Kali Mist (Serious Seeds)
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An open-structured sativa bush with few leaves and many buds that cover the branches from top to bottom. It stretches a lot after the switch to 12/12. There's also an indica-leaning pheno with a shorter flowering time. For most growers it can be harvested within a stated time window but some report 13-14 weeks in flower and even up to 16. The yields are big. The flower-to-leaf ratio is good and the smell subdued.
Medium lasting, very strong. A clear, visual, uplifting and stimulating high, good for talking, dancing, going for a walk. Helps with depression, chronic pain, MS, PMS. A Cannabis Cup winner.
A connoisseur level stuff. Fruit, spice, sandalwood, haze. The smoke is smooth.
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Kali Mist is arguably the top Sativa strain available on the market today, she is often called the Queen of Sativas.
She grows into classical Sativa plants with very few leaves, producing much higher yields than you would expect. This strain produces dense clusters of full spirally buds, with a very high resin content and a delightfully spicy scent. The open plant structure with few leaves allows light to pass all the way to lower branches, allowing the bottom buds to develop fully.
Kali Mist is used as medicine against chronic pains like back aches and as a mood enhancer. Women all around the world particularly like this plant as a relief against monthly cramps.
Kali Mist has been improved twice since its first release; in 1998 and in 2000. The most recent and also best version won 8 of the 10 cups behind the name 'Kali Mist’. When she is planted outside early in the year this plant can grow very tall. Grown outdoors in Spain and Italy she proved to be very mold resistent, even during rains.
Kali Mist won a 1st prize Cannabis Cup 1995, 1st prize Cannabis Cup 2000, 3rd prize High Life Spain 2004, 1st prize Seedcup 2008 in Bologna, Italy, and in 2009 the third prize at the Kent Guerilla Cannabis Cup in England. Last award won by Kali Mist: 1st prize in the category: 'Best Hash' at the Cannabis Champions Cup 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.
This variety gives a very strong, clear, energizing and uplifting High.
Awards: 10 awards
Type: F1-hybrid, almost pure Sativa
Recommended veg. time seedlings: 4 - 5 weeks
Indoor flowering time: 70 - 90 Days
Indoor yield: 300 - 500 gr/m2
Outdoor/Greenhouse harvest time: Late Nov.
I got this as a cutting from a friend. The selected phenotype was flowering in just 7 weeks. It had an excellent mango/ haze taste to it, the effect was a strong and clear head high and the yield was very good for a plant with those features. However - my friend who has cloned this variety over a long time reports, that the plant does not perform well any more during the vegetative phase. He says the genetics degenerated over time. I guess he often kept the clones and flowered the main plants, so the genetic drift could have lead to this degeneration.
As this plant has impressed me a lot I bought another pack of (regular) seeds - but I fear that I cannot expect the 7 week phenotype to show up this time...
I've grown Kali Mist many times. Usually it follows a general sativa phenotype, but slightly more stout. This year I planted one quite late for my area (S. Cal.), late May. I didn't expect much. It grew to 5 ft. and was much more stout than normal. It was an extraordinary plant. Loaded with flowers. Everything was completely covered in trichomes, top and bottom of leaves, stems, and fan leaves were covered for 1/2 their length. The fragrance was extraordinary, complex and wonderfully sweet. Hints of ripe fruit, bubble gum, pineapple, etc. It finished in 10 weeks. Though it has yet to finish curing, the taste retains the fragrance. Uplifting, long lasting, thought provoking high. Wonderful!
I can't explain the unusual qualities, however an Arjan's Haze that I planted at the same time grew and looked very similar, except for the fragrance. Perhaps it was our cooler than normal summer.
This is normally challenging to grow, and very difficult to finish, even here, but this year it was unaffected by a couple of early heavy rains near the end of flowering, and some quite cold weather that followed.
I got to smoke some KM bud this week (sent to a friend from a friend) The taste is every thing they say – floral, spicy with a funky stank that I’ve only tasted in types that come from the land of Aloha. BUT I would only rate the high at 7-7.5 AND it took 14 WEEKS to finish!!
