Alchimia Grow Shop News

In this section you’ll find all the news related to Alchimia Grow Shop, from new products to things of our interest. Come in and join us!!

Origins of Brothers Grimm Seeds and interview with MrSoul

The history of this North American cannabis seed company Brothers Grimm is quite uncommon, especially if we take into account the huge success of their strains since they were first introduced in the market in 1996. Indeed, and before their withdrawal from the seed market in 2002, some of their genetics had already become true classics in the cannabis scene, with names that will surely sound familiar to you: Cinderella 99, Apollo 13, Killer Queen or Rosetta Stone just to name a few. Over time, this varieties have also become the baselines for many other hybrids from breeders across the globe.

Brothers Grimm Seeds, living history of cannabis breeding

Brothers Grimm Seeds, living history of cannabis breeding

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Water pipes and bongs: Vocabulary and accessories

Although here in Europe the use of water pipes is not as widespread as in the United States, there are a growing number of smokers who prefer to consume their weed or concentrates through what is commonly called a bong. It can be easy for newcomers to the world of water pipes to become dazzled and confused by the vocabulary and terms used to describe water pipe accessories and their characteristics.

In this article we present a comprehensive guide to help beginners understand all about bongs and bubblers, their principal features and also the main accessories available to add to your water pipe.

Bubbler, Heady Glass

Bubbler, Heady Glass

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Presenting Purple Caper Seeds in Alchimia

Purple Caper Seeds: quality seeds of North American provenance

Purple Caper Seeds is a US seed bank specialising in regular seeds. Established in the state of California, where both medical and recreational cannabis have been legalised.

This seed bank has been cultivating and selecting quality genetics both indoors and outdoors for 25 years. They are known to have the best parental plants in the Bay Area and Central Valley, where many of the best seed banks in the State of California are located.

Purple Caper Seeds

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Introducing MaD Strains: Medicinal and Delicate

The story of this group of growers begins around 2003, when the world of medicinal cannabis in France was very small. At that time, deep within the cannabis culture underground, there were a few enlightened souls beginning to forge a therapeutic path in the French cannabis world. From among these few select characters swimming against the stream, the MaD Strains collective was formed, the Hip Hop Bee of cannabis!

Through passion and hard work MaD Strains (Medicinal And Delicate Strains) learnt and evolved in their growing, both outdoor and indoors, building a background knowledge that they never hesitated to share with the rest of the cannabis community.

In 2006, after 3 years of work and many internet contacts, they were invited to a French underground growers forum. There they made contact with the cognoscente of the underground cannabis world, presenting and sharing their first elite clone, obtained from an Exodus UK Cheese. Continue reading

Eli by R-Kiem Seeds, a fast and productive Sativa

When we talk about Sativa strains, there is a name that comes to mind almost immediately: Jack Herer. This genetics is doubtless one of the most renowned and sought-after cannabis hybrids around the world, winner of countless awards and a true classic in Amsterdam coffee shops. Obviously, it has been used to develop many other new strains, as the spectacular Rosetta Stone, one of the parents of the strain we’ll see today.

In this occasion we’ll know more about one of te best Sativas of Spanish seed bank R-Kiem Seeds, Eli, a variety which comes from the cross between the aforementioned Rosetta Stone and a pure African landrace kept by the guys at R-Kiem, Sawla Ghana.

R-Kiem Seeds is gurantee of quality

R-Kiem Seeds is gurantee of quality

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Products to enhance microbial soil life

Feeding the soil

The nutrition of cannabis plants is a key factor that to a huge extent will determine the success of the harvest. Naturally, achieving a high yield of flowers is one of the principal objectives of every gardener, and a good way to measure the success of the grow. As a result the use of fertilisers in cannabis cultivation is pretty much ubiquitous, although there are still many growers unaware of the benefits of a healthy and active microbial life in the substrate.

To faithfully reproduce and accentuate the organoleptic characteristics (the aromas and flavours) of the cultivated variety, and to achieve a high cannabinoid content in the trichomes, are good indicators of a successful cannabis grow, and to achieve this, proper nutrition is absolutely indispensable.

All substrates can benefit from microbes

All growing media needs microbial life for healthy plant development

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Presenting Colorado Seed exclusively at Alchimia

Colorado Seed Inc. is a seed bank based in Boulder, Colorado (USA) that since 2008 has been producing regular seeds under license from its library of more than 40 cannabis varieties, as well as producing medical cannabis for various state dispensaries.

However, Timothy and Sam have experience going back decades, since the 70’s when Tim’s passion for cannabis breeding was born. After several decades of work selecting and breeding their best strains, in 2008 he finally decided to market their most valued projects through Colorado Seed Inc. with Sam, founding a seed bank to distribute the highest quality cultivars.

Colorado Seed Int. logo

Colorado Seed International, the European branch of the company

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Negra 44 by R-Kiem Seeds, an Indica with African origins

In this article we’ll tell you more about one of the feminised strains in R-Kiem Seeds catalogue, Negra 44. As you may know, this Spanish cannabis seed company is known for the high quality of their strains, with a relatively short but solid catalogue, thanks to which they’ve been awarded in many occasions in different major cannabis events.

Furthermore, the guys at R-Kiem are also famous for the high quality of the resin extracts and concentrates produced by their varieties, something increasingly important nowadays. Let’s take a look now at the main characteristics of Negra 44, a versatile, mostly Indica hybrid with early flowering and excellent smell and taste.

Negra 44 produces excellent and tasty hash

Negra 44 produces excellent and tasty hash

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Introduction to Mosca Seeds

Mosca seeds is a cannabis seed bank originating from the USA that only works with regular genetics, using males and females in the “Old School” way, and demonstrating to the world that there’ll always be a place for regular seeds.

These regular seeds are meticulously worked over time to ensure stability in all crosses, maintaining the best characteristics of their ancestors while improving quality with every generation.

Mosca Seeds logo

Mosca Seeds logo

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Portela by R-Kiem Seeds, a high-flying Sativa

The R-Kiem Seeds collective – born in Spain in 1998 – is a well-known company in the cannabis seed sector, offering feminised seeds (they also have the renowned R-Kiem strain in regular form) of top grade genetics, either for indoor or outdoor farmers. With a relatively short catalogue – 7 varieties – they ensure that both seed production and development of new strains remain under their control, without the need of third parties.

Today we present you one of the most renowned varieties in R-Kiem’s collection of seeds, Portela, a mostly Sativa genetics that will captivate all types of growers not only for her delicious flavour but also for her motivating and uplifting effect. Her name comes from a small village in Galicia (Spain) where most genetics of this seed bank were kept for years, which is also the home town of many relatives of Angel (co-founder of the company together with his father).

Portela by R-Kiem Seeds, and excellent Sativa

Portela by R-Kiem Seeds, and excellent Sativa

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