For germinating your autoflowering cannabis seeds, we recommend using the Autoflowering Starter Kit for best results.
Recipe for DIY light and airy soil for autoflowers:
TIP 4: GROW IN LIGHT AND AIRY SOIL
How do you water cannabis properly? For starters, don’t water your plants on a fixed schedule, but instead only when they need it. You should always allow the soil to dry out between waterings. A good way to check if your plants need water is to lift up the pots. You should have a pretty good idea of how light a dry pot is compared to one saturated with water. As such, only water when the pot is light and the soil has dried out. Overwatering can be deadly, so it’s better to err on the side of caution.
Essentially, this entails having multiple plants in different stages of growth at any given time. In this way, you can time things just right so that there is always weed ready to bloom and harvest. This gives you the potential for a never-ending supply that doesn’t require excess effort from you!
With autoflowers, you don’t need to worry about light schedules like you would with photoperiod plants. When growing autoflowers, you can just leave your lights on a 18/6 schedule (18h on, 6h off) for the entire grow, and can even grow them under 24 hours of light. Which schedule is “better” is open to debate. Many growers use the 18/6 schedule, as this gives good results while using less energy than a constant 24h cycle.
These large bulbs produce massive amounts of light at the perfect spectrum for growing cannabis, and they’re more efficient than fluorescents in terms of weight of bud per watt of power used. That doesn’t mean growers will see lower electricity bills using HIDs. Producers using smaller spaces can generate more than enough light using T5s or CFLs at lower wattages than even the most miniature HID bulbs.
Metal Halide lights are usually used during the vegetative phase of growth, but can also be used during flowering. Their bluish light is perfect for vegging plants, and while this will get the job done, many dedicated growers switch to another lighting solution once buds start to form.
However, recently, chip-on-board LEDs or COBs have made the lives small growers much easier. If you’re only growing a couple of plants at a time, you can’t go wrong with COB lights, which produce a much more photogenic white light compared to the harsh purples of traditional LEDs.
If you’re trying to grow without alerting the neighbors, you’ll want a carbon filter to take care of the smell of growing marijuana. Buying a filter and fan might be the most expensive part of your setup, but you’ll more than make it up in the peace of mind you get in return.
Like CFLs, HIDs also come in a few varieties.
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.
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.
LIGHT SCHEDULE FOR AUTOFLOWERING STRAINS
Learn to grow autoflowering cannabis.
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.
8 weeks, with subsequent weekly harvests when growing fast strains.