The Gorilla Glue strain is taking the cannabis world by storm. It has won multiple cups and judges, growers and tokers all love Gorilla Glue #4. It yields well and can test 30% THC if well grown.
Up until now Gorilla Glue 4 has been clone only. There are clones widely available in some areas but there have been some problems with them.
There are good Gorilla Glue seeds to be had like the one in the picture below if you know where to look. So please read on.
Gorilla Glue Strain History
The Gorilla Glue marijuana strain was an accidental discovery and result of a hermie cross and it almost did not happen because Josey Whales was so pissed at his plants going hermie that he ripped them up. Here is the the Gorilla Glue 4 story as told by Josey:
Gorilla Glue #4 was accidently created by Joesy Whales when some Chem Sis plants he was growing hermied and pollinated his Sour Dubb. Tired of seeded gardens, Joesy tossed out the strain. But his buddy, Mardogg, still had some seeds. Mardogg popped the beans years later and ended up with 4 pheno’s of the GG, deciding #4 was worth keeping.
Joesy Whales:” i have been getting alot of questions about the gg4 so im going to tell everyone how it went down, a few years ago i was growing sour dubb and chem sister and some others, the chem sis threw a couple nanners and hit the sour dubb, i held those seeds for a year or so and finally popped 5 of them, they were ok, really had one nice pheno but i lost it in a security scare, the other 4 pheno’s all hermed on me and tottaly seeded my whole stadium run, i was pissed, i got rid of all of it to a friend, marrdog. he kept alot of the seeds and about a year later we had a joint grow going and he popped i belive it was 6 of those seeds, i was really concerned that they would herm and dident have much hope for them, they were all female, we ended up with pheno’s 1 2 4 and one we called the runt, all were outstanding, the clear winner though was the gg 4. so thanks to marrdog and lady luck.”
When something like GG4 becomes a hot item there are fakes being sold and there have been sick cuts that dud out being passed around. It was born from a hermie cross so there is always that potential. Then there are all the insect and disease issues that clones can bring into the garden.
If you cant find healthy Gorilla Glue 4 clones or don’t want to take the risk of fake or unhealthy gear there is another option. Gorilla Glue seeds are available. Many seed companies are trying to cash in on the Gorilla Glue craze. Most are hastily made crosses or S1s and most are garbage.
Gorilla Bubble by Tony’s Tortured Beans
There is one exception and that is Gorilla Bubble by Tony’s Tortured Beans. Tony has been working on this line for about 5 years now and is currently on Gorilla Bubble BX 4.
Tony tortures or stresses his plants to find and remove hermie traits. He started with the original GG4 clone and a special Sour Bubble male. He has been selectively breeding out the Sour Bubble pheno in his BXs.
Josey Whales the original creator of the Gorilla Glue strain said this about Tony’s Gorilla Bubble:
“just to verify . Tony and Dan are the only ones that are doing seeds of gorilla glue bxing that I indorse , there gorilla bubble is as close to gorilla glue 4 as your going to get, so many seed companies using my gorilla glue name with there fake assed shit, DONT BUY FAKE SHIT, get the real deal or tony’s bx”
You can read more about the making and testing of Gorilla Bubble HERE, but I must warn you this thread is over 600 pages long now.
Gorilla Bubble Grow Journal
I actually had a chance to pick up some GG4 clones. But because of the risks involved I decided to grow my Gorilla Glue strain from seed. Aside from all the problems clones can bring in, the biggest thing to me is you cant really be sure what you are buying is the real deal.
At least here I know that Tony started with a verified cut of GG4.
I got a hold of some Gorilla Bubble BX4 from Tony’s Tortured Beans and dropped them in a shot glass until they sunk which took about 12 hours. There were 11 Gorilla Bubble seeds in my pack.
From there they went into a paper towel. Within 24 hours they began to crack and at 48 hours out of the shot glass 2 had tails showing. 24 hours later as you can see from the pic below, which was taken at about 60 hours from soaking, they all had cracked and had tails. I am happy to say germination was 100%
I will be transplanting them into party cups filled with coco. I use Canna coco bricks. I found the bricks are cleaner and come without gnats. I think the bagged stuff is moist and allows the buggers to survive while the bricks are bone dry and seem to be bug free.
I will transplant in the next 24 hours. I just want to give the seeds some more time to shed their husks.
So here they are a day later. They are all up and free from their shells. I did help a few along a bit. The husks pop off pretty easily but there is also a membrane that can stick to the leaves. So I removed that on a few of them, hopefully I didn’t damage anything.
They are under some 165w aquarium LEDS. I like to use these for seedlings because they provide a lot of blue spectrum light and that keeps things from stretching a lot. They put out much less heat than fluorescents and I think the spectrum is superior and it is adjustable.
Anyway I will call this day 0 and start counting veg days from here. So here they are at day 5 starting on their 2nd set of true leaves.
Here they are at day 10 – 14 below. If you see some brown on the leaves it’s not a deficiency or burn. I sprayed these with Heavy 16 foliar which leaves a pretty heavy residue on my plants even at lower doses. For some reason it shows up brownish under these blue lights.
I am not so patiently waiting for this gorilla glue strain to really take off and start growing and I don’t think it will be too much longer the way the 3rd set of leaves are looking.
Repotted from solo cups to 5 inch square pots. They say they are called a trade gallon but are actually about 3/4 of a gallon. Roots were coming out the bottom of the solo cups and beginning to go around in circles on the bottoms so it definitely was time.
Here they are 3 days later at 17 and 19 days. They were under 24/0 lighting and were switched to 16/8. I am gradually getting them ready for 12/12 flowering.
Now that the heavy blue spectrum veg lighting was switched to these 3500k COBs they are starting to grow fast and stretch because of the extra red. Soon I will top these Gorilla Bubbles and take some clones.
Then it should not be long before I flip them over to 12/12. Once I can determine sex the girls will go into 2 or 3 gallon smart pots. I don’t want to waste space and coco repotting males.
These guys already stink as small as they are. I will probably have to add a 2nd scrubber when they flower.
Gorilla Bubble Day 21 Taking Clones
So at day 21 I decided to take clones of my Gorilla Bubble. Earlier I removed fan leaves and there was some nice growth at the bottoms of the stem now. The tops were sturdy enough to take as clones.
By taking the tops out down low I am hoping those lower nodes will start to branch and take off as they fight to become the new leader.
What I want is basically branches coming out just above the soil, creating low bushy plants. The Gorilla Glue strain seems to grow upright with a lot of weak branches so this may help give plants a better structure.
Then I want to use the one node and flip technique popularized by Jungle Boys here Here is their video.
I may leave more than 1 node but the idea is to get everything budding in the main light zone and eliminate the lower popcorn buds. So I will trim all branches as in the video.
I will be making my pheno selection from the clones and not their mothers. I have seen too many clones turn out different than their seed mothers. So I want to get an idea of the quality of this Gorilla Glue strain from the seeded plants and yield really is not a big factor. But any keepers will come from the clones.