Jerry bird (azarius.net):
I have 24 days left before end of flowering, just 2 plants, AMAZING! huge nuggets and still 24 days to go. The SCROG method is just PERFECT for these monsters, don't let them get tall! They will be very tall and you will loose yield FOR SURE. Go for the SGROG! Thanks to the SCROG, my tallest nugg is 50 centimeters from ground and all of them are on a same height! I'm in touch with people from serious seeds, and just so everyone knows, when they say "flowering indoor: 70-90 days", they mean 70-90 days starting on the switch to 12h/12h lightning. And the guy told me he always let his kalis go the full 90 days (yeah, i know, it's long), so that's what I'm doing!
The picture on this page is very close to what i have, BEAUTIFUL SPIRALING FLOWERS, discreet odor, full of crystals.... definitely the most impressive plant I've ever seen.
very nice haze variety, strong tasting, strong effect, and a nice yielder to boot, excellent choice for a 1st haze grow (or a 10th :P)
I've been growing this off and on for many years. Always excellent. Beautiful plant in SoCal where it loves the heat. I always keep a stash for myself as the quality is good, without fail. Somewhat open structure, but if planted a bit late remains manageable, with nice sativa flowers and decent yield. Well worth growing.
This is the finest, most powerful, spicey, peppery, knockout motivational, shut the fuck up smoke i've ever toked in my life (really need to grow it again soon). So sweet and spicey, flowered for 16 weeks after 8 weeks veg, by the end they were 2m high and 1m wide under 2x 600w hps son-t-ago
woodsy smell, not overly pungent, good taste and very smooth. the high is very very functional, and for me motivating. a true working mans weed! i cant sit on my ass, would rather chop firewood. the duration is a bit lesser, you kind of smoke it like your drinking a beer. for the outdoor growers - grows very short, buds weigh lesser but the plant makes up for in bud size and mold resistance. the buds are spread out looking, but huge, when dried it tightens up into sections. areally easy grow.
This is truly a great bud and will relieve your pain but sadly only for a short while. It has all the great quality and does all the right things but again it just does not last very long
The bud known as the Kali Mist is just like it sounds. A mist of a beautiful little bud. It is an all around pretty and very very tasty little bud. My only issue is the fact it doesn't seem to have very good duration. Other then that 5 stars all the way.
Some cultivation comments:
This strain can be difficult to grow because of the following:
1. It is tricky to clone. Takes three to five weeks to see roots.
2. It grows pretty tall. If you don't have enough head space, you'll have to bend them.
3. It takes ten to twelve weeks to finish budding.
However, aside from its truly wonderful effects, it has the added advantage of exuding a beautifully spicy but subtle aroma. Indoor growers need no odor control, even during harvest and drying.
Since the year of 1996, when, on occasion of the Amsterdam Cannabis Street Festival, I happened to enjoy the merits of Kali Mist weed for the first time, I have fallen in love with this unique sativa strain. The legendary Eagle Bill (who unfortunately died last year) had a booth at this festival and, amongst other strains, offered free Kali Mist vaporizer hits to the people. I will never forget this awesome experience: Kali Mist immediately extremely quickened both body and soul, caused a feeling of sanguine mental easiness, having the effect of a long lasting energy injection. Two years later, I was sitting in the “Grey Area” coffeeshop in Amsterdam with two friends, being totally smoked to the bone and almost unable to move. But we still had to walk several kilometres to the Highlife Cup that took place in suburban Amsterdam, far away from the centre! Then we bought some Kali Mist and after having smoked a little bit, we promptly got on our feet again, like robots under a marching order, it was just impossible to sit still any longer. There it was again, this prickling energetic feeling that directly captures body and mind. Kali Mist has this special rare ability of cutting through a dissipating high from a previous smoke. It cuts through your fatigue and fog, scaring away those gloomy ghosts of passive stonedness. A perfect party weed that makes you move your ass, dance like a dervish and communicate vividly with other guests. It`s the exact opposite to a couch-lock Indica that makes you introverted, passive and sleepy.
