About the Strain
Born in the California Bay area, Gelato is made from the strains Thin Mint GSC (Girl Scout Cookies) and Sunset Sherbet. With its desert-like, sweet taste, this strain has become popular around the world. The strain is sometimes known as ‘Larry Bird’, after the famous basketball player. His number was 33, which happens to be the 33rd genotype of the Gelato strain.
Gelato creates a balanced, mood-boosting strain, which is often used to treat a variety of medical conditions. This is a high THC strain, and you will feel the effects quickly.
Aromas, Flavours and Appearance
Gelato strain has a strong sweet and fruity aroma, with hints of lavender, orange, and strawberry.
You can taste the berries and citrus when exhaling, picking up those sugary, minty, and creamy undertones. This deliciously desert-like after taste is what keeps people coming back for more.
The buds have a combination of deep purple and bright green colours, with orange pistils and trichomes that glisten under light.
Effects and Usage
Gelato has a high THC content, so may not be the best strain to try if you are a complete newbie. Easing into the strain a little at a time is recommended. Gelato has a nice balance between cerebral, uplifting, and focus-inducing properties, as well as a soothing and calming effect.
Users will feel a sense of euphoria, happiness, and an inspired creativity.
Gelato is also used for a variety of medical benefits, including inflammation, pain, cramps, muscle spasms and fatigue.
For mental conditions like depression, anxiety and stress, this strain can help boost mood, but due to the potency it is important to take it in small doses, or else the opposite effects may happen, and it could make existing problems worse. Other side effects like dry mouth can happen but perhaps not as prominent than with other strains- so this is a great one to try to avoid any adverse reactions.
This strain can be a little tricky to grow, but if you are up for the challenge then it can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Gelato does not grow too tall so would be great for a smaller grow room.
If growing outdoors, you will want a warm and humid climate for this strain to grow its best. If you live in a tropical climate, this might be the strain for your outdoor grow. If growing indoors, a grow tent is a great option, as you will want to monitor the temperature and humidity. You will want to be able to control as much of the environment as possible with this strain.
During the first week of the vegetative stage, you can give your plants around 90% humidity, dropping to 80% for the remaining vegetative stage. Once the flowering stage begins, drop the humidity again to 70%, and then gradually reduce each week until the humidity sits at 50%, right before harvest.
Indoors or Outdoors?
Gelato is a fairly moderate strain to grow but can be grown both indoors and outdoors. If you do not live in a hot and humid area, you may want to consider an indoor grow where you can best control the environment. Slightly cooler temperatures (but still humid) just before the flowering stage can help increase the yield and improve the quality of the buds.
Flowering, Yield and Harvest
Taking around 8 to 9 weeks to flower, Gelato has a good yield on its flowers. You can expect 800 grams to 1Kg per plant when growing outdoors, or 500g to 600g/m2 for an indoor grow.
When growing outdoors, you may be able to harvest from early April in the Southern hemisphere, or early October in the Northern hemisphere.
Check out our Aussie grow calendar for when to harvest outdoors in Australia.
This strain does like some nutrients, but it is best not to overdo it. For more tips on what nutrients to use, head over to our nutrients guide to find out more.
Other Growing Tips
Gelato is a fairy constrained plant, which does not grow too tall, so there is not too much need for a lot of trimming. Towards the end of the flowering period, you may notice a strong odour from your plants, so if trying to be discreet, you might want to invest in an odour elimination tool.
Feminised seeds ensure that the plant you will grow is female. Only the female plants can make the flowers and buds that produce weed (not male plants). By buying feminised seeds you can be sure that you have the best chances for a good harvest!