Banana Kush x Animal Cookies
Bananimal – The cannabis market is going ape over Bananimal. With its fast flowering time, delicious flavor, and potent effects, this Indica-dominant feminized hybrid is a treat for growers and users alike. Bananimal consistently produces dense, frosty buds that are encrusted with milky trichomes.
Bananimal is the offspring of two elite cultivars—Banana Kush and Animal Cookies. Both Banana Kush and Animal Cookies have received widespread acclaim from users and growers, who favor their exceptional bag appeal and distinct aromas. By combining Banana Kush with the clone-only cut of Animal Cookies, Greenpoint Seeds created Bananimal—a strain that truly stands out from the bunch.
Banana Kush, also known as Banana OG, is the mother of Bananimal. Banana Kush is a descendent of OG Kush, one of the most popular strains on the market. The story of OG Kush began in 1992, when Alec Anderson, a grower in Southern Florida, bought an ounce of an exceptionally powerful and aromatic strain known as “Krippy.” Alec was elated to discover a few seeds in the ounce of Krippy, and he promptly sprouted them.
One of the plants was especially potent and flavorful, so Alec gave a cutting to his friend, Matt “Bubba” Berger, for safekeeping. One of Matt’s friends observed that the compact, resin-encrusted buds looked like “kushberries,” and the growers began referring to the phenotype as “Kush.”
In the mid-1990s, Matt decided to get involved in the medical-cannabis industry. Armed with a clone of Kush, he headed to Silverlake, California, where he and a friend named Josh D. built a small grow room. Kush proved to be a big hit in California, and the two growers rapidly expanded operations. However, countless enthusiastic growers began claiming that they held the original cut of Kush, so Matt and Josh began referring to their cut as “OG Kush,” or “OGers,” underscoring its status as the original Kush.
One grower, known as OrgnKid, bought a bag of OG Kush and was so enamored of the strain that he tracked down a clone of it and paid $5,000 and five pounds of cannabis for the cut. To recoup some of this money, OrgnKid began selling S1 seeds and clones of the cut. For $1,000, OrgnKid sold a grower nicknamed Ghost1 a clone of OG Kush. Soon, growers began referring to OrgnKid’s cut as “Ghost OG.”
Sometime later, OrgnKid reportedly crossed the Ghost OG cut with a mysterious strain known as “Sagarmatha 60/40.” One of the offspring of this hybrid produced a generous yield of frosty buds that smelled of ripe bananas. OrgnKid named this phenotype “Banana OG” in recognition of its sweet, fruity aroma.
Banana OG, also known as Banana Kush, remains popular among growers and users, who cherish the strain’s sweet fragrance and powerful effects.
Banana Kush Lineage
The lineage of Banana Kush is ambiguous. Although many believe that this cultivar is a cross between Ghost OG and Sagarmatha 60/40, some suggest that it could be a polyhybrid of Ghost OG, Skunk No. 1, and Haze. Ghost OG, the parent of Banana Kush, is believed to be an original phenotype of OG Kush, but some growers suspect that Ghost OG may be an S1 of OG.
Animal Cookies (or Animal Crackers), is the other parent of Bananimal. The Cookies Family of San Francisco is credited with breeding this outstanding variety. The Cookies Family has become one of the most admired groups of breeders in the cannabis industry, and has created many heavy-hitting cultivars such as Pink Panties and Biscotti.
To create Animal Cookies, the Cookies Family used OG Raskal’s Fire OG cut to pollinate the famed Girl Scout Cookies. This exotic hybrid unites the sweet, earthy flavor of Girl Scout Cookies with the superior yield and structure of Fire OG, producing a variety that is largely considered to be one of the best Cookies cuts. Animal Cookies offers an unusually potent stone that, according to many consumers, may relax the mind and comfort the body. Its powerful stone and sweet, earthy flavor have made Animal Cookies one of the most sought-after strains around the globe.
Animal Cookies Lineage
Animal Cookies, the other parent of Bananimal, is a hybrid of two West Coast classics—Girl Scout Cookies and Fire OG. The lineage of Girl Scout Cookies is somewhat murky, but the Cookies Family has indicated that it is a hybrid of the original Florida OG Kush and a strain by the name of F1 Durban.
