Gelato Strain

Gelato strain is a balanced hybrid, which tilts a tad bit in favor of Indica, that traces its parents to Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbet.

Having a cannabis strain, Gelato, nicknamed after NBA legend Larry Bird is no disrespect to the hall-of-famer.

Certainly, it does not suggest that the player turns to gel when the lights shine the brightest, and he cracks under the pressure.

No, there is another reason for that, which will be covered in the next section.

Gelato is so named after its fragrance and flavor.

As is to be expected, this cross between two cannabis weeds that were designed to have an agreeable aroma and taste resulted in one that you would find irresistible.

Everything that makes it HARD for you turns to gel as this is one strain that gives you a high that does not crash you physically.

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How about that? There is a cannabis strain nicknamed Larry Bird.

But no, it is not because the legendary NBA player endorses it or anything, but more a reference to his jersey number 33.

Gelato is a hybrid that was bred by an outfit in San Francisco, Cookie Fam Genetics.

After having released several Gelato phenotypes, one, in particular, is numbered 33 which is how it became associated with Larry Legend.

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Gelato weed strain attributes:
ORIGINSunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
EFFECTSRelaxed – 10
Happy – 9
Euphoric – 8
Uplifted – 7
Creative – 5
Dry Eyes – 3
Dizzy – 3
Anxious – 2
Headache – 2
FRAGRANCESweet, Earthly, Blueberry, Orange
FLAVORSSweet, Woody, Lavender, Berry, Citrus
MEDICALStress – 10
Pain – 8
Depression – 8
Insomnia – 4
Nausea – 4
PLANT HEIGHTShort to Medium
THC CONTENT %18% to 21%
CBD %0.1%
INDICA / SATIVA %55% / 45%
INDOOR YIELDAbove-average per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELDAbove-average per plant
CLIMATEA warm and humid climate
GROWTH LEVELDifficult to grow

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest

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Still, on the subject of gel, Gelato hits hard and if you are not cautious, may turn your legs to gel.

So, with up to 25% THC, novice and first-time users may want to consume a small amount in the beginning.

In no time at all, the effects of Gelato creeps in beginning with a sudden rush of head high, followed by physical relaxation.

So, how powerful is this strain?

Even experienced users with high tolerance have reported that as soon as the first inhalation, a head-high kicks in, which some describe as psychedelic.

Gelato is one strain that could stop you in your tracks as you take the time to adjust to intensified surroundings.

Gelato Strain Effects
Gelato Strain Effects

In many ways, this is a feel-good strain as you feel your mood changing to euphoric.

As such, Gelato is a good strain for social gatherings. With you feeling relaxed and happy, the body buzz starts to creep in.

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The great thing about Gelato is that it does not leave you mindless. In fact, a spark of creativity is induced. You may be laughing with your friends, but your mind is functioning well.

The general sense of good feeling is heightened as you let loose of the stress and tensions in your body.

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Gelato terpenes

This cannabis strain contains phellandrene, caryophyllene, D-Limonene and valencene which make up its rich terpene profile.

Aroma & Flavor

Traces of Gelato’s parent, the Sunset Sherbet, can be detected with the smell of pungent orange. But once it is grounded, an earthly hint is added to its aroma.

It takes its sweet aroma from its other parent, Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. As a result, Gelato has one of the most agreeable aromas among cannabis weeds.

Gelato has a distinct taste with an aftertaste of berry and citrus.

Its taste is also its greatest strength compared to other strains as this one has a more universally agreeable flavor.

One thing to note is that it does have a pungent smell. That means there might be people nearby who may smell it.

Phellandrenemint, lime, citrus, herbal, floral, wood
Caryophyllenespicy, cinnamon, clover
D-Limonenecitrus, lemon, orange, tangerine
Valencenesweet, fresh, orange, grapefruit, wood

Adverse Reactions

Gelato does not have any serious adverse reactions, other than what is common in cannabis strains.

Because it kicks in hard and fast, it is reasonable to expect momentary dizziness.

Some people have reported experiencing a mild headache. But on rare occasions, this strain may cause a slightly elevated level of anxiousness.

Gelato Strain Reactions
Gelato Strain Adverse Reactions

A good thing to do when smoking weeds are to stay hydrated by drinking fluids, especially water.

