Seedsman had the privilege of sitting down with relative newcomers to the cannabis seed industry, Mephisto Genetics.
1. How was Mephisto Genetics born?
The idea or dream of Mephisto Genetics was conceived during a typical rainy ‘summer’ in England many years ago now. My friend at the time, now my business partner and I, were in somewhat of a grow-off, working with equally small spaces but in competition of who could produce the best yield in the quickest time.
I won…however he turned his nose up at the effect and potency of the auto’s I was then growing and had won with. And then a new gauntlet was laid down and the idea of Mephisto born. It was an idea I just couldn’t get out of my head until we moved countries and the adventure really began.
2. Why was Mephisto Genetics Created?
The aim of mephisto genetics is simply to create and develop, unique, high potency, high quality, world first automatics developed from sought after photoperiod varieties from start to finish.
3. What makes your seeds different?
The difference between our seeds and other companies, is that unlike a lot of brands in the market, we don’t buy in seeds and do a quick re-branding exercise.
The seeds we advertise are the ones our customers receive. We are involved in every aspect, selection, pollination, de-seeding, sorting, and packaging, it’s a lot of hard work, we emphasise a lot!
At most, two pairs of hands touch our products before it reaches our customers. We do things on a small scale, but we do things properly and with love. We also actively invite our fans and customers to follow our work that we document. The list of companies where the consumer can talk directly with the breeder, I feel is limited, and I think our openness and friendliness coupled with the great reviews of our seeds and varieties makes it a no brainer for people to give us a try.
4. What is your most popular strain?
It really ebbs and flows as to what people buy and love, there may be a strain with less attention, then with a good grow show from a customer it can really open the floodgates. I think it would be a toss up between Sour Crack and Auto Blues.
5. What unique strain would you recommend people try from your collection?
Now this is a hard question…It’s like asking a parent which child is their favourite!
I could recommend any of our collection with confidence. Right now, I would recommend trying any of our limited edition varieties, or a good introduction to Mephisto from our main strains would be Ripleys OG. It’s an easy grow, yields well, has some very rank unique smells, and there’s a beautiful purpling phenotype that really resembles the alien OG cut we used in creating her.
6. If you could say why people should by from Mephisto Genetics in one sentence, what would that sentence be?
I would consider where you want your hard earned money to go, to people who really love and care about what they are doing, that literally shed blood sweat and tears in creating a special product, or to a bigger company that can throw money into advertising but have a sub-par product.
7. Any special/secret cultivation tips you can let our readers know about?
Not especially, we work in keeping our methods as simple as possible in order to share this information and allow our customers to be able to replicate what they see from us. We are working on a really simple recipe that we hope to be able to share soon.
8. Do you have any brand new strains soon to be released?
We are continually working on new varieties. In autumn, we will have several new limited editions, including ‘Heisenberg Special’ – (Walter White x 24 Carat).
In 2016, we will be releasing at least 4 brand new varieties for a new ‘artisanal line’ – which are new varieties developed from the current Mephisto lines outcrossed to elite photoperiods and then bred through 5 generations. We are soon to be trialling the f3 generations.
We aren’t a company for hyping our gear or over hyping, we like our work to speak for itself, but I’m confident we will be really taking automatic cannabis to the next level with these projects.
9. What does the future hold for Mephisto Genetics?
We are keeping our noses to the grindstone…and continually growing and expanding little by little in the way we have always done.
We hope to get off the farm some more and attend some of the big expo’s. But I think the future is bright for Mephisto.
10. How can people find out more about Mephisto Genetics?
To find out more about us, by far the best resource is to join the autoflower network. It has a huge database of everything and anything to do with autoflowering cannabis, and there are countless grow shows of our varieties done by growers of all skill levels.