By Luke Sumpter

Weed growers in Italy enjoy a lengthy growing season that spans, on average, from March 15th to November 15th, allowing them to select anything from speedy autos to photoperiods that need plenty of time to mature. The nation has also gained a reputation the world over for its fine taste in cuisine, music, art, and architecture. So, how does their preference for quality and their favourable climate intersect when it comes to the type of cannabis they choose to grow?

If you're in Italy and seeking guidance in selecting your ideal strain, look no further. Our curated selection reflects the preferences of Italian users as they browse, visit, and purchase strains on the RQS site. From the inception of a seed to its final harvest, we're here to assist you every step of the way. Each strain undergoes meticulous review in small growing journals, offering a window into its journey, including practical growing advice for both beginner and experienced cultivators.

Titan F1

As the newest category of cannabis genetics, F1 hybrids have quickly become some of the most popular Italian weed varieties. Among them, Titan F1 has gained quite a reputation for its hard-hitting effects and rapid growing time. Sow seeds indoors directly into 11-litre pots, and watch as sprouts emerge within 2–3 days. Maintain an average temperature of around 24°C throughout the seedling phase to promote robust growth. Move your pots outdoors into a sunny position once the risk of frost has passed. The last frost date can vary widely across Italy, occurring as early as February 1st in Naples, and as late as early March in Venice and late April in Potenza and Terni. Expect your plants to grow to 30–40cm throughout the vegetative phase. Feed with high-nitrogen organic fertilisers and defoliate the dense canopy where needed to expose emerging pre-flowers to direct sunlight.

Titan F1

Titan F1 will stretch to 55–75cm during flowering and start to develop a strong odour of pine and general skunkiness. Her small pre-flowers ripen into relatively large and chunky colas coated in a generous layer of trichomes. Apply good levels of phosphorus and potassium, along with compost tea, during bloom for optimal flower development. Prepare to harvest and process a large yield following a total growing time of 70–75 days.

This variety stems from a long breeding process involving the crossing of highly pure inbred lines derived from Blue Dream, Sugar Magnolia, and Amnesia genetics. Expect a hard-hitting high that leaves the body relaxed and the mind inspired, alongside flavours of candy, diesel, herbs, pine, and vanilla.

Titan F1
23_genetic background_1 Blue Dream x Sugar Magnolia x Amnesia
25_flowering time_1 40 - 45 days
29_THC_1 THC: Ultra-high
22_Effect_1 Calming, Focus , Physically Relaxing, Uplifting
110_harvest 70 - 75 days after germination

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Fat Banana Auto

Around 74%[1] of the population of Italy has a balcony—a fact that has made Fat Banana Auto one of the most common weed strains in the country. This small, stealthy, and fast-growing cultivar thrives on balconies that receive ample sunlight. Begin your grow by popping seeds directly into 11-litre pots; this will remove the threat of possible transplant stress later down the line. Move your plants out onto a balcony or into your garden when all risk of frost has passed, and consider using bell cloches for the first few nights as an extra layer of protection. Your plants will grow to 10cm by the end of week two. Throughout veg, you’ll watch this strain develop into a stout and sturdy specimen with short internodes and a thick main stem. Expect her to reach a height of 50–60cm as she starts to transition into bloom.

Fat Banana Auto

Fat Banana Auto’s buds rapidly gain size throughout the first two weeks of flowering. Your plants will stretch up to 100cm and benefit from periodic defoliation, especially in more humid regions. Expect the flowering period to last 49–56 days. Remember to flush your plants during the final 1–2 weeks of growth to improve the taste of your yield. Get your gear together to harvest, trim, and dry up to 175g/plant.

As the descendant of Fat Banana and Cookies Auto, Fat Banana Auto inherited a THC content of 22% and delicious fruity terpenes. Enjoy as a clear-headed and physically relaxing high that kicks in quickly.

Fat Banana Auto
23_genetic background_1 Fat Banana x Cookies Auto
33_Yield indoors_1 375 - 450 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 70 - 100 cm
25_flowering time_1 7 - 8 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 22%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 20% Indica 70% Ruderalis 10%
34_yield outdoor_1 90 - 175 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 80 - 120 cm
27_harvest period_1 9 - 10 weeks after sprouting
22_Effect_1 Calming, Clear

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Quick One

True to her name, Quick One charges through the growing cycle with impressive speed. Her brevity has allowed her to rank as a superstar Italian weed strain for quite some time. Germinate seeds into 11-litre pots and keep them indoors at a temperature of 26°C. Your seedlings will reach a height of 3cm by the end of week one. During the second week, your specimens will start to put out their first true leaves and grow to 10cm if exposed to enough light. Move your plants outdoors into a sunny south-facing position and apply mulch to lock in moisture. Quick One will top out at around 20–30cm at the end of her 4-week vegetative phase.

