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Dagga 'bushmaster' on a high as 3.8m plant blossoms in wife's veggie patch

26 June 2019 - 16:31 By Philani Nombembe
Verdon Bence's 158g cannabis bud earned him the title of SA's first "budmaster".
Verdon Bence's 158g cannabis bud earned him the title of SA's first "budmaster".
Image: enOrmus Bud

Horse manure can help you get high. This came to light after Trevor Rossouw won South Africa’s first competition for the largest marijuana plant on Wednesday.

Rossouw, from East London, said he knew horse poo was good for his wife’s veggies but he had no idea hat it would be even better for his dagga. 

"Bushmaster" Trevor Rossouw with the 3.8m dagga plant at his East London home.
"Bushmaster" Trevor Rossouw with the 3.8m dagga plant at his East London home.
Image: enOrmus Bud

The massive bush next to his house is 3.8m tall - big enough to make him SA's first dagga "bushmaster” in a competition launched by enOrmus Bud last year as a platform for its cannabis-growing kits.

“I dug the plant out of a friend’s garden in Elliot when it was about 10cm in October 2018. Builders had discarded some seeds while working on renovations," said Rossouw.

"I transplanted it to my wife’s veggie garden in East London. She uses only horse manure and homegrown compost - and her veggies are huge and superb.

"I added EnOrmus Bud three times to the soil - in December, January and February - and [the plant] started budding mid-February,” said Rossouw.

Fellow grower Verdon Bence, from Outdshoorn, was named SA's first "budmaster” for a 158g bud that he harvested from his own 3m plant. 

“It was grown outdoor with a lot of love and patience. This lady was part of a couple of other trees but she just took off and I could see she was a performer. I decided to replant her at the height of 2m, straight into the ground. That was when she really started to go crazy,” he said.

Verdon Bence's prize-winning bud.
Verdon Bence's prize-winning bud.
Image: enOrmus Bud

Rossouw said he believed that legalising cannabis would have a positive impact on the economy.

“The legalised growing of hemp and marijuana by small-scale rural growers to supply medical, clothing and building industries could create tens of thousands of much-needed jobs. The Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have the ideal climate and high rural unemployment,” he said.

The competition was hosted by TransfOrmus, the company that manufactures enOrmus Bud, a concentrated microbial food for soil and plants.

MD Peter Searll said entries arrived from throughout Southern Africa.

“The budmaster was selected as the most appealing big bud, taking size and weight into account. There were longer buds, but they were not as thick or heavy as the winning entry," he said.

Searll said next year’s competition will include categories such as indoor versus outdoor, seniors, biggest tree and possibly a much requested "smokability" contest.