Looking to Grow Gorilla Glue #4? These 8 Tips Can Help
The Gorilla Glue #4 strain is a balanced hybrid with slightly sativa-leaning effects. Also called Original Glue, it is a cross of Chocolate Diesel, Sour Dubb, and Chem’s Sister. This strain gets its name from its extremely sticky buds. Indeed, the resin level is so high that growers often complain that their scissors get stuck together when trimming!
This is a sign of extreme potency. Gorilla Glue #4’s THC content is estimated at up to 30%! The high provides a sense of euphoria while still enabling users to remain focused. Those who cultivate this strain find that it can produce up to 18 ounces per square meter planted indoors. Its flowering time is 8-9 weeks. Outdoors, you can expect to yield up to 21 ounces per plant. Harvest time is usually around mid-October.
In this guide, we provide eight tips on how to grow this extremely powerful cannabis strain.
1 – Avoid Hermaphrodite GG4 Plants
A breeder known as Josey Wales created the Gorilla Glue #4 strain. It has won several awards, including recognition at various Cannabis Cups in 2014. However, there is one slight issue: GG4 was created from a hermaphroditic plant. Male and female flowers grow in such plants.
Allowing male plants to grow in your cannabis garden is a recipe for disaster. Their pollen sacs will spread and ruin your crop. One of the keys to preventing ‘hermie’ plants is to ensure they don’t become stressed.
One of the keys to preventing ‘hermie’ plants is to ensure they don’t become stressed.
This means keeping pests and intruders at bay and ensuring your GG4 plants grow in the right conditions. We outline how to do all of this below. Pay special attention to your plants about four weeks into the growth cycle. From this point, you can begin to determine the gender of your plants.
Analyze the area between the nodes of your Gorilla Glue #4 plants. It is from there that pre-flowers appear. In female plants, you should spot bracts that produce stigma. In males, you will see pollen sacs, which are small round balls. If you see plants with sacs, remove them from your garden immediately.
2 – The Best Temperature & Humidity Measures
During the vegetative stage, the ideal room temperature for GG plants is approximately 80 degrees Fahrenheit. By the start of the flowering stage, you can lower it to around 75 degrees. Keep it to this level during the daytime. The temperature should drop by approximately 10 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Do not allow it to fall any further lest you stress the plants.
Regarding humidity, your Gorilla Glue #4 seedlings need a relative humidity (RH) level of approximately 60%. Begin decreasing it gradually throughout the vegetative stage. When your plants are ready to transition to the blooming phase, the RH should be no higher than 45%. You can continue to reduce it, so it is around 30-35% by harvest time.
It is worth investing in a humidity sensor to measure the RH in the air. You may also want to purchase a humidifier or dehumidifier to increase or decrease RH as necessary. If you find that the grow room temperature is too hot, purchase fans to help cool things down. There are special heaters available if you need to increase the temperature.
3 – Feeding Gorilla Glue #4
First and foremost, GG4 is a thirsty plant, so make sure you water your crop regularly. Check the soil before watering, however, to ensure you don’t overdo it. Regarding nutrients, Gorilla Glue #4 will thrive with moderate feeding. If you use high-quality organic soil, you can get away without adding much else. Provide a boost to the soil by including amendments such as compost tea, bat guano, and worm castings.
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Keep the nitrogen level high during the vegetative stage. This process will ensure that your plants produce healthy foliage. It is also a good idea to add potassium while your crop is still vegging. Supplements such as Voodoo Juice may come in handy in the first couple of weeks.
Once your GG4 plants are in the blooming phase, you can reduce nitrogen intake slightly. Increase potassium and phosphorus feeding. Don’t neglect secondary nutrients such as magnesium, sulfur, and calcium. Adding them will help fatten the buds.
4 – How to Spot Nutrient Excess or Deficiencies
When adding nutrients, dilute them and begin with a relatively small amount. Check for nutrient excess or deficiency. In both cases, the symptoms can vary according to the nutrient. For instance, symptoms of nitrogen deficiency can include:
- Yellowing of mature leaves, particularly near the bottom of the plant
- Fewer bud sites with the plants flowering early
- Brown spots or discoloration on leaves
With phosphorus deficiency, signs might include:
- Purple leaf stems
- Copper, black, or purple spots on leaves
- The leaves could turn a dark bronze or metallic color
With potassium deficiency, symptoms include:
- Burnt leaf tips
- The leaves begin to curl up
- Brown spots
You don’t necessarily need to know every sign of nutrient excess or deficiency. However, if you see unusual spots, yellowing leaves, or curled up leaves, you may have a problem. The sooner you spot the issue, the better the chance of fixing it.
