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MILF Rev’s Rave: Katanga Sativa

MILF Rev’s Rave: Katanga Sativa

Beautiful Katanga Sativa Bud

I have been hearing more and more about the Katanga Sativa lately from growers. A friend of mine down in CA sent me that bud in the photo above. Let me tell you, that’s spicy sativa! 😊 Sativas aren’t for everyone; being as they are considerably harder to grow indoors, or in containers period.

You may be thinking… “But Revski, sativas are monsters, and they grow too well. But they aren’t that potent, and they don’t yield very well.” Therein lies the problem, as I see it, when it comes to being able to pull off a quality sativa harvest in containers: Many-many growers fall short. They grow out of control “beasts” that stretch all over the place, likely get too large for where they are growing. But wait, there’s more…

When it comes to finishing and harvesting, drying and curing, that’s where the major issues lie. Don’t take sativas too early if at all possible. That move right there, bones you for potency. They also need to veg from seed for AT LEAST 60 days (I would go 75) before starting flowering. Most growers unfamiliar with sativas think they suck, because they have simply never smoked/grown a real deal quality sativa, done well. The Katanga, is one of those quality sativas.

The Fast Deets of the Katanga Sativa

VARIETY NAME: Katanga Sativa, F1, 4-Way Hybrid

AVAILABILITY: Kingdom Organic Seeds (KOS)

BREEDER/ORIGIN: KOS/Africa  

SIZE: Stretches 2.5x to 3.5x

WEIGHT/YIELD: Great, Respectable Density and Cola Size

FLOWERING TIME: 12 to 14 Weeks Indoors/First Half of November Outdoors

SATIVA/INDICA RATIO: 95/5 Sativa/Indica

LINEAGE: – Cherry Malawi (m) x Cindy Congo = A True 4-Way F1 Hybrid “Katanga Sativa”

FLAVORS/SMELLS: Phenotype Dependent; Ranging in Acrid/Honey-Oil/Black Hashish, Honeysuckle, Peach, and Blonde Hashish/Vanilla/Cherry/Cream Soda-ish Terpenes

BAG APPEAL: High; Colorful, Glistening, Smelly, and Dense—Looks Like an Exotic Ass Kicker

ONSET TIME: Creeper 15 Minutes+

LENGTH OF EFFECTS: Several Hours; Up to 5

MEDICAL PROPERTIES: Unknown

The Rundown—Hierarchy Etc.

Father/Paternal P1 Breeder: The father of the Katanga Sativa is KOS’ Cherry Malawi; a hybrid of landrace Malawi I acquired from South Africa over a decade ago from “Tokestar.” And my old F3 Cherry Bomb out of Hawaii, also acquired over a decade ago. This male Cherry Malawi brings some serious resistances, vigor, and heartiness to the hybrid; along with massive resin production and high yields. Also, the Cherry Malawi is well known for creeper/dreamy potency, with effects that last 4 hours easily. She imparts exotic honeysuckle and blonde hashish terpenes to the whole flavors and smells side of things. Non paranoid/edgy sativa resin properties.

Mother/Maternal P1 Breeder: The mother is KOS’ Cindy Congo, that I made well over a decade ago. She is dominant regarding a few expressions, dialing in intense potency, super exotic terpenes for smells and flavors, cuttings root like a dream, and she is actually easy to trim for wicked sativa. She has mostly candy and hash ranges in smells and flavors, but can range to fruity, like overripe fruity, super sweet. Her high-type is sublime sativalicious, unlike anything else.

Mother (P1) of the Katanga Sativa is the Cindy Congo
Mother (P1) of the Katanga Sativa is the Cindy Congo

Katanga Sativa – Ass Kicker from the Dark Continent

I want you to believe me when I tell you that this hybrid is not for the amateur. I really did this hybrid mostly for the breeders out there, and the super exotic sativa connoisseurs. This Katanga Sativa will be a treasure trove of genetics; and if you know sativas like I do, you know what some f2s of these could easily be like. The Katanga will have great strengths, and some real potent intense resin profiles.

She will be wicked deadly potent ONLY… if you grow her well, flower only clones of her in containers, and dry and cure her properly—she’ll be a trophy class connoisseur. True potent sativa experience homeskillets! Old-world sativas value consistency when grown. Severe pH flux or nutrient/PPM changes will piss the Katanga off, huge.

Check out some other exotic cannabis seeds over at KOS. Lots of good sativa genetics over there. Another real sativa dominant over there at KOS that is a natural born killer, the Chunky Cherry Thai—wowzers! Some real Thai dominant phenotypes lurking in that variety. Read more about her here: MILF Rev’s Rave: Chunky Cherry Thai – Skunk Magazine.

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Growing Information

You will need some decent sativa skills with this one indoors—no bullshit—and like any vigorous wild child sativa she can get out of control fast. Make sure you have your plant bondage skills ready for her. Topped she can turn into a crazy huge uber-vigorous “medusa” plant.

Don’t over-love the Katanga Sativa. Outdoors she can get HUGE; so be ready for that. She should excel outdoors in moderate southern latitudes that are non-coastal. She’s shouldn’t be really fussy about much of anything, and will likely grow way too fast and be highly adaptable.

Only flower clones of her in containers, it makes a crazy-big difference. Seriously here folks, you will screw yourselves out of like 20% resin production here in my experience. Clones only in containers, it’s worth it; and… she clones/roots easily—YaY!

Additional Info for Sativa Heads/Breeders

This cross is epic if you are a sativa connoisseur like I am. For breeders’ the f2 generation of these should hold some wild ass phenotypes with very exotic and unique facets—fast and large and super potent sativa is one distinct possibility in the f2s. All (90%) Katanga f1s should be very high potency when done as I suggest, very intense high, so this hybrid isn’t like many “watered down” sativas that have lost a lot of their legendary punch. She’ll punch you good, and she’s a creeper as well, so giver her 15 minutes after sampling the first time.

Father (P1) of the Katanga Sativa is the Cherry Malawi
Father (P1) of the Katanga Sativa is the Cherry Malawi
How I Would Run These

Landrace/IBL Cultivar sativas normally do not take kindly to powerful doses of food, from teas or otherwise, unless you are hydroponically growing them. I would run these topped, with fast bondage, using long fuzzy pipe cleaners, or green-tape. However, if you are vegging them under at least a 250-watt light, and you don’t start them flowering too tall, you can pull off controlled plants.

Your Next Growing Adventure Katanga Sativa

The Malawi side of the hybrid is very drought tolerant and happy in fairly high pH soils. They dislike overwatering for sure. The Congo side, has mega tolerance to lower pH ranges in the soil and a love for high heat. Humidity needs to be kept in check. The stretching can be unreal in high humidity x high heat.

Likewise, they will get wide topped, and they have some superhero stretching abilities when they want them. Keep humidity lower and temps a little warmer at night. Flowering under 400-watt lights, around mid to higher 80’s, I would use 4- or 5-gallon containers TLO Style; or, 7-gallon containers using bagged type soil mixes, or under larger wattage lights. No matter what soil you use, add some perlite to enhance container aeration. DO NOT TAKE THESE EARLY or you will be disappointed. A 30-day cure, and she will blow your mind.

Afterword

Remember, clones are as old as the original seedling plant would be, no matter how many clones of clones etc. Starting to flower a 9” Katanga Sativa under at least a 400-watt light, will result with around a 3’ or larger plant at harvest if she is kept happy. She goes pretty long, but this is the kind of herbs you just don’t really see much of anymore. That’s it for me today my esteemed homeskillets. See ya all back here next Tuesday. L8r G8rs!

REvski 😊

 

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