Co-founders Subcool and MzJill created and bred Jilly Bean, a hybrid of a female Orange Velvet cut and pollen from a male Space Queen, indoors at West Coast seed bank TGA Genetics.
According to Subcool, they acquired the Orange Velvet clone, known at the time as “Melvin,” from a neighboring family who owned the mother plant sometime around 2006. As the last seeds of its kind at the time, they crossed the female with their own Space Queen male.
Jilly Bean, which was named after MzJill and featured a tropical jelly bean flavor in addition to its candy-citrus, limonene, and pinene-dominant scent profile, was one of High Times’ Top Ten Strains of 2007. It won the Adam Dunn Show Invitational and was named the best Sativa of 2014 by the publication.
Jilly Bean is now in the possession of MzJill’s seed bank, MzJill Genetics, based in Oregon, and is no longer distributed by TGA Genetics. The Jilly Bean that MzJill is currently breeding is an open-pollinated F2 hybrid variation of the strain, claims Subcool.
Jilly Bean has medium to tall growth, resinous, trichome-heavy flowers, and leaves that range in color from bright green to burgundy to purple, according to MzJill Genetics. Furthermore, its effects are characterized as upbeat, euphoric, and giggly.
A number of Jilly Bean phenotypes, including feminized and CBD-rich varieties, are being developed, according to the MzJill Genetics website.