The simple lighting demands of autoflowering strains serve as another advantage. As we mentioned above, they don’t require a change in light schedule to begin flowering. This trait allows growers to be extremely flexible with lighting.
A schedule of 12 hours on and 12 hours off occupies the other end of the spectrum. It’s the best option for growers looking to save money, but yields won’t be as impressive.
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!
SIMPLE LIGHTING DEMANDS
Autoflower plants boast strong, sturdy, and resilient genetics. Cannabis ruderalis didn’t survive the throes of northern latitudes by chance. The subspecies is well equipped to deal with extreme temperatures and harsh weather.
You can easily grow autos on balconies and in hidden locations in your garden. They’re also popular among guerrilla growers—cultivators that grow cannabis in hidden public or wild locations. This method helps to keep crops out of sight and hidden from thieves.
Here are a few of the stealthiest autoflowering strains available:
Thanks to this adaptation, growers now enjoy the speedy growth of autoflowering genetics!
If you’re a beginner and unsure where to start, we suggest using the Autoflowering Starter Kit for the easiest experience possible.
Autoflower cannabis also thrives in relatively small growing containers. Use your soil mix to fill up an 11-litre fabric pot.
Make sure the growing medium is completely dry before watering; this will help to prevent root rot and suffocation.
What Kind of Water Do Autoflower Strains Need?
We recommend sowing seeds in waves every few weeks across the growing season for a harvest every fortnight.
Packages are available in 1, 3, 5, or 10 seeds. If you fancy trying different genetics, select the Autoflowering Mix.
Whereas photoperiod strains are beholden to the light cycle of the seasons, autos do their own thing. You can sow them from February to September and expect a harvest, provided you avoid any risk of frost.
A light cycle of 18-6 will supply your plants with all of their energy needs while saving you some money on your electricity bill.
Autoflowering seeds look just like normal feminised photoperiod cannabis seeds. They produce top quality cannabis but grow in a slightly different life cycle compared to traditional photoperiod varieties. Indoor cultivators can grow autoflower seeds from seed to harvest under 20 hours of daily light. There is no need to reduce daily light hours to 12 hours in order to initiate flowering. When growing autoflower seeds, flowering happens automatically, hence the ‘auto’ name.
2. Use 20 hours of daily light from seed to harvest
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It sounds obvious, but poor quality genetics guarantee poor quality results. Choose autoflowering seeds which have a solid genetic heritage and prioritise seed companies who have pioneered auto seed research and backed it up with cannabis cups.
4. Avoid multiple re-potting of your auto plant