more.
Lemon Frosting Strain
The origin of Lemon Tree, the mother of Lemon Frosting, is one of life’s mysteries. According to some growers, this hybrid was developed by a secretive group of farmers in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. The farmers had been growing cannabis for more than two decades when they decided to develop a hybrid of Lemon Skunk and Sour Diesel. As a result, Lemon Tree was born.
This cultivar quickly gained notoriety as a dependable cash crop and, in 2014, it won first place at the Seattle Cannabis Cup for Best Hybrid. That same year, Lemon Tree took first place at the San Francisco High Times Cannabis Cup, also in the Best Hybrid category.
Lemon Tree Lineage
Lemon Tree, the mother of Lemon Frosting, is a hybrid of Lemon Skunk and Sour Diesel. Lemon Skunk is an old-school Skunk No. 1 phenotype that originated in California. This cut was popularized by a grower known as Lemon Man and later was popularized by Green House Seed Company, DNA Genetics, and other well-known breeders. Lemon Skunk offers the classic aroma and flavor of Skunk, with an added hint of sweet and sour citrus.
The lineage of Sour Diesel is unknown. Many believe that this strain was developed in the 1990s by a New York City grower known as AJ. In the light of Sour Diesel’s Sativa characteristics and diesel-like aroma, some growers have suggested that the strain is likely a hybrid of Chemdawg and Super Skunk.
Lemon Tree offers a balanced mix of Indica and Sativa genes. This is evident in the strain’s robust, Indica-like branches that support its large, fluffy, Sativa-Esque colas. It is also evident in the strain’s effects, producing a high that is both soothing and uplifting.
The other parent of Lemon Frosting, Animal Cookies, also known as Animal Crackers, is an elite clone-only variety that was developed by the Cookies Family of San Francisco. The Cookies Family has become ubiquitous in the cannabis industry, producing top-tier cultivars such as Gelato 33, Cherry Pie, and Girl Scout Cookies.
Animal Cookies is an exceptionally potent hybrid of Girl Scout Cookies and Fire OG, offering a larger yield and more robust branches than other Cookies varieties. Users report that Animal Cookies delivers a potent and narcotic stone that may ease pain and elevate the mood. Its powerful effects and exotic flavor have made Animal Cookies a favorite among medical and recreational cannabis users.
Animal Cookies Lineage
Animal Cookies, the other parent of Lemon Frosting, is an Indica-dominant hybrid of Girl Scout Cookies and Fire OG. According to the Cookies Family, Girl Scout Cookies is a three-way hybrid of Durban Poison, Florida OG, and an unknown strain referred to as “F1.”
The origin of Fire OG is uncertain. This cut, popularized by OG Raskal, is a stellar representation of OG Kush. Some growers believe that Fire OG is an original cutting of OG Kush, but other growers suggest that it may be an S1 or a hybrid of OG.
By crossing Girl Scout Cookies and Fire OG, the Cookies Family created a strain that offers the exotic color and flavor of Girl Scout Cookies and the potency and yield of OG Kush.
Lemon Frosting Feminized Cannabis Seeds
Greenpoint Seeds used the original clone-only cut of Animal Cookies to pollinate the award-winning Lemon Tree, creating Lemon Frosting. This slightly Indica-dominant hybrid produces top-shelf buds that display a mix of traits from both parents. Some phenotypes may display more Lemon Tree characteristics, and others may be more Animal Cookies-dominant. Most phenotypes will offer a blend of traits from these two elite cultivars.
Lemon Frosting is a feminized F1 hybrid of Lemon Tree and Animal Cookies. Feminized seeds are valuable because they eliminate the need for identifying and removing male plants from the garden. Approximately 99.9 percent of feminized seeds will produce all-female plants. F1 hybrid seeds also are cherished by growers because these seeds typically produce plants that are vigorous, highly stable, and uniform in growth.
Lemon Frosting Aroma
As the name suggests, Lemon Tree smells strongly of sweet-and-sour lemon. It is rich in terpenes and emits bitter notes of diesel fuel, fine wood, and fresh soil. The combination of Lemon Skunk and Sour Diesel produces a powerful aroma that can be smelled from a block away.
The aroma of Animal Cookies, like that of Lemon Tree, is often described as sweet and sour; however, it bears some notable differences. Animal Cookies produces an earthy and nutty bouquet, with hints of sweet cookie dough, petrol, skunk, and menthol. When ground up, the buds release notes of cherry, pine, and pepper.
Lemon Frosting combines the sweet and sour citrus aroma of Lemon Tree with the earthy, doughy scent of Animal Cookies, creating a complex and pungent bouquet that is redolent of lemon cookies, diesel, skunk, and soil.
Lemon Frosting Flavor
Lemon Frosting is packed with terpenes and flavonoids that coat the palate with flavors of tart lemon and sweet cookie dough. Some Lemon Tree-dominant phenotypes may taste strongly of lemon, wood, and diesel, and some Animal Cookies-dominant phenotypes may produce flavors of cherry, vanilla, and cookie dough.
Lemon Frosting Effects
Lemon Tree delivers a well-balanced high that is both uplifting and soothing. Users report that this strain is mood-elevating and energizing when it is consumed in small amounts. When consumed in larger quantities, the high turns into a mildly narcotic stone that may ease muscle tension and calm the mind. When used in moderation, Lemon Tree is a great all-day strain.
In contrast, Animal Cookies offers a potent and narcotic stone that may bring the user’s day to an early, sleepy end. This variety is reported to deliver a body-numbing effect that may reduce pain and promote a night of restful sleep. Animal Cookies is perfect for a relaxing evening or weekend smoke but is not ideal for daytime use.
