Page content

Gold Leaf Strain Review “Cool Change”

Gold Leaf Strain Review “Cool Change”

This well put together review of my own Gold Leaf reveals that it’s one of the easiest marijuana strains to grow.

Not only is the dry cured herb superb and the yields high. Gold Leaf is one of the most flavorful strains of marijuana, Says marijuana-strains.

The seeds sprouted immediately with an equal growth rate, the vegetative period was short and the flowering period was easy to follow. Gold leaf is a “cool change”. Keep on reading for the full review.

Sprouting and seedling stage

Gold leaf sprouting

Gold leaf seedling


Three Gold Leaf seeds were germinated in warm water. As soon as the roots started to show the seeds were placed in peat pods to finish germinating. The peat pods were placed on raised heating mats ensuring proper germination temperature. The seedlings sprouted up in two days. Perhaps the quickest germinating seeds to date we’ve encountered. Light is now introduced 24/7 for one week. The light was a hundred watt grow bulb. The roots were immediately hit with root stimulant. No fertilizers just yet. As soon as the peat pods showed roots extruding from the sides they were transplanted into 4 inch potters. The grow medium was ProMix #5 with 10% worm castings. From there CO2 and an oscillating fan were introduced. They’re not in the grow tent yet.

Transplant Seed pod cutting into to root baseNoticed that one of the young plants was not growing as good as the others. Soon it was looking wilted and died. Upon inspection 1/2 of the seed pod stuck at the base of the root stem. Happened just under the growing medium so the seed pod cut the stem as it tried to grow. Couldn’t realize until too late. Last rites were observed.

The Gold Leaf marijuana strain was transplanted into 3 gallon buckets. Went a little small with the buckets to control plant height. Utilized the same grow medium as the seedlings. Introduced a fertilizer schedule. Placed our two new plants into a 4x4x6 grow tent. Used a 600 watt grow bulb. Used a new light reflector literally covering the entire space. Went to an 18 hour light cycle.

Gold Leaf Strain Review Grow Techniques
Right off the bat I wanted to learn how heavy the pots were when fully watered. From there I kept lifting the pots every day to realize how fast the water was releasing. When the pots get light weight that it’s now time to water. I did not use a time schedule for watering. When each pot was ready it got watered. They would be ready at different times. Found this to be a great watering system. Found this to be a great Gold Leaf strain review technique when doing a final flush to ensure no over watering issues.

In the tent I let the cannabis plants grow in the vegetative state for 18 more days. Marijuana plant height is always an issue when growing in a tent. From past experience we had to top some plants because they outgrew the tent height. This time I ended up with beautiful 4 foot tall marijuana plants. Perfect height requirements for the tent. Switched the lights to a 600 watt super flower bulb. Love the time the plant takes to grow tiny buds. Just love watching them grow every day. I made sure the marijuana sweet spot was realized every day. Watching your plants continuously can keep you ahead of any grow issues. Problems are taken care of right away. A great situation for the Gold Leaf strain review was the dry spell experience for the last two months of growth. This helped keep the humidity in the right place, 52%. it also was a great help in drying the plants at the proper humidity.

Growing in the tent

Week 2 Gold leaf grow in tent

Week 2 grow in tent

Week 3 Gold leaf grow in tent

Week 3 grow in tent
Flowering the Gold Leaf Strain took 67 days. I flushed the plants for two solid weeks. Started the flush when the first orange hairs appeared. The plants seemed to love it. THC production was superb. I had to be careful lifting the pots to check for watering levels. The plants are top heavy when the water is low. This leads to a top heavy plant that will tip over easily. I used a 43x USB microscope to look at the trichromes during development starting around week 5 of the flowering stage. Once I have the milky looking trikes I know its time to harvest. The final step was to place the plants in a 24 hour dark period before harvest. I made sure the plants were super dry, no water. These techniques had the plants sticky, smelly and ready to harvest.

