You’ve probably seen the term “feminized” used frequently as you browse the internet for all things cannabis seeds. Both autoflower and photoperiod strains can be feminized. All it means is that a breeder modified a particular strain to produce only female plants. Technically speaking, the odds of a female emerging are 99.9%—that’s still quite impressive!
Regardless of the schedule, the lighting demands of autoflower strains are easier to meet than those of their photoperiod counterparts.
AUTOFLOWERING VS FEMINIZED
Growers rarely cultivate pure ruderalis strains outside of breeding operations as these varieties produce very little in regards to yield. However, by breeding successful photoperiod strains with ruderalis genetics, breeders can create autoflowers, and therefore faster, versions of legendary varieties.
Life Cycle: 8–9 weeks
Flowering Time: 5–6 weeks
Autoflowering cultivars typically reach a height of between 60–100cm. Their compact size and impressive speed enable clandestine cultivators to set up and dismantle their operation in as little time as possible.
Next, poke a 10–15mm hole into a pot with your soil mix. Sow your seed directly into its final pot to avoid the stress of repotting later down the line. Transplanting causes plants to go into shock, and autoflowers grow so fast that they’ll struggle to recover. Place a seed in the hole and cover lightly with soil. You’ll see your seedling emerge in the next few days.
Autoflowering cannabis plants are hardy, fast, and easy to cultivate in confined spaces. What’s not to love? Learn how to grow them week by week below.
Autoflowering strains typically move from seed to harvest in 8–10 weeks. However, some varieties can take up to 12 weeks to fully mature. Strains such as Bubble Kush Automatic and Quick One fall towards the faster end of the spectrum, whereas varieties like Royal Creamatic and Royal Haze Automatic take a few more weeks to ready their buds for harvest.
AUTOFLOWERING GROW GUIDE: HOW TO GROW AUTOFLOWERS WEEK BY WEEK
As the name suggests, autoflowering strains don’t require a change in the light cycle to enter the flowering stage. Many growers choose to keep their autoflowers on a light schedule of 18 hours on and 6 hours off during the entire growing cycle. Other cultivators choose to keep their lights on around the clock in hopes of maximising photosynthesis and growth rate, however, this can get quite expensive.
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.
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.
One of the biggest bummers with using autoflowering seeds is that they don’t yield as much as other cannabis seeds. No matter how much light you give your plants or how well you train them in the vegetative stages, they won’t produce as much as a standard cannabis plant.
Of course, since autoflowering seeds aren’t reliant on light, that also means you could plant these seeds any time within the standard growing season and get a good result. So, if you want to make a quick batch of cannabis late in the season, consider going with an autoflowering strain.
A quality section of seeds includes the Super Skunk, White Widow, Big Bud, and Lowryder. A delicious outcome is certain to be experienced with each of these mentioned strains. A germinated plant can be replanted in a large pot which is likely to remain home for the harvest, a large sized pot is certain to help with providing the more desirable yield. Our autoflowers come as the feminized seeds and perfect for the growers with limited space or less experience.
Ruderalis Rules: Explaining Autoflowering Seeds
The best way to ensure your autoflowering seeds are getting the nutrients they need in the early phases of development is to invest in a high quality organic potting mix. Once they move into the vegetative stage, you may need to supplement with a nitrogen-heavy fertilizer. Often gardeners recommend feeding autoflowering seeds in this phase N-P-K mixtures between 10-5-5 or as high as 20-10-10.
Indoors, those conditions must be simulated manually by adjusting the light intake of your plants. That’s why many growers keep their crops in an 18/6 light cycle (18 hours of light followed by 6 hours of darkness) during vegetation. When it is time for flowering, the grower must switch to a 12/12 regime. The plant will sense the change and will begin developing buds. Unless of course, it is an autoflowering strain, in which case it will flower regardless of light intake.
In nature, light cycles are an extremely important part of plant growth. Vegetation usually happens when days are longer. Cannabis plants have evolved to grow and flower in sync with the passage of the seasons. If you are growing outdoors, your cannabis seeds must be sown around early summer in order to be ready around the autumn (when days get shorter).
As the name suggests, autoflowering seeds flower automatically (duh). That means these plants go through a rapid vegetative stage before moving into the flowering phase. Besides their speed, many growers are attracted to autoflowering seeds because they don’t require set amounts of light/darkness and they produce short plants that are easy to hide.