Although Ice has about 50% Sativa genetics, this strain has a nicely, middle-of-the-road 15%-18 THC. It gets to work quickly on pain and low moods, but won’t send you into a stratospheric high. Interestingly the 50% Indica genetics in Ice doe not show in the high. It is not so much a stone, but a gentle and comfortable, relaxing high. Think of it as the difference between unable to get out of bed and knowing you could if you really wanted to. You’re happy just to stay and snooze. This makes Ice a nicely flexible strain. It’s probably most likely to be used in the daytime. But you could take it at night and still be able to get to sleep.
Ice may not be the biggest yielders you can find, but yields are still pretty respectable. Beginners growing indoors should be able to collect a decent 450g/m2. More experienced growers can look at 600g/m2 or more. Outdoor growers can expect up to 450g from each of their plants.
Ice does not turn into particularly tall plants. They tend to have a minimum height of about a1 metre indoors and a maximum height of about 2 metres outdoors. They do have a lengthier growing time than you might expect from plants of this size. Indoors they will need about 9 to 11 weeks for flowering. Outdoors the harvest period will typically be around the middle of October.
Ice is a strain which likes warm, sunny, dry conditions. Which means growers will need to be in a climate that reflects this, like Mediterranean climates. On the other hand, even if you can grow outdoors, you may want to consider whether you might find it advantageous to grow indoors anyway. The reason for this is that while Ice will grow happily in any medium, it is particularly well suited to hydroponics. It can take a week or so off the total grow time. Ice also adapts well to the sea of green system, which again boosts productivity. That’s basically why there is such a difference both between what beginners and experienced growers can expect in yields.
If you’re a total beginner, you should be able to collect a reasonable harvest as long as you pay attention to your marijuana basics. The high level of landrace genetics in this strain makes it pretty difficult to go too far wrong with it.
Ice tastes absolutely nothing like actual ice, nor does it taste anything like the Ice Cream weed strain, with which it is often confused. It is, essentially a diesel strain, which means it probably comes under the heading of “love it or hate it”.
The taste has a very clear diesel/chemical base. Although this is counterbalanced by berry and wood sweetness. There is also a spicy edge with a distinct hint of pepper. So, in terms of flavour, it’s very far from being fuel all the way. In terms of aroma, it must be said, Ice does smell rather like your local garage. The aroma is a matter of preference. The smoke is far less harsh on the throat than you might think.
Ice takes its name from its coat of glittering trichomes, which cover the shiney green buds with their orange hairs. You’ll need a proper grinder to deal with these chunky beauties. When you do crack them open, you’ll see the dense, green core, which is typical of strains with a high level of Indica genetics.