Stardawg x Chem 4
Copper Chem cannabis seeds deliver the pinnacle of Chemdawg genetics, combining the popular Chem 4 and Stardawg varieties to form a Sativa-dominant hybrid that embodies all of the best qualities of the Dawg. It is valuable to both casual growers and serious breeders looking for a Chemdawg strain in seed form.
Copper Chem has become famous for its massive yield, spectacular flavor and aroma, and unrivaled potency. Growers can enjoy all of these benefits from a single seed because every phenotype of Copper Chem reflects both the Chem 4 and Stardawg genetics’s superb characteristics. Copper Chem is easy to grow both indoors and outdoors and in either soil or hydroponic media. It is also resistant to mold and many types of pests, which makes it a suitable choice for any grower.
Origin of Copper Chem
In 1991, in Deer Creek, Indiana, a young grower called Chemdog attended a Grateful Dead concert where he bought an ounce of an exceptional strain called “Dog Bud.” Chemdog purchased the ounce from two friends, P-Bud and Joe Brand, who received the weed from growers in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Chemdog fell in love with the Dog Bud and soon asked Joe to send him a package with a few additional ounces. As fate would have it, Chemdog found 13 bag seeds in the Dog Bud and soon used them to produce some of the most sought-after cannabis phenotypes in the world.
When Chemdog sprouted the seeds, he discovered Chem ’91 and Chem’s Sister, two of the best-known phenotypes of Chemdawg to this day. In 2001, he grew three more and labeled them “C,” “D,” and “E.” The Chem D was the best of the three phenotypes, possessing a potent high, an intense aroma, and an above-average yield. The Chem D phenotype has since contributed to many new strains, including the celebrated GMO, Motorbreath, and Stardawg varieties.
Five years later, Chemdog met with his friend Joe Brand again and gave him four of the remaining Dog Bud seeds. Joe grew the four seeds and kept the fourth, naming it “Chem 4,” or the “Reunion Pheno.” As it turned out, the Chem 4 offered a larger yield than other Chemdawg phenotypes and had a strong aroma of pine and lemon. This phenotype would go on to be the mother of Copper Chem.
Stardawg officially made its debut in 2001. It is the father of Copper Chem, the brainchild of JJ NYC from Top Dawg seeds. To create this strain, JJ selected a male Afghan #1 from Sensi Seeds and crossed it to his cut of Chem D. He then backcrossed the Chem D two times in order to stabilize its traits. Next, he crossed this Chem D BX2 (known as Tres Dawg) with his cut of Chem 4 to boost the yield and further lock down many of the Chemdawg traits. He named this strain “Stardawg,” possibly due to its many white, star-like trichomes.
The Chem 4 in Copper Chem is essentially a Chem 4 backcross. Breeders create backcrosses by crossing a hybrid strain with one of its parents. These crosses are desirable for growers and breeders alike because they help strengthen desirable strain characteristics. For example, by crossing the Stardawg male back to the Chem 4, our breeders were able to stabilize many of the prized traits of the Chem 4. Users won’t need to search for Chemdawg clones because every pack of Copper Chem seeds from GPS offers all of the qualities of Chemdawg.
Most Copper Chem phenotypes are Chem 4-dominant because the Chem 4 makes up a whopping 75 percent of the strain’s genetic profile. Other genetics included in the Copper Chem line are Chem D at 18.75 percent, and Afghan #1 at 6.25 percent. This represents a fantastic genetic combination, with a wide variety of pleasant aromas and flavors, most of which derive from the Chemdawg strain. Some less-common phenotypes may be Chem D-dominant, and some rare phenotypes may lean toward the Afghan #1. Regardless of these differences, every phenotype will produce a massive yield of top-shelf flowers.
Qualities of Copper Chem
Copper Chem spoils growers by delivering world-class buds in world-class yields at harvest. This strain is highly stable, producing uniform cannabis plants with slight nuances of aroma and flavor. Farmers usually don’t need to germinate many seeds to find an excellent Chemdawg phenotype (which is great because most states don’t allow more than six plants).
Many users have fallen in love with the complex flavor of Copper Chem. It combines sharp notes of lemon-peel bitterness and velvety nail-polish remover with sweet, skunky, dank undertones. Notes of diesel and gasoline linger on the tongue and coat the whole mouth after the user exhales.
Copper Chem has a wide range of classic flavors, with some Chem 4-dominant phenotypes leaning toward pine and citrus, and Chem D-phenotypes leaning toward skunk and halitosis. Many experienced users mention that Copper Chem reminds them of the Chemdawg that they smoked in their teenage days.
Consumers describe Copper Chem’s aroma as the epitome of Chemdawg, including notes of motor oil, gasoline, gear grease, sour lemon rind, diesel fuel, acetone, pine-scented cleaning solutions, rotten lime peel, and nail-polish remover. Users may also detect a tinge of rye bread, which many different phenotypes find appealing.
However, Copper Chem may not be ideal for stealth growers, as people can smell it from a block away. Air filters are a must when growing Copper Chem.
It is important to note that each plant may display its own unique traits, making it quite challenging to pick a keeper. Growers seeking Chem 4, Chem D, or Stardawg-dominant plants will likely find several of these phenotypes in each pack of Copper Chem seeds.
Copper Chem Structure
Although most Chemdawg phenotypes offer above-average yields, the Chem 4 is larger and branchier than other phenotypes. Chem 4 cannabis seeds produce large, dark green leaves, strong stems, and massive, frosty colas.
