By Luke Sumpter

RQS Gelato Strains: All of Our Sweet Gelato Genetics Detailed

Gelato: The sweet treat that can't be beat

It’s not uncommon to smell cannabis before you see it. As one of the nicest-smelling plants on Earth, cannabis produces a wide array of terpenes that contribute to its signature aromas and mouth-watering flavours. Over time, breeders have teased out certain terpene profiles to elevate these tastes to a whole new level. The story of Gelato shows just how far cultivators have pushed the boundaries of flavour.

Created in San Francisco, Gelato has since stormed the global cannabis community, leaving activated taste buds in its wake. Legendary breeder and creator of famous cannabis genetics—one Mr. Sherbinski—crafted the cultivar using a blend of Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbet. Both of these varieties were already known for their delicious phytochemicals, so combining the two was destined to be a success.

After stabilising the cultivar and sampling the taste, Sherbinski reasoned that only one name was worthy of this scrumptious strain: Gelato. Named after the famous frozen Italian dessert, the tastes of sweet fruit and sugary cream are almost identical.

However, many cannabis lovers also know the variety by the name of NBA star Larry Bird. Sherbinski and his crew released numerous phenotypes of Gelato, with pheno 33 emerging as the most popular. This number also happens to be the dual digits printed on Bird's Boston Celtics jersey.

After Gelato’s success, many breeders used these premium genetics to create equally tasty hybrids. Here at Royal Queen Seeds, our world-class breeding team has developed cultivars that are arguably superior to the original strains. Check out our four favourites below.

Wedding Gelato: The marriage of Wedding Cake And Gelato

Wedding Gelato

To create this flavourful strain, our breeders combined Gelato with another taste bud-teasing variety: Wedding Cake. Wedding Gelato emerged from this combination not only as a mouth-watering treat, but as one of the most potent strains on the market. Her pretty purple flowers produce THC levels of 25% alongside high levels of the terpenes caryophyllene, limonene, and humulene.

This slightly indica-dominant strain delivers a finely balanced high that makes the body feel heavy and relaxed, and the mind light and witty. Enjoy her sweet and sugary flavour through a vape to really capture this unique and moreish terpene profile.

Wedding Gelato grows to a medium height and puts out a rewarding yield in almost any environment. Indoor plants peak at 100cm and produce 450–500g/m² after a short flowering time of 8–9 weeks. If you’re growing her outdoors, prepare to harvest up to 400g/plant in early October.

Wedding Gelato
Wedding Cake x Gelato x Gelato 33
450 - 500 gr/m2
60 - 100 cm
8 - 10 weeks
THC: 25%
Sativa 40% Indica 60%
350 - 400 gr/plant
130 - 200 cm
Early October
Calming, Euphoric, Physically Relaxing, Uplifting

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Cookies Gelato: The Mouthwatering Mix of Girl Scout Cookies And Gelato 33

Cookies Gelato

Cookies Gelato combines the tantalising tastes of Gelato 33 with the sugary flavours and insane potency of Girl Scout Cookies—the progeny of the legendary OG Kush. Experienced growers accustomed to the effects of THC seek out this strain to experience the same high as a complete beginner. Why? Because she contains a THC content of 28%. A single toke blasts the brain and ignites a long-lasting psychoactive experience. If you really want to push the boat out, add this strain to edibles and hold on tight!

Cookies Gelato treats the tongue to contrasting yet complementary flavours of candy, earthiness, and citrus. Her tall and wide colas weigh heavy with a viscous resin loaded with terpenes that refresh the brain and bring a stimulating energy to a primarily stoning experience.

The strain delivers these potent colas in no short supply. Indoor plants easily produce 500–600g/m², whereas outdoor specimens put out 600–650g/plant. Despite her big yields, she’ll be ready to harvest after a brief flowering period of 8–9 weeks.

Cookies Gelato
Girl Scout Cookie X Gelato 33
550 - 600 gr/m2
90 - 130 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 28%
Sativa 50% Indica 50%
600 - 650 gr/plant
140 - 180 cm
Middle of October
Balanced, Calming, Physically Relaxing

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Green Gelato: A refreshing combo of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbet

Green Gelato

Our breeders created Green Gelato by crossing Sunset Sherbet with Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. Our team was blown away by both the potency and aromatic explosion that lies within these flowers. After sobering up, they took these buds to the lab and discovered an astronomical THC content of 27% alongside sky-high levels of caryophyllene, humulene, and limonene.

Green Gelato's slightly indica-dominant terpene profile sends a soothing shockwave across the body, but it won’t lull you to sleep. The sativa elements of the high keep the mind ticking, allowing you to enjoy music and films in all their glory without nodding off.

