When Brothers Grimm shut down in 2002, the original Cinderella 99 seed stock was quickly depleted and unavailable until their resurrection in 2016.  During the dozen or so years that passed between, C99 became more than just popular, it reached cult status as the “Holy Grail” of indoor marijuana. The resulting plants have been extensively grown and tested in 2016 and found to satisfy the pickiest grower’s expectations of stable, reliable phenotype. The seedlings have very little variation, having been bred for uniformity – they grow with similar scents, flowering time, potency, yield, and growth structure. And the finished buds will impress any weed connoisseur’s demands for bag appeal, flavor and quality of high. The dried, cured flowers are rich in terpenes ranging from sweet tropical fruit, to stinky rotten cheese… sometimes all in the same bud – the flavors and aromas are sublime. And of course, there’s the famous C99 high – devastatingly psychoactive, yet clear – you’ll feel like getting creative, playing music, or making art.

THE CINDERELLA STORY – AS TOLD BY MRSOUL:

“I discovered a few seeds in a bud of Jack Herer I bought @ “Sensi Smile” coffee shop in Amsterdam while there to buy seeds. I didn’t expect much when I grew them, but one of those seeds from the Jack Herer bud produced a very special female that I call “Princess”.  She had devastatingly psychoactive resin and stayed short, compact and had a heavenly aroma of tropical fruit and rotten meat.

The scent given off by Princess, was unusual in the late 90’s – not at all skunky – she’s sweet and fruity. Someone passing by the flowering room MIGHT not recognize the scent as pot and mistake it for tropical flowers. When you rub the resin you can definitely smell it. The high of Princess is also more “psychedelic” or “trippy” compared to the strains like Skunk #1 that were popular.  I always advised friends to smoke a LITTLE, wait 10 minutes, then think about whether or not you need any more…it’s easy to over-indulge and become paranoid.

We can assume Princess’ mother was a Jack Herer not only because Sensi Smile printed it on the package, but also because I’ve smoked verified Jack Herer since then.  So Princess’ father is a totally unidentified mystery plant – his pollen somehow got in Sensi’s growroom. Princess had two sisters join her from that same bud.  I called them Genius & Café Girl.  There were also 3 males from those seeds which regrettably, I didn’t preserve.  Genius became the mother of the Brothers Grimm Apollo lines, while Café Girl gave us Rosetta Stone, and Princess of course, created Cinderella 99.

I wanted to create a strain that would allow me to share Princess with others, but I wanted this incredible “Holy Grail” of indoor clones available to the world in SEED form.  I decided to use a technique called “cubing” to create the seeds.  Here’s how cubing works:

  1.     Pollinate a flowering clone of the chosen female with the pollen of a related male, preferably her father or a brother – to preserve any female traits that are linked to the male side of the family. An unrelated male won’t have the Y-chromosome of the chosen female’s family & therefore any Y-linked traits of the family will always be missing in the seed line. The resulting seeds contain 1/2 the original female’s genes and 1/2 those of the male.
  2.     Grow the above seeds & flower them.
  3.     Pollinate a flowering clone of the chosen female with pollen from a male selected from the above group. These seeds contain 1/2 the chosen female’s genes plus 1/4 more from the male being 1/2 her genetics too. I call this first back-cross generation .75 to capture the idea that it’s 3/4 of the original female’s genetics.
  4.     Grow the above seeds & flower them.
  5.     Pollinate a flowering clone of the chosen female, using a selected male from the above generation. These seeds contain 7/8 the original genes (1/2+3/8), so this second back-cross is the .88 generation.
  6.     Grow the above seeds & flower them.
  7.     Pollinate a flowering clone of the original female with pollen from a selected male off the above generation. These seeds contain 15/16 the original genes (1/2+7/16), in other words, so we’ll call this third back-cross the “.94” generation.

Theoretically, this will be a stable, true-breeding seed line from which all females are replicas of the original. Cinderella 99 seeds are created from a male P94 crossed to Princess, which is technically P97.

