Gelato Strain and Grow Guide

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Written By Rocky Horton

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Gelato is a hybrid cannabis strain known for its sweet and fruity flavors. This strain is a cross between Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie. This strain is known to produce uplifting and euphoric effects, making it a great choice for those looking to relax and unwind. Gelato is also a very potent strain, so it is important to use caution.

Growing Gelato can be a bit tricky, but with our guide, you’ll be able to produce some of the best buds around. So, if you’re ready to learn how to grow Gelato, let’s get started.

Where Does Gelato Come From?

Gelato is an indica-dominant hybrid cannabis strain that was created by the Bay Area-based company Cookie Fam Genetics. It is a cross between the Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies strains.

The Gelato strain gets its name from its dessert-like taste and aroma. Gelato has a sweet and creamy flavor with notes of berries and citrus. The Gelato strain has quickly become popular among cannabis consumers in the Bay Area and beyond.

When Did Gelato Come Out?

In the 2000s, the Cookie Fam group and Sherbinski blended parents Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mint GSC) and Sunset Sherbet strains.

The Gelato strain’s history began when Sherbinski and Jigga’s Gelato began pollinating Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Cookies’ genetics. Almost every genotype they developed was of exceptional quality, having a distinct flavor and scent.

Sherbinski and Jigga of Cookie Fam kept the Gelato cannabis strain closely guarded at first but finally released Gelato bag seed and Gelato clones into the world. Growers can acquire them online or in shops in states where marijuana is legal.

What Does Gelato Look Like?

Gelato is a popular cannabis strain that is known for its unique appearance. This variety has a striking visual appeal: vivid orange pistils stand out against forest green leaves.

The buds of this strain are small, dense, and airy, with a dark green color and a purple tint. The purple hues appear when cold conditions induce high concentrations of anthocyanin pigments during the vegetative stage.

The leaves are also dark green, with a purple tint, and covered in small, white trichomes. The trichomes are very dense, making the buds look almost white. There is a high amount of resin on the buds, which makes them sticky to the touch. Although the buds are sticky, the short stalks on the trichomes give this strain a less frosty appearance than many others.

What Does Gelato Taste Like?

Gelato is a hybrid cannabis strain that is said to taste like a sweet and fruity dessert. Some say it tastes like a sherbet, while others say it is like ice cream.

The main flavors that are said to be present in Gelato are citrus, lemon, and berry. The smell of Gelato has been described as very sweet and pungent, with a hint of earthiness. This strain is very delicious.

What Does Gelato Smell Like?

Gelato strain takes after the sweet aromas of its parents. When you smoke Gelato, you’ll detect elements of Sunset Sherbet and a delicious fruity taste from its other parent, Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie.

This is the most discreet cannabis strain since its strong aroma makes it difficult to transport. However, it’s worth it if you like the extremely sweet aroma. As a result, among marijuana cannabis strains, Gelato marijuana boasts one of the most coveted after fragrances.

Is Gelato an Indica or Sativa?

Gelato is a hybrid strain. It is a cross between a Sativa and an indica variety. Gelato is an indica-dominant hybrid. 55% of the genetics are Indica, and 45% are Sativa. The indica genes will create a body high, while the Sativa genes will give you a cerebral high.

Gelato is considered an indica-dominant hybrid because it has an abundance of indica genetics. Indicas are known for their relaxing and calming effects. Sativas are more energizing and uplifting.

What are the Different Variations of Gelato?

The cannabis strain ‘Gelato’ has many variations in the market, each with its unique properties. Though the variations share some commonalities, such as a sweet and creamy flavor profile, each has unique effects and aromas.

Some of the most popular variations of Gelato include Gelato #25 (aka Barry Bonds), Gelato #33 (Larry Bird), Gelato #41 (Bacio Gelato), Gelato #42, and Gelato #45 (Michael Jordan).

There are many other variations of Gelato cannabis strains, but these are some of the most common. If you want to try a different variation of Gelato, ask your dealer what it is called and look up its genetics online.

Which Gelato Variation is the Strongest?

All Gelato variants have THC ranges of 20-30%, and all phenotypes are considered strong THC strains. However, according to lab reports, Gelato #45, which was recently tested at 27% THC, and Gelato #41, which was recently tested at 29% THC, are the two current ‘official’ highest THC variants. This places Gelato #41 among the top THC strains ever entered into a competitive cup.

Gelato #41 is the highest Sativa ratio in the family, giving consumers a more euphoric and psychedelic high that many people believe has a very favorable influence on mood. That does not imply that you wouldn’t achieve similar results if the other types were grown under near-perfect conditions.

How Much THC in Gelato?

Gelato cannabis originates from a THC-rich family, so it is not surprising that the strain boasts a whopping 25% THC, which is above average for a basic weed strain. However, some batches of this strain have been known to contain up to 30% THC.

THC is the primary psychoactive component in cannabis. It is responsible for the “high” people experience using when cannabis. THC can also have some therapeutic effects.