Combining the Chem 4 with Stardawg, Copper Chem offers the pungent flavors of Chemdawg with the boosted yield of Chem 4. The structure of the strain is ideal for both commercial and closet growers. This variety is of medium height, with perfect internodal spacing and robust branching. Some Indica-dominant phenotypes may be shorter and stockier, and some Sativa-dominant phenotypes may be taller. However, most phenotypes will be uniform in height and structure.
Copper Chem produces large, spear-shaped flowers covered in trichomes. The buds are lime-green, though some rare phenotypes may develop purple flowers instead. Regardless of coloring, all Copper Chem phenotypes produce dense, resin-caked flowers.
Copper Chem Effects
Most Copper Chem consumers report sensations of euphoria, sedation, and deep relaxation. Those looking forward to a quiet night at home or on vacation will surely enjoy its dream-like stone. But cannabis users who require mental clarity or vigilance would do well to consider other strains.
Many consumers describe Copper Chem’s high as pleasant, though not necessarily conducive to ordinary functioning. The effects set in almost immediately, at which point thoughts become more interesting and new perspectives and philosophies take over the mind. The high gives a boost of mental energy, making it easy to relate to others and share interesting conversations. However, this dreamy herb requires that users be free of physical engagements due to its extraordinary potency. As a rule, the variety is not a top choice for those facing a long and arduous workday.
Many users report that Copper Chem delivers a highly sedating stone, which relaxes the body and reduces stress. It is quite enjoyable in social settings, where users can interact freely and share ideas. Copper Chem may be appropriate for nighttime, too, as its calming effect may lull users into a deep refreshing sleep.
Growing Copper Chem
Both Chem 4 and Stardawg are notoriously hardy, vigorous, easy-to-grow varieties. By combining these two varieties, we have developed the perfect cannabis seeds for inexperienced growers who want top-shelf buds. This strain is highly stress-resistant and can thrive despite fluctuations in light, temperature, pH, or feeding regime.
Moreover, Copper Chem is an adaptable strain that can be grown indoors or outdoors. This variety thrives in both soil and hydroponic media and will produce large yields of premium flowers using synthetic or organic fertilizers. The adaptability of the cultivar makes it an excellent choice for any grower.
Tips for Growing
Because Copper Chem is a Chem 4 backcross, it is highly stable and usually quite uniform in height and structure. Although this variety has thick stems, its massive colas may need to be supported. Growers can boost this strain’s yield by staking or trellising the plants early in the flowering period. Copper Chem responds well to high-stress and low-stress training methods and can benefit from tapping, filming, lollipopping, scrogging, or super cropping.
Notably, some Chem strains tend to develop hermaphroditic qualities. Fortunately, Copper Chem growers can rest assured that their Chem strain of choice is highly stable. Even under stressful growing conditions, this variety rarely displays intersex traits.
Pest and Disease Control
Copper Chem is resistant to mold and many types of pests, which makes it a great choice for inexperienced growers. The strain is, however, susceptible to powdery mildew. Diligent growers can avoid powdery mildew infestations by keeping the humidity level low. They should also consider raising the ambient air temperature to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and using fans to increase air circulation. Some foliar sprays such as water and sodium bicarbonate solutions also may help stave off powdery mildew. Prevention is essential as powdery-mildew infestations can be difficult to remedy.
Some Chem D-dominant phenotypes of Copper Chem may display leaf variegation due to pH fluctuations or calcium and magnesium deficiencies. Incorporating a cal-mag supplement or Epsom salt and dolomite lime into the regular nutrient regime is advisable. Feeding with a stable pH is also essential.
Harvesting and Curing Copper Chem
Copper Chem flowers earlier than most Sativa-dominant strains, and the plants will reach maturity in 75 to 85 days. However, some Indica-dominant phenotypes may finish even faster.
Growers should cease using fertilizers one to two weeks before harvest and flush the plants with distilled water. This process helps remove unwanted fertilizer in the buds and increase the quality of the final product.
When to Harvest
Growers can determine if the plants are ripe by inspecting the trichomes with a microscope or jeweler’s loupe. If the trichomes are transparent, the plants are not ready to harvest. Growers will know their plants are fully mature when most trichomes are milky white, with some turning amber. Another method of determining ripeness is to observe the pistils of the flowers. When approximately 70 percent to 80 percent of the pistils have colored, they are likely mature enough to harvest. However, this method is not as accurate as observing the trichomes and is, therefore, a less popular option.
Drying Copper Chem
Once the plants are flushed, they are ready to harvest. Growers should cut down the plants and remove the large fan leaves. Next, growers should hang the buds or place them on a drying rack for three to six days. Growers will know when the buds are dried when the stems snap rather than bend.
In humid climates, most growers manicure the buds before drying them to will prevent mold. However, in arid climates, the buds may dry out too quickly if manicured before they are dry.
Curing Copper Chem
After the flowers are dried, growers should transfer them to sealable jars for curing. Growers should store the jars in a cool, dark place and “burp” them (or open the jars) twice a day for the first few days. Growers should burp the jars once a day for the next two weeks. Following this curing procedure, growers can finally enjoy the pleasantries of their hard labor.
Buy Copper Chem Cannabis Seeds
Copper Chem combines Chem 4 and Stardawg to create a strain that reliably displays the best traits of Chemdawg. This is an excellent tool for breeders who wish to create stable F1 hybrids that retain the potency and yield of the Dawg. It is also a great choice for inexperienced growers who want resilient plants that deliver premium-quality flowers.
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