Like baking cookies, growing this strain is easy, but requires time and attention. Your childhood wishes have all finally came true: cookies now do grow on trees.
This prized weed is now in easy-to-grow autoflowering form.
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Autoflower plants should be grown primarily from seed. Attempting to cut clones from a vegging auto plant means that the offspring may have a confused internal clock regarding when to flower. If attempting auto clones, take only cuttings from the lower branches, as they are thought to be more hormonally stable.
Naturally occurring strains of C. Ruderalis are always found growing north of the 50th parallel, but can still thrive if grown in equatorial countries.
DO – Think about harvest time. This will sneak up on you fast, so be prepared to harvest within 3 months of planting. You will want a drying room set up so you can get your product ready to smoke as soon as possible and avoid any post-grow contamination such as bugs or mold.
Autoflower cannabis seeds are a Seedsman speciality. In fact, we were the first seed bank in the world to sell Autoflower cannabis seeds.
Due to their genetic composition, Autoflowering plants are usually smaller than other regular seed cannabis plants. When you compare an Autoflower grow to photoperiod feminised cannabis plants, they’re better at surviving pests and mould.
Autoflowers are also perfect for beginner growers due to their less demanding harvest cycle. Regular strains need constant monitoring and adjusting of the lighting to ensure the plants get their full 12 hours. If you get this wrong, it can lead a plant going back to a vegetative phase which means a ruined plant. Autoflowers mean no worrying about constant lighting. Plus, they grow faster, for those of us who are impatient!
An Autoflower does not rely on the same amount of light to reach flowering. This means that you can stagger your outdoor grows to harvest multiple times a year.
Additionally, the smaller size of the plants suits a grower who has limited toom. And they’re easier to look after. An Autoflower cannabis plant hardly grows over four foot tall, which makes the harvesters job of caring, trimming and training an easier task throughout each stage of the grow cycle.
For indoor gardens, it’s best to use the same container you wish to flower in for the whole growth cycle. You can prepare the flowering pot by placing about 1 inch of damp coconut fiber and perlite in the bottom of the container. This combination helps to air prune the roots and ensure a healthy rhizosphere. You can then fill the pots with your substrate. Generally, a lighter and more airy substrate is best for autoflower strains. Before placing the germinated seeds in the soil, a light sprinkling of root inoculant or stimulant can be used to help provide a rich medium for root growth. Then carefully place the germinated seeds into the soil. Cover them with a light layer of substrate and gently hand water. Take care not to overwater them.
Autoflowering cannabis plants follow a measured timeline for their entire duration of growth. As soon as the seeds germinate, they adhere to a strict schedule pre-designed by genetics. The plants develop based on maturity instead of photoperiod. Autoflower strains began with the Ruderalis subspecies. Ruderalis differs from Sativa and Indica plants in that they are low profile sized plants that will enter and complete the flowering phase regardless of available daylight hours. Ruderalis grows wild between Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with a high distribution in Russia.
Autoflower Cannabis seeds start the same way as all cannabis seeds. We recommend following the How to Germinate Cannabis Seeds article. After the seeds have successfully sprouted, you can prepare your pots. Because auto-flowering strains do not easily tolerate transplanting, the Air Pruning method is advised to help to manage the roots if you are planning to eventually transplant them outside. Once the taproot reaches the bottom of the container, it will signal flowering for the plant. The Air Pruning method helps keep the roots from making that connection and makes it easier to transplant outdoors.
How to Grow Autoflower Seeds
Like most plants, Cannabis regulates its growth cycles according to the amount of daylight it receives. As the days get shorter, the plants acknowledge their need to propagate before winter arrives. This forces the plants to mature and develop their reproductive organs in the hopes of making seeds for future offspring. That is how photoperiod flowering marijuana strains work. However, Autoflowering varieties are different.
Modern Autoflowering strains are hybrids of Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis genetics. Breeders carefully select phenotypes that adhere to the auto-flowering criteria. The cannabis marketplace has seen a dramatic upsurge of Autoflowering strains due to significant quality increases. Autoflower strains commonly grow from 12-24 inches (30 to 60cm) tall and yield about 0.5 – 2 oz/plant. Most Autoflowers will go from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks, considerably faster than standard indica or sativa varieties.
Autoflower weed seeds grow well indoors and out, and come in both feminized auto and regular auto flowering varieties. Feminized Auto Flowering Cannabis Seeds are specifically bred to become all female with no production of males, while regular autoflower marijuana seeds will produce 50/50 male to female ratio.
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