Crop King Seeds Reviews – Gelato Part 5


September 2019

The month started out quite well, with plants 1, 2 and 4 and the clone of plant #1 doing very well inside and with #3 and #5 both outside, #3 starting to do well and stretching and #5 getting quite large.

Between September 7 and 8, hurricane Dorian made landfall in Atlantic Canada, where we are located. Having two plants outside, we were a bit worried.

On September 11, I had an extremely unfortunate incident that will change these monthly installments drastically.

Starting September 26, the clone starts in its own tent, and #1, #2 and #4 get trained in two new ways to fill out the tent as much as possible before flowering in mid-October.


September 1


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato CloneGelato #1b

This clone was known as Gelato #6 in previous installments of this review.

I have changed the name to #1b to keep track of which clones came from which plants.


September 2


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 3


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Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 4


Gelato Heights

Gelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 5


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


Gelato #3Gelato #3

As you can see, aside from being genetically inferior for indoor hydroponics, #3 is having a bit of a tough time outside with bugs. However, the three tops that have taken dominance are growing quite quickly as you will notice in the next picture.


Gelato #3 HeightGelato #3 Height


Gelato #5Gelato #5

It has become impossible to take a good picture of the top of #5 due to its height.


Gelato #5Gelato #5 Height

This is the last picture of #5 (explained later).


September 6


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


September 7

This day, hurricane Dorian decided to visit Atlantic Canada, and some of our neighbors were out of power for a few days. We were lucky enough to only have a few flickers.


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 8

Today was the first water change day of September and it was a little late. It is recommended at this stage of growth to change the water out (unless you are using a recirculating system) every 4 days or so.

The three plants in 4 liter reservoirs had the following added to their water:

  • Micro: 12 ml
  • Grow: 12 ml
  • Bloom: 8 ml

The clone being grown in soil has been fed 1 ml of each in a liter of water. This has proven to be a bit too much and switched to straight water for a week. Will be making it 1 ml to 2 liters.

We also made wire rings using very stiff wire to train the plants outward to fill as much horizontal space as possible. These will be upgraded to full-width wire rectangles when the plants can reach them.

We are also experimenting with the location of each plant in the tent, and eventually settle on 2-4-1, but the next few days you will see they are 4-2-1.


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 9


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 10


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 11

In true historical fashion, this day turned out to be one of endings. It was time to check on the plants in the woods for the first time since hurricane Dorian.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the hurricane that took them, it was someone that decided they wanted them.


Plants stolen


The area was hit pretty hard, but the table, pallet and buckets that the plants were sitting on were gone. The chicken wire fence meant to keep deer away was still intact and there is no debris anywhere.

So, the remainder of these monthly installments of our Gelato grow will no longer include #3 or #5.

This is also a big reason we recommend ONLY growing inside, if not for having complete control over your grow.


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


Under Gelato #2Under #2 Canopy

We included a few pictures so you can see how we did the sturdy wire ring, and how clean it should be under the canopy. Be sure to clip off any leaves that will never get light to conserve energy for the tops to grow their best.


Under #4Under #4 Canopy


September 12


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 13


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 14


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


Gelato #1b HeightGelato #1b Height


September 15

Water change day for the hydroponic plants.

The following was added per 4 liters (gallon):

  • Micro: 12 ml
  • Grow: 12 ml
  • Bloom: 8 ml

Once again, if you are going to go longer than four day intervals between water changes on a non-recirculating system, make sure you keep a close watch on pH and water level. The longer you go, the lower the pH of the runoff water. A slow, natural change won’t have quite the effect the plants that the big, sudden drop had on #2, but growth will slow down.


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 16


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 17


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Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 18


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Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 19


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Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 20


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Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 21


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Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 23


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Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 24


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Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b

Here you can see the beginning of nute burn (when you give too much nutrient for the type of grow and strain of plant, causing a salt build-up that will “burn” the ends of the leaves first). This was by using 1 ml of each micro, grow and bloom in 1 liter of filtered water in soil.

We switched to pure water for a few weeks after this and will resume half feedings afterward.


Gelato TentGelato Top View


September 25


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


September 26


Today, we set up our second tent for the clone, #1b. It was the smallest tent we could find that would fit one plant that we are just keeping alive, not actively growing out. We also plan to upgrade the ventilation for the flowering tent in the first half of October to include a carbon filter and stronger fan and putting the exhaust into the clone tent as an intake, making the fan dual-purpose.

Also in early October will be the addition of our second LED grow light to have lots of light for flowering and an air pump upgrade to replace the three in use (the dual one had a port snap off, forcing me to use my last backup).


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato TopsGelato Tops


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


Gelato #1b HeightGelato #1b Height


September 27

Today, I built three wire rectangles that take up the entire floor area of the tent. I used them to stretch out all three plants using soft wire ties to maximize the canopy before switching over to flowering.

It was also water change day, with the following added to each of the 1 gallon / 4 litre buckets:

  • Micro: 12 ml
  • Grow: 12 ml
  • Bloom: 8 ml

Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato Top ViewGelato Top View


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


Gelato #1b HeightGelato #1b Height


September 28


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato Top ViewGelato Top View


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


Gelato #1b HeightGelato #1b Height


September 29


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights

As you can see in the lower right of this picture, I had to improvise some weight to get the wire rectangles as even as possible to level out the canopy. #4 was shorter than the other two, so there is weight at both ends and the rectangles are tied together with twist ties. The wrench you see is too heavy, so there is a bent wire holder that holds it at the right height.


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato Top ViewGelato Top View


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


Gelato #1b HeightGelato #1b Height


September 30


Gelato HeightsGelato Heights


Gelato #1Gelato #1


Gelato #2Gelato #2


Gelato #4Gelato #4


Gelato Top ViewGelato Top View


Gelato #1bGelato #1b


Gelato #1b HeightGelato #1b Height


This concludes our September 2019 installment of the Crop Kings Seeds Gelato Strain Review. As you have seen, there have been a few setbacks but everything is well on its way to a great harvest from three plants.

Coming in October is the switch over to flowering, both lights and nutrients, the addition of a carbon filter and a better fan along with an upgrade for the bubbler pump.

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Thanks for Reading and Happy Gardening!