By combining these two powerful strains, Lemon Frosting offers a well-balanced high that can be felt in both the body and mind. The effects lean slightly toward the Indica spectrum, with a mildly narcotic stone and analgesic properties. Some phenotypes may be more uplifting and energizing, and others may be more narcotic and sleep-inducing. Growers may select a phenotype that suits their preferences.
Lemon Frosting Structure
Lemon Tree is medium to tall in height, with strong branches and large, thin leaves. This cultivar produces big, olive-green buds that are round and fluffy. Some growers remark that the buds are shaped like lemons. When properly trained, this cultivar can form many branches that develop into towering colas.
Animal Cookies also is medium to tall in height; however, its branches are somewhat thinner and have more internodal spacing than those of Lemon Tree. This variety develops dark-green leaves that fade to yellow late into the flowering cycle. When exposed to cold temperatures, Animal Cookies may display purple hues. The buds of Animal Cookies are small but incredibly dense and frosty, and dappled with tinges of lime-green and purple.
Like its parents, Lemon Frosting is medium to tall in height. This variety produces long branches and large emerald-green leaves. Lemon Frosting produces bulky colas that are caked in a sticky layer of trichomes. Animal Cookies-dominant phenotypes may have significant internodal spacing and smaller, frostier buds. Some plants may display shades of red and purple late into the flowering period.
Growing Lemon Frosting
Lemon Tree is a vigorous and resilient strain that is easy to cultivate. When provided with ample lighting and adequate nutrition, this strain can reliably produce a sizeable yield of premium buds. Lemon Tree can thrive indoors or outdoors, and growers may choose from a variety of cultivation methods.
Unlike Lemon Tree, Animal Cookies is a notoriously difficult strain to cultivate, and is especially challenging for the inexperienced grower. This variety is sensitive to many environmental stresses and, to produce healthy buds, it requires a stable pH and controlled environment.
Lemon Frosting is a moderately easy strain to grow and is much hardier and more vigorous than Animal Cookies. This hybrid is highly adaptable and can be cultivated both indoors and outdoors. Because of its tall stature, indoor growers may benefit from using low-stress or high-stress training methods such as topping, fimming, or super cropping during the vegetative growth period. This will limit the stretch during the early flowering period and boost the yield.
Pest & Disease Control
Because of its Animal Cookies parentage, some phenotypes of Lemon Frosting may be prone to powdery mildew. Growers can prevent powdery mildew infections by pruning the plants, using fans to increase air circulation, and reducing the humidity in the grow room. They can also use water and sodium bicarbonate foliar sprays to prevent powdery mildew from spreading.
Given the frost and density of the buds, some phenotypes of Lemon Frosting also may be prone to bud rot. As with powdery mildew, growers can reduce the risk of bud rot by pruning the large fan leaves of the plants, providing adequate ventilation, and keeping the humidity level low during the flowering period.
Animal Cookies tends to require more calcium and magnesium than most strains require. Some phenotypes of Lemon Frosting also may crave these nutrients. Growers can avoid nutrient deficiencies by incorporating a cal-mag supplement into the regular nutrient program, or by using dolomite lime and Epsom salt as soil amendments. Growers should always use a pH meter when mixing nutrient solutions. This will help ensure that the plants maintain a consistent pH and can absorb the optimum amount of nutrients.
Harvesting & Curing Lemon Frosting
Most phenotypes of Lemon Frosting will reach maturity in nine weeks. Some phenotypes may take up to 11 weeks to ripen. Growers can determine if the plants are mature by using a microscope or jeweler’s loupe to observe the trichomes. If the trichomes are transparent, the plants are not ready for harvest. When the trichomes turn milky white, with some turning amber, the plants are fully mature and ready to be harvested. If Lemon Frosting is harvested early, it may produce a more uplifting and invigorating high. If harvested late, the effects tend to be more narcotic and sedating. Harvesting at peak ripeness will ensure maximum yield and potency.
One to two weeks before harvest, growers usually stop feeding the plants with nutrient solutions and flush them with plain, distilled water. This practice helps remove excess fertilizer from the buds and improves their flavor, aroma, and overall quality.
After flushing, the plants are ready to be harvested. Growers start the harvesting process by cutting down the ripest colas and removing the large fan leaves from the branches. Next, they manicure the buds by using shears to trim away the small sugar leaves that surround the flowers. Manicuring will improve their appearance and make them smoother and more flavorful to smoke.
Once the buds have been manicured, the branches can be hung by a node or placed on a drying rack for three to six days. The buds are dry when the branches snap rather than bend.
After drying, the buds are ready to be cured. Curing will preserve the aroma, flavor, and potency of the buds by protecting their delicate cannabinoids and terpenes. To cure the buds, growers typically place them in sealable glass jars and store them in a cool, dry place. They open the jars once or twice a day for the first three days in order to prevent excess moisture from accumulating in the buds. After a few days, growers open the jars once a day for the next two weeks. The buds may be smoked after two weeks; however, it may take four to eight weeks to fully cure them.
Buy Lemon Frosting Cannabis Seeds
Growing Lemon Frosting is a piece of cake. This feminized hybrid from Greenpoint Seeds is vigorous, hardy, and resilient to most environmental stresses, making it a great choice for growers of all levels of experience. Its rich sweet-and-sour flavor and soothing effects make Lemon Frosting a hit with medical and recreational users. This cultivar offers the yield and flavor of Lemon Tree, as well as the extreme density and frost of Animal Cookies, creating a top-tier strain as tempting as a slice of lemon pie.
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