And that should take care of a headache and one more thing, the one reaction common to almost all strains, and that is having dry mouth.

Are you a marijuana veteran burdened by a high tolerance looking for an easy smoke that hits hard every time? You are going to love Gelato!


Gelato has a sedative quality that helps in physical relaxation. It also has a numbing quality that gives it medicinal value, such as in relief from chronic pains and aches.

The head high and mood altering quality it has benefited those who are suffering from depression and other anxiety disorders.

Combined with body relaxation, stress levels are decreased to a manageable level.

Gelato Strain Medical
Gelato Strain Medical

Speaking of body relaxation, this strain, if used in the evening, may also help those who have problems sleeping such as those with insomnia.

Growing Gelato weed

It does not only smell or tastes good, gelato also is beautiful to look at. Bright orange hairs with sparkling white resin coats the dark purple hues of its small buds.

But there is one thing that may make it hard for you to plant this strain.

It seems that seeds are not commonly sold. If you do have access to plants, trimming and cultivating clones works.

Flowering Time

Indoor Yield

This plant is not easy to grow, so indoors and especially using a grow tent is preferable.

That is because you have better control of the temperature. With an ideal growing condition, harvest can be expected in 8 to 9 weeks.

The actual yield is unknown but it should be better than average.

One more thing. The use of grow tents is preferable as it can also hide the pungent odor of the plant.

Outdoor Yield

Grown outdoor, the ideal climate of Gelato is warm and humid conditions.

If it can be exposed to cooler temperature before flowering period, then it would improve its quality.

No actual data is available but because of the high yield of its parents, it is reasonable to expect this strain to have a yield as well.

Gelato is ready for harvest in mid-October.


  1. Girl Scout Cookies
  2. Sunset Sherbert

FAQ About Gelato marijuana

What is the Gelato strain yield?

16 to 18 oz per square meter

How much THC does Gelato strain have?

Up to 20%

What are the origins of the Gelato strain?

The Gelato strain was created in California’s Bay Area by combining genes from Sunset Sherbert and Thin Mint GSC.

Have you ever smoked or grown your own Gelato? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.


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54 comments on “Gelato Strain”

  1. Hi Justin,

    After the seedling stage, your plants will enter the vegetative stage. For photoperiod feminized plants, this stage will take around 4 to 8 weeks on average. For autoflowering plants, this stage takes around 3 to 4 weeks. The flowering stage that follows will take around 7-12 weeks on average for photoperiod plants, depending on certain factors, and 7 to 10 weeks for autoflowers. After that, the plants will be ready for harvest!

    I hope this helps!

  2. What’s is the veg Time????? can’t find the answer Anywhere Thanks. all lowers letters for my email address

  3. Hi Donita,

    Thanks for your comment. That’s awesome, we’re happy to hear you’ve gotten some good yield off of it. Definitely let us know what the smoke is like!

  4. First time growing Gelato. Plants were massive and loaded with buds!! Just harvested yesterday. I did have some mold issues,but our weather patterns have been strange for this time of year. Very anxious to try the end product. It could have waited maybe another week,but rain is coming for the next 5-6 days. Temps in the 60’s. I’m hoping the smoke will have lovely results regsrdless!!🌱🌱

  5. I am just starting my 3rd grow with the Gelato seeds. So far out of the 20 I purchased I have had 4 that didn’t pop.

    With that being said, I have loved growing this strain. I have learned a great deal from each grow and have even done a clone which is a week or so away from harvest. The buds have a great color and the last batch had a great yield and the buds were DENSE! Taste is smooth and as I said have learned a great deal every grow. They have been pretty resiliant after some power issues and even with the last grow in my tent with a DE HPS light (high temps with no cooling) she did great. I have since switched to a couple 1000W LED lights and also added an A/C unit to try and get some additonal color.

    No complaints at all so far other than some dud for seeds. Happy growing folks!

  6. Hey ILgm ! You guys have been a huge help for me on my growing journey. Thanks so much for all of your literature on the site . I’m currently on day 76 of flower and my gelato is still throwing out new pistols like crazy. All good, no complaints. But is it common to still see so much new growth this late into flower? Had a Zkittlez auto go 16 weeks also.