Kali Mist was bred by Simon, the breeder and owner of Serious Seeds, in 1993. Shortly after its initial appearance in the cannabis scene in 1994, Kali Mist won a first harvest festival award when being elected best hydro weed at the High Times Cannabis Cup 1995 in Amsterdam. But the years went by and to my great surprise, Kali Mist did not score any other price at the annual Cannabis Cup. Then it was the ladies who finally brought about the breakthrough again: At the High Times Cup 2000, the celebrity judges responsible for the sativa category were exclusively women, and these prominent cannabis ladies came to an unanimous decision: Kali Mist was the strain with the most uplifting high, the most attractive look and the best aroma. What an awesome comeback: Five years after its first Cannabis Cup success, Kali Mist finally became the world`s official sativa champion, a victory that really had been overdue, after years of permanent boring Haze dominance. Simon confirms that Kali Mist is very popular amongst women in general: “Next to the sheer pleasure of smoking it, we received several reports that it works great against menstrual cramps.” In 2004, Kali mist won a 3rd price in the hash category of the High Life Cup Spain, awarded on occasion of the High Life Fair in Barcelona 2004. This Kali Mist hash had been produced from Spanish outdoor plants.
Many people have speculated about Kali Mist`s genetics, often claiming it also contains original Haze genetics (that`s wrong!), as Simon has not precisely revealed its pedigree. But even if he wanted to, he just would not be able: Simon had received Kali Mist`s ancestors from different growers who for the most part didn`t know themselves where they exactly originated from. Nevertheless, certain details are for sure. The wellknown author Mel Frank reported in 1996 that “Kali Mist appears to have much Southeast Asian character” and that he “grew Kali Mist ancestral stock in the early `80s in Oakland, California”. Well, we do not know whether there randomly was a direct connection between the stock Mel Frank grew back then and the material Simon used for breeding Kali Mist, but we know at least that Mel Frank guessed right – Kali Mist, indeed, has a strong Southeast Asian background, namely Cambodian genes which constitute a major influence in Kali Mist. And Simon reports that before he started working with the Kali Mist genetics, different US growers had already cultivated its ancestors, but not used it as breeding stock. The other ancestor that is definitely known is an Afghani indica, and Simon revealed that the breeding pattern consists of two sativa dominant hybrids. Furthermore he assumes that there are also Colombian and Thai genetics in Kali Mist`s ancestors.
So what is for sure at least is the fact that the Kali Mist gene pool partly traces back to Cambodian and Afghani heritage and that its ancestral stock had previously been cultivated in the States. Interestingly, Simon made a trip to Cambodia in the past, trying to find high-grade landraces for refreshing and further advancing his Kali Mist, but wasn`t successful - he couldn`t find anything that was comparable to the Cambodian dominant lines he already had.
Kali Mist looks back on a very eventful breeding history, its genetic composition has been changed several times due to certain circumstances. The initial Kali version that was available until 1997 resembled, as already mentioned above, very much a Southeast Asian sativa. But while its high was superior, Simon wanted to improve its medium yield and decided to increase the Afghani indica share. Accordingly Kali Mist got a new father with more indica genes. This resulted into Kali Mist plants with higher yields and shorter flowering times, but also decreased the calyx-to-leaf ratio and interfered with that sensationally clean sativa high. Hence many Kali Mist lovers were unsatisfied with this revised version, stating that quality would be more important to them than quantity. But this was only one reason that made Simon return to a more sativa dominant pattern again in 1998. The other was that he simply was forced to recompose the Kali Mist strain anew, due to the fact that two breeding gardens of Serious Seeds had been busted at almost the same time and all specimens of Kali Mist`s male parent had been confiscated by the police. So this male parent used at that time for producing Kali Mist seeds was lost, but luckily, Simon still had closely related genetic lines at his disposal that had survived at other locations. In the aftermath of this bust, Kali Mist seeds weren`t available for one year and Simon eagerly worked on a new genetic profile. He took the chance and decided to revive its original almost pure sativa character by using a sativa dominant third father for creating the new Kali Mist version for the next millennium. And Simon`s decision to celebrate a Kali Mist sativa revival was soon rewarded by winning the sativa category of the High Times Cup 2000. Kali Mist nowadays has a sativa content of about 80-90 percent. However, since its second revision, Kali Mist has a flowering time longer than ever before, it takes 70-90 days to ripen - but that`s still short compared to a pure Haze for example. And the unique sativa high from the early days of Kali Mist has successfully been restored.
