Welcome to the first iteration of my Bubba Kush auto work, Pre 98 Episode 1!
This project started back in 2016 while I was living with Ronin Gardens. I had acquired quite a few stellar clone only varieties while in Colorado and the Bubba Kush was no exception! She was short and thick with super dense nugs, swollen calyxes, and dark dank smells that the Pre 98 had become synonymous with over the years. Everything about her seemed special from the get go, but the effects are what really sealed the deal for our long term plans together. Since I was already quite familiar with the Auto Skywalker and enjoyed everything about it I decided to use it to lay the autoflowering foundation for this project. Fun fact, the same Auto Skywalker male was used to create the Wizard’s Apprentice (Cheech Wizard from Bodhi Seeds x Auto Skywalker) and Pre 98 Episode 1!
The F1 were consistently Bubba dominant plants. Short and stocky, fat fan leaves, and extremely dense nugs covered in silver resin that put out those famous scents that the Pre 98 is known for, with an added layer of earthy OG from the Skywalker. Since they were all so visually similar and the smells were on point, I pollinated multiple females and selected the next generation after a thorough smoke test. The flower with the most sedative effects was selected and used to move on with the F2 generation.
At the F2 stage things really started to open up in terms of genetic variation (see “Outlier Z F4” below). The majority of the autoflowering plants were exceptional mixes of Bubba and Skywalker. Earthy, herbal, dark scents with the same dinner plate fan leaves and shorter stature. The fan and sugar leaves didn’t get the same dripping levels of frost that some of my other varieties offer, but the flowers themselves were absolutely caked!
I selected my two favorite Bubba dominant plants to move forward with the F3 generation, and let the smoke test be the final deciding factor. They were both great, but one was instantly more relaxing and carried a unique minty type of flavor in addition to the traditional Bubba/Skywalker flavors that I had come to expect through the previous generations. This one was selected to move forward into the F3.
The F3 were truly a pleasure to grow and experience. Easy plants that could take a solid feeding from early on. After their hefty veg stage, transitioning into flower they were already in need of more nutrients than the Roots Organics Lush super soil had to offer! They were supplemented with Biobizz and Canna Bio liquid feeds during flower, and managed to come out extremely dense even with the early issues.
The F3 flowers put out a mixture of herbal, rubber, gassy notes and still carried something mysteriously minty along with them, but the coffee flavor became much less prevalent. Structure, resin, density, effects, they checked all the boxes, but without the overt and instantly recognizable coffee scents of the clone only I didn’t feel quite right using “Bubba” in the name of this cross, so with a new plan of action the name “Pre 98 Episode 1” was decided on.
The Pre 98 Episode 1 are truly fantastic plants and I highly recommend growing them, but in my search for perfection I am going to continue the Bubba work. I hit up my pal Stoned Ninja to get the Pre 98 Bubba Kush clone only back, and will begin working on Pre 98 Episode 2 shortly! By the time you read this the Pre 98 Bubba Kush is already en route or in hand, and the process will begin all over to lock down even more of that traditional old school heavy coffee dank funk using Pre 98 Episode 1 as the pollen donor this time.
I’m hoping to have Episode 2 ready in late 2024 or early 2025, so mark those calendars!
From time I received the clone only, through the creation of the F4 seeds these plants have been grown strictly in super soil, 5 gallon pots, and under LED lighting unless noted otherwise. The figures above are based upon my own experience and include transplanting from half gallon pots to five gallon pots. I have not pushed these to their full potential, but I fully anticipate seeing some extra chunky buds from these. Enjoy!