Blue Gelato 41 It has many of the same beneficial qualities – and a mouth-watering taste!
Although Barney’s Farm has not revealed any official figures for Blue Gelato 41, we know that Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies has up to 28% THC and both Sunset Sherbet and Blueberry have up to 24% THC. While it’s a close relative, regular Gelato generally has about 20% THC. We’d therefore guess that Blue Gelato 41 has in the region of 20% to 24% THC. This tallies with its clear-headed and energetic high. Which manages to stay chilled courtesy of the slight Indica dominance (60/40). Those same Indica genetics also produce a moderately deep stone, which is strong enough to force you to relax even when you thought you couldn’t. It’s not so strong that it will leave you couch-locked for hours on end. Overall, we’d say that this strain was probably best kept for use at night. However, using it in the daytime could be an option, if you remembered to leave yourself enough recovery time.
Blue Gelato 41 offers very respectable yields. Indoor growers can expect up to 700 gr/m² and outdoor growers are looking at up to 3Kg per plant.
You’ll be collecting your harvest after 9 to 10 weeks of flowering (indoors) or in the latter part of October (outdoors). Blue Gelato 41 has a growing range of between about 1.5M (indoor minimum) and 2M (outdoor maximum). It has solid resistance to mould, diseases and pests. Therefore, your main challenges will be ventilation and odour control.
Indoors you can use plant training to reduce this strain’s vertical height. But remember that it will need space to stretch its branches. Be on the side of caution when it comes to thinking about how much space to allow for each plant. Likewise, your nose will probably thank you if you prepare for quite a bit of odour later in flowering and install air filters to deal with it.
Outdoors, the key question can you can anticipate warm, dry weather right up until the latter part of October? If you’re in the Mediterranean basin, you’ll probably be fine, but further north, you might want to look at other strains. Or consider growing under glass so you can make the most of the sunlight, while still giving your plants the protection they need from cold, wind and rain.
Overall, we’ve classed this strain as moderately difficult to grow for three reasons. Firstly, and mainly, because it is a photoperiod strain, which means you need to manage light cycles indoors, or work to a specific growth pattern outdoors. Secondly, because this strain is on the taller side for modern Indica dominants. Although it’s nowhere near as tall as some sativas. Thirdly, the fact that the harvest period is towards the middle or end of October will probably create some difficulties for people who really want or need to grow outdoors.
In the old days, this strain would have been considered very easy to grow. We’d be inclined to say that most beginners would be able to manage it if they really wanted to. It would certainly be a good option for people “moving up” from autoflowering strains.
While Blue Gelato 41 is certainly a sweet-tasting strain, it’s a combination of the robust sweetness of earth and the fresh, tangy sweetness of citrus and berries. In particularly blueberries, rather than candy sweetness. The aroma is likewise crisp, clean and fruity.
The “Blue” in Blue Gelato 41 refers to the parent strain of Blueberry rather than the colour. However, there is a good chance that you will get at least some blue/purple flowers, even without lowering the temperature at night. Even if you don’t, you will get your fair share of colour in the form of bright orange pistils, together with plenty of frosty, white trichomes.