Selection #3 Maruf, Kandahar (Secondary crop)
The Afghan project spanned mostly across the previously unventured provinces of Afghanistan along with the notorious Kandahar for it’s foul and rancid smelling populations.
We started off with our favorite district in Kandahar, ” Maruf”. Maruf is located at the cusp of the Afghanistan/Balochistan border, a mere 165 miles away from Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan. Strong winds blows each year, through late September to almost till the end of November. Being a desert, that it is, everything here stays covered in dust and it’s really a tough job to make your crop look good outdoors right till the end of the season.
Kandahar has long served as one of the best places to hunt for cannabis genetics. The reason being? The stupendous diversity this province offers in terms of cannabis expression from one population to another is simply unparalleled by any other province in Afghanistan. Kandahar bordering with Balochistan, has often found itself at the heart of the most ancient and busy trading routes. The farmers from this province, are accustomed to bringing seeds from various parts of their country such as NorthEast (Hindu Kush mountainous regions), central highlands or northern plains and planting them together in medium to small patches near their houses. However, this type of plantations are considered as the secondary crop, which often stays shorter or less vigorous due to not being tended to like they tend to their primary crops which get bigger and are planted farther apart as well.
Selection #3 was selected as a secondary crop at Maruf. One of the first reasons to select this particular plant was the spectacular bud structure with the quintessential Kandahari deep serrated leaflets around the buds. This plant from the secondary selection had a short and stubby frame and a great bud to leaf ratio as well. The flowers were absolutely smothered in resin glands, carrying a sweet ladies perfume with hints of spicy aromas.