How to Grow Purple Cannabis
Every grower has fantasised about harvesting big, purple buds at home. But what exactly can you do to manipulate the colour of your weed?
Purple cannabis certainly does exist, but there’s a right way to turn your pot purple, and a wrong way.
HOW TO GROW PURPLE CANNABIS
Purple weed is real eye candy. And while there are many rumours circulating the internet about how to grow purple cannabis at home, there are really only two variables that you can play with to manipulate the colour of your weed. Keep reading to find out what they are.
WHAT CAUSES CANNABIS TO TURN PURPLE?
All plants have naturally occurring pigments. The most dominant pigment in most plants (including cannabis) is chlorophyll, which, apart from helping plants photosynthesise, also gives them their green colour.
However, plants also have many other active pigments, including carotenoids and anthocyanins. In the absence of chlorophyll, plants may use pigments like anthocyanins to absorb sunlight and photosynthesise. Unlike chlorophyll, anthocyanins naturally absorb all wavelengths from the sun except those in the indigo spectrum, which is what gives plants their purple colour.
Hence, purple cannabis plants (or any purple plant for that matter) get their colour because the dominant pigment in their leaves and flowers are anthocyanins, rather than chlorophyll.
WHAT PARTS OF CANNABIS CAN TURN PURPLE?
There are four main parts of your cannabis plant that can turn purple:
• Pistils: Pistils are the fine hairs that pop out of your buds, letting you know they’re female. Pistils generally start off a creamy white colour and turn orange/red/brown as plants mature. However, it is possible for your plant’s pistils to turn pink or purple, and this colour will remain after you harvest, dry, and cure your buds.
• Calyxes: Calyxes are the small pods that make up your buds. Cannabis flowers are actually made up of hundreds of these small calyxes stacked on top of one another. As the flowers mature, the calyxes open and reveal their pistils, which are designed to catch pollen from male cannabis plants.
• Leaves: The fan and sugar leaves of your cannabis plant can also turn purple. However, they usually won’t have a large effect on the final colour of your buds, as you’ll likely trim away most of the leaves during your post-harvest work.
• Trichomes: Trichomes are the tiny crystals that cover your buds. While they usually start off clear and become opaque and then amber later on, it is possible for them to turn purple, too.
THE WRONG WAYS TO TURN YOUR POT PURPLE
Many people mistakenly believe that the best way to turn cannabis purple is to deprive their plants of oxygen. However, depriving your plants of oxygen, carbon dioxide, or any other gas will not improve your chances of harvesting purple buds. Feeding your plants more nitrogen also won’t change the colour of your plants, at least not unless you overdo it and end up burning them to a crispy shade of brown.
Some growers also use food colouring to dye their plants. And while it might work, we definitely do not recommend trying it. Finally, changing your plant’s light cycle, watering schedule, or grow medium also won’t increase its chances of turning purple, nor will yelling, screaming, or singing to your plants.
THE RIGHT WAYS TO TURN YOUR PLANTS PURPLE
Now that you know how NOT to go about growing purple weed, here are a few pointers to help you maximise your chances of harvesting some eye-catching purple buds this season:
1: START WITH THE RIGHT GENETICS
Genetics are going to have the biggest impact on the final colour of your plants. So, if you’re set on growing purple weed, shop around for purple strains, as they’ll have been specifically bred for their unique colour. Remember that your buds are going to lose some colour after trimming, so opt for strains with the most vibrant purple pigmentation you can find.
Keep reading through to the end of this article for some top recommendations on purple strains to grow at home.
2: ADJUST YOUR TEMPERATURES
While you might be eager to watch your plants turn purple, this will usually only happen once they’ve finished vegetative growth and start flowering. Once your plants have entered their flowering stage, try dropping your nighttime temperatures. Colder temperatures cause chlorophyll to break down and can encourage your plants to produce more anthocyanins. Ideally, you’ll want there to be a difference of 10–15°C between your daytime and nighttime temperatures.
