Nevil Schoenmakers (1956 - 2019), born in Australia from Dutch parents, left Australia for the Netherlands in 1976. He started growing cannabis in 1978 and soon discovered that the commercially available Thai, Colombian and Nigerian equatorial strains did not perform well in the northern European climate of Holland. He started growing indoors under artificial lighting in 1979, but was not satisfied with the results using equatorial Sativas indoors.
Realizing that the solution to the problem was a question of genetics, he decided that the best way to obtain good genetics was to start a seed bank and therefore he had to source and distribute premium Cannabis genetics from all across the world. The idea of breeding cannabis to suit varying conditions was fairly obvious as he had a background as a champion bird breeder, a hobby he started at just 8 years of age. The seed bank he created, then became a company that was named, 'The Seed Bank of Holland'. It was during Nevil's 83/84 collection trips to the US that he aquired, from Sandy Wienstein (who passed in 1987) the only G-13 cuttings to ever leave Sandy's garden. Nevil returned to Holland and made three crosses with G-13 at the Seed Bank. Currently Barney's Seeds), G-13 x Hash Plant (renamed: Mr. Currently Sensi Seeds), G-13 x Skunk#1 (Last, and according to Nevil, the best of the G crosses. On June 24, 1990, Nevil Schoenmakers, who legally operated the Seed Bank in Holland, was arrested by the Australian authorities at the behest of the US government while visiting family in Perth. A 44-count indictment was lodged in New Orleans, charging him with the sale of marijuana seeds to undercover agents and indoor growers in the New Orleans area in 1989.
After years of legal battles, the charges were ultimately dropped. He could not be extradited from Holland as his activities were legal under Dutch law. In 1991 The Seed Bank was bought by Ben Dronkers, the founder of Sensi Seeds. .Popular Culture Today Nevil is seen as the original father of the Cannabis seed industry and many awarded strains have been created by him and in his honour. Strains like Nevil's Haze and Nevil's Skunk, Silver Pearl, Silver Haze and many others. His work with Northern Lights, a mostly Indica strain originally developed in the Pacific North West of the United States, became the benchmark for indoor Indicas and is found in the pedigrees of nearly all of the best modern Indica lines. He is best remembered for the F1 hybrid Northern Lights #5 x Haze. This hybrid and its daughters have dominated the Cannabis Cup since the 1980s to the present day. Cuttings bred and selected by Nevil that were created in the 1980s, are still alive today and still win championship awards. It is this cross that led to many of the modern medicinal strains that are popular today. Recently added item(s) × You have no items in your shopping cart. Neville's Haze is the legendary Haze strain that was named in honour of the father of modern cannabis seed companies, Neville Schoenmakers, an Aussie who was resident in Holland. It has an old-school scent and taste that will perhaps be familiar to cannabists who were smoking imported sativas such as Thai sticks and the like in the late sixties and early seventies. Neville's Haze is a cross of NL5 Haze A with a Haze C; as such it is 75% sativa plant that is primarily intended for indoor growers in high latitudes - the only way that northern Europeans can grow a tropical sativa to maturity. Outdoors it will thrive within 10° of the equator and, grown in a greenhouse, maybe a few degrees higher. Indoors the best and most useful pheno-types are those that will finish flowering in less than 16 weeks. Plants that are still not finished by that time may be considered of little use unless the grower finds another trait that is particularly attractive to them in which case it is worth noting that cuttings taken from these plants can be re-vegged and that they will finish 2 or 3 weeks quicker than the mother. When grown indoors under 600 watt lights yields of 400 gr/m 2 are normal - not a huge amount for such a long flowering phase but then Neville's Haze was never about the yield. The flavour and high are what makes this so attractive to sativa connoisseurs. This plant grows tall and thin very much like a vine, and it is advised to put them into flowering indoors as soon as cuttings are rooted or seedlings have a few sets of leaves. Outdoors growers should be prepared to utilise some training methods as this can become a very tall plant. North of the equator harvest time will not be until December, hence the need for a very warm climate! The aroma and flavour is very spicy and herbal with pine notes. The effect is totally cerebral, psychedelic and, for the uninitiated, like a trip on a rocket. Breeder/Brand Mr Nice Seedbank Genetics Haze x NL5/Haze Pack Size 18 Seeds Variety Mostly Sativa Flowering Type Photoperiod Sex Regular THC Content Unknown Yield Indoor: 400 g/m2 Grows Greenhouse, Indoors, Outdoors Flowering Time 16 Weeks Harvest Month December northern hemisphere Medical Conditions Depression, Stress Medicinal Properties Yes Taste / Flavour Haze, Pine, Spicy / Herbal Effect Cerebral, Long-lasting, Powerful, Psychedelic Awards 1st Place, HTCC, 1998; About Mr Nice Seedbank. Howard Marks and Shantibaba, the men who created Mr Nice Seedbank , met during the late 1990's while living and working in Holland. In 1995, Shantibaba had set up the Greenhouse Seed Company.
Coincidentally, at the same time, Howard was released from a lengthy imprisonment in the USA. During the next few years, the two became very good friends and discussed the possibility of working together. They decided to start a seed company to help growers throughout the world. In 1998, Shantibaba sold his interest in the Greenhouse Seed Company and, as a sole trader, set up Mr Nice Seedbank, which has always been and remains a Dutch company. He established Mr Nice Seedbank, with its forty parent plants, to make strains and seeds available to all levels of growers in order to help them spread the genetic diversity of cannabis. Rather than joining any seed companies' bandwagon by merely chasing money, Mr Nice Seedbanks dedicated their efforts to make old and new world seeds available for growers.
They did not care how many seeds they sold or whether they had a profile in the limelight. In 1999, Dutch law changed and no longer permitted the production of seeds. However, selling seeds imported from another country remained legal. Mr Nice wanted to fulfil their project without breaking any country's laws.