Ortega is made up of a selection from some old school seeds originating from some mid 1980s Northern Lights 1 and Northern Lights 5, two strains that have contributed to a considerable amount of award-winning and extremely well-loved hybrids out there.
This strain is said to keep a good structure in growth and flowers and has been described as having powerful fruit and berry flavours. It is often used medically to aid sleep disorders and muscle conditions. Ortega is a classic blend and a staple in any collection.
This seed is one of the many regular varieties Mr Nice has on the market.
While many would agree that that feminised seeds are the easier options for growers cultivating one strain exclusively (as the males are not needed in this process), for a grower wanting to create a customised crop, a regular seed is the obvious choice.
The males produced are essential to the breeding process, as it is the pollen from the male plants that allows fertilisation to occur. The grower would then pick the phenotypes in line with their own preferences for the mother and father plant, allowing only these to breed.
The resulting offspring would then take on only the best traits from each strain and not those deemed weaker by the breeder.
It is this freedom to tailor a crop to ones own personal preferences that attracts many growers, particularly of the more traditional sort, to a regular seed, as opposed to its more user-friendly counterparts.
The expected flowering time of this strain is around 6-8 weeks and it is harvested in October in the Northern Hemisphere and between March and April in the Southern Hemisphere. A grower could expect a yield of approximately 500-750 grams per square meter.