Purple#1 is the world famous classic original purple variety that dates back to the early 1980’s and has been treasured for it’s uniquely beautiful purple colourings and great high. Used extensively by other seedbanks for breeding, our original Purple#1 plant is a 50/50 sativa/indica mix.
The indica parentage comes from a very special purple Afghani which was carefully crossed in Holland with some top indica and sativa strains to create a strong outdoor plant that is fully adapted to the Dutch climate. Yields are a reasonable 250-350 grams per plant, the calyx’s turn purple quickly as flowering begins and the buds are complemented by sweet and sticky small purple leaves that grow amongst the resin soaked purple buds.
Purple #1 is typically 1.5m-2.5m tall, it is for outdoors/greenhouse only and is an early finisher. The fan leaves are often sativa-like in appearance and show amazing purple colours. This variety has had it’s own dedicated fanbase for several decades and remains a popular and beautifully distinctive strain some 30 years after it was first released.
Purple#1 gives a sticky, fruity purple-streaked ganja that has a superb fast-hitting high. The high isn’t the longest lasting but this is more than compensated for by the quality of the experience. It is more of an ‘up’ high than a stone with a somewhat rough, yet subtle, aroma. A great choice for those seeking a fast-finishing tough outdoor variety that combines striking purple buds with a fresh and potent high.
Genetic background and history
In the mid-eighties, Purple #1 was one of the first purple outdoor strains commercially available as seed strain in the Netherlands. It is a balanced indica/sativa hybrid (50:50), bred from Purple Afghan and several sativa strains. In 1983, Henk van Dalen began to cross this Purple Afghan strain with the sativa genetics, therefrom developing the new variety Purple #1 which was released to the market in 1987. Purple #1 is a hardy outdoor variety with good mold resistance, being fully adapted to the Dutch outdoor climate. Its calyxes turn purple in most cases, starting this discolouration at the beginning of flowering. According to Dutch Passion, up to 90% of the plants turn purple. The colder the nights are, the darker the purple hue is, because this attractive colour is produced by a pigment called anthocyane which acts as a kind of antifreeze for the plant. Purple #1 is expected to have a rough, but subtle aroma and a very good high. This traditional Dutch Passion outdoor strain has filled many Dutch and other European gardens in the past. But what about its abilities nowadays? Has Dutch Passion managed to keep up the nice quality over decades?
In 2004, a German greenhouse grow with Purple #1 plants gave me an opportunity to experience actual Purple #1 plants in terms of growth, yield and high. This grow took place in a 20 m2 greenhouse owned by a guy called "Greenhouse Joe" and located in rural remoteness. At the end of June, he planted ten Purple #1 clones, pre-grown indoors for two weeks, directly into the greenhouse ground which had been prepared with growing soil and horn chips before.
The clones had been grown form original Dutch Passion Purple #1 seed. By means of automatic darkening, Joe is in a position to do two greenhouse grows in one year. Before Purple #1, he had already successfully grown Euforia there from spring to early summer, using artificial darkening when the daily light period got longer than 12 hours.
With many cloudy and rainy days, the German summer of 2004 was a great disappointment. Nevertheless, the Purple #1 plants gave a good performance in the vegetative state, and also flowering proceeded well, beginning from early August. The buds had turned violet very early, exhibiting a majestic purple look that got covered with lots of pretty sparkling crystals in the course of flowering. Partly also the stigmas turned purple.
The flower clusters looked quite broad, but taking a closer look revealed that their inner structure wasn’t too dense – obviously due to the lack of sun light. At the end of September, the ripe plants were harvested by Greenhouse Joe.
The average yield of his Purple #1 plants turned out to be 140 grams after all, which was satisfying to him with regard to the bad wheather and the shorter vegetative period. And despite temporarily high air humidity in the greenhouse, no Purple #1 plant got in trouble with mold.
The taste of the dried buds was as purple-typical as expected, somewhat rough, but also spicy and unusual, a real natural outdoor taste. The turn was of decent potency, not knockdown, but very pleasant and refreshing, with some thriving sativa effects. Certainly a suitable day time smoke.