You will not be surprised that it was Mr. Power Planter again who conducted a test grow of Kali Mist. He sowed 10 seeds and nine of them sprouted. The plants were cultivated in six litre pots filled with Plagron standard soil mix, placed under a 600 W Osram Nav-T. They grew very fast, already revealing their mostly sativa character in the vegetative stage, having fairly wide internodes. Leafs were lush green and quite narrow. Two of the plants were much shorter than the rest, also having darker leafs, obviously they were determined by a stronger indica influence. 3.5 weeks after germination, Mr. Power Planter induced flowering by shortening the light cycle from 18 to 12 hours. Unfortunately, after 7-9 days, six plants turned out to be male and only three were female. Mr. Power Planter wondered whether his crop had been exposed to any kind of stress that might have caused that high maleness rate, but couldn`t find any hint for that. Then he came to the conclusion that this time he just had bad luck in the numbers game always played by mother nature when growing plants from seed. Often enough, he had been a lucky dog, getting much more females than males from a seed batch. One of the shorter Kali Mist plants had proven to be female and also in the course of flowering, it became clear that it wouldn`t stretch very much and flower faster than the other two plants that were very sativa dominant. These two ladies grew into real sativa beasts, heavily branching out and stretching a lot so that Mr. Power Planter had to bend their tops down and transplant them to larger pots with a volume of 15 litres. After 70 days of flowering, the short Kali Mist lady had ripened, featuring very dense and hairy buds that were most beautiful to look at and delicious to smell with their unusual sweet and spicy scent. The resin content was not abundant, but very decent. The other two plants proved to be real bud giants in the end, when they had matured two weeks later - after 84 days of flowering (so all of the plants were in time). They both measured 155 cm - welcome to bud jungle was the motto, huge classic sativa buds everywhere, even the lower and medium branches had produced colas of tremendous size. But these marvellous big buds also revealed some fox-tailing and a somewhat airy structure, as they consisted of numerous single flower lances, they were by far not as tight as the buds of the plant that ripened first. I think this gracile sativa cluster structure with lots of small calyxes and lances is typically Kali Mist. But the sheer mass of buds was supposed to make for an excellent harvest result nevertheless, however, at the time this article was written, buds had not yet fully dried. The smell of the classic Kali Mist sativa phenotype was the same as the other one had, very authentic and typically Kali.
Thanks to the very high calyx-to-leaf ratio, all of the three plants were quickly harvested and processed. When the smallest flower clusters had dried, it was time to fly… the sativa turn was as great as expected, very refreshing with an immediate onset, accelerating our heartbeat and speeding up our thoughts and movements. However, after a certain time, also a slight indica effect was noted, it was like slowly landing again after an intense long flight. With both the buds of phenotype 1 and 2, this type of high progression was the same. The smoke of all buds was also great, having an extraordinarily mild consistency, but at the same tasting deliciously spicy.
So Mr. Power Planter was highly satisfied with the performance of Kali Mist that immediately became one of his top three head-stash strains. And he is very confident that mother nature will serve up justice next time and provide more females to him.
Simon reports that Kali Mist also does extremely well under the Spanish sun, growing to a height of up to three metres and producing big yields, while being highly mold resistant, even in a very humid climate during maturation. A grower from Ibiza reported that his Kali Mist plants are regularly finishing already in the second half of October, although Serious Seeds generally states November as harvest date under natural light. Kali Mist is highly recommended for hydroponic cultivation and clones can be flowered directly after root formation. The effect of Kali Mist has proven very beneficial for medical users with e.g. multiple sclerosis, fatigue and chronic pain and can be used as all-day weed.
Green Born Identity – G.B.I.
