8 Tips for Cultivating the Gorilla Glue #4 Marijuana Strain
Step-by-step tips for maximum yield!
An increasing number of marijuana users are trying to grow their favorite strain to save money, and also to experience the joys of cultivation. The increasing availability of information on the subject means it is possible to grow an array of different strains in your home. All you need is space, the right materials, a little know-how, and patience!
In this growing guide for Gorilla Glue #4, we provide you with eight steps and tips to help you care for your weed from seedling to harvest.
The Ultimate Growing Guide for Gorilla Glue #4
Gorilla Glue #4 (also known as GG4) is one of the market’s most potent strains and is notorious for its sticky resin. It gets its name from the fact that trimmers routinely find their scissors are stuck together when trying to trim the buds!
The strain was developed by GG Strains and is a genetic cross of Sour Dub, Chem’s Sister, and Chocolate Diesel. Its THC content can hit the 30% range, and you will be astonished by the density of trichomes it produces.
GG4 has won numerous Cannabis Cup awards, and this highly coveted strain also received the High Times Jamaican World Cup. Almost every veteran user has availed of GG4’s earthy buds – if you want to learn how to grow Gorilla Glue #4, then keep reading this guide!
Tip #1 – Make Sure You Buy Premium Quality Seeds
If you want to get the most from this balanced hybrid, you must find a reputable provider. According to the creator of GG4, Josey Whales, there are too many companies guilty of using the Gorilla Glue name to sell low-quality seeds.
As a result, we recommend getting in touch with high-quality seed banks, either here or abroad. In 2018, the best seed banks include Crop King Seeds and Sun West Genetics in Canada, Seeds Man in the United Kingdom, or I Love Growing Marijuana in the Netherlands.
Some of the best seed banks for Gorilla Glue #4 include places like Crop King Seeds, Sun West Genetics, and the United Kingdom’s Seeds Man.
It is best to familiarize yourself with the legal status of marijuana in your state first before attempting to purchase seeds online. It is only legal to purchase seeds in states which have legalized cannabis for recreational or medicinal purposes. You will need to have a medical marijuana card if you want to purchase cannabis seeds for medicinal purposes.
Some seed banks based outside of the United States sell cannabis seeds for “souvenir purposes only.” However, it is illegal to bring seeds into the U.S., either directly or via the postal service. Customs will confiscate your cannabis seeds, so don’t waste your money.
Tip #2 – Beware of Pollen Sacs!
Did you know that GG4 originally came from a hermaphrodite plant? Also known as a ‘Hermie,’ a hermaphrodite plant develops both male and female flowers. Gorilla Glue #4 is more sensitive to hermaphroditism than other strains, which means you must take special precautions. For instance, you must do your best to eliminate all forms of stress during the flowering stage.
GG4 is especially sensitive to hermaphroditism, so special precautions must be taken to avoid producing plants with pollen sacs.
This means pruning and staking the Gorilla Glue #4 plants during the vegetative stage. It is also imperative that you maintain ideal environmental conditions in your growing space. This means perfect hygiene, constant monitoring of your timers, and regular checks for mites and insects.
If you have a female GG4 plant, it is still possible for it to grow pollen sacs. If you uncover sacs, spray down the plant with water to contain the pollen, and move it into an isolated grow area to finish the flowering process.
If you do this correctly, your plant can still make it to harvest and not produce seeds. If you fail to do anything about the pollen sacs, your entire crop could be ruined.
Tip #3 – GG4 Growing Techniques
Gorilla Glue #4 will perform well with a Screen of Green (SCROG) type grow because these plants grow rapidly enough to fill your garden space. This is a Low-Stress Training (LST) technique that involves the use of a screen. Rather than tying the plant down as you would with classic LST, you wait for it to grow through the screen.
Because of its rapid growth rate, Gorilla Glue #4 is a good candidate for a Screen of Green (SCROG) grow.
After the branches begin growing through, tuck them back into the screen. In essence, you are ‘weaving’ the branches around the screen. At flowering time, you have a garden capable of producing lots of colas.
SCROG helps ensure all the plant’s buds have the chance to get enough sunlight. This will help the plant to produce several large and potent buds per plant.
Hydroponic growing is an excellent option for those looking to grow GG4. This is a technique that involves the use of an inert growing medium. In other words, you won’t be using soil.
Although soil is the classic growing medium, it is filled with disadvantages. For instance, you have to monitor soil pH constantly. It isn’t easy to determine nutrient levels. There is a heightened risk of pests. Also, the quality of the soil dictates whether the final product is any good.
In general, even a basic hydroponics system needs specific equipment to be an effective growing medium. For example, you will need a grow table, an air pump, an inert growing media like Rockwool, a reservoir tank, large buckets for each plant, a drip line, and plastic tubing.
