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Gelato growing tips

Updated: May 22, 2022

Growing Gelato indoors is the best method for growing this strain unless you live in a consistently humid and warm climate. Since this can be a difficult strain to grow its best to have control over as many growing factors as possible. This is an important tip in this growing guide: When you plant the Gelato seedling, plant it in a large container that it will stay in instead of transplanting it later. This will prevent any complications from “transplant shock” since Gelato can be a sensitive cannabis plant. While the Gelato strain may be harder to grow compared to other strains the reward for growing it right is some of the largest, highest THC buds on the planet.

Once you have the Gelato seedling watered, fertilized and growing… its fairly straight forward until the flowering period. Just let the plant do its thing, monitor the temperatures (which should be around 75° F) and give it the water it needs along with some nutrients. Dried seaweed that has been sanitized through oven baking provides really good nutrients and is relatively inexpensive or free.

There’s a trick to turning indica dominant cannabis plants like Gelato purple and it can only be done 1 way, right after flowering period starts and you have some large buds. Don’t do this too early which will result in lower yields.

During the plant’s night cycles (after your plant has produced large flowers) drop the temperatures down 10-15° F lower than your daytime temperatures. For example, if your daytime growing temperature is 75° F then drop it down to around 65° F at night. This will stimulate the plant to create more of the pigments that all purple plants (including some cannabis) produce. This process is how the Gelato strains in the photos of this article produced such deep purple colors. Now that we’ve fine tuned growing Gelato, this brings us to harvesting time.

Harvest Gelato when you see the calyx (flowers) stop swelling and the pistil hairs begin to recede. This is when the flowers have reached their peak and will be as big as they can get. Another way to check when the cannabis flowers are ready for harvest is to check them with a magnifying glass. Take a look at the trichome crystals under a magnification and when most of them have turned amber and cloudy they’re ready to go. If you see most of the trichomes are clear then its way too early to harvest the Gelato flowers. When they’re clear they will have less THC than mature flowers so it’s best to hang on until you see some coloration in the trichomes.

Gelato is another one of those strains that shows it’s strengths from genetic diversity as it’s very resistant to disease. From sprouting Gelato seeds and planting them in their medium, this strain will flower in about 7-10 weeks. The yields from this cannabis plant are are higher than most others with dense buds. The Gelato strain yield produces and average of 17oz per 3 sq ft. While it can be a difficult plant its fun to grow and very rewarding with the large harvest it produces. If your up for the challenge, I’d recommend growing this strain just to gain the experienc


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strain. It grows much better indoors with a humid environment so if you have a small grow room, growing tent or grow box in your apartment this strain of hybrid cannabis is ideal. While some phenotypes can be hard to find, you can find a varieties of Gelato seeds from a few growers online


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