• Grow Tip: Some cultivars are more nutrient hungry than others, so do not overfeed your plants just because you are close to the harvest. Check how the plants look and respond between waterings.
• Grow Tip: Organic soil will have all of the primary nutrients and trace elements a Cannabis plant requires during the early stages. Bottled nutrients will also work well as long as you follow the recommended guide.
As the plants get closer to the harvest date of 10 weeks, it is wise to encourage the plants to use up their nutrient reserve. The final two weeks are known as the flushing period, meaning that the plants will use up their reserve amounts of N-P-K and trace elements. It is normal to see deficiencies begin to form as this is a good sign the excess nutrients are being used up. The calyx of the bud will now bulge and swell with a round and pointy appearance. Trichome development will be at the peak maximum and now is a good time to start checking the maturity of your trichomes.
Once you have hit the 10-week mark, your autoflowering plants will be fully mature and ready to harvest. The buds will be as thick as golf balls and should have filled every branch and internodal spacing. The terpenes will be the most aromatic, they can be, with the buds encrusted with trichomes, including the surrounding leaves. At this point, you are ready to get your trimming scissors out and begin harvesting the plants.
• Grow Tip: There is no need to add more water than normal, or water more frequently, simply stick to the routine you have been using .
• Grow Tip: Now the plants will depend on frequent amounts of nutrient solution, and using supplementary boosters and enzymes is an option to increase flower and resin production further.
• Grow Tip: On the basis, you have trained your plants or used a screen, plant height can be easily controlled.
Many growers elect to cultivate autoflowers because of their speedy growing rate. Their hardy genetics and forgiving nature also make them easier to grow and therefore more beginner-friendly.
Because of this unique trait, outdoor growers can achieve multiple harvests during a single growing season. By germinating seeds week after week in early spring, you can theoretically rake in your first harvest after
LIGHT SCHEDULE FOR AUTOFLOWERING STRAINS
8 weeks, with subsequent weekly harvests when growing fast strains.
However, their yields aren’t as spectacular as those obtained from photoperiod giants, but, the trade-off for brevity makes the decision worthwhile for most growers.
Follow the fail-safe week-by-week grow guide below for a quick and easy route to harvest time. We cover all of the parameters and variables you need to consider—at the correct times—to ensure your plants remain healthy, vigorous, and productive.
There isn’t a lot of action in the first week, but it will start pretty soon. Additionally, remember not to feed any nutrients during the first week. Sure, you want your plants to grow fast and also want to help them, but feeding nutrients in the very first week will actually burn your plants faster than you can imagine!
Just in case you’re clueless about autoflowers, let’s start with:
Unlike photoperiodic strains that can take anywhere from 8-14 weeks or more, autoflowering strains take as little as 7 weeks up to 11 weeks from seed to harvest. So read on to learn more about autoflowers from seed to harvest.
So, coming back to the main question… How long does it take for autos? Well, it depends. There’s no exact answer, but there’s an average time that’s good enough to consider. Autos – like regular plants – also spend some time growing in the vegetative stage. With regular plants, you can force them to flower by changing the light schedule. For instance, if you’re providing an 18/6 light/dark cycle now, you can make the plants flower by switching to a 12/12 cycle.
If this is the case, you should switch to flowering nutrients if the plants are responding positively after receiving nutrients all this while.