If you are looking to grow your favorite strain, the ‘Growing’ section of the WayofLeaf website is the place to go. We have created a series of articles that provide eight steps and tips on growing different cannabis strains. Today, we offer a growing guide for Lemon Skunk, a fragrant and uplifting type of weed that was considered one of the world’s top strains less than a decade ago.
Although it has been a long time since Lemon Skunk won a major accolade, it is still one of the most sought-after hybrids on the market.
Tip #1: Lemon Skunk Strain Review – Is It Strong?
Lemon Skunk is a cross of two separate Skunk phenotypes, and it was created in Amsterdam by DNA Genetics. It is believed that a female lemony phenotype of Skunk #1 from Las Vegas was crossed with a Dutch Citron Skunk. The result is a zesty delight with a THC level ranging from 15% to a formidable 22%.
It is a sativa-dominant (60%) hybrid that also contains up to 1% CBD. Once you use it, expect to feel uplifted and happy. Even if you are feeling below par, a few tokes of Lemon Skunk will help you feel enlightened and upbeat. The cerebral high hits you almost immediately and makes you feel as if you are floating. If you need to feel inspired and relaxed, this is the right strain for you.
Tip #2: Growing Challenges
Lemon Skunk is classified as having an ‘easy to moderate’ difficulty level in terms of trying to grow it. Its sativa bud structure means it can handle a more humid climate, which leads to a lower risk of developing bud rot. In fact, it should be easy enough to grow this strain as long as you know the basics of cannabis cultivation.
Tip #3: Cool Growing Techniques for Lemon Skunk
Lemon Skunk grows tall and needs lots of vertical space. As a result, you need more than a basic grow tent when growing indoors. You can start growing this strain indoors but bring it outside during the flowering stage. Once Lemon Skunk is exposed to sunlight, it will grow at a rapid rate.
As the buds grow and the branches stretch, it becomes important to support the plants or else they could fall over! Ideally, you will install a heavy and durable tomato cage when you transplant the crop to avoid damage to the growing root system. Next, install four metal T-posts spaced equally around each container. Make sure you get this step right, because the posts support the entire plant.
Use vinyl-coated wire caging or wire fencing to create the horizontal trellising. The holes should be 4-6-inch squares. Cut the material into a couple of square pieces that are big enough to touch the posts. Above the tomato cage, hang the first caging square horizontally by tying the corners to the posts with twine or wire. You can also add a secondary horizontal trellis around two feet above the first one.
The final step is to create outer caging to support branches that grow laterally. Cut the material so that each piece can fit in the spaces between the T-posts. Install this caging a couple of feet above the top of the container to make it easy for you to access the plants. Secure the outer caging to the posts in a few spots. This outer portion must be in place before the Lemon Skunk plant’s branches reach that height. When you do it right, the branches grow easily into the holes.
Tip #4: Lemon Skunk Yield – How Much Can I Expect?
If you grow Lemon Skunk indoors, you could yield up to 18 ounces per square meter planted. For outdoor growers, the yield is high – up to 28 ounces per plant! The best time to harvest this crop is in early October.
Tip #5: Feeding for Lemon Skunk
Lemon Skunk is a moderate eater and prefers it when you plant it in healthy soil and provide it with compost teas. It is also a good idea to dress the top of the soil with different nutrients throughout the growing cycle. The great thing about compost tea is that it’s filled with nutrients and beneficial microorganisms.
You need to create a compost heap which you use as the base for the tea. Ideally, you will source your compost locally because it means the organisms in it are used to pathogens common to the area. You can add worm castings, fish hydrolysate, molasses, and kelp to the tea.
You can create a tea brewer by using a large bucket, an air pump connected to an aerator device, and mesh bags in different sizes. Alternatively, purchase a ready-made brewer! Allow the tea to brew for between 24 and 36 hours. If you leave it too long, the microorganisms in the brew could die. Once it is ready, use immediately. We recommend adding it to the soil in foliar spray form in the morning or evening.
You can add it to the roots or spray it on the leaves of your Lemon Skunk plants. Add it in a 1:2 (one-part tea, two parts water) ratio if applying it as a spray on the leaves. If you want to place it directly on the roots, use a 1:20 ratio.
Tip #6: Growing Indoors or Outdoors: Which One is Best?
You can grow Lemon Skunk indoors because it is relatively low maintenance. The main issue is the fact that this strain grows tall which means space is likely to become a problem if you only have a small grow tent. If you decide to grow it inside, make sure you top and trim it regularly. However, Lemon Skunk thrives when grown outdoors because it has space to stretch out fully.
Tip #7: Lemon Skunk Flowering Time
Lemon Skunk’s flowering time is 8-9 weeks. Once you get towards the recommended harvest time, you have a couple of options. If you are hoping to create weed with a powerful lemon flavor such as lemonade, it is better if you harvest a week or so early when slightly more than half of the pistils have changed color.
If you would prefer a balanced flavor where the cured flowers smell like lemon and skunk, allow about three-quarters of the pistils to change color before harvesting. One additional point: There are lemon skunk phenotypes that don’t provide as deep a lemon flavor as you are hoping for, but they generally make up for that disappointment with a higher THC content.
Tip #8: What is the Ideal Climate for Growing the Lemon Skunk Strain?
One of the main reasons why Lemon Skunk performs so well outdoors is because of its ability to handle a humid climate and extra moisture. This is primarily down to its sativa bud structure. As a general rule of thumb, this strain prefers temperatures of between 68- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit.
You can play with the temperature a little, as long as it falls within the above range. It is also important to understand the relationship between temperature and humidity. Relative humidity (RH) relates to the amount of water that air is capable of holding at a certain temperature. When you increase the temperature, you need to decrease the humidity and vice versa.
During the vegetative stage, you can keep the RH at 65-70%, as long as the daytime temperature is 70-75 degrees. In the early flowering stage, you should reduce the temperature to around 70 degrees and drop the RH to 50%. When harvest time is approaching, drop the RH to 40% and the temperature to 68 degrees.
Final Thoughts on Growing Lemon Skunk
Lemon Skunk’s potency ranges from moderate to high. It provides you with a rapid-fire head high that elevates your mood while ensuring your mind remains clear. While it is a relatively easy marijuana strain to cultivate, the biggest challenge lies in finding enough outdoor space to grow.
You can try to grow Lemon Skunk indoors, but its height means you’ll need a grow room with a lot of vertical space. While you can use a hydroponics setup when growing indoors, this strain performs at its peak when grown in soil outdoors. If you have space, or else you have a greenhouse, it is imperative that you trellise your crop to provide support. Failure to do so could see your plants fall over and become damaged beyond repair.