We get by with a little help from our friends. Without them, we wouldn’t have been blessed with our favorite genetics!
There was a golden moment at the end of prohibition when home growers first “came out of the closet” and began sharing knowledge and genetics freely. Without this community, we wouldn’t be who we are today. We miss those days, so we started Candy Mountain Seeds to preserve, expand and share our favorite strains.
For years we were too afraid to take pictures; we also let countless clone-only strains disappear without archive. Recognizing the long arc of life as a ganja farmer, we started breeding and photographing our favorite Boulder County strains: Orange Crush, Chemdawg, Blueberry, Durban Poison and Moonshine Haze.
We are a husband and wife team. Our cannabis family tree started with a particularly enthusiastic Moonshine Haze male we found in a pack of seeds we bought from Scott Reach of Rare Dankness. We especially love this strain because it reminds us of how we met—trimming his buds in Gunbarrel in 2011.
Our F1 Moonshine Haze crosses were named after their parents names in portmanteau style: Moondawg (MH x Chemdawg), Moonshine Crush (x Orange Crush), Crushberry.
From this cohort, we selected a Moonshine Crush male with an especially nice purple undertone. We also chose a Moondawg male that retained the exceptional vegetative qualities of Moonshine Haze. We crossed the Moonshine Crush with Durban Poison and named it Dagga. Like many of our crosses, it grows big like Moonshine Haze, but still tastes like its clone-only mother.
From there, things got complicated: backcrossing, inbreeding and outcrossing. It is still, and will always be, a work in progress. In 2018 we released our Manakiki. She is the product of backcrossing to the Orange Crush while incorporating F1 hybrids of Chemdawg and Moonshine Haze.
Manakiki is the Ojibwe word for maple forest. We named this after our train-car cabin hideaway deep in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It’s a place frozen in time, where the maple trees grow faster than civilization.
Manakiki is special to us and truly unique. She is a fast-finisher well suited to high elevations and northern climates. With a critical dark period of only 7 hours, she will begin flowering at summer solstice and finish well before first frost outdoors.
In 2018 we crossed our Manakiki with a Stardawg x C99 F1 male bred by a friend in Marquette, Michigan. We anticipate hybrid vigor and will select a male from this cohort for breeding projects this coming fall.
We are blessed to have a large gene pool. It will take years to process and explore through selective breeding. To us, nothing could be more exciting.