Green Gelato produces a respectable 500–700g/m² when grown indoors. Try cultivating several plants together and utilising SOG or ScrOG techniques to maximise your yield. Outdoor plants grown in garden beds will adapt to increased space and produce a massive 800g/plant, ready in early October.

Green Gelato
Sunset Sherbet x Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
500 - 700 gr/m²
80 - 120 cm
8 - 10 weeks
THC: 27%
Sativa 45% Indica 55%
800 gr/plant
150 - 200 cm
Early October
Clear, Physically Relaxing

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Green Gelato Automatic: Green Gelato Meets Cookies Auto

Green Gelato Auto

Green Gelato impressed us so much that we decided to keep experimenting. It didn’t take long for our team to develop an easy-to-grow autoflowering version of this strain. Perfect for beginners, Green Gelato Automatic boasts hardy genetics and leaves significant room for error. She’ll recover from small mistakes and laughs in the face of pests and pathogens.

A THC content of 24% ranks Green Gelato Automatic among the most powerful autos you can grow. A few tokes from this sativa-dominant lady and you’ll be reaching for your guitar or paintbrush, ready to channel that creative energy. Immense tastes of earthiness and sweetness will leave you coming back for more.

Reaching heights of 70–120cm, she can easily be kept at the lower end of the spectrum using a combination of topping and training for stealth.

Green Gelato Auto
Green Gelato x Cookies Auto
375 - 450 gr/m2
70 - 120 cm
7 - 8 weeks
THC: 24%
Sativa 55% Indica 40% Ruderalis 5%
100 - 175 gr/plant
100 - 120 cm
9 - 10 weeks after sprouting
Clear, Physically Relaxing

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Cookies Gelato Automatic: The Sugary Progeny of Cookies Gelato and Big Skunk Auto

Cookies Gelato Automatic

Cookies Gelato Automatic offers some of the best Gelato traits in a smaller and fast-growing package. Our breeders crossed Cookies Gelato with Big Skunk Auto to create an indica-dominant hybrid that is one of the strongest autoflowering cultivars available.

Her compact colas and dark purple hues present an air of innocence, but the phytochemicals within these buds tell a different story. With a THC content of 23%, Cookies Gelato Automatic outperforms many traditionally stronger photoperiod cultivars when it comes to potency. It only takes a couple of hits to feel her stoning and euphoric effects sweep over the body and mind. Flavours of cookies, earth, fruit, and honey make the experience all the more pleasurable.

Her impressive qualities don’t stop there. Cookies Gelato Auto also does great in the grow room and garden. Indoor plants grow up to 140cm and offer a return of 450–500g/m². Plants grown outdoors under the sun also peak at a height of 140cm and churn out 90–140g/plant. Prepare to harvest 10–12 weeks after seeds sprout.

Cookies Gelato Auto
Cookies Gelato x Big Skunk Auto
450 - 500 gr/m2
90 – 140 cm
8 - 9 weeks
THC: 23%
Sativa 20%, Indica 75%, Ruderalis 5%
90 - 140 gr/plant
80 - 140 cm
10 - 12 weeks after sprouting
Balanced, Creative

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Blue Gelato: The Fruity Offspring of Blueberry, Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, and Sunset Sherbet

Blue Gelato

Blue Gelato stems from three titans within the cannabis space. First, our breeders harnessed the parents of the original Gelato: Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbet. Then, they decided to throw Blueberry into the mix, a true classic that packs boatloads of sweet terpenes. The combination of these genetics resulted in an indica-dominant hybrid that displays quintessential indica morphology.

This plant produces compact cone-shaped colas that glow with shades of light green. During the flowering stage, the trichomes that occupy their surfaces pump out THC levels of 23% and terpenes that emit aromas of earth and diesel. After packing these buds into blunts and bongs, you can expect a balanced high that stones the body while uplifting the mind.

Compared to some of her peers, Blue Gelato boasts a relatively short flowering time, making her a good choice for growers in regions with short summers. Indoors, this strain grows to 80–130cm and produces 550–600g/m² after a flowering time of 9–10 weeks. If you’re growing outdoors, you’ll watch your plants peak at 200cm. Prepare to harvest up to 600g/plant during October.

Blue Gelato
Blueberry x Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies x Sunset Sherbert
550 - 600 gr/m2
80 - 130 cm
9 - 10 weeks
THC: 23%
Sativa 20% Indica 80%
500 - 600 gr/plant
150 - 200 cm
Balanced, Physically Relaxing, Uplifting

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