When you utilize hydroponics, your GG4 plants can grow at tremendous speed. As a result, you have to remain diligent with regards to pruning. A combination of hydroponics and SCROG is ideal.
Tip #4 – Understand Flowering Time & Likely Yield
Gorilla Glue’s flowering time of 8-9 weeks is fairly standard. When grown indoors, you can get up to 18 ounces of weed per square meter planted. If you grow outdoors in dry and sunny conditions, you could achieve a bountiful harvest of 21 ounces per plant. A GG4 plant usually is ready for harvest in mid-October.
Gorilla Glue #4 produces a remarkable amount of resin, so only the best scissors will suffice when clipping and pruning the plants.
When you’re harvesting the crop, make sure you bring several pairs of scissors because GG4 is sure to clog them up. These plants produce a remarkable amount of resin. However, once you get past the irritation of changing trimming devices regularly, you will love the potent high it offers. Also, Gorilla Glue #4 is known for being one of the easiest strains to grow.
Tip #5 – Best Temperature & Humidity for Gorilla Glue #4
We are living in a glorious age where marijuana is incredibly potent. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the average THC level of weed in 1978 was just 1.37%!
By 2008, it had risen to 8.5%, but that’s nothing compared to the behemoths of today. GG4 strains can weigh in at 30% THC, and some strains of Strawberry Cough and Chiquita Banana have reached the 33% mark.
With Gorilla Glue #4, you have one of the most potent weed strains ever, so it is imperative to get the temperature and humidity settings correct. In generic terms, you should keep your GG4 strain at temperatures of between 68 and 85-degrees Fahrenheit.
During the vegetative stage, we recommend keeping the plants at a temperature of around 80 degrees. You can drop it a little when it is flowering, but keep it at 75 degrees. Also, make sure the night time temperature is no more than 10 degrees lower than the daytime one.
With Gorilla Glue #4, you have one of the strongest weed strains ever – hands down.
As for humidity, most growers are guilty of keeping it too high. We’ve heard of growers keeping it at 70% towards the end of the vegetative stage. In reality, humidity levels should start at 60% when your GG4 is a seedling. Make sure it falls to 50-55% by the end of the vegetative stage and continue lowering gradually. A humidity level of 40-45% is perfectly fine during the flowering stage, so don’t panic!
Tip #6 – Feeding Your GG4 Plants
Every plant needs nutrients to thrive, and GG4 is no different. Your GG4 plant will respond well to a nitrogen-rich feed early in the vegetative stage. Experienced GG4 growers recommend using potassium-silicate rich foods which will help the plant to grow strong as its buds develop.
Make sure you focus on potassium and phosphorus during flowering. Other essential nutrients include sulfur, magnesium, and calcium.
If you use a solution for feeding your plants rather than mixing it in the soil, please note that you won’t have to feed your crop frequently. In reality, a weekly feeding is fine if you use soil with good drainage or an inert growing medium.
Above all, do not provide your plants with undiluted nutrients. It is best to dilute the solution to 50% or thereabouts. Otherwise, you’ll need to perform a soil flush.
Your Gorilla Glue #4 plants will exhibit different symptoms according to the nutrient deficiency. Here is a quick guide to help you spot whether your plants aren’t getting enough of a particular nutrient:
NUTRIENT GUIDE FOR GROWING GORILLA GLUE #4
|Calcium||Causes the soil to become acidic|
|Nitrogen||Small growth, red stems, and fast yellowing of lower leaves that spread up the plant|
|Phosphorus||Slow or stunted growth, with darker green lower leaves and yellowing leaves close to death.|
|Potassium||Curling of leaf ends as they die and the plant stretches out.|
|Sulfur||New growth contains yellowing|
|Magnesium||The leaves turn yellow or white, and the process begins in the plant’s middle before spreading to younger leaves|
Tip #7 – Watching Out for Pests & Diseases!
Pest wise, aphids (e.g., greenfly or blackfly) are a real problem. They suck out your GG4 plants’ nutrients and worst of all, are capable of producing a dozen offspring a day!
Look out for pale, yellow insects on the underside of the leaves. If you don’t check your crop carefully, aphids are capable of wiping it out completely. Aphids produce nectar that’s loved by ants, so if you see an army of ants near your plants, chances are aphids are nearby.
Typically, Gorilla Glue #4 is highly resistant to pests and diseases, but improper care of your plants can cause havoc. For the record, there are fungal and bacterial diseases that can damage your crop. In general, fungal diseases thrive in damp or humid conditions and spores float around the air, ready to find the best location.
Gorilla Glue #4 is typically resistant to pests and diseases, but improper care can still wreak havoc on your crop.
Bacterial diseases are introduced by bugs, rain, humans, and many other things. If left unchecked, one of these diseases can kill a healthy plant. Gray mold is one of the worst diseases because it infects every part of your plant. Make sure you keep your grow room above 70 degrees Fahrenheit and keep humidity to the minimum level.
