What do you get by combining two of the most potent autoflowering cannabis strains? A super autoflowering marijuana strain called the Dwarf Low Flyer or dwarf cannabis plants. What makes a Dwarf Low Flyer grow better than other autoflower? The secret is in the genes.
What are Dwarf Low Flyer strains?
Before planting Dwarf Low Flyers, you need to understand what this strain is and why it’s fast becoming one of the most preferred strains to grow.
Dwarf Low Flyer came from a very popular Canadian breeder that created the strain using two potent autoflowering cannabis. This is a Sativa-leaning plant, therefore, it is quite taller than most autoflowers.
Dwarf Low Flyer Cannabis is a plant that will provide intense amounts of resin while the seeds give off a unique, strong smell that will sometimes drive people off. When smoked, this strain can provide natural power which will make you forget all those negative thoughts.
It is also a productive strain which means you can get more yields compared to other Low Ryder strains.
Since it is an autoflowering strain, it can quickly flower in just 45 days. The plants have moderate height at 50 to 60 cms in height, therefore, it may not be suitable for indoor, stealth growing.
Planting Dwarf Low Flyers starting from seeds to Flowering Plants
Dwarf Low Flyer seeds are available from local marijuana seedbanks or from online seedbanks and shops. These seeds are ready to grow once they arrive or once you take these home.
Test your seeds for viability
To be completely sure that your seeds are viable and will germinate, test these first. Test for appearance, firmness, smoothness, color, and weight.
- Your seeds should be round, moderately small seeds with a dark-colored hue. Viable Autos have dark-colored hues that may be colored dark brown to black. You may also see seeds with green or white in color. These seeds will not sprout and should never be germinated.
- Viable seeds are firm and will never compress or open when these are pressed slightly.
- Viable seeds will have a smooth surface free from creases, holes, dents, and openings. Never germinate or use open seeds or seeds with these formations.
- Viable seeds are heavy and will sink when placed in water. This is because these seeds have viable insides that will germinate. Floating seeds are hollow and do not contain any viable material.
Germinate your seeds
Now that you have managed to separate viable seeds from non-viable seeds, it’s time to germinate your seeds.
Use the easy technique and place your seeds inside a peat pellet. Peat pellets are small pellets made of growing material. It has pockets in the middle where you will place your seed. One seed per pellet.
But before use, soak the peat pellets in the water at least for a few hours. This will expand the pellets and will allow you to open it and place the seed in. After doing this, seal the pellet on top by pressing the top gently.
Place the pellets in a small container with a small amount of water. Refill this water daily or as necessary and place this container in a dark space like inside a cupboard or cabinet. Your seeds will sprout in just a few days so be sure to check the pellets out regularly.
Plant your seeds in your selected growing medium
Now that your seeds have sprouted, you will soon notice that there are small roots sprouting from the pellet plus there are a few leaves on top as well. Let these juvenile plants continue to grow more roots and leaves. Place these in a larger container with water.
After it has grown at least two sets of leaves on top and a bushy root system, it’s time to transfer this in your preferred growing medium. Let’s use soil for now.
Take a pot-full of sandy-clayey soil to dig a hole in the middle deep enough to transfer the pellet. Water the soil first until you see water coming out of the holes of the pot. Let the soil become moist and then transfer your pellets. Avoid touching the roots so be very careful.
Fill the hole with the remaining soil and then water the plant once more. Place this under strong lighting. Whether you’re growing indoors or out, let the light illuminate on the plant for 24 hours or use a 20/4 light/dark schedule for optimum growth.
Take care of your Dwarf Low Flyer plants in the vegetative stage
Your seedlings won’t need nutrients when these have been recently transferred to a large pot. It will get its nutrients from what remains of the seed cotyledon and also from the soil medium.
After a week or two, you may now feed your plants with fertilizer mixes that are appropriate for plants at the vegetative phase. The correct mix contains Nitrogen, a nutrient that plants use to grow new leaves and stems and to strengthen the plant’s branches. Your plants will also need phosphorous and potassium at this stage but not as much as nitrogen.
Aside from nutrition, monitor the following.
- Check for pests that can often come from the soil and from other plants outdoors. If you spot one, remove these using safe and natural methods.
- Check for nutrient deficiencies. You can tell that your plants have nutrient problems when it is not growing new leaves, it is not drinking properly or it has leaves and parts that have turned into different colors. Correct any problems with nutrition early so your plants’ growth won’t be affected.
- Check for molds which can affect plants from the vegetative stage and more so during the flowering stage. Molds should be dealt with ASAP because this can eat up your plants and will render everything useless. Use natural methods to remove molds and solve moisture problems immediately.
- Check for overwatering and underwatering. Your plants will show signs that it needs more water or it has more water by checking the soil near the plants as well as the overall appearance of your plants.
Water on the soil near the plant means that it is overwatered while dying leaves and very dry soil can be signs of underwatering.
- Check for light burn which is evident when your plants have burnt leaf tips and droopiness. If this is the case, place the light away from plants. Improve temperature and humidity inside the growing area.
- Check humidity and temperature levels. During the seedling phase, your plants need high humidity but as soon as it starts to grow taller and wider and grow more new leaves, switches to lower humidity. Use a dehumidifier to accurately correct humidity. You may also open a door or window or use a fan to reduce humidity levels fast.
Improve Plant Health during the Flowering stage
Continuously perform all the checks presented in the growing phase of your plants. There is nothing to worry about during the flowering stage because you have plants that are all females. Just remember a few things:
- Once your buds have sprouted, protect these from molds. Mold and mildew can form inside the buds especially when the buds are large and dense, In Dwarf Low Ryder strains, buds are small but dense. Once mold forms inside the buds, it will be too late. So, maintain low humidity during this time and avoid watering when the soil is wet.
- Continue your lighting schedule until the flowering phase. Your plants may have ceased to grow but it will never stop making food to support its many functions. Use strong lighting still and place these closer to the plant leaves and not on the buds.
- Stop feeding your plants a week before harvest. Just water your plants with plain water.
- Support your plants and buds with wooden pegs and wires. If your plants are tall or moderately tall, these need support to help keep the buds intact. You may also use a trellis or just use thread and cords to support your plants.
- Take time checking for pests because these creatures can wreak havoc and eat all your hard work. Pests like spider mites, grasshoppers, and crickets are usually very hungry and can eat all your crops in just days. Remove these pests using natural pesticides including neem oil.
Harvest your plants
Now we have come to the time that every grower has been waiting for: harvest time. Your autoflowering Dwarf Low Flyer grow will now be ready for harvest. You can tell that your plants are perfect for harvest when you spot the following:
- Darkening of the trichomes. Usually, trichomes or the mini-structures that look like crystal mushrooms are crystal clear. These will become darker and darker as the buds become riper and riper.
- Darkening of the pistils. Usually, these pistils are yellow-orange in color but when the buds are ready, these will turn golden to dark yellow-orange in color.
Understand these indicators and you’ll be able to harvest your Dwarf Low Flyer plants in no time.