Strain: Kali Mist
Pedigree: Cambodian, other sativas, Afghani
Vegetative stage: 25 days
Flowering stage: 70 and 84 days
Medium: Plagron standard mix
EC: up to 1.8 mS
Light: Osram Nav-T Super Son-T-Plus 600
Temperature - night: 20-24°C
Temperature - day: 26-32°C
Air humidity: up to 60% in the flowering stage
Watering: by hand
Fertilizers: House & Garden “One-Component Soil Nutrition”, 2 x PK 13/14 in the course of flowering
Stimulators/Additives: Hesi SuperVit, Bud XL (House & Garden) from week six of flowering
Height: 107, 155, 155 cm
Yield: Not disclosed
Source - seriousseeds.com
The Kali Mist strain from Serious Seeds is a legend, a timeless queen amongst the sativa strains of the cannabis world, a true evergreen. The year of her creation dates back to 1993. Since then, Kali Mist has been genetically modified a bit several times, partly because a part of the parental genetics had been lost (through busts), but also partly in an effort to further improve it. Simon, the owner and breeder of Serious Seeds, even went for a journey to Cambodia one time, in search of old high-grade landraces, to import them to The Netherlands and use them for refining his Kali Mist strain there, but he “didn’t find anything that matched the class of the Kali Mist parents.” The different genetic Lines brought together by Simon in Kali Mist originally came from Cambodia, Colombia and Thailand (sativa side), plus Afghanistan (indica side, only a small share). The exotic Kali Mist strain delivers classic sativa effects in a crystal-clear quality, unleashing an energising and inspiring high energy flash, a vibrant up-high that both mentally and physically endures for a very long time. Several awards at different cannabis cups, also in the past few years, underline the ever big popularity of this sativa queen.
Kali Mist has been available also in the form of feminised seeds for a while, and The Doc, a big fan of that strain, wanted to find out whether she has preserved her outstanding class as a feminised strain as well. That caused him to sow four feminised Kali Mist seeds into jiffy pots, and after four days, they had all sprouted, illuminated by two 75 W Secret Jardin High Efficiency CFLs. A few days later, The Doc transplanted them to 11 litre pots and put them into the actual grow room, under a 600 W Plantastar HPS light, together with some other plants. Which effected a very vivid growth, twelve days after germination, the four seedlings had arrived at heights of 10-15 cm and produced several side branch onsets. After three weeks, The Doc reported that “they have kind of exploded”, benefiting from the high light intensity. His four Kali Mists were already 25-40 cm tall now and exhibited a lot of side branches, it was about time to induce flowering, which The Doc did by cutting down the daily light cycle from 18 to 12 hours. Also, he re-equipped the room with two GIB Lighting 600 W lamps and one 400 W Osram Son-T Plus lamp. The reason why he allowed his Kali Mist plants to become fairly tall already before flowering was that there is a lot of vertical and horizontal space in his grow room, and The Doc grows rather less, but bigger plants there, they can easily grow into bigger dimensions than in average grow rooms.
The four Kali Mist plants quickly, within a week, switched to the flowering mode. The tallest plant was 60 cm tall (having 10 internodes), when the first female preflowers became visible, and the other three 45-55 cm, the typical stretching effect had gotten into full gear now. The smallest Kali Mist plants revealed an obviously higher indica share than the other three, growing more compact and with darker, somewhat wider leaves. After two weeks of flowering, The Doc was flabbergasted by a most intense stretching effect, within one week only, the tallest plant had increased its height by another 40 cm! The other two taller plants exhibited a likewise strong stretching effect, only the shortest plant acted kind of restrained, with a height of about 60 cm. But all the four plants had produced numerous long side branches, along which a very vivid flower production had started. When three weeks of flowering had passed, The Doc reported: “Now they are showing the first little compact rose-like buds. The budding pattern of the three taller plants is absolutely identical, but also that smaller plant exhibits an unmistakably classic sativa flower formation. The biggest plant is about 120 cm tall now, the other two 110 and 105 cm, and the fourth one 75 cm. That superb bud formation promises a rich harvest!” And one week later: “Now it’s showtime! The branch and bud stretching effect still is immense, the two tallest plants have arrived at a height of about 160 cm now already, and the buds are getting dense and denser. One can also see pretty nice first resin gland formations, these plants will certainly be very resinous when harvest time comes. In any case, they will become as tall as a man. But not the smallest plant, she seems to have stopped growing into height after having arrived at about 90 cm.”