  7. The only true way to tell is to look at the trichomes under at least 15 power magnification. Even then you have choices about what you want the final effects to be. Milky trichomes accentuate the head high and amber the body stone. With this level of magnification you have to clip little tiny bits of flower off because you cannot hold still enough. I’m taking my two Gelatos down tomorrow (the weather here has been crap all week and mold resistance is almost nothing). If the buds are very sticky and you have some decent purple on the plant you’ll be okay. Watch carefully for mold down low and deep inside the plant.

  8. I’m about to harvest two Gelato plants and they were certainly very tricky to grow outdoors. There seemed to be virtually zero resistance against mold. I’ve had to apply the home remedy spray involving water, baking soda, sesame oil and dish detergent several times. Small yield as well. The fruity smell is unbelievable and very resinous.

  9. I did grow gelato feminized from crop king. My plants are 11 ft tall and producing arm sized buds. So happy with the strain. Taste amazing.

  10. I have an unknown pheno of gelato that looks and smells phenomenal, it is my first time on growing this strain and don’t know what to expect on bloom density.
    What kind of density on the flowers have others experienced with this gelato ?

  11. Caterpillars were a problem for me when flowering I use a Cali cleaner to help keep the bugs off all natural homemade out of habenaro the hottest pepper when making it never make inside always use gloves when cutting the peppers

  12. My first time growing gelato outdoor from a seed. She is beyond huge a monster took off growing so tall over my fence 9 feet tall. Now I’m watching it flowing in late September the buds are so nice smell amazing. I don’t smoke any of what I grow I just have a passion to grow it’s like my therapy

  13. I have a couple of Gelato’s going outdoors and I can confirm the dank smell along with an abundance of trichomes. It’s been atypically cold overnight here lately and my girls are well into turning purple!. I’m harvesting in about a week-10 days from now

  14. Im growing gelato clones outdoors and everything here is pretty accurate im in Michigan so its always humid my buddy grows his indoors and his takes more of a beating but man they do smell very sweet by far my favorite grow will comment again after harvest on mine and my buddys

  15. Growing strain indoors inside tent in less than optimal environmental conditions. Unforeseen issues led to have to set up the tent in the attic of our house which is not as well HVAC as one would like. Started grow at the beginning to mid part of Spring leaving me chasing my tail on keeping conditions inside the tent at a stable cool temp. Temp and humidity routinely were too high for any hybrid. However, in saying that I fully expected to lose my whole crop as it seemed doomed from the start. Out of the Gelato and 4 other plants of different strains all failed almost instantly. Yet, out of no where like a maverick one Gelato plant has not only defied the odds it blew my mind. As I not a rookie grower I have a lite bot of time under with this beautiful plant both as an apprentice learning and on my own. I can honestly say putting all pride aside and modestly this one Gelato plant through mind blowing high temp and humidity, hitting 95° at 40% often, has thrived, grown and continues to look as healthy as any plant I’ve ever grown. I believe most of this is due to the outrageously massive and healthy root structure she sprouted from the beginning. Since day one this plant was obviously vigorous but she far exceeds my expectations daily. I am maybe a week from force flowering and she in beautiful on color with those deep purples and forest green tones throughout. Still holding just a touch of lime green in the mornings. Her smell at this point is already pungent skunk smell of earthy mixed with citrus. We will see how she finishes out but I will end with this. In all my time I ain’t never seen a damn strain that just refused to die at any cost this bitch is coming to harvest so she insists. I will give a follow up in 9 weeks after harvest to let everyone know how she finished. Pretty sure the roots are why she is so healthy and the hearty roots I have to owe gratitude to a medium change I recently made to a growing medium that I will not name at this time. This medium I switched is absolutely amazing in results and I shall never use another again. I am sold. Good luck growers and I recommend this strain to anyone who enjoys the beauty of a grow beginning to end. Truly AAMAZING!