Tip #8 – Don’t Forget About Carbon Dioxide!
Better known as CO2, carbon dioxide is a must because plants can’t live without it! While humans don’t react well to areas with high levels of CO2, your Gorilla Glue #4 plants absolutely love it. They use it as their air, and as well as being necessary to breathe, plants use it to spur and maintain photosynthesis.
There is a myriad of ways to introduce CO2 into the air, but a CO2 generator is the most reliable. While it is almost impossible for plants to overdose on CO2, it can become a problem if you spend too much time in the grow room. For reference, the normal background concentration is 250 – 350 ppm.
Although you can boost it to 1,000ppm to help your Gorilla Glue #4 plants thrive, you have to be wary about human exposure. Once you reach the 1,000-2,000ppm level, it is normal to complain about poor air quality and drowsiness. At over 2,000ppm, humans can suffer side effects such as reduced concentration, sleepiness, and headaches.
The workplace exposure limit is 5,000ppm for eight hours. At 40,000ppm, exposure can cause oxygen deprivation leading to permanent brain damage or death.
WayofLeaf Tip | Boost your CO2 levels to 1,000ppm to maximize Gorilla Glue #4 yields — but be extra careful about human exposure!
By maintaining a CO2 level of 1,200-1,500ppm in your grow area, you can also increase the temperature by a few degrees. When you do it correctly, adding CO2 to your growing room could increase your GG4 yield by up to 20%! Just make sure you don’t spend too long in the area when monitoring your plants.
How to grow Gorilla Glue #4; one of the most delicious, potent marijuana strains of all time. Learn how to cultivate it for maximum efficiency.
Gorilla Glue, the stickiest and most powerful cannabis plant
Gorilla Glue #4 is the elite cannabis clone that has spread fastest worldwide. Since it won first prize in the Michigan and Los Angeles cups in 2014, it has not stopped conquering indoor crops, and is now found on all 5 continents. But is this weed so special? Actually it is, if you haven’t tried it you don’t know what you’re missing, and if you don’t know it yet I invite you to read these paragraphs below.
? What variety is Gorilla Glue? How did it originate?
This strain, like other great discoveries, was created by chance, as its creator Joesy Whales, who died a few months ago (RIP), was not trying to make seeds in his crop, but due to an accident the Chem Sister ended up pollinating the Sour Dubb and Chocolate Diesel plants that were blooming.
Mr Whales wanted to discard those seeds, but his partner Marrdog wanted to give them a chance, so he decided to germinate them. Fortunately he was able to prove the genetic potential he had in his hands and he saved 4 phenotypes, among which was the Gorilla Glue#4.
Image of Joesy Whales after he became famous for his Gorilla*
✅ Gorilla Glue as a plant, general characteristics
It loves the sun and bears the heat fairly well, making it ideal for warm climates such as Southern California or the Mediterranean. However, it does not like the cold, much less the humidity, a factor that must be taken into account, especially in outdoor crops.
It shows great resistance to insect pests, much more than most varieties, and its morphology is reminiscent of the Indica ones, although its growth is more typical of sativas, with a lot of vertical growth and great development speed.
Highlights and characteristics Gorilla glue
? Is GG#4 indica or sativa ?
It can really be considered a fairly balanced polyhybrid, so we can say that it is 50% indica and 50% sativa approximately. If you look at its structure is more like an indica, with good-sized leaves, short distance between knots and a medium stretch in flowering. But if we consider the effect we can see how it is so cerebral and stimulating that it could not be considered a typical indica variety.
The vast majority of commercial cannabis seeds nowadays are like this, containing both indica and sativa genetic load. This is due to demand from the public, who usually prefer to enjoy a great psychoactive effect like sativas, but without waiting for the long flowering period, and with the yield and ease of cultivation of indica varieties.
Photo of a Gorilla Glue #4 plant outdoors*
➕ Gorilla Glue #1, Gorilla Glue #2 and Gorilla Glue #5
Gorilla Glue#1 is another of the 4 phenotypes selected from the original seeds. Also known as Sister Glue, in its taste and aroma the pine is most remarkable, and from the point of view of some users is even more powerful than #4, of course the effect is more indica, so it feels more physical.
Gorilla Glue#2 is similar in resin level to its sisters, but the taste is somewhat fresher and sweeter, although less intense. On the surface the buds look whiter than those of the other phenotypes, and the effect is quite similar to GG#4.
The Gorilla Glue#5 or New Glue is not a sister, but a direct descendant of the first generation, or Gorilla Glue F2, as it is a cross between Gorilla Glue #1 and Gorilla Glue #4.
Image of a Gorilla Glue #1 bud*
? How to grow Gorilla Glue #4 indoors
The best way to optimize the performance in indoor cultivation with this strain is with the SCROG technique, since its large branching coupled with the growth rate that has made it perfect for applying this technique.
