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The Gelato Strain: All you need to know

The Gelato strain is a cross between Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbet. The Sherbet strain itself is a cross between Girl Scout Cookies and Pink Panties. The specific origins of the Pink Panties strain is something of a mystery, although it definitely belongs to the Kush family.  Even though Gelato is relatively new, its taste and therapeutic benefits have made it a firm favourite with medical marijuana growers.

The effects and characteristics of the Gelato Strain.

gelato marijuana strain growingGelato is probably best suited to daytime use as a “wake and bake” strain. The Gelato strain has an average THC content of 25% and moderate CBD.

It is known for getting to work very quickly and for providing an upbeat, motivational and creative high. Gelato is actually Indica dominant, but only slightly. It is a 56% Indica and 44% Sativa hybrid. This means that the high has a bit of a different tone than you might expect from its THC content. The Indica genetics anchor it somewhat with what could have felt like pure rocket fuel , feeling more like very strong caffeine.  The pain-relieving qualities are exactly what you’d expect from a strain of this potency.

As the high ebbs, you transition into a full-body stone, which is deeply comforting without being massively couch-locking. While Gelato is more of a daytime strain, it can be used at night. You could imply let yourself glide from the body stone into a regular sleep.

gelato strain budThe medical benefits are certainly a key part of the reason why Gelato has become so popular. However, Gelato has become such a huge favourite with the marijuana community because of its delicious taste and aroma. It’s packed full of the sweetness of both fruit and candy. But it's nicely balanced with the freshness of citrus and a liberal dash of Kush spices.  The mouthwatering taste of Gelato means that it’s generally consumed through smoking or vaping. It's also perfectly suitable for use as a cannabis concentrate, cannabis topical or even in cannabis edibles.

Gelato Strain Grow Information

The Gelato strain can be grown indoors or outdoors. With strong links to California, its now wonder it needs to be pampered in a warm, dry, wind-free and sunny environment. Outside of the Mediterranean basin, you should treat Gelato as one to grow in a greenhouse or indoors.  One piece of good news for outdoor growers is that Gelato has a harvest time of around the end of September. You can therefore collect your buds before the autumn frosts strike.

Indoors it needs 8 to 10 weeks of flowering.  One piece of good news for indoor growers is that Gelato has an average growing range of about 1.2M to 1.8M. It reaches a natural height of around 1.2 indoors, which is still pretty reasonable for a strain with this level of Sativa genetics.

gelato strain plants growing under light

Indoor growers can expect average yields in the region of 500g/m2 to 600g/m2. Although those with the most expertise could push this up even further with appropriate use of techniques, such as plant training.  Outdoor growers can expect average yields in the region of 800g to 1Kg per plant. Although again, this can be increased if growing conditions are good and the plants are allowed to make the most of them.

Gelato’s growing style reflects its hybrid genetics.  In other words, it does want to grow outwards as well as upwards. Gelato has a decent amount of space between its branches, which means there is minimal need to trim the leaves of their plants.  In fact, Gelato is a fairly low-hassle grow, thanks to the high level of landrace genetics.  Even beginners can have a go at growing this strain. Be aware though, that Gelato will definitely develop a noticeable odour towards the latter end of the flowering period.

While the Gelato strain is mostly appreciated for its taste and medical benefits, it’s also a very attractive strain. Gelato develops coloured leaves with the depth of colour depending on the growing conditions.

MSNL Team MSNL Team / 25th April 2019

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