The ancestry of Fire OG is up for debate. Some growers say that Fire OG is the original cut of OG Kush that Matt Berger brought to California in the 1990s, but others say that it likely is a descendent of the original phenotype.
Bananimal Feminized Cannabis Seeds
To create Bananimal, Greenpoint Seeds pollinated the classic Banana Kush with the authentic Cookies Family cut of Animal Cookies. Bananimal produces an array of phenotypes that reflect the superior qualities of Banana Kush and Animal Cookies. Some plants may offer the unique aroma and balanced effects of Banana Kush, and others may provide the narcotic stone and incredible bag appeal of Animal Cookies. Most Bananinal phenotypes will offer a combination of these desirable qualities.
The most distinguishing characteristic of Banana Kush is its sweet, fruity aroma. As its name suggests, this strain smells strongly of ripe bananas. Banana Kush fills the room with the fragrance of tropical fruits paired with hints of skunk, gasoline, and damp soil. The sweet, earthy scent of Banana Kush is delicious.
The flowers of Animal Cookies send forth a sweet-and-sour scent that is truly delightful. This variety exudes notes of cookie dough, petrol, mint, and skunk, with undertones of mixed nuts. When breaking apart the flowers, hints of soil, cherry, pine, and pepper are released.
Bananimal mixes the fruity, musky aroma of Banana Kush with the sweet, funky bouquet of Animal Cookies, creating a terpene-rich strain that is one of a kind. Some phenotypes of Bananimal may present the tropical fruit aroma of Banana Kush, and others may emit the sweet-and-sour scent of Animal Cookies. Most plants will offer a blend of these aromas.
Bananimal provides a fruity and funky flavor that lingers on the tongue. This variety tastes of tropical fruit and cookie dough, contrasted with undertones of skunk, soil, and gasoline. Some plants may taste more of bananas and wet soil, and others may share the sweet-and-sour flavor of Animal Cookies.
Although Banana Kush is an Indica-dominant hybrid, its effects are well-balanced. This cultivar offers a soaring cerebral high that may elevate the mood and trigger a burst of creativity. Soon, this stimulating effect melts into a body-numbing stone that is relaxing but not overly sedating. When consumed in moderation, Banana Kush makes for an excellent all-day smoke.
Animal Cookies is prized for its incredibly potent stone. This THC-rich strain may relieve pain and stress, and ease tension in the limbs. Animal Cookies tends to leave users feeling carefree and ready for a good night’s rest. This cultivar best enjoyed as a calming weekend smoke or late-night indulgence.
Bananimal combines the effects of both of its parents, offering a well-balanced high that can be felt strongly in both the body and mind. The high begins with a gentle surge of euphoria and creativity and descends into a deeply relaxing and pain-killing stone. Some phenotypes may produce a more pronounced cerebral effect, and others may be more narcotic and sleep-inducing. After smoking a large joint of Bananimal, some users may be unable to peel themselves from the couch.
Banana Kush is of medium height, with long, thin stems that have significant internodal spacing. This cultivar forms thick, emerald-green leaves and small to medium size colas. The light-green flowers are dense and resinous, and mottled with amber pistils.
Animal Cookies is medium to tall in height, with elongated stalks and dark-green, sharply serrated leaves. The leaves typically display hues of yellow and violet as harvest time approaches. Animal Cookies forms small, lime-green and purple buds with neon-orange pistils and a thick glaze of resin.
Like its parents, Bananimal is of medium height; however, some phenotypes may be taller. This variety forms long, thin branches, and dark-green leaves, many of which display thick rails of resin. Bananimal produces small to medium size colas that are heavily glazed in trichomes. Some Cookies-dominant phenotypes may be somewhat taller and more colorful than others.
Banana Kush is a fairly easy strain to grow; however, it does present some challenges. Notably, Banana Kush thrives in a controlled environment, with low humidity, and temperatures between 68 degrees and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This cultivar also requires proper training and ample lighting to achieve an average yield. Due to these factors, Banana Kush tends to perform best when grown indoors.