5 – How to Deal with Pests
Aside from monitoring possible nutrient issues, you also need to check your Gorilla Glue #4 plants for pests. One of the worst infestations you can have involves aphids. These pale insects usually hide beneath leaves and are often difficult to spot. Even more concerning is how quickly they reproduce. If left untreated, an aphid infestation can destroy your crop in an alarmingly short period.
GG4 is relatively resistant to pests. However, you should still check your plants with a magnifying glass regularly. If you see an infestation, it is tempting to purchase chemical pesticides. Rather than ruining your crop, try one of these natural remedies:
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- A combination of four cups of water and five tablespoons of dish soap. This mixture does a great job of handling spider mites and aphids.
- Neem oil. This is a natural fungicide and insecticide. It fares well against mites, aphids, and other insects with soft bodies.
- Beer! Place some beer in a saucer. It attracts and kills slugs and snails.
- Garlic’s pungent smell keeps insects away.
- Pyrethrum spray. It is another natural insecticide. On this occasion, it comes from dried chrysanthemum flowers. Mix it with dish soap and water to deal with flying insects.
6 – Lighting
It is tempting to expose your Gorilla Glue #4 plants to intense light. After all, this helps them to grow. However, GG4 is a cannabis strain that doesn’t thrive in excessive light. If you’re cultivating your crop indoors, you’ll need to be selective when choosing a lighting setup.
HIDs, CFLs, and LEDs are the three most common grow light options.
HIDs, CFLs, and LEDs are the three most common grow light options. Here is a quick overview of each one:
HIDs have been a popular option for over 30 years and remain a good option for autoflowering plants. Most growers prefer to use Metal Halide lights during the vegetative stage and HPS lights for flowering. If you choose HIDs, look for bulbs between 400W and 600W. Also, make sure they are 30-50cm above the canopy of your crop.
CFLs operate in the cooler white spectrum and are an alternative to Metal Halide bulbs. Indeed, a 250W CFL can produce equivalent results to a 400W HID. You can place a CFL as little as 10cm away from your plants. It is best to use CFLs in the vegetative stage as it isn’t powerful enough for flowering.
LED lighting is a relatively new option. The setup cost is considerably higher than with other lights. However, they will save you money in the long run by trimming your energy bill. LEDs with just 350W can perform better than 600W HIDs. LEDs also provide a better light spectrum range than their rivals.
If you intend to grow a lot of cannabis plants, an LED system is worth consideration. For smaller growers, HIDs should prove more than adequate.
7 – Use Screen of Green (SCROG) for Higher Yields
Unless you’re an experienced marijuana grower, it is best to choose low-stress training (LST) techniques. These methods involve gently manipulating the branches of your plants to encourage faster growth.
The SCROG method is one of the most popular LST methods. If you leave your Gorilla Glue #4 plants alone, they will grow tall rather than wide. With SCROG, you push upper branches down while bringing up the lower ones. The process involves placing a screen above the soil (or whatever the growing medium is). Once the branches grow through the screen, you bend and weave them. The process of redirecting branches helps you create a flatter canopy.
Ideally, you will place your screen approximately 20cm above the bottom of your plants. Once the GG4 plants grow tall enough to be 5cm above the mesh, start tucking each branch beneath the screen. Point them towards the next square on the screen. You can continue to SCROG for the entire vegetative phase.
8 – Trimming Gorilla Glue #4
Once your GG4 plants are harvest-ready, it is time to cut them down and start trimming. GG4 presents a challenge due to the stickiness of the buds. Typically, growers prefer wet trimming, which involves removing sugar leaves straight away. However, the flowers remain sticky as they’re holding a lot of water. With GG4, this becomes even more of an issue.
Dry trimming is usually regarded as the most challenging option. However, it is worth considering this method with Gorilla Glue #4 because the buds are less sticky. Regardless of the option you choose, make sure you remove the larger fan leaves as soon as possible after harvest.
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You also require at least two pairs of curved trimming scissors. The rounded blades of these devices fit neatly around the base of the buds. Don’t buy anything that doesn’t feel comfortable in your hands.
It doesn’t take long for your scissors to gunk up with Gorilla Glue #4. Cleaning involves rubbing them with a substance such as white vinegar or rubbing alcohol. If you opt for the vinegar, soak a clean cloth in it and rub the blades until they feel less sticky. For those using the alcohol, soak the scissors in the solution for a few minutes.
Final Thoughts on Growing Gorilla Glue #4
Hopefully, the tips above help you in your quest to grow GG4 plants at home. Realistically, your best option is to cultivate your crop indoors. Make sure your plants are not exposed to stress. Otherwise, they could produce pollen sacs, an event that could spell catastrophe for your marijuana garden.
Try to adhere to our guidelines regarding temperature, humidity, lighting, and feeding as closely as possible. Monitor your Gorilla Glue #4 plants regularly, and purchase an extra pair of scissors for trimming!
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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.
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📖 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…