We spoke to our friends at Dutch Passion, who gave us the lowdown on one of their most popular strains, Desfrán. Here is what they had to say…
1. Explain the origins of the strain, how and why did you create Desfrán?
Desfrán is a sativa variety grown for a really special euphoric, soaring high. The kind you only get from the special jungle sativa varieties of South America and Asia. The genetics come from a famous variety called Destroyer. And she’s called Destroyer for a good reason.
Desfrán is the result of crossing a couple of very carefully selected Destroyer specimens. Destroyer was originally a 3-way crossing of Mexican Oaxaca, Colombian Punto Rojo and Meao Thai and comes to Dutch Passion thanks to Alberto from Argentina.
Alberto is a Master Grower, Cannabis Connoisseur and owner of Haze Magazine. Our first project together was to introduce Desfrán to Europe.
During vegetative growth Desfrán needs little nutrition. She grows well in soil especially with plenty of root space, and grows vigorously in other grow methods too. Desfrán is 100% Sativa so she can grow very tall and develops long branches which can dominate the airspace/growroom in no time. In vegetative growth the stem can produce intense fruity aromas when rubbed.
During flower she stretches and can triple her height. Desfrán is very resinous variety suited for SOG and SCROG grow methods and usually takes 9-10 weeks to flower. Desfrán has a fruity aroma like pear and green apples, the taste is like enjoying a pear caramel with hints of grape and melon. Desfrán produces unusually dense and compact flowers for a Sativa. When dried, the flowers look like glazed pinecones. Early harvest can result in a very cerebral and psychedelic high, if you harvest Desfrán late she tastes sweeter and is a true destroyer.
This is great quality cannabis, but the plant is stretchy and may need tying down or training. She definitely isn’t suited to small grow tents, this girl needs space. Outdoors in warm climates (or in a greenhouse) Desfrán will reach 3-4m tall with heavy harvests.
2. What are the unique features that you believe make Desfrán a bestseller?
For most growers this variety is all about the high. If harvested early its got a hazy and intense high which will remind older connoisseurs of the best 1980’s Thai Sticks. And if left a week or two longer until harvest you will notice a quite different effect, much heavier and direct – which is where the ‘Destroyer’ name came from. Most growers prefer one or the other, Haze-high of full mental destruction. So if you do grow her, try harvesting a few early buds as well as some late ones and see which way you like her. Desfrán is one of those varieties that gets a high proportion of repeat growers.
3. What reactions have you had from customers/media about Desfrán?
Dutch Passion have always had a hard-core of sativa-loving customers ever since the 1980’s, so we got a great reaction as soon as we announced Desfrán One of the most frequent customer requests is for top quality sativa variety with no hybridisation. That’s the real reason we introduced Desfrán. We live in a world where cannabis breeding has produced a multitude of indica/sativa hybrids. And many of them are great, but there is always a place for the pure sativa inbred lines, even though they inevitably take a couple of weeks longer to flower and stretch to fill all the available space in your tent. Some people love them, and quite a few of our customers only grow sativa varieties for their recreational or medical needs.
4. Are there any strains you can compare Desfrán to? What kind of grower would love this strain?
If you think of a great quality sativa with a strong flash of Haze then you are on the right lines. Desfrán is a variety that induces a sense of energy and creative purpose, often your thoughts drift away from your daily reality. For some people thats a welcome change. Desfrán has a strong ‘up’ high – for some people its the best kind of high. Of course, if thats your type of weed then getting hold of it is never easy. Especially if you like your cannabis harvest timed to perfection to suit your own taste. Thats probably why so many people prefer to grow their own cannabis, and Desfrán is one of those varieties that is worth having a jar of.
5. Can you tell Seedsman customers why they should buy Desfrán, in just one sentence?
If you don’t mind waiting slightly longer than normal in bloom, and have the space for a stretching sativa with searing potency, then Desfrán should be in your next grow!