Although Banana Kush thrives in a temperate climate, it is hardy and can quickly recover from minor mechanical damage and environmental stressors; however, mechanical damage and environmental stressors may reduce its yield substantially.
In contrast, Animal Cookies is a finicky strain to grow and can easily be stunted when exposed to stressors. To produce a modest yield, this variety needs a consistent pH, a high-quality diet, lots of lighting, and a temperate climate. Due to its sensitivities, this cultivar tends to perform best when cultivated indoors.
Like its parents, Bananimal may be challenging for inexperienced growers. This strain thrives in a controlled environment, with ample nutrients and lighting, proper training, and low humidity.
Due to its OG Kush ancestry, some phenotypes of Bananimal may stretch significantly during the early flowering period. Growers typically control the growth of the plants by using high-stress or low-stress training methods such as fimming, super cropping, and topping during the vegetative growth phase. This will limit the stretch, increase the lateral branching, and boost the yield of Bananimal.
Pest & Disease Control
Bananimal is resistant to many pests and diseases; however, some phenotypes may be susceptible to powdery mildew. Growers can prevent powdery mildew infections by removing excess fan leaves, using fans to provide air circulation, and reducing the humidity in the grow room. Foliar sprays such as water and sodium bicarbonate solutions may help reduce the spread of powdery mildew.
Due to the extreme density and frost of Bananimal’s flowers, some phenotypes may be prone to bud rot. Growers can prevent bud rot by pruning the plants, providing ventilation, and keeping the humidity level low during the flowering period (below 50 percent).
Bananimal requires a stable pH and an ample supply of calcium and magnesium. Growers can avoid calcium and magnesium deficiencies by incorporating a cal-mag supplement into the nutrient schedule or amending the growing medium with dolomite lime and Epsom salt. Most growers use a pH meter or pH strips when mixing nutrient solutions. This helps ensure that the plants receive a consistent pH and can absorb the optimum amount of nutrients.
Harvesting & Curing Bananimal
Bananimal flowers rapidly, reaching maturity in eight to nine weeks. As the plants ripen, the trichomes will turn from transparent to milky white, and finally to amber. By observing the trichomes with a magnifying glass, growers can easily determine if the plants are fully mature.
If harvested when the trichomes are clear, Bananimal usually produces a more energizing and cerebral high. Conversely, if it is harvested the trichomes have turned amber, Bananinal will usually deliver a relaxing and sleep-inducing stone. This is because THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, tends to degrade into CBN, a cannabinoid reported to cause drowsiness. Harvesting the plants when they have reached maturity will ensure a hefty yield of potent buds.
One to two weeks before harvest, growers typically cease feeding the plants with fertilizers, and flush the growing media with water. This procedure helps to remove unwanted fertilizers in the flowers and improve their overall quality. Bananimal’s leaves may turn from emerald-green to yellow or purple during the flushing process.
After the trichomes have turned white and the plants have been flushed, they are ready for harvest. Growers begin by cutting down the colas and cutting off the large leaves that are attached to the branches. Next, they carefully manicure the buds by trimming the sugar leaves. Growers often save these leaves and use them to create THC-rich products such as edibles and topicals.
Once the buds have been trimmed, growers dry them by placing them on drying racks. After three to six days, the buds have typically been dried.
The final phase of the harvesting process is to cure the flowers. Growers store them in air-tight jars and place the jars in a dark and cool area with low humidity. They crack open the jars a couple of times a day to accelerate the curing phase and prevent the buds from becoming moldy. After a few weeks of curing, the buds are ready to be smoked; however, some growers prefer to cure their buds for up to eight weeks before smoking them.
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Bananimal bears sweet, fruity buds that are loaded with THC. Greenpoint Seeds has combined the aroma and flavor of Banana Kush with the exceptional bag appeal of Animal Cookies, to create a truly exotic strain that is the top banana. Bananimal’s soaring cerebral high and body-numbing effects make this strain an excellent choice for medical and recreational users.
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