How Much CBD in Gelato

CBD is a cannabinoid that is found in the cannabis plant. It is known for its medicinal properties and has been used to treat various conditions. CBD does not produce a psychoactive effect when consumed, but it does produce a calming effect.

CBD is most commonly used to help with anxiety, sleep, and pain relief. It is also used to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. Gelato contains about 1 percent CBD.

What Effects Does Gelato Have?

Gelato offers users a balance of indica and Sativa effects. Some have described the Gelato high as having an almost immediate onset of an uplifting cerebral head high that leaves users feeling happy, relaxed, and creative.

Some users have also noted that this strain can offer a boost in energy and focus. Gelato also causes altered perception and confusion, as well as a noticeable body buzz and head rush. Most of its users experience time dilation and acoustic sensitivity without the couch lock.

Gelato is not a good choice for people new to cannabis because it is more potent than other strains. If you are new to cannabis, start with a lower dose of Gelato and increase gradually over time. Experienced cannabis users will enjoy the powerful effects of Gelato.

What Conditions is Gelato Good For?

Gelato has a calming effect, which aids in physical relaxation. It also has a numbing effect, which lends it to medical significance, such as in treating chronic pains and aches. Its head-high and mood-altering properties have aided folks suffering from depression and other anxiety disorders. Stress levels are reduced to a reasonable level when combined with physical relaxation.

Gelato is a hybrid cannabis strain said to be good for pain relief, stress relief and helping with sleep. Some people also use it to help with anxiety and depression. Gelato is also said to be good for increasing appetite and helping with nausea.

Some people use it to help with seizures and muscle spasms. Gelato is a good choice for people who want to experience both the mental and physical effects of cannabis.

What is Gelato Veg Time?

Gelato growth can be achieved effectively indoors or outdoors by employing suitable strategies and closely monitoring the maturation process. Indoors, a grow tent is ideal because this strain requires a specific temperature and environment to thrive.

These settings are easier to track and regulate within the tent. To be successful, the environment must be warm and humid. Gelato crops flower between 8-9weeks indoors and between the end of September and mid-October outdoors.

What is Gelato Flowering Time?

The flowering phase of growth would take 8-10 weeks, at which point the plant would be 150-180cm tall. This is accurate for an indoor arrangement where you control the lighting schedule.

If you grow Gelato outside, the time it takes to veg is heavily influenced by your location. Almost all variants will flower in 8-10 weeks, except for the Sativa-dominated Gelato #41, which may require an extra week or two to produce the optimum results.

When to Harvest Gelato?

When the calyx (flowers) cease swelling and the pistil hairs begin to retract, it is time to harvest the Gelato. This is the stage at which the flowers have achieved their maximum size. You can use a magnifying glass to determine when cannabis flowers are ripe for harvest.

Examine the trichome crystals with a magnifying glass; when most of them have turned amber and hazy, they’re ready to go. If you notice that most trichomes are transparent, it is too early to harvest the Gelato flowers. Because clean flowers have less THC than mature blooms, it’s better to wait until you see some coloring in the trichomes.

How Tall Does Gelato Grow?

Gelato marijuana develops to a medium height due to its hybrid genetics. Because of its small stature, it’s great for indoor development because your growing tent does not need to be large.

Furthermore, because Gelato has lots of room between the branches and does not grow outwards, you do not need much space between the plants. The variety grows to about 50 inches (1.2m), which is fair given the Sativa genetics level.

How Much Does Gelato Yield?

This strain should produce an excellent yield with optimum growth conditions. Generally, indoor growers can expect slightly higher yields than outdoor growers. Indoor growers can also control the environment more, resulting in higher-quality buds. However, indoor and outdoor growers can achieve great results with this strain.

Gelato strain should yield an average of 17 ounces per 3 sq ft at harvest. Gelato may find it difficult to manage and grow properly, but all of your efforts will be rewarded once the medicinal material is ready for drying and curing.


The Gelato cannabis strain is a hybrid of the Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies strains. It gets its name from its sweet and fruity aroma. The Gelato strain has a high THC content and is known for its relaxation and euphoric effects.

The Gelato strain is ideal for treating anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. It is also known to increase appetite and reduce nausea. Gelato is a popular strain among cannabis enthusiasts and is widely available in dispensaries across the United States. The Gelato cannabis strain is expected to become increasingly popular as more people learn about its benefits.

The Gelato strain is a good choice for those looking for a powerful yet sweet-tasting strain. This strain is also a good choice for growers, producing a relatively high yield. When grown indoors, the Gelato strain typically flowers within 9-10 weeks. The strain typically takes 12 to 16 weeks to flower when grown outdoors.

While this strain is not recommended for those new to cannabis, it is a great choice for experienced growers who want something sweet and powerful. The Gelato strain is a good option for those looking for a strain with strong effects and a sweet taste.

If you are interested in growing your Gelato cannabis strain, this guide gives you the information you require to get started.

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Rocky Horton is an experienced cannabis grower and the founder of IndoGrow. The IndoGrow editorial team has over four decades of combined growing experience. Learn more.