Cannabis is a growing industry that has made a lot of people curious about what it really takes to grow marijuana in your own backyard. Expert cultivators will always tell you that in order for cannabis cultivation to be successful, a variety of elements such as light, soil, and water must be taken into consideration. Also, these cultivators will advise in good quality seeds especially the growing autoflower cannabis. Not only do these seeds shorten the whole process, but they also help cultivators in their own little way of making flowers automatically.
If you are a novice cultivator trying to find more information about growing autoflowering cannabis, then you have come to the right place. This article will discuss everything that you need to know including, what are autoflowering cannabis, how to plant them, and the pros and cons of using the seeds for your garden. So, sit back and enjoy reading as your mind will be filled with information you are seeking.
What are Auto-flower Cannabis Plants?
The auto-flower cannabis strain has a simple definition, these are the plants that flower automatically. The plant will begin to flower all on their own after 2-4 weeks. This magnificent process is created by the Ruderalis lineage of the auto-flower cannabis plants.
The Ruderalis strain is known to grow in colder regions such as Russia and China. Due to this fact, they have mastered their ability on how to be not completely light-dependent and yet still manage to survive. This plant was able to modify itself in adapting to its environmental conditions. The Ruderalis strain can easily ward off pests, mold, and mildew and illnesses related to cold.
Auto-flowering cannabis plants are also known to have small and short stature making it the best seller option of cultivators who live in areas where cannabis cultivation is not authorized or has no concrete laws.
The autoflowering cannabis seeds can be easily found at any seed bank of your choice. You can purchase them at the physical store or have it delivered when you purchase online. You can also go to local dispensaries and ask for autoflowering seeds that will work best with your marijuana garden.
Pros and Cons of Using Autoflowering Cannabis
Although the autoflowering seeds are extremely popular for both novice and veteran cultivators, they have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of them.
- If grown outdoors, the autoflowering cannabis plants will continue producing buds regardless of how much sunlight exposure it has received. You won’t have to worry that your autoflowering plant is not getting enough sunlight or getting too much sunlight.
- When grown indoors, expect that you will have a quick plant-harvest timeframe. Autoflowering cannabis plants are known to complete maturation after 3 months.
- Autoflowering plants can make bigger buds in lesser time that it will take any other marijuana strain. Even if they receive 12 hours of sunlight exposure they can still manage.
- These strains are known to be short and small. Making it the perfect choice for those who are into stealth cannabis cultivation. Cannabis growers choose this when they want to hide the plants from their neighbors.
- However, the autoflowering plant is not always the go-to option as the Indica and Sativa strains. Since they are known to be small, they do not produce large yields.
- Some growers mentioned that their autoflowering plants are not trainable to make the most of the grow space.
Growing your Autoflower Cannabis
Let us set proper expectations that you need to prepare when using autoflowering cannabis seeds for your cannabis garden. The reason behind this is that they will grow quickly, whether you are ready for them or not. These are the steps that you need to follow if you want to be successful in your marijuana cultivation using autoflowering plants.
Training your Plants
Ideally, you will want to start training your plants once they enter the vegetative stage. For autoflowering plants, this can be as early as 2 weeks. Which means that your time is limited.
Top your plant after it has developed 3 nodes to bring a more even canopy. A good low-stress-training method is pulling down your plant sideways to make new upward growth. If your plants start showing flowers, refrain from topping them. You can prune your plant at least a week before the flowering stage.
An advantage of using autoflower seeds is that you don’t need to follow the photoperiod light cycles. Most growers will start autoflowering plants early in the season (March) or late in the season (September). It’s also wise to remember that the plant still needs warmth to grow and rain should be considered in making sure the plants will not have excess moisture and rot. You have the option to use a greenhouse to protect your plant from harmful elements.
Ease up on your Feeding
Unlike some cannabis strain, the autoflowering plant does not need heavy nutrient feeding. This is due to the fact that they are small and they don’t spend a lot of time in the vegetative stage. Feed your plant with nutrients very lightly and keep in mind that it is best to feed them with nutrients during the stage that they can utilize it quickly.
Harvesting should be done Gradually
Developing a canopy is not really possible for autoflowering plants which means the buds at the lower end of the plant will be kept. So, it’s best to do your harvest sequentially by starting at the colas then give the lower buds enough time to become denser and you can harvest them next.
Preparing your next crop
To make the most of your growing autoflower cannabis seeds, make sure to prepare the next batch of the plant as you are harvesting. You can pop the seeds before you harvest the current plant to make sure your grow area is continuously producing. Because of the feature of the autoflower, you can have new batches of plants placed together with the old ones without having to worry about the light cycle.