Bud of the Month: Purkle.
Type: Indica-dominant hybrid
Genetics: Purple Urkle x The Purps
Geographic Origin: Montana, USA
Seed Company/Clone: This strain was made available in seed form by the creator "highersolutions"
Description: An interesting strain that fuses arguably California's top Purple strain (the Purple Urkle) with one of British Columbia's biggest seed company hits (BC Bud Depot's "The Purps"), Purkle is known for being more potent than both of its parents as well as growing quite a bit faster, especially in vegetative state. The improved vigor that resulted from this hybrid can be seen in the final product, which is very trichome-laden and offers an engaging sweet-tart fruit smell which is different from most Purple strains.
Story: Created by a grower/breeder named "highersolutions" (who also created "Krazy Kush") out of Montana, the BC Bud Depot "The Purps" male used was selected for its structure and resin production, while the mother is a particularly nice 'cut' of the Urkle. The cross was originally released as Purkle 1.0, then a select male was chosen and backcrossed to the mother Urkle, creating Purkle 2.0, which has been even more popular.
Flowering Time: 55 to 60 days is normally sufficient, though it depends slightly upon phenotype
Preferred Growing Medium: This plant works best when trained and grown to a fairly large bush prior to flipping it into flower, as the increased plant mass will help support the rather large nugs that it produces. It forms fairly strong central colas and produces greater yields than The Purps or the Purple Urkle on their own. It works well in both soil and hydro and will embrace a fairly aggressive feeding regimen.
Appearance: Colors in Purkle depend largely upon phenotypical expression, but the strain normally finishes a mottled purple, with the fan leaves almost always turning a deep shade of purple by the time the plant finishes. Some phenos will also feature purple calyxes, which mix with the light-colored, almost golden-orange pistils to make this a very attractive plant to the eye. The nugs are dense and mostly round, though some phenos will see slightly stackier growth that results in light foxtailing.
Scent: The scent is perhaps Purkle's best feature, as it contains many of the elements that Purple-lovers come back to the family for, but has a much more engaging and complex aroma than the standard grapey nag champa incense combo. Upon first sniff, its sweet Purple incense smell isn't anything super special -- but when it's cracked into or ground up, it unleashes an almost lemony aroma with strong dark fruit elements (think raspberries) and the underlying sweetness still present. It's pungent and tingles the nose, truly a top-notch Purple strain.
Flavor: Like the aroma, the flavor has a complexity to it that most Purple strains lack. On the inhale, the straight-up raspberry sherbet sweetness comes through most strongly -- on the exhale, a lemony floral aftertaste lingers on the palate. The smoke is surprisingly smooth for a Purple (which are normally known for hitting the throat hard), making this a very easy smoking experience.
Effects: The reputation that Purkle has gained for being more potent than many Purple strains is definitely deserved -- unlike many strains of the family which seem to kick in slowly over the first 30 minutes, Purkle
jumps right into the eyes and body, filling both with a buzzing, vibrating presence. The eyes are specially affected, feeling dry and low at times, and practically packed full of medication. A "pressure band" stretches across the eyes and face, and the mood immediately elevates, though underneath a strong base relaxation which seems to get stronger as the duration ticks by. By 1.5 hours, the patient is generally very relaxed and (especially in the evenings) ready for an early slumber -- it's often most difficult to keep the eyes open at this point, though the mind is still fairly clear and can be functional if needed. Muscle relaxation, mood elevation, mental relaxation, strong ocular effects, and appetite stimulation are all medical features of this strain, which deserves a trial run, even by patients who have not enjoyed many Purples in the past.