royal cheese strain

Royal Cheese Fast Flowering: Delivers Cheesy Buds In No Time

Royal Cheese Fast Flowering outcompetes most other photoperiod strains when it comes to speed and vigour. She’ll serve up a canopy of frosty indica-dominant buds in several weeks.

Royal Cheese Fast Flowering produces dense and frosty buds in no time at all. As one of the fastest photoperiods available, she ploughs through the flowering stage in as little as six weeks. Unusually swift for a photoperiod strain, her impressive brevity has won over many growers that usually opt for autoflowering varieties. She combines great productivity and stoning indica effects with a short and sweet growing period. What’s not to love?


Royal Cheese Fast Flowering features a closely balanced genetic profile of 60% indica genetics and 40% sativa. The strain stems from the Cheese lineage, which has a rich history and made a massive impact on modern cannabis breeding. Alongside White Widow and Kush, Cheese occupies the pantheon of cultivars that cannabis users all over the world know and love.

Cheese genetics first emerged in the United Kingdom in 1988. Breeders obtained Skunk #1 genetics from across the pond, which was first introduced to the Netherlands by a Cali breeder known as Sam “the Skunkman”. The underground team received a seed packet from the Netherlands that contained a particularly “cheesy” batch of genetics. After honing and refining this pleasant trait, Cheese soon swept across the country and became one of the most popular cultivars to smoke and grow within its borders.

Still popular in its original form, breeders all over the world now use Cheese genetics as a foundation to create exciting new varieties. Our skilled breeding team at Royal Queen Seeds created their own feminized version of this classic cultivar, making it ideal for home growers in pursuit of dank female flowers every time they grow.

Throughout the breeding process, we aimed to draw out one trait in particular: speed. Photoperiod strains provide great yields, but sometimes take a while to flower. We selected and crossed the fastest specimens and landed on a truly rapid flowering time of 6–8 weeks.


Royal Cheese Fast Flowering boasts hardy and durable genetics. She’s a go-to strain for those seeking a reliable and consistent yield every season. Take a brief look through her family tree, and it won’t take long to stumble upon landrace genetics such as Afghani and Colombian Gold.

These ancestor varieties proliferated in harsh climates and thus feature great durability. And indeed, Royal Cheese still holds these impressive traits. She’ll grow just about anywhere and deals with temperature fluctuations, pests, and pathogens like a champ.

These speedy varieties put out gorgeous flowers in relatively large quantities. Her buds are compact, frosty, and colourful. Expect to see an explosion of deep purple, light and dark green, and yellow during the later stages of the flowering phase.

If you’re planning on growing this strain indoors, you’ll have a lot of control over how busy and tall she becomes. If you have a large enough grow tent, you can let her peak at a height of 100cm and put out an abundance of lateral growth. She’ll generate one main monster cola and plenty of secondary flowers. Expect a yield of 450–500g/m² after only 6–8 weeks of blooming.

Royal Cheese (Fast Flowering)
Royal Cheese (Fast Flowering)
Old School Skunk x Afghani
450 – 500 gr/m2
60 – 100 cm
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 17%
Sativa 40% Indica 60%
550 – 600 gr/plant
130 – 200 cm
Early October
A combination of stoned + high

If you’re low on space, top and train your plant early to keep specimens at a height of 60cm. These techniques will also produce a more balanced and aerated canopy filled with equal-sized flowers.

Plants grown outdoors are capable of thriving in diverse environments, from the heat of the Mediterranean to the cooler temperatures of northern Europe and Canada. These specimens will grow to taller heights of 130–200cm and produce a rewarding return of 550–600g/plant. Prepare your trimming and drying space for harvest in early October.


Royal Cheese’s closely balanced genetic profile and array of unique terpenes contribute to a multifaceted high. Sure, her indica dominance guarantees a heavy body stone, but her significant sativa genetics endow the experience with an ambient cerebral buzz.

Her resinous flowers produce an average THC content of 17%, along with medium levels of CBD. She occupies the middle ground when it comes to potency. She won’t catapult your mind into another dimension, nor will she disappoint. She makes a perfect smoke during the day or night to ease tension, elevate the mood, and bring the mind into a relaxed and meditative state.

You’ll notice your body become looser after each toke. Once you’ve burned down an entire joint, you’ll find yourself teetering on the boundaries of euphoria. The muscles melt, tension leaves the body, and the mind comes alive with creative ideas and philosophical thoughts. Blaze this strain with your closest friends and go deep into your most fascinating theories.

Sweet, cheesy, and earthy tastes infuse every hit. High levels of the terpene caryophyllene contribute a peppery taste to the fold, whereas limonene adds an element of citrus and a slightly stimulating effect. Myrcene brings up the rear with tastes of earthiness and relaxing properties.


After experiencing the wonders of Royal Cheese, our breeding team played with the idea of creating an autoflowering version. It didn’t take them long to manifest this into reality. Royal Cheese Automatic carries the best traits of her predecessor into the world of autoflowering genetics. The original’s delightful tastes and stoning high are now available in an easy-to-grow autoflowering package.

The team struck gold after breeding Royal Cheese with Royal Critical Automatic and a ruderalis strain. After playing around with this combination, they produced an autoflowering replica of the original cultivar.

Royal Cheese Automatic
Royal Cheese Automatic
Cheese x Royal Critical x Ruderalis
425 – 475 gr/m2
60 – 100 cm
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 15%
Sativa 30% Indica 50% Ruderalis 20%
160 – 210 gr/plant
60 – 120 cm
11 – 12 weeks after sprouting
Physically stoned

Grown indoors, Royal Cheese Automatic reaches anywhere between 60–100cm and produces an impressive 425–475g/m². This lightning-fast cultivar will surge from an inert seed into a fully mature plant within a mere 9–10 weeks.

