The cannabis market is a rising industry in the world today. And thanks to this rise, autoflowering feminized seeds have found a place in the market because of how people are now demanding marijuana at a rapid pace.
Due to the increase in marijuana demand, it is a great idea for you to actually start growing autoflowering feminized seeds because these types of seeds are much more efficient to cultivate than your regular cannabis seeds. As such, you will be able to meet the demand of the public better and faster.
But, before you get to that point, you still actually have to learn how to grow autoflowering seeds. They might still be cannabis seeds but they have different demands in terms of nutrients and care. This includes water.
However, to get to know more about how to take care and water your autoflowering cannabis plants is to know more about autoflowering strains first. What are these plants and where do they come from? And why are they efficient cannabis strains?
What you need to know about Autoflowering Feminized Seeds
Autoflowering cannabis strains are types of cannabis that can move from their vegetative state to the flowering stage by relying on time alone. Why is that unique? Well, regular cannabis strains need a certain amount of light and dark hours for them to move to the flowering phase. These are what we call photoperiod-dependent cannabis.
But autoflowering cannabis strains are not photoperiod-dependent. Instead, they do not even care how many hours of light or darkness they are getting because they will always automatically flower as they mature. Hence, that is why they are called “autoflowering” in the first place.
Cannabis ruderalis is the ancestral plant from which all autoflowering cannabis strains can trace their roots. It is considered the third species of cannabis and is commonly found in regions with harsh northern climates.
Because cannabis ruderalis adapted itself to the very cold climates of its place of origin, it developed the traits we now value in modern autoflowering cannabis strains. For starters, the lack of available sunlight in those regions allowed cannabis ruderalis to flower without relying on the number of light and dark hours it gets. As such, it became an “autoflowering” plant because it did not need to rely on the photoperiod any more.
Cannabis ruderalis, in anticipation of the extremely cold winters, also tend to flower rather quickly as it can be pretty difficult for these plants to survive the freezing temperatures. And finally, these plants are also very small and short basically because they did not have a lot of nutrients in their place of origin.
With qualities such as those, one would think that cannabis ruderalis was the better of the three species of marijuana. However, it did not garner a lot of attention because Indicas and Sativas were superior in many other ways (hemp quality, THC level, yields, etc.). As such, cannabis ruderalis basically had no practical use.
But when a popular breeder decided to make use of cannabis ruderalis’ genetics by breeding Mexican Rudy (a mysterious cannabis ruderalis plant) with a classic all-time great strain called Northern Lights, he was able to create a strain that had the qualities of a normal cannabis plant but with the autoflowering capabilities of the ruderalis line. Lowryder, the very first autoflowering cannabis strain, was born.
Many more breeders followed suit and began developing their own autoflowering strains. However, like Lowryder, they did not garner a lot of attention because of how they were inferior to regular cannabis strains. They had low THC levels and yields.
It was only until recently when breeders began to perfect their genes to form autoflowering cannabis strains with higher THC concentrations and generous yields. As such, many people began to see the practicality of growing autoflowering strains.
3. Reasons for growing autoflowering strains
- They are autoflowering
This is the main reason for you to start growing your own autoflowering cannabis strains. Because they will flower regardless of the number of light and dark hours they receive, you do not have to monitor how much light they are getting. In fact, age is the only determining factor for them to flower. That saves you the hassle of changing their light schedules.
- They are easier to grow
Autoflowering strains are a lot easier to grow than regular cannabis plants because they are not very demanding. They do not need a lot of nutrients and can grow in almost any kind of environment and climate. And, best of all, these strains are very hardy and resilient. They can resist pests, diseases, molds, and bad weather. In that sense, they will save you the trouble of worrying about whether they can survive under certain conditions and against certain odds.
- They will flower faster
As mentioned, cannabis ruderalis developed the ability to grow fast because it anticipated the winter season. Autoflowering cannabis plants have inherited that trait and are quicker to flower than most of their counterparts. As such, you will be able to harvest these plants more in a single year. Obviously, more harvests mean more chances of meeting the public’s demands. And if you are able to meet the demand, you will earn more money.
How to properly water your autoflowering cannabis seeds
By now, you probably are already convinced that growing autoflowering cannabis seeds will be more beneficial for you and your grow space. In that regard, you need to know how to properly take care of them. That means you must know how to give them one of their most basic needs—water.
Water is essential for any plant or creature to survive. Cannabis plants are not so different in the sense that they cannot thrive well if you do not water them properly. But different types of cannabis need water in different ways. That means that autoflowering feminized seeds need to be watered in their own specific way.
1. What kind of water should you use?
Basically, any kind of water will do. You can use the water you get from your tap or even use rainwater if you do not want your water bills to spike up. In fact, rainwater might be the better choice because it naturally contains the salt and chemicals that your autoflowering cannabis plants love.
But before using tap water or rainwater, it might be better for you to leave the water on its own for a few days with the top of the container left open. This allows the water inside the container to adjust to the temperature of the environment. In that sense, when you introduce the water to your autoflowering cannabis plants, you do not shock them with water that has a different temperature than the one they are used to.
2. How often should you water?
When and how often should you water your autoflowering cannabis plants are the most common questions expert growers encounter. However, this is a particularly difficult question to answer because there are many factors to consider. You have to factor in the size of your plants’ pot, the size of the plants themselves, the humidity levels, and the air temperature.
Because you have a lot of factors to consider, there is no uniform timeframe you should follow when watering your autoflowering cannabis plants. It might be best for you to trust your gut instinct and to use common sense. Just make sure that your plants’ medium does not dry out. Always keep the medium moist but not flooded.
3. How to water during the different stages?
Like most cannabis seeds, autoflowering feminized seeds are very fragile and prone to damage. On top of that, autoflowering strains do not handle stress very well. To make sure you do not stress the seeds, be careful when watering them while they are still germinating. Make sure that their surface stays moist enough yet not very wet. The best way to make sure you introduce water safely is to use a hand spray.
When the autoflowering seeds have already germinated, the important thing to remember is to make sure the soil stays moist. Never wait for the soil to dry out. Always check the surface to see if it had dried out a bit. If about an inch of the surface seems dry, it is safe to water the autoflowering cannabis plants again. But always make sure you do not overwater them to the point of flooding their pots. Just make sure the soil stays moist.