Pineapple Express has an average of 20% THC and 0.35% CBD. The high it creates is quite interesting. It blends the lightness of a Sativa with the mellowness of an Indica. Basically, it’s happy and motivational rather than euphoric and energy-packed. As the head high ebbs, the body buzz begins. The CBD content means that this is quite a deep stone. You’ll want some snacks and water to hand. If you’re not actually couch-locked, you’ll certainly be far too comfortable to want to get up. This strain is a very decent option for daytime use. You will, however, need to be careful to allow yourself time to refocus afterwards. You’ll want your full concentration back before driving. Overall, Pineapple Express is probably slightly better suited to use at night. The THC will clear your head (and physical pain) quickly. Then the CBD will allow you to get a good night’s sleep.
The indoor yield is about 500g/m2. The outdoor yield is about 500g per plant. Pineapple Express will do well in all common growing media. It has a moderate appetite for nutrients and water.
Indoors Pineapple Express needs about 8 weeks of flowering time. Outdoors it will be ready to harvest around mid-October. Even though it is half Sativa, the plants stay fairly compact. Indoors the maximum height is about 1.2M. Outdoors it is about 2M. The plants aren’t nearly as bushy as true Indicas. They are, however, rather bushier than the average Sativa. This means you will still need to allow space for them to spread.
Although this strain has an exotic name, it’s reasonably beginner friendly. It has good resistance to mould, diseases and pests. It also tends to survive a bit of rough handling. Obviously, however, there are limits to this. It’s not as “bulletproof” as some other strains. In general, however, you can avoid most problems by ensuring good ventilation. Keeping the air flowing will keep your plants dry and prevent mould from taking hold. Keeping your plants spaced apart will slow the spread of any problems with do occur.
As a bonus, this strain’s open structure makes it easy for light to reach all the branches. This means that there’s unlikely to be a need for plant training. That’s if you’ve allocated enough growing space to begin with. You can, however, choose to use plant training to increase your yields.
Pineapple Express will grow indoors and outdoors. It does, however, distinctly prefer warm, dry and sunny conditions. This means that the south of Europe is really the only place you can grow this strain anywhere you can find a space. In the north of Europe, you’re going to need to choose a very sheltered growing site. In the UK and beyond, it’s probably best to forget outdoor growing. If you really want to avoid the expense of running grow lights, use a greenhouse. In fact, Pineapple Express is so small, a cold frame might do the job. Alternatively, you may wish to consider investing in LED lights. These are becoming ever more affordable and are very energy efficient. As a result, they also run very cool.
Both indoor and outdoor growers will need to practice good odour control. This strain is based on Skunk. Towards the end of the growing period, there will be no mistaking this fact. Even if you only have one plant, you might find the late-flowering pong is stronger than you’d like. As plant numbers go up, so will the smell. Indoor growers will really feel the benefit of carbon filters. Outdoor growers should remember to be very considerate towards their neighbours.
Pineapple Express is based on Skunk. This shows in both the flavour and the aroma. There is also a generous helping of citrus lemon. These act to counterbalance the sweetness of the pineapple. Rest assured, however, there is still plenty of pineapple to enjoy. This strain deserves its name.
At a push, you could say Pineapple Express does look a bit like a pineapple. It has bright green, slightly spikey leaves. These are set off by deep gold and orange hairs. Admittedly the coating of frosty trichomes isn’t very pineapple-like. Perhaps it could be pineapple and sugar. In any case, once you break these nugs open, you’ll certainly agree they smell like pineapple. They’re also gloriously dense and sticky. A grinder is a must.