After week five of flowering, that stretching effect had come to an end obviously, with the two tallest Kali Mist plants having reached a height of about 180 cm, and the third one about 150 cm. “All the plants will from now on gain further height only through bud elongation. Pure sativa as far as the eye can see!” The Doc was enthusing. After six weeks, flower formation had become already tremendous, “but they will keep on flowering for several more weeks for sure”, The Doc estimated, “The smallest plant exhibits a budding pattern more or less identical with the other three plants, with the only difference that the buds are not that much elongated here, due to the shorter internodes. And there are quite amazing amounts of resin on the buds.” One week later it became obvious that one of the two tallest plants was flowering a bit faster and would be the one that was to be harvested first, while the smallest plant would be the last one probably. The three taller plants exhibited the first withered, brown flower hairs now. “The flower formation of all the plants is very dense and tight, particularly for a sativa strain. However, the end is not in sight yet!” The Doc reported. After eight weeks into flowering, The Doc reported “The flowers seem to adopt a kind of golden colour. They are most beautiful, these are really divine plants I feel, smelling wonderfully exotic, with sandalwood and haze notes, but somewhat sweeter. Their abundant resin content does surprise me, never before I’ve seen such resinous Kali Mist plants.” One week later, he forecasted that the two taller plants would only need about one more week of flowering to reach maturity – “That’s pretty damn fast for a sativa strain”, The Doc said.
Indeed, after 73 days of flowering, the tallest plant was ripe and could be harvested, and the second tallest plant followed four days later. Another three days later, also the third tallest plant had reached maturity, and after 84 days of flowering, the smallest plant had passed the homestretch as well. “All the four Kali Mist plants have reached maturity within the harvest window stated by Serious Seeds, being even 1-2 weeks faster, flowering 100% female until the very end, I couldn’t find any male flower”, The Doc praised, “they have passed the femi test with ease and truly are heavy-weight sativa queens with a perfectly female appearance!”
Thanks to the very low leaf content of the buds, The Doc could easily harvest his Kali Mist buds, however, due to the sheer mass of buds, it took him quite a while. He thoroughly dried them over about 3.5 weeks, effecting a slight fermentation effect that gave the Kali Mist buds a great aromatic finish, smelling wonderfully organic, with an earthy-sweet fragrance and – just like with the fresh buds – delicious haze and sandalwood notes. The Doc separately weighed the four plants, and his high expectations were even exceeded with sensational results of 140, 160, 175 und 185 grams. “This is simply madness!” The Doc cheered. When test-smoking the Kali Mist buds, he was overwhelmed by sativa effects in the purest of forms, with heavily pulsating sativa energy rushing into his body and mind, effecting crystal-clear visual appearances and an accelerated heartbeat. The Doc: “As always, Kali Mist provides an extremely prickling feeling, I simply love that heavily activating and stimulating, also euphoric feeling. And that marvellous effect unalteredly lasts very long, at least one and a half hour, and even more if you put a little bit more into your joint. Then that super clear up-high naturally declines and leaves you in most relaxed and vitalised shape. And also the Kali Mist flavour was outstanding and a sheer enjoyment, mild and sweet, but also revealing a certain spiciness, in the form of clearly noticeable haze and sandalwood notes.”
The Doc concluded “Also in its feminised form, Kali mist has fully convinced and deeply impressed me once again, this divine sativa queen most reliably yields fantastic results in both terms of quantity and quality.” Six feminised Kali Mist seeds are available at the price of 80 Euros.
Green Born Identity - G.B.I.
Strain: Kali Mist (Cambodian/Colombian/Thai/Afghan)
Vegetative stage here: 3 weeks
Flowering stage here: 73-84 days, in general 70-90 days
Medium: Plagron Standard Mix with 5% expanded clay and horn chippings, 11 litre pots
EC - Vegetative stage: 1.2–1.6 mS
EC - Flowering: 1.6-2.0 mS
Light - Vegetative stage: 2x Secret Jardin CFL 75 W
Light - Flowering: 2x GIB Lighting 600 W HPS + 1x 400 W Osram Son T plus
Temperature: 24-28°C (day) 18-20°C (night)
Air humidity - Vegetative stage: 40–60%
Air humidity - Flowering: max. 50%
Watering: by hand
Fertilizers: HeSi Blühkomplex, HeSi Phosphor Plus from the 4th week of flowering
Stimulators/Additives: HeSi SuperVit, Wurzelkomplex, Enzyme
Height: 98, 160-192 cm
Yield: 140, 160, 175 and 185
Source - seriousseeds.com