Text & Photos: Green Born Identity – G.B.I.
When visiting the High Times Cannabis Cup 2008 in Amsterdam, I was struck by a lovely-looking dry bud displayed at the T.H. Seeds booth.
It was placed in front of a small Rastafari figure, indicating the respective strain obviously must have a Jamaican genetic background.
Having asked a staff member about its name, the answer was Rambo — which I didn’t like too much, being opposed to any strain names associated with violence.
The pedigree of Rambo I did like a lot, though: Jamaican Haze x Jamaican Purple x Super Afghan — that really sounded like an exciting genetic marriage.
However, the strain name Rambo didn’t exist for a very long time. T.H. Seeds was forced to change the name, due to licensing issues, to Lambo, which did appeal to me much more, reminding me of the famous Jamaican Lambsbreath landrace.
Lambo is an indoor strain, though, in the first instance, but can also be grown outdoors in mild climate.
It’s a highly bug and mold-resistant sativa/indica hybrid (75:25), says T.H. Seeds: “Coming deep from the Northwest hills, this ultimate guerilla grower plant will be your strongest ally in the war against the elements.” And they are crediting it with “large resin-coated buds,” eventually enthusing about “an incredible flavor that seems to change from inhale to exhale: It transforms from an Amaretto inhale to a vanilla, metallic lime exhale.”
Indoors, it grows to a height of about 140 cm, yielding copious 400+ grams per sqm. And it has quite a short flowering time: 55-60 days are pretty fast for a mostly sativa strain.
Lambo also is a great medical marijuana strain that provides a strong, clear, sativa-dominant high that, thanks to the Afghani influence, is accompanied by a certain indica effect also — just enough to serve as an effective anal-gesic as well.
It was Mr. Power Planter — an ardent lover of reggae music and Jamaica — again who put Lambo to the test, together with Burmese Kush and others. This was why he sowed only five Lambo seeds, half of the package.
They proved to be very viable and came out of the ground within four days. Right from the start, the young BuKu seedlings, together with 21 other plants, were grown under three 600 W Green Bud metal halide lamps equipped with adjust-a-wings reflectors (without spreaders). One week after germination, the plants were transplanted into 11-litre containers filled with Plagron standard soil mix.
The Lambo seedlings thrived, being homogeneous and clearly exhibiting their sativa-domi-nant nature by quickly shooting up. But also, side branching had an early onset, so that Mr. Power Planter was expecting tall, bushy plants in the end. Leaves were deep dark green.
Three-and-a half-weeks after germination, when the plants were at a height of 56-65 cm, Mr. Power Planter induced flowering by reducing the light cycle from 18/6 to 12/12 hours of light, at the same time replacing the metal halide lamps with three 600 W Osram HPS lamps.
Within eight days, pre-flowering became visible and Mr. Power Planter had to dismiss two male plants, ending up with three female Lambo plants. In the course of flowering, certain differences between the plants appeared, with one of the Lambos having a stronger stretching effect during flowering than the other two. Also, the developing flower structure of this taller plant was different, having stronger sativa traits, while the other two plants were leaning toward the Afghani indica side to a higher degree. But both pheno-types were producing very dense buds with a high calyx-to-leaf ratioand copious amounts of resin.
The sativa-dominant plant’s buds were long drawn out, with lots of spiky bud shoots standing out of them. In contrast, the other two plants developed round, thick buds with a much stronger indica touch. But all three plants were frosted with the same dense layers of sparkling resin, giving off the same exotic, delicious smell, which was spicy sweet and also somewhat earthy.
In the end, after 56, 60, and 62 flowering days, these three bushy plants with lots of excellent dense buds had arrived at heights of 112, 141, and 152 cm, with the one more indica-influenced plant being the first to be harvested.
Mr. Power Planter was very much on the edge to test smoke his lovely Lambo buds, and after they had been carefully dried two-and-a-half weeks, including slight bud fermentation, that day finally came.
The slow drying process had yielded a remark-ably fine organic, sweet, and slightly earthy aroma that was present on all the buds. They were rock-hard and silvery-white with resin. But before test smoking them, he wanted to find out about their weight, of course, and put them on the scales that read 52, 57, and 61 grams (following the same order as above) — certainly quite a superb outcome. Type one, the buds with a stronger indica influence, did provide both a strong, clear, cerebral high and simultaneously slight calming indica buzz to Mr. Power Planter.
The high was pretty damn strong and lasted very long. Type two, expectedly, had an even stronger, tingly, cerebral sativa turn and less, almost no, indica influence, reminiscent of real high-grade Jamaican sativa sinsemilla.
That kind of high kept Mr. Power Planter sky-high for about one-and-a-quarter hour, then gradually faded away. The flavor of all the buds was deliciously mild and sweet, but it frankly took quite some fantasy to main-tain it was tasting like Amaretto in the inhale, and vanilla, metallic lime on the exhale. But we all know such attributes always much depend on the sense of taste of the respective person smoking a certain bud.
After the whole test had been completed, Mr. Power Planter was extremely fond of the Lambo strain, regarding it as a highly rewarding, very special sativa strain with outstanding qualities in any respect.
Lambo is only available in the form of regular seeds at the moment, with 45 euros for five seeds and 80 euros for ten seeds certainly a fair deal for such an exotic, high-quality sativa strain.