Origins: Purple Urkle x Space Queen
The name “Querkle” is a clever twist on this indica-dominant strain’s heritage. The mother strain is the Purple Urkle, a memorable Pacific Northwest strain that is easily recognized for her super short stature, slow growth pattern, and amazing transformation in late flowering to a lavender goddess reeking of grapes and purple goodness. In a linguistic mash up of the parentage, Querkle takes its “Q” from the male Space Queen used in this breeding line. Space Queen is one of Subcool’s breeding projects that combines the well-known BC strain, Romulan, and the famed Cindy 99 from the Brothers Grimm. The breeding male of Space Queen, nicknamed “Space Dude”, is good for adding speed and stretch to most crosses.
Querkle has wide leathery leaves and a typical short, thick indica profile. It thrives indoors and outdoors in climates that have good weather until late October. These moderate feeding plants have almost no stretch, so they can be vegetated longer in order to gain size. Even though they stay compact, Querkle’s internodes are tight. Breeder Subcool recommends topping them early. It is also a good idea to thin out the fan leaves to allow light to reach the lower branches. Once topped, Querkle plants form large three-headed bushes with bottom stems as big around as your thumb. When given sufficient vegetative time, topped, and grown in soil, plants consistently yield 4 ounces each.
A sea of green method can also be used. Clones that are budded at 12 inches, produce about 3/4 ounce (21g) per bud site. These plants also do very well when untopped and grown in a screen of green style. Beginners and advanced growers all seem to enjoy growing Querkle. Fans of color will be thrilled by this plant’s transformation as it flowers. The undersides of the fan leaves turn the rich reds of burgundy wine midway through flowering. As they reach maturity, the leaves and stems become dark purple, and the entire plant takes on a purplish-silvery black shading. Buds are dense and heavy with a purple tint.
Querkle is mostly a nightcap smoke, and may encourage late night snacking. It can also be a nice companion for hikes or other mellow outdoor activities. The buzz comes on slowly and lasts a long time. The sensational flavors are worth cleaning out the pipe or bong so they can be thoroughly savored. This strain’s primo taste and the gradual buzz may take discipline to avoid the heavy zoned stone with overindulgence. Querkle is also a good choice for making tinctures, which are calming and very helpful with sleep disorders or nighttime leg pain. -kindgreenbuds