Night Queen (Dutch Passion)
An old-school indica, squat, easy-to-grow, with elongated hard colas.
Strong stuff that should be smoked in moderation. A nice, mellow, relaxing high.
Night Queen is a pure and unhybridised Afghani Indica first seen in the 1980’s and now making a re-appearance in the Dutch Passion collection. She grows in a compact and bushy form and produces long and dense blooms of very heavy hitting indica bud. The harvest is special old-school Afghani weed, sticky resin coats the blooms with citrus flavours and spicy scents.
This is very strong, just a small joint was enough for some of our test team. Night Queen can be used sparingly yet still be very effective so your harvest will go a long way. Users report a powerful body stone, a really potent indica-style buzz. The effect is very pleasant and relaxing, some users report it helps them sleep. A real treat for those looking for a good old-fashioned heavy hitting variety that is easy to grow and not at all demanding in the grow room.
Robben wrote (dutch-passion.nl):
Ya, what a plant. From a 5-pack I got 5 finished plants. This was the pure indica from the old days of the dutch smoking scene before the tropical sativa stuff ever arrived. Sometimes the original is the best, when you can have pure indica why do you want anything else? For me this is the way a pot plant should be. Frosty, with only the right aroma. Solid buds that drip with oil and lots of them all the way down the blooms. It is a quality that you know when you see it. Plants are medium size and compact, yield is good, The stone is solid, no mistake with great high that will last you all night, Who needs more than this. Stay with the best original indica for the best dutch pot. The indica quality is excellent, for me it is the same level as the Northern Lights on the 1970's, it is that good. maybe the best Dutch indica you can get at the moment. I kept mother plant, and also seeds for future. Top job Dutch Passions, this is one you did very well. Let me know if you need test grower for indica-only
Dutch Passion Night Queen was the first variety I grew in 2012. My favourite indica used to be Northern Lights #2 but I think Night Queen has just moved into that position due to the big blooms, very fat main cola and great high. Smoke quality is great too, genuine indica experience and the smell of 1980's Amsterdam coffee shop. Relaxing, easy going and pleasurable - it is why I prefer Indica's. Like all good indica's this was easy to grow with no special comments. The beauty of this one is the quality yields and top quality smoke. A jar or two of cured Night Queen is all a man really needs.
Grow Report #1
This weeks grow diary comes from ‘Serpent’ who grew 3 Night Queen’s under a 250w HPS in 7.5 litre containers of compost. The original grow diary is here on the UK420 growers forum. Serpent grew the Night Queen seedlings under veg conditions (18 hours of daily light) whilst he grew our StarRyder auto. We often see growers combine the use of auto’s and traditional photoperiod varieties to maximise the productivity of their growroom. Once the StarRyders were ready for harvest Serpent switched the lighting conditions to 12/12 and started flowering the Night Queens. This technique allows the smart home-grower to maximize the yields from their indoor garden, producing an initial harvest from auto’s followed around 9 weeks later by a harvest of the photoperiod plants.
The following words are from Serpent himself:
“Another nice plant to grow from Dutch Passion, they stayed squat, didn’t mind being topped and responded pretty well to being scrogged. There was also a couple of different phenos on show, one squatter, faster finisher with more dense buds (Pheno #1) and the other a bit taller with a different bud structure showing more stacked calyxes and took a little longer to finish (Pheno #2).”
“Slightly different buds from the 2 phenos on show. Pheno #1 was a lot more compact, dense and slightly frostier, while Pheno #2 was a bit looser, but both had a similar smell, with Pheno #1 being a little bit more intense while Pheno #2 being a bit fresher and not quite as dank. Both though had subtle citrus/fruity undertones going on though, and again, Pheno #1 was slightly more intense, but there wasn’t a huge amount in it”
“Simply put, a kick arse smoke, like the StarRyder she’s incredibly smooth and I mean that, very little throat irritation both in a spliff (with tobacco) and vaped with a very moreish, slightly fruity taste.
