Red Velvet strain

The name “Red Velvet” brings about thoughts of decadence, grace, and luxury, like designer stilettos or red carpet affairs. This divine dessert strain has a sense of refinement and class, from an irresistible flavor to balanced effects. The Red Velvet strain THC level is strong but manageable, delivering a mental buzz that perfectly complements the physical calm it instills. 

Due to popularity, many cultivars of the same name have cropped up, leading to confusion and dispute over the original genetics and breeder. Some suggest Red Velvet is a mix of Lemon Cherry Gelato and Pina Acai or a cross between Orange Velvet and Redrum. However, the most consistent reports maintain that a Cherry Pie/Burmese Thai cross makes up the Red Velvet strain genetics.

The ILGM research team does its utmost best to keep all information up to date, but some details may be hard to come by. Feel free to discuss additional information in the comment section.

Red Velvet weed strain attributes:
ORIGINLemon Cherry Gelato and Pina Acai
EFFECTSUplift, euphoric, creativity
FLAVORSHerbs, spices, chocolate, diesel
ADVERSE REACTIONSAppetite, thirst, and dry eyes
THC CONTENT %20% – 25%
CBD %0.07% – 0.46%
INDICA/SATIVA %50% – 50%
INDOOR YIELD8-24 oz (Photoperiod)
1.7-4.2 oz (Autoflower)
OUTDOOR YIELD16-64 oz (Photoperiod)
1.7-7 oz (Autoflower)
HEIGHT60-80 Inches

Red Velvet strain genetics 

Multiple interpretations of the Red Velvet strain genetics exist, but some versions are more prominent than others.

There’s the Grandiflora Red Velvet strain, which uses a cross of Lemon Cherry Gelato and Pina Acai. Lemon Cherry Gelato is a balanced hybrid, while Pina Acai leans slightly indica. Both strains have mysterious origins, but sources say Lemon Cherry Gelato could be a Lemon Haze phenotype.

TKO Reserve offers a Cherry Pie and Burmese Thai cross. Cherry Pie is an indica-dominant blend of Granddaddy Purple and Durban Poison with up to 23% THC. Burmese Thai (aka Burmese Kush) is an evenly balanced cross of a Burmese indica and OG Kush with low-to-mid levels of THC.

Other genetic versions include Orange Velvet/Redrum, Cherry Thai/Burmese Thai, and Lemon Cherry Gelato/unknown strain.

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Is Red Velvet strain indica or sativa? 

With multiple cultivars on the market, pinpointing the exact indica-to-sativa ratio can be challenging. The Red Velvet strain sativa or indica dominance will vary between cultivars based on breeder, lineage, and how it is grown. 

For instance, Red Velvet strain by TKO Reserve is a 50/50 hybrid with a 20-25% THC content. It draws equally from its indica and sativa traits to deliver a cerebral boost with physical calm. This balanced high allows you to maintain composure and keep your feet on the ground, despite your cannabis-driven mental altitude.

Growing Red Velvet strain

With so much uncertainty over which version is the original,  Red Velvet strain info is greatly lacking for growers. And there’s no guarantee the information you do find is relevant to the version you have. But you can get an idea of what to expect based on the parent strains (so research the cultivar you have before starting your grow).

Red Velvet grows medium-sized plants with thick foliage and dense nuggets. Most growers say it’s easy to grow indoors and out, preferring warm Mediterranean climates. But the true success of your harvest depends on what you put into it. The visual appeal of Red Velvet persists from the tree to the bag with light, olive-colored buds and a sticky layer of frosty trichomes with purple and pink tints. This stunning hue carries through to the pistils and sugar leaves, making Red Velvet as visually attractive as it is satisfying.

Red Velvet flowering time 

You can expect a flowering time of 8-9 weeks indoors. If you have a suitable climate, you can prepare for a harvest around mid-October outdoors.

Check out our comprehensive list of the best 8 high yield strains (indoors and outdoors) to maximize your grow!

Red Velvet strain autoflowering time

The autoflowering version of Red Velvet, like most autoflowers, starts blooming very early. Because it doesn’t require light deprivation to start flowering, expect the first buds to appear after four to six weeks. Red Velvet autoflowers can be harvested after ten to fourteen weeks. That makes its (auto)flowering time between four and ten weeks long.

Red Velvet strain yield

The average yield of any cannabis plant depends on several factors, including the skill of the cultivator, growing conditions, strain genetics, and size and health of the plant. It also differs between photoperiod and autoflower plants. However, you can use general estimates as a potential yield per plant guideline. 

For photoperiod plants, this is 16-64 ounces (450-1814 grams) outdoors and 8-24 ounces (227-680 grams) indoors.

Red Velvet strain autoflowering yield

The potential yield per plant for autoflowering plants is 1.7-7 ounces (50-200 grams) outdoors and 1.7-4.2 ounces (50-120 grams) indoors.

Red Velvet strain effects 

The Red Velvet strain effects live up to the essence of decadence its name invokes, making it the ideal afternoon indulgence. Its mentally uplifting, physically soothing high works on your mind, body, and soul in equal measure to leave you blissful and carefree.

The cerebral boost is uplifting and euphoric, elevating your mood and filling you with a sense of drive and creativity (and possibly even the giggles). The accompanying body buzz is strong but not so potent that it robs you of your entire day. Unless you overindulge, in which case you may become couch-locked. Otherwise, the side effects are mild: increased appetite, thirst, and dry eyes.

If you want to learn how to properly grow your own Red Velvet, check out our Grow Bible by Robert Bergman!

Red Velvet strain terpenes

Red Velvet weed strain’s yummy range of terpenes earns it a top spot at the dessert table – and rightfully so. This smoke is velvety smooth, boldly sweet, and downright irresistible. 

Its sugary berry taste has notes of herbs, spices, and subtle creamy chocolate, with a touch of diesel on the exhale to round it off. The fragrance is a more pungent diesel with earthy undertones, hints of spice, and a fresh fruity flavor topping it off. 

Myrcene lends Red Velvet its earthy, musky tones while promoting upliftment and relaxation. The strain’s peppery spiciness comes from b-caryophyllene, an effective anti-inflammatory. Perhaps not all things decadently sweet are bad for you after all.

Learn more about Red Velvet strain

Not to be confused with the Red Velvet Cake strain (a Red Velvet and Ic Cream Cake cross), Red Velvet is a popular cannabis cultivar with multiple versions offering varying genetics. Its, most commonly an evenly balanced hybrid strain, but some versions may lean more indica or sativa. The Red Velvet strain price and availability may differ between versions, so it depends on the genetics you’re after. If you’re unsure, read some Red Velvet strain reviews to help you decide. But remember – some Red Velvet strain seeds may be easier to come by than others. And on that note, check out the ILGM seed bank before you go. Or, better yet, sign up so you don’t miss out on the latest cannabis seed deals.

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