In the process of “cubing” Princess I wanted to add a little strength to her branches because the buds were always so heavy at harvest that the branches flopped over. To do that, I crossed a male from a heavy-yielding, dense, resinous strain, Sensi’s Shiva Skunk. Crossing that male to Princess created the “P.50” generation (using the shorthand notation I developed to indicate the fraction of Princess genes in the cross).

Each generation is the result of crossing a male from the previous generation to Princess herself.

Here’s a blow-by-blow description of the generations as they tested in my garden:

  •     P.50 = Heavy, single-cola type plants with mellow high (too much influence from the Shiva Skunk) Sweet fruity scent/flavor. Unstable in most traits – for example, 10 days’ difference in fastest/slowest maturation period in a group of 20 seedlings.
  •     P.75 = Princess floral cluster and bud structure, scent/flavor turned more “tropical” like pineapple. The stability was becoming better – two major phenotypes; short & dense (potent too) or tall/HUGE (less potent).
  •     P.88 = Renamed Cinderella 88 when first released on the market. It grows fast and produces excellent yields of FROSTY buds in 7 weeks! Generally uniform seedlings with minor differences in floral formation and some height variance, but the smoke is quite consistent from all plants – Dense, heavy nuggets of fruity scented & flavored (like wild berries) and covered in resin glands, the dried buds have distinctly ORANGE pistils.
  •     And finally, the male P.94 cross to the Princess clone creates Cinderella 99. The name “Cinderella” was chosen because of the parallels between this story and the well-known fairy tale in which Cinderella becomes a Princess despite her humble beginning.

Each generation exhibited a MAJOR jump in potency: P.50 was rather mellow, P.75 has a well-balanced body/mind high with a citrus flavor, Cinderella 88 is cerebral and paralyzing with a tropical fruit flavor, and Cinderella 99 is of course renowned for the fruity flavor and speedy, scary high inherited from Princess.

This project clearly became a huge success. The strain has been embraced by the cannabis growing community.  The smokers gave rave reviews & the breeders elevated Cinderella 99 to cult status. It’s extremely gratifying to me, MrSoul that so many hybrids were created by breeders who recognized C99 as a stable parental stock from which to build or tweak another variety.  It’s a big compliment to me as the breeder, and a huge testament to the enduring quality of Cinderella 99.

 

BREEDER:

Mr. Soul-

While studying Nuclear Engineering at a college in Upstate NY, I also learned to grow marijuana in a spare room of my apartment. I read everything about growing marijuana I could get my hands on, but I was especially interested by Robert C. Clark’s “Marijuana Botany”. I sent a letter to the owner of the Super Sativa Seed Club in Amsterdam and after weeks of discussing breeding and genetics, they offered me a job. I became their USA seed distributor to their American customers in 1987.

This opportunity provided me access to genetics and information that allowed me to rapidly advance my cannabis cultivation and breeding expertise in my own grow spaces. I used my engineering skills to design hydroponic systems and climate control systems for my growing operations. I organized the garden work flow; scheduling and performing all phases of cannabis production; seedlings, mother plants, clones, flowering, harvest, manicuring, drying/curing and seed storage.

These projects became increasingly larger and cultivation was soon my full-time occupation. I became known as “MrSoul” to the online cannabis community, where I shared growing and breeding information. I was reliably producing 1 pound per kW and delivering 2 pounds of high-grade MJ per month, when I founded The Brothers Grimm Seed Co. in 1996.

My breeding projects produced strains of marijuana that are now world-famous, such as Cinderella 99 (C99) and Apollo 13. These MJ strains were featured in High Times magazine articles among the top 10 most favored varieties of all time and have also been used by other breeders to create numerous award-winning hybrids.

I left the business abruptly in 2002. I moved to Belgium looking for a legal way to run the company… however the right combination of people, location and timing never fell into place. So I preserved the original seeds and breeding stock until conditions finally improved in 2015. I’m proud of the new Brothers Grimm facilities and excited to see everything on track for our initial release of about 10 strains in April 2016, including the classic Cinderella 99 and Apollo 13.

I look forward to personally meeting all the wonderful people who come to the Cannabis Cups and other events. Thank you for your appreciation of our work.

 

Be safe, stay free — MrSoul

 

 

 

 

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