The high is exactly what you would expect from an indica, when we harvested the first plant, our tolerance had certainly dropped as it kicked our arses and locked us both to the couch in no time, a complete body stoned so I did have to be careful smoking during the day, but at night, it did exactly what I was after/hoping for. The only downside is I found my tolerance has built up quite quickly, not sure if it’s me as you know what it’s like when you jars are full, you’re like a kid in a sweet shop
I’ve also found that Pheno #1 was the more potent smoke, again, I’m not sure if that’s something to do with tolerance, but she did seem to have a heavier hit.”
Grow report #2
This weeks Night Queen review comes from Organic Jim, his original grow diary is here on the UK420 forum. Jim uses a 400W HPS with a parabolic reflector and grows in coco. He is one of those growers that seems to have optimised every aspect of his grow-room and produces beautiful looking plants. Some of you will recall he is the grower that produced the spectacular 271g Think Different which we featured on a previous blog.
Jim grew Night Queen with a 5 week veg time and flowered her for around 8 weeks. 3 plants were harvested at under 8 weeks, and one plant was left for 8 ? weeks. As you can see from the photo’s the Night Queens are compact plants with several good sized blooms. The plants produce fairly long cola’s and like our other quality Afghani (Mazar) the yields are generous. Night Queen does produce a lot of resin which helps give a very strong indica stone and a fast-hitting high. Our team of smoke testers commented that they were stoned even before they had finished smoking a joint of Night Queen. Many of our re-sellers are telling us that they are getting lots of repeat orders for Night Queen, and we are also getting the same feedback from some of our regular customers.
Here are Jim’s opinions from the home-growers perspective:
“Night Queen was really easy to grow and flower, my pH meter broke and I managed to keep them healthy by sticking to the same measured feed each day and not adjusting pH at all. She also survived 2 weeks of temperatures of over 38°C (100°F) every day when the heatwave struck in summer. Night Queen would appear to be fairly forgiving to mistakes by the grower and weather extremes
The amount of bud I got from 4 plants was very good, over 200g well dried. The smell of the dried bud is slightly floral but mostly dusty, musty funk with a kind of pungent, nearly (but not quite) skunky citrus undertones. The smoke taste is that lovely rich classic Indica cannabis taste. Dry, earthy, slightly sweet, pungent with a lemon-cleaning-product after-taste on the back of the throat. Smoke is thick and smooth, large hits give you a big cough.
The high is really relaxing, sleepy and mellow. There have been moments of feeling extremely heavy and weightless at the same time. Maybe what you'd feel like in a flotation tank? No trouble getting back to sleep at 3am with 2 bowls or a small neat spliff, so it's pretty good for sleep problems.”
The only downside to varieties that produce such thick, large and dense blooms is the risk of bud-rot near the end of flowering. This can happen even to the best of growers. Organic Jim offers the following advice:
“The only downside is that she seems to get budrot easily. Keep an eye on the massive buds from week 7 onwards, all 4 plants got a little budrot near the end, but it was spotted early due to the one yellow leaf among the dark green and damage was minimal.”
The final word on Night Queen goes to Jim “A pleasure to grow and a delight to smoke, really stony and satisfying. If you're planning a Night Queen grow, my advice is to bump the feed up until you get signs to back off, this girl can take it. The plants grow well in Veg, and the stretch is about 3 times, nodes are good and tight with very little spacing along the branches.
The buds are huge fat colas with large individual flowers which look very 'bubbly' on the buds. The dry colour is sparkling Olive green buds, with deep red pistils and emerald leaflets. Resin coverage is very good with amber heads showing on the 7.5 week buds. It has a fantastic ‘Old School’ Dutch indica flavour which brings back great memories of old coffeeshops long gone. I'm going to re-veg the Lemon scented one for a second run, it has a very special smell and huge buds.”