The flowering stage

Week 8 of flowering
I dried the plants inside the tent utilizing the temperature and humidity controls allowed by this system. I hung up the plants with the stems attached. Drying took seven days. The stems were removed. The buds were placed in jars to cure. The jars were opened everyday for an hour. During this process the smell would become more intense daily. Of course I vaporized some during the process. You could really tell the cure was happening as the taste and smell would increase over time. Kept abreast of how well the stems would snap to let me know dryness factor. Two plants yielded 8 ounces of dry herb. You can really tell there is a sativa tone in the taste and smell. You can really tell the indica genetics with the large cola produced. This strain has the best of many phenotypes bred from great marijuana strains.


Week 2 cured trichromes
The best is when you squeeze a cured bud. Wow does the sweet smell come out. People don’t just smell this weed they intake the odor. We had people just leave a bud under their nose in order to keep smelling the greatness. Everyone loves the taste. It’s my love to see the surprised expression on people’s faces with how good the Gold Leaf tastes and smells.

Gold Leaf marijuana shatter

Gold Leaf marijuana strains makes a light coloured shatter and rosin. The trichrome content ensures good yields. Our two week flush left very little green chlorophyll. The fantastic taste and smell of the weed comes through in the extracts. We asked some of our reviewers to sample the Gold Leaf. Consensus was fruity, sweet Bermese, northern blueberry, northern OG overtones.

If you want to grow Gold Leaf yourself, download my free marijuana grow bible and order some seeds. All top quality marijuana seeds are available in my marijuana seed shop. We ship seeds to the US, CA and many other countries. For any grow related question please visit our marijuana grow forum.


Download the Ultimate Grow Guide for FREE!
Learn the basics of growing marijuana and get started today
  • How to get the biggest yields from cannabis plants
  • What you need to get started, without wasting money
  • The most common mistakes you do not have to make
We guarantee 100% privacy.

Comment Section

11 thoughts on “Gold Leaf Strain Review “Cool Change”

By David F on 13 September 2015

My gold leaf is on its way! I got 5 seeds. This will be my first grow ever, I bought a 4.5 by 4.5 by 7.0 grow tent for indoor growing . I'm excited to get them will keep me busy during our winter here in Alaska. I here you guys are the best so I'm going with you.

By Organic_Gangsta1 on 22 November 2015

I bought 5 seeds and grew outside and it is nothing compared with 5 seeds of my homemade strain blue cheesy times OG kush that I compared with my plants came out way better in every way gold leave is all right on a scale from1-10 to my strain it is a 6 my strain 10

By Bill on 15 December 2015

Great idea and info thank you Id like to know more about DWC Hydroponics have any articles??

By BlackKnight on 21 May 2016

About to harvest g.l. really nice plant..very sweet smell.

By Bill T on 27 April 2017

Did it take 67 days from introduction to 12/12 lighting schedule or from first sign or pistils?

By Rick on 4 August 2017

I mistakenly delayed the change in light timing from 18-6 to 12-12 two weeks later than I should have. With the assistance and great customer support from ILGM the two plants are looking great and flowering has begun. Dry humidity in the desert southwest has forced me to water spray many times during the day but that seems to be working well. Looking forward to harvesting in a few weeks

By Skipper marie on 15 August 2017

How long should i keep gold leaf in veg stage for please answer need to know asap

By Marco on 19 October 2017

I'm planing to grow 4 of these plants (seeds are already on their way) using a top-fed Deep Water Culture (DWC) hydroponic system as the medium with 1000W HPS/MH as my grow light ( Taking care of the temperature and moisture of course. Any suggestions? How should I storage the seeds I won't use yet?

By latewood_ILGM on 29 October 2017


Place unused seeds in the fridge in the packagin.

And; Join our support forum at:, and we can give you a ton of suggestions. 🙂 We are not really set up for grow support here in the blog. IL:GM - Friendliest Cannabis website on the W3 😀 See you there!

Leave a Reply