OTHER WAYS TO GROW PURPLE WEED
There are some other ways to manipulate the colour of your plants. Most of these techniques, however, involve depriving your plants of certain nutrients, which, of course, we do not recommend doing. Even if you are able to achieve some purple colouration using these alternative methods, it will likely be to the detriment of quality, flavour, and potency.
GENETICS: THE #1 REASON WEED TURNS PURPLE
Remember, the two main factors affecting the colour of your cannabis plants are genetics and temperature. If you’re really set on growing purple weed, make sure to invest in the right genetics from the get-go.
At Royal Queen Seeds, our expert breeders have bred some killer purple strains. Make sure to check them out and add a splash of colour to your next harvest:
Purple Queen is an almost pure indica variety bred from Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani genetics. She flowers over 9–11 weeks and produces big, purple buds with a uniquely pungent aroma that combines hints of both pine and fuel. Purple Queen also boasts a THC concentration of up to 22% and produces a nice, relaxing body stone that’s perfect for whenever you need to unwind and relax.
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22 Purple Flowers to Beautify Your Garden
From pale lilac to deep violent, we rounded up our favorite purple blooms.
Looking to freshen up your garden this spring? A punch of purple flowers could be just what you need. Available in a variety of shades from moody to sweet, this mix of low-maintence annuals and perennials are stunning planted together or paired with other hues.
These bell-shaped blooms grow in both white and purple varieties, but purple is the most common. They enjoy well-drained soil and plenty of sunshine.
Part of the bellflower family (see previous slide), this long-living perennial is easy to please. The plants naturally repel deer, rarely need dividing, and can thrive in both cold climates and drought-prone areas.
Use this sun-loving, insect-repelling plant along walkways or garden paths where you can really enjoy its scent.
The jacaranda tree produces foot-long clusters of blooms measuring about two inches apiece.
A member of the onion family, this striking perennial blooms in late spring and early summer and lasts for weeks. Easy to please, alliums can be planted on their own or mixed with other plants.
These daisy-like wildflowers bloom throughout summer and can thrive in poor soil conditions. Tip: The more you cut them, the faster and taller they grow!
Growing only 6 to 8 inches tall, these tiny wildflowers are a great option for borders or edging.
Heliotrope blossoms are one of the most fragrant flowers around and sport a scent often compared to that of cherry pie.
Coneflower plants can grow up to five feet tall and are happiest in lean soil, as heavily amended soil can result in poor flowering.
Inexpensive and easy to plant, gladioli bloom from late summer through fall and are the perfect addition to a cut flower garden (they’ll last for a week or more in a vase of fresh water).
Though beautiful, foxgloves should be kept away from children and pets, as all parts of the plant can be toxic if consumed.
Most lilac varieties bloom in late May, but the window is fleeting—about three weeks!—so don’t blink or you might miss them.
Plant lupine in your vegetable garden near the squash, cucumber and broccoli—the flower helps improve soil quality and in turn can help other plants grow.
Also known as the Texas bluebell, lisianthus will grow in all climates as an annual but are happiest in areas with mild summers.
Morning glory vines can grow up to 15 feet in one season and self-seed easily, so pick your planting spot wisely!
Fragrant and edible, these cheerful blooms are a great option for containers, borders, or as ground cover.
These tough little blooms can thrive in hot and cold climates and are stunning planted in hanging baskets.
This woody vine can reach up to 65 feet in height and 32 feet in width.
Looking for a plant that thrives on neglect? This is it! The purple-blue flower favors poor, dry soil, so take it easy on the water and fertilizer.
Except for white varieties, hydrangeas can change color based on the pH level of their soil. To keep your petals purple, aim for a pH level of about 5.5. Tip: It’s easier to control pH levels in a pot, so consider planting your hydrangeas in containers if you’re partial to a particular color.
The dianthus plant—also known as Sweet William—has a natural fragrance with notes of cinnamon and clove.
This fast-climbing vine—a member of the buttercup family—is stunning on fences, porches, and trellises.
We rounded up our favorite purple flowers, from pale lilac to deep violet. There are so many different types of blooms that share the shade, from lavender-colored flowers to bright purple flowering trees.