She shares a similar high to Royal Cheese, only more mellow. A THC content of 15% generates a relaxed high with almost no chance of becoming overwhelmed or unable to function. You can get away with smoking these flowers in the morning while still having a productive—yet very chill—day. Cheesy and spicy notes accompany her soothing and grounding effects.


Royal Cheese Fast Flowering provides a long list of impressive traits. As a true all-rounder, she offers amazing tastes, a balanced and mellow high, rewarding yields, and brief flowering time. Sow these seeds in spring, and you’ll be filling your stash jars up with earthy and stoning flowers in no time.

Royal Cheese Fast Flowering grows incredibly fast for a photoperiod strain. Watch her pump out colourful and dense flowers in weeks! Find out more inside.

The history of Cheese cannabis strains

As cannabis breeding and cultivation have flourished, different varieties of weed have emerged. There are whole families of strains associated with a particular flavour or sensation. Kush strains tend to bring a very powerful high; Haze strains are mouthwatering and deliver an uplifting buzz; Diesel strains. actually do smell like diesel. Yet sometimes, a complex flavour is highly sought-after among true cannabis connoisseurs. If you fall into this camp, a strong, savoury flavour like the one provided by Cheese strains could be just what you’re looking for. At RQS, we offer a range of Cheese strains you can order to experience this for yourself. There is a great story behind the development of Cheese strains and the effects they are known for.


Cheese is world famous, along with the strains that were used to create this hybrid cultivar. Today, there are all sorts of Cheese variants that trace back to the genetics of the original Cheese. Cheese strains are renowned for providing a spicy, savoury flavour, in contrast to the sweet, fruity, and herbal flavours found in some other strains. The terpenes of Cheese are actually quite varied, and come together to form its powerfully pungent smell. The rancid smell of octanoic acid merges with the sweet, fruity tones of methyl tert-butyl ether and ethyl methyl acetic acid. There is also isovaleric acid, combining with more foul-smelling terpenes like hexanoic acid (which smells of barnyard animals) and methyl mercaptan (which smells like rotten cabbage).

That sounds like quite the crowded and eccentric palate. Indeed, this combination of aromas is not to everyone’s taste. Yet in the same way cheese that tastes delicious can smell horrendous, Cheese strains have their appeal. There is, after all, an umami effect with Cheese strains; a sensation of a smoother taste that takes the edge off the strong aromas.

Cheese also produces many THC-potent trichomes, delivering a relaxing, blissful high. It is employed in the relief of pain, anxiety, and depression, as well as in restoring appetite. It makes sense that this specialty would become so popular. But where did it even come from in the first place?


The original Cheese strain emerged in the 1980s under mysterious circumstances. Legend has it that California cultivator Sam “the Skunkman” moved to the Netherlands to get serious about growing. He brought with him the iconic strain of his creation, Skunk #1. This became popular among Dutch cultivators because of its quick turnaround time. A recurring problem, however, was that the smell from the plants was too strong; so strong it would be hard to avoid attracting unwanted attention. When one batch of Skunk seeds found its way to the UK in 1988, something peculiar happened.

A cultivator in South East England found that the resulting plant had a distinctly cheesy stench. Noting the massive yields from this plant, they cloned it and saw its success spread throughout the UK. It proliferated at several festivals and alternative communities throughout the 1990s, becoming the strain of choice for those in the budding rave scene. Whatever happened to that batch of seeds, it resulted in creating a Cheese cannabis plant. The strength of its taste and its high led to increased demand. Today, it’s pretty common throughout the UK and in any jurisdiction where cannabis is legal.


If you would like to see what all the fuss is about, order some of our Cheese seeds and get growing yourself. This shouldn’t be an especially difficult plant to grow under the right conditions. It tends to result in a plentiful yield of buds with THC contents around 17%. Cheese strains are resilient and flower over a period of around 8–9 weeks. This strain can handle fluctuations in humidity, but make sure the temperature stays between 21–26°C or 70–80°F.

When given enough light and room to flourish, Cheese strains can exceed 200cm in height. If growing indoors, make sure you have enough space or feel confident with training techniques to reduce height. Furthermore, you could sidestep the space issue entirely with Royal Cheese Automatic. Most Cheese strains grow bushy, so some light pruning/defoliation may be helpful to maximise bud production. Similarly, the ScrOG (screen of green) method can help optimise bud potential, which you can read all about in our guide.

RQS Cheese Cannabis Strain Collection

Cheese strains have been passed around smoke circles for decades. Enter and explore some of the cheesiest Cheese plants on the market.


Royal Cheese (Fast Flowering) is the kind of strain you can address as “Her Highness”. This pungent plant has been developed with the intention of spreading those classy and monarchical highs, with its cured cheese fragrances instantly entrancing the nostrils. She came into existence after an old school Skunk fell in love with Afghan plants, and the rest is history.

Indoor growers can expect this cultivar to reach approximately 150cm in stature. Outdoor growers will see their plants stretch up to 250cm, which will require string support considering the sheer weight of the buds. The flowering period lasts for approximately 6–8 weeks, however, some growers prefer to keep this variety in flowering for an additional 2 weeks to develop more pronounced effects.

Cheese strains have a distinctive taste and aroma, emerging from a unique history that is still partly obscured in mystery.