You can put 4 plants/3x3ft in 6.6 US gal (25 litre) pots, with all mix substrate if possible, and add root stimulator for the first 3 waterings. Once the plants have reached the fourth knot you can prune the tip, doing regular apical pruning or FIM. A week later you can do the next pruning, this time of the secondary branches, doing it until we have enough number of branches to be able to fill the mesh.
Once the net is covered, the photoperiod is changed to flowering, and it is not a bad idea to do a low pruning at this time, removing all the branches that have been left under the net to favor the ventilation. Try not to stress them during this cycle because the most negative point of this genetics is its propensity to hermaphroditism, especially in indoor cultivation.
The cannabis Gorilla Glue #4 seeds, from Original Sensible, are considered one of the most powerful and compact…
? Growing Gorilla Glue outdoors
As long as it is not exposed to high humidity or low temperatures the Gorilla will develop without problems. It is best to prune a lot during the growing phase, so that the moisture does not do so much damage, as this way it does not concentrate the buds so much on the tips. A good idea is to place many stakes or some structure through which we can guide the branches and tie them up if necessary.
In outdoor cultivation behaves better than indoors, resistance to stress is greater, but it is still worth checking the buds from time to time in case a male flower appears that needs to be removed.
☝ Glue flowering time
It is quite fast to flower and very early to mature. Indoors it is ready after about 60 days of flowering, and if you leave it longer the effect becomes more and more physical and heavy, remember this.
Outdoors it can be harvested from late September in the northern hemisphere, so it can be a good choice where autumns start with rain. In the southern hemisphere it is cut from the end of March.
☕ Bud production and overall yield
It can be said that it is a very commercial plant, firstly because of the speed of growth and flowering, but also because of its good production of buds, which indoors can exceed 17.6 oz per 3x3ft (500 grams/m2). Outdoors each well cultivated Gorilla can give you more than 24.7 oz (700 grams) in dry, especially in very sunny and warm places.
But without a doubt what surprises people most about this variety is its incredible resin yield, it ends up totally bathed, with a very striking bright white appearance. The return on solvent extraction is over 25%, which is on a par with very few cannabis varieties.
Photo of BHO Live Resin from a Gorilla Glue*
? Aroma and flavor of the GG#4
You have to be careful with the aroma, you’ll love it but it can also cause you problems if you don’t control it, because the scent is very powerful, sweet and acid in equal parts, with a cocoa background inherited from the mythical Thai Chocolate.
The taste has notes of pine, earthy and acidic, typical of the Kush variety, but with a very special touch reminiscent of coffee, mocha or chocolate, with a great intensity that can almost be chewed.
✨ Gorilla Glue #4 effects and THC level
It produces a great euphoria, it is the first thing you feel, positivity, motivation and general wellbeing. As the effect settles down it becomes more relaxing in all senses, so much so that if you smoke too much it becomes quite sedative.
The THC of the Gorilla Glue can reach values close to 30%, but also enjoys a great entourage effect due to the terpenic profile it contains, so you have to be careful when consuming it if you do not want to be a victim of the Gorilla.
Image of cured buds from GG#4*
⛳ From Gorilla Glue to Original Glue
This strain is named for its extra-sticky resin, and everyone who touches it understands the reason perfectly. It is a name that everyone liked very much, as it was very catchy and represented the variety very well. But there were some people who did not like that name, the owners of the glue brand Gorilla Glue, and as they have it registered the name of the cannabis plant had to be changed to Original Glue or GG#4.
It is paradigmatic that the glue company was upset because they had used their brand for a weed and wanted to disassociate themselves so as not to give themselves bad publicity, and in the long run what has happened is that thanks to Glue cannabis now many more people know about these glues.
⭐ Seeds, hybrids and polyhybrids from the Gorilla Glue
Nowadays there are many seed banks from all over the world with their version of Gorilla Glue, seeds obtained through self-pollination of the elite cutting, or crosses with other varieties, there’s plenty of it, feminized, autoflowering and even Quick like the one from Dinafem.
Among all these variations, PEV Bank Seeds’ Gorilla Glue is the most outstanding as a feminized version, and the Platinum Gorilla, Grease Monkey or Purple Glue as great crosses, all of them of the highest quality.
Gorilla Glue marijuana variety has quickly become one of the favorites for many consumers…
✌ Weed not to be forgotten
The moment you try it, it will awaken all your senses and be forever engraved in your memory, which is what happens with premium quality products like Original Glue. Now that you know it, you need to get it, right? Well, you’ll realize that each and every one of the things you’ve read about it is true, and it will still surprise you…
Gorilla Glue is synonymous with quality cannabis, a plant that contains all those characteristics desirable by growers and users…