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Your Ultimate Guide to the Purple Urkle Strain

A world of mystery surrounds the Purple Urkle strain, starting with its name. Is the cannabis strain really named after a character in Family Matters? One theory is the marijuana strain’s calming trait made users clumsy like Steve Urkel. Despite the mystery behind Purple Urkle’s name, it remains a popular strain. It’s so popular, there’s a Purple Urkle marijuana strain and a CBD-heavy hemp strain.

Not much is known about the hemp strain of Purple Urkle. This guide covers all the Purple Urkle strain info you need before smoking or growing it.

Discover the Purple Urkle Strain Genetics

The second mystery behind Purple Urkle is the strain’s parentage. When you think of plant breeding, typically you think of hybrid plants. Hybrids come from breeding two strains to combine their best traits.

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In the case of the Purple Urkle marijuana strain, there isn’t a known second parent. When breeders made the strain, they did it to refine traits found in Mendocino Purps. To do this, they brought the cannabis plants inside a controlled environment.

Refining cannabis phenotypes means controlling:

  • Soil type and nutrients
  • The temperature inside the greenhouse
  • The duration of light exposure
  • The angle of the light
  • The strength of the lighting
  • Distance from the light
  • When to harvest the plant

Mendocino Purps itself is a refined version of a landrace Indica strain. If you trace the lineage, Purple Urkle is a direct link to the original cannabis strains. With all the new cannabis breeds, it’s harder to find a 1st or 2nd generation strain.

What Is the Purple Urkle CBD and THC Content?

The cannabinoid content in Purple Urkle varies depending on growing conditions. You also need to ensure you’re looking at the hemp strain, not the marijuana strain.

Mixing up the two could lead to legal trouble if you live in a marijuana-free state. It’s doubly important to find the right variety if you’re only licensed to grow hemp.

The average cannabinoid percentages for Purple Urkle Hemp grown indoors:

  • CBD-A – 12%
  • CBD – 0.10%
  • CBG-A – 0.39%
  • CBG – 0.07%
  • THC-A – 0.49%

By the time the THC-A warms enough to turn into THC, only a small percentage remains. The Purple Urkle strain’s THC level is well within legal limits for hemp use and cultivation.

THC-A, like its cousin CBD, has neuroprotective properties. Smoking hemp flower unlocks the full potential of the combined cannabinoids. Cannabinoid isolate products aren’t as effective as using the whole plant.

Purple Urkle’s Appearance and Flavor Profile

Purple Urkle lives up to its name with vibrant purple and green flowers. The dense, round buds are dotted with orange pistils and coated in frosty trichomes. New hemp smokers flock to Purple Urkle because of its visual appeal.

What does Purple Urkle taste like? The flavor profile for all cannabis strains depends on the combination of terpenes. These chemicals form as the plant matures to warn off potential predators.

The terpene profile for Purple Urkle:

  • 2.53% Alpha-Pinene – Fresh, herbal, piney, with a hint of turpentine
  • 1.59% Myrcene – Celery, herbs, woody, with a hint of turpentine
  • 0.76% Caryophyllene – Cloves, spicy, woody
  • 0.67% Humulene – Bitter, pepper, floral, woody

When you open a package of Purple Urkle, the first thing you smell is pepper. The scent mellows out to a floral note with a hint of gas and wood. You will find some scent variations depending on the hemp’s growing conditions.

What Is the Purple Urkle Strain Yield and Growth Speed?

Like all Indica strains, Purple Urkle grows into a squat bush less than 5 feet tall. This hemp strain tends to develop a lot of leaves that shade the lower half. To get the most from Purple Urkle plants, they need direct light. Angle the light to ensure it reaches the lower bud sites. If you don’t, your Purple Urkle won’t develop cannabinoids as well.

One way to ensure your lower bud sites get light is to trim off select leaves. Prune any dying leaves and the ones that don’t see any light. You’ll notice a growth spurt from your hemp plants after a trim. At the end of Purple Urkle’s growth cycle, give the plants a dose of phosphorus fertilizer. The added nutrients prompt the hemp to begin the budding stage.

If you’re growing Purple Urkle indoors, it’ll take 65 days for the flowering period. Outdoor hemp growers can harvest this strain in early October. By that time your plants will turn almost completely purple. Given the right light, pruning, and fertilizers, Purple Urkle is a high-yield crop. You can get up to 6 ounces of untrimmed bud for each foot of height.

Ready to Try Smoking or Growing the Purple Urkle Strain?

The Purple Urkle strain is as close as you can get to the original Indica plants in America. Its sweet yet peppery flavor appeals to new and old hemp users.

When you’re ready to buy Purple Urkle, Colorado Breeders Depot has you covered. Our indoor-grown hemp has no pesticides or harmful additives. Each batch of hemp is tested by a third-party lab.


  1. Kenneth Castellano says:

    Interested in purple urkel.