Quick One

Quick One will start to emit a light smell during the first few weeks of bloom. Apply liquid flowering formulas to facilitate bud development, and consider moving your containers into a greenhouse in a rainy region to prevent mildew and bud rot from taking hold. Your plants will stretch to 100cm if untrained, or just 60cm if subject to LST, ScrOG, or similar training techniques. Flush during the final 1–2 weeks and prepare to harvest 100–150g/plant after a growing cycle of just 9–10 weeks.

The progeny of Lowryder 1 and Old School Indica, this indica-dominant hybrid serves up a modest THC content of 13% alongside fruity and earthy terpenes. You’ll experience a subtle yet relaxing high ideal for any time of day.

Quick One
23_genetic background_1 Lowryder 1 x Old School Indica
33_Yield indoors_1 275 - 325 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 50 - 60 cm
25_flowering time_1 5 - 6 Weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 13%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 10% Indica 60% Ruderalis 30%
34_yield outdoor_1 100 - 150 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 60 - 100 cm
27_harvest period_1 9 - 10 weeks after sprouting
22_Effect_1 Physically Relaxing

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Royal Gorilla

Royal Gorilla stands as one of the most common photoperiod weed strains in Italy. The award-winning variety has gained popularity thanks to her legendary lineage, astronomical levels of THC, and bulky yields. Germinate seeds indoors in cell trays at a temperature of 25°C. Transplant your seedlings outdoors once their true leaves grow past the circumference of the cell. Place them into large containers or directly into a raised bed in close proximity to smell-masking companion plants. Apply a deep straw and leaf mulch to maintain soil moisture. Your plants will grow up to 100–120cm before transitioning into bloom as the seasonal light begins to wane.

Royal Gorilla

Royal Gorilla surges in height during flowering, peaking at 170cm when exposed to enough sunlight and with room to spread her roots. The first several weeks of bloom will see her pre-flowers quickly develop into dense nuggets. Make an effort to defoliate frequently, removing any leaves that overshadow bud sites or are showing signs of deficiency or disease. Trigger a flush during the last two weeks of her 9-week flowering period, and harvest up to 600g/plant during the middle of October.

With an outlandish THC content of 27%, Royal Gorilla ranks as one of the most potent cannabis varieties around. This strain delivers a fast-acting high that keeps the mind clear while stoning the body. Intense notes of chocolate, diesel, fruit, and pine make for a complex yet pleasant sensory experience.

Royal Gorilla
23_genetic background_1 Sour Dubb x Chem Sis x Chocolate Diesel
33_Yield indoors_1 500 - 550 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 90 - 160 cm
25_flowering time_1 8 - 10 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 27%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 50% Indica 50%
34_yield outdoor_1 550 - 600 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 130 - 170 cm
27_harvest period_1 Middle of October
22_Effect_1 Calming, Clear

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Epsilon F1

Epsilon F1 has quickly become a sought-after Italian weed variety upon impressing cultivators with her rapid growing time and unmatched uniformity. Sow seeds into 11-litre pots indoors and watch sprouts grow to 4cm by the end of the first week of the growing cycle. Position your pots outdoors in a sheltered yet sunny position, and expect seedlings to grow to 25cm by the end of week three, having developed an increasingly dense canopy. During week four—the final week of veg—your plants will have surged to 55cm as they begin transitioning into bloom.

Epsilon F1

Your plants will peak at 70cm during the early flowering phase. Organic inputs such as fermented fruit juice, seaweed, and fish emulsion will propel bud development. Epsilon F1’s disease resistance will help her stand strong in the face of high humidity and rain during this time. Flush your plants during the final two weeks and get your trimming scissors ready to process a large yield at the end of her 60-day growing cycle.

Epsilon F1 descends from highly pure inbred lines developed from Blue Dream, Blueberry, Amnesia Lemon Haze, and Black Domina genetics. Her sky-high levels of THC and abundance of myrcene make for a stoning high, while flavours of blueberry, lavender, and lime provide a novel smoking experience.

Epsilon F1
23_genetic background_1 Blue Dream x Blueberry x Amnesia Lemon Haze x Black Domina
25_flowering time_1 30 - 40 days
29_THC_1 THC: Very high
22_Effect_1 Calming, Long Lasting , Physically Relaxing
110_harvest 60 days after germination

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Italian Strains: Speed and Flavour Reign Supreme

As you can see, weed growers in Italy have a preference for strains that charge through the growing cycle, as well as those that provide unique flavour profiles. Overall, these varieties are perfect for balconies and small gardens where they produce big yields in a matter of weeks. Pick your favourite, germinate seeds, and prepare for a fruitful and flavourful growing season!

External Resources:
  1. Italy: people having home outdoor spaces 2019 | Statista
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