Blue Rhino, from Delicious Seeds, is based on two popular favourites, Blueberry and White Rhino. People expected great things from it and it has lived up to the hype.
Blue Rhino is effectively a balanced hybrid. It’s 55% Indica and 45% Sativa. The strain has average THC of 15% to 20% and up to 2% CBD. This level of THC is fairly moderate by today’s standards, but it is still enough to provide relief to a wide range of conditions. For example, while it may be a bit too low for migraines, it is often very effective for standard tension headaches. Similarly, while it may be a bit too low for severe depression, it can be just right for people experiencing the mental blues.
In addition to having moderate THC content, the Indica genetics also help to keep the high on the mellow side. Instead of a full-on energy rush, you get a happy, motivational buzz. This then eases smoothly into a glorious full-body stone. While 2% CBD may not sound like much, it is more than enough to leave you happily couchlocked for quite some time.
Obviously, this makes Blue Rhino a prime candidate for use at night. Its most popular use is probably as a treatment for chronic pain. In fact, it’s become known as a “back-ache strain”. It does, however, have a wide range of other uses, including as a cure for insomnia. The high level of CBD in this cannabis strain means it’s usually best to avoid using it in the daytime. If you absolutely must, then it’s crucial to allow sufficient recovery time before doing anything complicated.
One last point to note is that the THC in this strain is often enough to bring on the marijuana munchies. You’ll be way too couch-locked to want to get up, so be prepared with some snacks and some water.
Indoor growers can expect up to 650g/m2 and outdoor growers can expect up to 550g per marijuana plant. Overall Blue Rhino is a nicely robust cannabis strain, which has solid resistance to mould, diseases and pests. It could be a good choice for beginners, especially if you can grow outdoors. This will avoid the need to manage light cycles, which can be a challenge someone growing their very first marijuana plant.
Outdoors, Blue Rhino definitely needs to be kept somewhere warm, dry and sunny. Growers in the north of Europe should, therefore, choose their growing location with great care. Ideally, you want a wall (or some other barrier) between your plants and usual direction of the wind. Speaking of the wind, odour control is also important, especially for outdoor growers. Basically, think about your neighbours when deciding where to place your plants.
Alternatively, you could try growing in a greenhouse. This will allow you to make the most of the available sunlight, but still keep your plants sheltered from the elements. You might even choose to supplement the sunlight with grow lights and our black-out blinds. This could give you a bit more flexibility about when you grow your seeds.
All growers will need to allow plenty of space for their plants to spread their branches as they develop. In addition to growing upwards, this strain will also grow outwards. This means you really need to make sure there is plenty of clear space between your plants. If they start getting tangled up in each other, you are basically asking for mould.
Blue Rhino has an indoor flowering time of 8 to 9 weeks. The outdoor harvest time is around the middle of October. Indoors this strain is likely to have an average height of about 1.6M. Outdoors, you can expect it to grow a bit taller. In fact, you may see the occasional marijuana plant reach up to 2m in height.
As you might have guessed from its parentage, the flavour of Blue Rhino is full of fruity sweetness. There’s a whole load of berries in there, especially, of course, blueberries. This is balanced by some skunk and a dash of spices, especially pepper. Interestingly, although the aroma does contain fruit, the blueberry aspect is less obvious. It’s still sweet, but more robust and earthy. There is, however, still that element of pungency and spiciness to give it depth and complexity.
The bad news is that the name Blue Rhino refers to the taste only. This strain’s leaves are green, albeit a very pretty shade of green. There are also lots of bright orange hairs and plenty of frosty trichomes. Although the THC level is moderate, it’s enough to make these nugs pretty sticky so a grinder is definitely recommended.