  16. First time growing for me looks fine but maybe you should see. Now is 6 weeks can I show you?

  17. 3 weeks into flower with my galatto i purchased as a clone, I veged her for quite a while and took over 30 clones off her, she clones wonderfully, and recovers quick, some clones rooted in 9 days, I will post another update at harvest , other than height management, and she is really sensitive to heat, all seems to be going well she is a slow start so far my other stains seem a little further along, it must be her 50/50 hybrid attributes

  18. I have a seed and very interested in growing and cloning it soon a harvest are two shouldn’t stretch the strain to’s all in the nutrients..llight and dark

  19. Just got some decent size clones of this and put them outside today. I’ll let you know how they go.

  20. I have 4 beauties only in their 2nd week of life(Gelato). Pretty excited..I am kind of nervous bc one is getting some brown burnt looking spots on it but none of the others do. Maybe it’s to much direct sunlight at such a young age idk…does anyone know if that could be it…

  21. First time growing, outdoors, yielded 27 oz. Planted in my vegetable garden with tomatoes and basil. Fed worm castings, Cured for 2 months, everyone loves the Smell, taste and high. only issue i had was caterpillars which i treated with bt. Hope 2020 turns out as well.

  22. Can you possibly tell me If this strain likes to be heavily fertilized or lighter on the fertilizer???

  23. I have grown Gelato#45 , for tge first time and it has turned out amazing
    I will look for this strain next year

  24. Just about to harvest some blue gelato 41, it has a nice plant structure and the buds are very big and covered with a lot of trichomes. Looking forward to trying this.

  25. I live in the Sacramento Valley. Outdoor grow; 100+summer days;first time Growing this strain; more smell than i thought and grown in 15 Gallon pots. Five feet tall. Yield anticipated at 6 ounces.

  26. I am currently harvesting Gelato as well as a cross owith Wedding Cake. I grow greenhouse some potted some in the ground. The buds are beautiful and aromatic. Drying now. I will keep you posted

  27. A great strain overall. Very aromatic with a flavor to match. Dark vibrant leaves and lime green to emerald green buds depending on nutrients. High Potency although in my experience a slightly lower Yield than many other strains. I belive this is due to its tendancy to grow shorter and fatter. Still a fair 5-7 ounces and much more potant than other similar strains as well. I grew 6 my first few months of legalization and since then have attempted 6 more all of which started from seed eccept one which was cloned from the healthiest plant from last harvest. I use outdoor growth for natural light Cycle. Flood and drain nutrient water every 12 hours and spray insecticides only for the first 4 weeks. During the summer months ive taken to shading them with an insect net on the hottest of days. It seems to prevent wilting and doesnt apear to have deprived them so…….. Lol. Anyway a good strain with an Excelent harvest.

  28. I’m growing gelato clones. 2 weeks into flower. I have pics. Outdoor organic grow

  29. Started 14 Gelato 4-7-19. One gallon pots, 6500K T8 fluorescents. Topped twice, switched to bloom at 6 weeks. Put 2 each in 18 gallon rectangle planter boxes, mix of half loamy topsoil, 1/4 composted horse stall manure, and 1/4 leaf mold, then take that mix and cut it 2 parts mix with one part peat. About 15 inches tall, each had 4 tops at 6 weeks. Fan leaves were so big and fat that I removed them during week seven. Used pure dusty dried manure from inside an old barn to make a tea at 8 weeks. Water from room temp well water. Were are in week 15 from popping out of the dirt. (I soaked overnight, then germinated on paper towels, 100%.) Week 8 of flower. One 2,000 watt lED, three 1,000 watt lED fixtures, 12’x12′ room, temp. Steady at 80°F, humidity at 50%. 6’x10′ grow area, with white tarps containing the light in that half of the room. 5 micron filtration, h2O2 as needed for fungus gnats. Added fox farms bloom fert two weeks into flower.
    Little stretch. Now, in the 8th week of flower, nugs are extremely dense, and as big as my hand. Trichomes are starting to get a little milky. Shorted day cycle a week ago to 11.5 hours, and yesterday to 11.0. 2 days ago with a bright white light, I spotted two buds with the beginning of white mold. Picked them. Misted the top of the soil with peroxide/tea tree oil. I had seen some nasty fungus gnats the day before. Checked every bud. I discard any bud suspected of mold, and I use a pocket microscope to check. Compared to the purple passion, gelato stayed short, and will produce about half what the pP will, judging by the height and stretch of the PP, and the size of the PP buds. Same with the two somango, which are about 30 inches tall, with less compact buds. I also have two fans inside the grow, one moving air under the canopy, and one across the top. BTW, my first grow was 45 years ago, with colombian gold bagseed. Wish i had some of that!

