An autoflowering cannabis strain switches from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage automatically instead of requiring closely timed hours of light and dark. Photoperiod flowering seeds start to bloom after the summer solstice, while autoflowering seeds flower after a specific phase of the development period. In other words, they grow automatically (hence their name, “autoflowering”) when they reach the right size.
Pros and Cons of Autoflowering Seeds
Autoflowering cannabis seeds combine the genetics of sativa, indica (or hybrids of them) with cannabis ruderalis. Cannabis ruderalis is a variety very few people know about because it is naturally smaller, with smaller buds that produce very little to no THC.
What Does “Autoflowering” Mean?
Another key benefit of autoflowering marijuana plants is an easy growing experience due to their ruderalis heritage. Because of their fast adaptation as detailed above, these plants are hardy and resistant to several adverse conditions. Ordinary cannabis plants can easily succumb to many diseases and pests , but autoflowering plants will stand up to such a threat and survive. Similarly, autoflowering strains are also resistant to mold, overfeeding, and underfeeding, while regular photoperiod varieties will be adversely affected by these conditions.
A characteristic that gives the cannabis plant the ability to start and complete the flowering phase as a result of the plant’s age without reducing daylight hours. The characteristics of autoflower seeds are theorized to be a result of plants containing ruderalis genes.
What is autoflowering?
Autoflowering plants can start to flower within 2-4 weeks.
How to grow autoflowering seeds
Autoflowering in plants refers to an automatic switch from vegetative growth to the flowering phase. This process differs from that of typical strains which depend on a specific photoperiod of varying light and darkness. The autoflower grow process is fairly quick and efficient as plants may be ready to harvest within 10 weeks. Some common autoflowering strains include Northern Light Automatic, Royal Bluematic, and Easy Bud.
The length of the grow cycle is an important factor for many growers. If you are looking for multiple harvests a year all year round, then autoflowers are definitely your best bet. Generally, the average time from seed to harvest for an autoflower is between 8-12 weeks.
Most online sellers, From I Love Growing Marijuana to Seedsman Seeds will have plenty of variety for whatever seed type you end up deciding on planting and cultivating.
Which is better for indoor/outdoor cultivation?
If you are growing feminized seeds outdoors, you will have to adjust your light schedule or wait until autumn to ensure that the plant gets the right amount of light to flower. However, this is not the case with autoflowers, making them much easier to grow and an attractive option for those who want a simpler, less involved grow process.
While much more than THC goes into how a plant looks, smells and ultimately smokes and the effects it has (like its terpene profile or CBN percentage). Understanding THC can be done at home using simple test kits and devices and can help you evaluate the quality of your seeds.
Are autoflowers leafier than feminized seeds?
However, this is not true if you grow autoflowering seeds in optimal conditions, without pruning them, and with sufficient time to complete their automatic flowering cycle without rushing or interfering with the process. If you do it right there is nothing to worry about!