The origins of Blueberry

About the Blueberry cannabis strain

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Blueberry cannabis plant in Jamaica (Photo: cannabisculture.com)

The renowned Blueberry cannabis strain - and the Blue family created from it - was developed in the USA sometime during the 70's by breeder DJ Short.

This genetics is a blend of different strains. Firstly, DJ Short was tasting some landrace Sativas from Colombia, Mexico, Thailand and Panama. Two very special plants stood out over the rest: a Highland Thai - also known as Juicy Fruit for its sweet and tropical flavour - and a Purple Thai from Oregon - hybrid between Highland Oaxaca Gold and Chocolate Thai.

On the other hand, he had a very special Afghani male from California that, while not havieng the exquisite features of his Sativas, was perfect to cross with them and achieve more easy to grow plants than those pure breds, allowing the grower to have more control.

After  a hard work of breeding, DJ Short finally developed his two best known strains:  the Flo and the Blueberry. The Flo is a hybrid between Purple Thai and the Afghani male, while the Bueberry ia a cross between the Flo and the Highland Thai "Juicy Fruit". In this way, the Blueberry has genes from the two best Sativas that he found and also genes from the valued Afghani male.

From this point, DJ Short continued his breeding projects and also shared his genetics with other seedbanks, thus creating the Blue family, composed of hundreds of cannabis strains.

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Dutch Passion's Blueberry (Photo: gardenscure.com)

Characteristics of Blueberry marijuana from DJ Short

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Original Flo from Dutch Passion

The main features of this family are: sweet, fruity taste, reminiscent of blueberries, blackberries and ripe grapes, and very pleasant. Many phenotypes show purple and violet hues during the flowering stage, developing hard and dense buds. Yields are above average, and the effect is powerful, euphoric and long lasting despite being a mostly Indica variety.

During the 90's DJ Short travelled to Europe and worked with several seedbanks. Around 1993 he started working with the Sagarmatha Seed Company, and by 1995 he was supplying this seedbank with seeds for sale and breeding projects. Sagarmatha seedbank still sells seeds from the Blue line, like Blueberry Bud or Flow.However, the relationship did not last much and DJ Short started working with another seedbank, Dutch Passion.

Today, Dutch Passion still has strains from the Blue family in its catalog, such as the renowned Blueberry, Blue Moonshine, Original Flo or the automatic version of Blueberry, AutoBlueberry. They also have a very interesting strain called Skywalker, a hybrid between Mazar and Blueberry.

There are plenty of seedbanks offering cannabis seeds with Blueberry genes, such as the Blue Fruit from Dinafem, Bluehell from Medical Seeds or Kannabia's Original Berry. The Blue Satellite #2.2 and the Sweet Blue, both from Spice of Life, have also Blueberry genes, as happens with the Blue Cheese from Big Buddha Seeds, Dinafem's Blue Widow, the Missing from Eva Seeds, White Berry from Paradise Seeds, Blue Rhino from Positronics, the exquisite Kalijah from Reggae Seeds and many, many more.

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Dutch Passion's Skywalker

The members of the Blue family have a common trait; few phenotypes show some genetic defects, something inherited from the Thai parents (leafs curling down, etc). Be advised, if you see some of these plants in your grow do not remove them, they'll reward you with top grade cannabis buds!

If you are looking for fruity and sweet flavours different from the sweet Skunks, you should give the Blue family a try. You won't be disappointed!

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Blueberry crop grown outdoors (Photo: california.budtrader.com)


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Comments in “The origins of Blueberry” (6)

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Richard 2021-08-26
Have 3 Blueberry feminized in 3rd week of flowering. 1 plant 7 1/2' and at 8th node became 3. I have 3 main branches each branch has some double and triple branches like the original 8th node. Plant are 7 1/2' - 8' + and 9 1/2' tall. They all have a semi sativa dominant leaf width. Some fan leaf fingers were 14" in length and 2 1/2" wide. Have you seen a split like this branching before ?

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Tim Alchimia 2021-08-27
Hi Richard, thanks for your comment. Yes, I've seen this kind of growth structure before, although not often, where plants split in two at a node without being pruned. It sounds like your plant is a particularly interesting example. Given the vigour they're showing, I can only think it's a very positive trait, as you will have many more bud sites on the plant. All in all, it sounds like you've got some huge beautiful plants there, congratulations! Happy growing!

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Casey 2021-05-18
"Sativa" and "indica" are not real things, not based in chemistry of the plant anyway.

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Tim Alchimia 2021-05-19
Hi Casey, thanks for your comment. You're right, essentially. As I'm sure you've noticed, in botanical/scientific terms, the way the cannabis world uses a lot of its terminology is completely incorrect! This puts writers in a peculiar position, on one hand, we want to be as accurate as possible but we also need to remember our audience and the established way in which we weed growers and smokers communicate with each other about the plant. So while the way we use classifications such as Sativa and Indica is, strictly speaking, incorrect, we are at least understood by our readers. I'm not sure if the misuse of these terms will ever change but, at least in our newer posts, we can try and introduce terms like WLD or NLD to describe plant morphology and talk about the effect in terms of chemical profiles. Hopefully, as cannabis becomes legal around the world we'll see more education about it too. Best wishes and happy growing!

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mikey 2017-06-14
I'm just a little bit confused. If the Blueberry strain came from Sativa genetics with only a small bit of indica genetics, then why is it labeled as an indica? Every blueberry I've tried is indica. Thank you

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Dani Alchimia 2017-06-15
Hi mickey, Despite having Sativa genetics, the Afghani male used in this hybrid was quite dominant, that's why you can see plenty of Indica traits in this strain. Hope it helped!

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Papa Indica 2015-08-28
I have to correct myself here, the seeds I was given are "White" Rhino.

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Papa Indica 2015-08-10
The Blueberry is something that I've wanted to try for a while now, one of these days I'll hopefully get an opportunity. I have a couple Blue Rhino seeds that were given to me by a friend, someday soon I'm going to try them out.

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