  30. I am actually growing one Rn. It just sprouted a few days ago. Contact me on instagram @nathan.shuford

  31. I’m growing Gelato stain in an indoor tent. We live on the gulf of Mexico and this stain had proven to be the best to grow in tropical weather conditions. I use a Hypertufa planter and Suoer concentrated soil on the bottome latest and Fox farms organic soil for the top layer. I give the plants a weekly boost using fox farms big bloom concentrate. Huge buds for an 8 week veg and now, 6 weeks into Flowering. I find it very easy to grow.

  32. I grrew.Gelato og this year and can honestly say this strain is some of the stinkiest and most crystally weed ivè ever grown and ive been growing high quality outdoors organic pot for 35 years.. planted late as an Afterthought in November she grew(australia)tall and bushy and needed tying down around half way thru the veg period.. She was shiny with a slightly blue tìnge at the end….a truly beautiful plant. Finished fast by the 19th of april …. budset was first noticed on the 1st of February and the massive buds grew fast1.5lb was final dried and trimmed weight a+++ grade weed not bad for a late planted bush. Blue dreams gave mè a 5m moster with giant hazy nugs that put you on another planet she ýielded 7ĺb plus of a+++ ganga.

  33. I grrew.Gelato og this year and can honestly say this strain is some of the stinkiest and most crystally weed ivè ever grown and ive been growing high quality pot for 35 years.

  34. My gelato seed is just starting to show her sprout. I sprouted 6 diff strains and she was the longest to sprout this is my first time attempting to grow gelato will keep you updated as my grow progresses


  36. Hi. I am growing a Gelato plant. She was used as a mother so great quality genetics. Im about 8 weeks into harvest, it appears botryis has taken bits of my top. Is this strain or the parent strains susceptible to pests and disease? I have 5 other strains which are all showing very healthy buds and foliage. *Also im growing outdoors in 25gal smart pots. **Also also i expect a good lb and a 1/4 off of my Gelato.

  37. I have one Gelato Seedling that has four serated leaves it sprouted in 2 days on 9/7/18. I was told that i would not be able to grow it but I’m going to do everything to keep it alive and well

  38. How long will you keep them in veg stage and would you do 48 hour total dark before switching to 12/12??

  39. Have 5 gelato girls growing at 4,900
    ft. Short growing season up there.havent replied before
    3 are over 6 ft, while other 3 are short
    fat girls. Still at veg state. Will report outcome after harvest

  40. Got 5 outdoor monsters of gelato as
    we speak. First time with this strain but 30 years of outdoor harvest! Elevation above 4,800 ft. 11 weeks of veg and budding start’s middle of August! Definitely let U know the outcome in October

  41. Inspiring. So inspiring, bro.
    I have to go big or go home. Been thinking about “Kitty Footing” into the grow world, but now, I have to go for the plant I truly want to grow.
    Great Job on what you’ve accomplished so far. Keep it Up.

  42. I’m going to grow for the first time gelato 45 would you say it’s a hard plan to raise

  43. I’m growing gelato 33 right now and it is tall it’s about 6″ I had to tie it down and use trellis Nets to help I have 5 weeks left it does look good

  44. hello robert. i am currently growing some gelato seeds that i found in a bag. it is my VERY first grow. i have 2 big mothers that i am about to flip to flowering early next week after removing some of the leaves, and i have 3 that are almost at week 5 of flowering. i also took 10 cuttings from one mother and 2 from the other. the mother i took the 2 cuttings from seems to be more ‘sturdy’, which made it hard to take cuttings. i am learning along the way, so i have definitely made a few mistakes, but the 3 in flowering, the buds are VERY pretty, and the smell is just as you described when you pinch the buds a little. some of the buds have tints of purple, pink, and green and others are just more green and purple. the lessons from this first grow will make the next grows that much better. i plan to run it more than a few times, as it is VERY hard to find, especially in the south. i am just trying to make it to my first harvest. lol. definitely something that i’d recommend anyone to try. i believe the finished product will be pretty decent for a first timer.