Here's how to get the most out of these five unique strains from Royal Queen Seeds

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Another growing season is upon us and intrepid cannabis growers across the country are already planning for the coming harvest. Growers looking to discover the best cannabis has to offer look no further than Royal Queen Seeds, the European seed bank making waves on American shores.

Royal Queen Seeds has a huge selection of seeds, but within their extensive range there are five standout varieties that you can only find with them. These five unique strains, El Patron, Shogun, Cookies Gelato, Special Queen 1 and Triple G, are proven hits worldwide and are now available to American growers for the first time.

We recently checked in with Royal Queen Seeds and took a tour of the Amsterdam coffee shops where they got their start. Previously, we examined how RQS is advancing the field of cannabis cultivation with its F1 hybrid seeds, helping to advance the cutting edge of cannabis technology. To round out our series, let's now take a look at how these unique RQS seeds help set the brand apart. We explore what makes these seeds so special and even share some hot gardening tips. Let's get in!

Royal Queen Seeds El Patron

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The cook. De baas. El Patron goes by many names, but one thing is certain for this champion strain: she is absolutely the boss. El Patron took victory at the prestigious High Life Cup, winning the Common Weed Cultured in Soil category and securing a place among the true legends of cannabis. That was in 2019 and the legend of El Patron has only grown since then.

El Patron is the offspring of the sativa-dominant AMG and the indica-like Shiva, a powerful pedigree that combines the best of both worlds, with a slight lean towards the sativa side. This makes El Patron a shockingly versatile strain, suitable for both a meditative personal moment and a social soiree.

If you enjoy baking with cannabis, you'll find El Patron to be as reliable a partner for your baked goods as your rolling pin; The juicy citrus aroma refines your sweets and deepens the delicious flavors.


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RQS reports that El Patron is relatively easy to grow and does well both indoors and outdoors. However, the strain's indica genetics are evident in its horizontal, occasionally chaotic growth patterns. Don't worry though; Keep your scissors handy and keep track of your topping, and El Patron will reward you with potent, beautiful buds. With a little care, El Patron will be the best boss you've ever had.

Shogun by Royal Queen Seeds

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Named after the powerful rulers of ancient Japan, Shogun is a powerful sativa that demands respect. Shogun is descended from Royal Queen Seeds' Royal Gorilla strain, a tremendously potent hybrid, and Amnesia Haze, the famous mind-clearing sativa that has helped artists and adventurers get in touch with their creativity for decades. The visionary breeders at Royal Queen Seeds have merged these two distinct lineages to open up entirely new frontiers for Shogun to conquer.

Shogun is turned green by lightning. Smoking a bowl of this strain will recharge your mind and help you achieve flow state and dial in. You'll find that you can concentrate for longer periods of time and cross things off your to-do list left and right.

Shogun is also popular with those who use cannabis medicinally and with athletes who incorporate cannabis into their training and report increased exercise enjoyment and reduced physical discomfort.


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Shogun will perform admirably in indoor cultivation, but due to its resource-intensive growing requirements, the strain will be slightly happier outdoors. Regardless of where you choose to plant your Shogun seeds, make sure the soil is well fertilized and ready to harvest in two to three months. Healthy outdoor Shogun plants can produce up to 26.5 ounces of flowers, enough to keep your mind sharp as a samurai sword for all the battles to come.

Royal Queen Seeds Cookies Gelato

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Do you have sky-high tolerance? Are you tired of spending your money on more and more weed just to make a splash? Do you crave weed that gives you that electric, all-consuming high that reminds you of your very first joint? The master breeders at Royal Queen Seeds are here for you. Cookies Gelato is exactly the flavor you've been waiting for.

Cookies Gelato, the offspring of two legendary strains, GSC and Gelato 33, can produce buds with an absolutely absurd THC level of 28%. This makes Cookies Gelato one of the strongest strains available in the USA, a true monument to the ingenuity of the Royal Queen Seeds team.


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Cookies Gelato brings out the best of its two lineages, resulting in a balanced hybrid that relaxes the body and clears the mind to ponder the higher mysteries. The strain's sugary aroma is one of the strongest in the RQS range, a delight for true cannabis lovers who appreciate the complex terpenes.

Cookies Gelato is a strain well suited to indoor cultivation, with a shorter growth cycle and a respectable yield of 21.2 ounces. If you find that Cookies Gelato's ridiculous potency appeals to you, you can increase that yield by using low-stress training (LST) techniques. With high yields and high potency, there's no reason why you shouldn't indulge your sweet tooth and start growing Cookies Gelato today.

Royal Queen Seeds Special Queen 1

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Special Queen 1 was developed specifically for new growers and is designed from the ground up to be the perfect introduction to the world of cannabis cultivation. Affordable, adaptable and reliable, Special Queen 1 is a near-perfect 50/50 hybrid descended from Skunk and Power Bud. These are two “entry-level” strains, and their offspring Special Queen 1 is similarly straightforward, without too much potency and with a classic, dank aroma that even beginners can appreciate.

Neophyte growers can easily become overwhelmed by the seemingly complex growing process and the large amount of jargon that experienced growers use. Special Queen 1 is the antidote to these common fears and performs well in almost every growth situation you can imagine.

Whether indoors or outdoors, in soil or in water, Special Queen 1 grows big, beautiful buds without the need for much time or equipment. Provided it receives sufficient sunlight, a Special Queen 1 plant outdoors can grow up to a gigantic 3 meters tall and will produce a bountiful yield in around two months.


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Royal Queen Seeds developed Special Queen 1 to spread the craft of cultivation and therefore SQ1 is by far one of the most affordable cannabis seeds available. You can buy a single Special Queen 1 seed from RQS for little more than the spare change you find between your sofa cushions. There is no excuse; Take the first step on your growth journey with Special Queen 1 today.

Royal Queen Seeds Triple G

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One of the brightest jewels in Royal Queen Seeds' crown, Triple G is a premium indica hybrid that effortlessly stands out from the crowd. Triple G comes from two strains that are themselves on the Mount Rushmore of cannabis: Green Gelato and Royal Gorilla (Royal Queen Seeds' own Gelato 33 and GG4 strains, respectively). Triple G is on par with his genetic ancestors and, in your estimation, may even surpass them.


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With an average THC level of 26%, Triple G is not for the faint of heart. Its high potency and deep, chocolatey flavor make it a popular choice among experienced cannabis users with a well-developed tolerance and those who use cannabis to relieve insomnia or chronic pain. Triple G is also popular with extract producers who are excited about the strain due to its tendency to produce buds coated in thick layers of trichomes and frosty resin. Consumers report that Triple G makes for a surprisingly active and mentally stimulating indica-like plant, so those prone to cannabis-induced anxiety should exercise caution.

Triple G tends to spread out rather than get too big – a godsend for those with limited space. However, this preference causes Triple G to form a dense upper canopy. Therefore, be sure to prune regularly to ensure the lower leaves have enough light. Triple G thrives both indoors and outdoors and flowers in eight to nine weeks.

It may be hard to believe, but this impressive selection of unique strains was just the tip of the Royal Queen Seeds iceberg. They have dozens more award-winning seeds to explore on their website, where you can purchase their huge selection of autoflowering, feminized, and CBD-rich strains. While you're there, you can also read their blog, check out their user reviews, or learn more about the RQS story. You can also follow them on Facebook, X/Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the exciting new innovations the team at RQS has in store.

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