You can germinate your autoflowering cannabis seeds just like you would photoperiod seeds. Some cultivators like to germinate using the “paper towel method” or by putting seeds into a glass of water. But you can also plant your seeds right into their final container. Know that re-potting autoflowering cannabis is not recommended, as the transfer from a smaller to a larger pot can slow its growth. Since the growing time of autos is already limited, you want to avoid this as it can lead to a decreased yield.
• Sunlight means better yields and fatter buds
• You can achieve several harvests in a single growing season
• You can grow them outdoors at any time of year (weather depending)
• They are less susceptible to pests due to faster growth
• They fit in tiny spaces on your balcony, terrace, or garden
• They are ideal for stealthy outdoor grows/guerrilla grows due to their small size
Fortunately, autoflowering cannabis varieties are somewhat less prone to pests and insect infestations. In fact, some autoflowering varieties are bred to have a particularly strong resistance against mould and pests. Likewise, due to the short life cycle of autoflowers, insects often don’t have the time they need to become a serious problem. Otherwise, if you notice an insect infestation such as aphids or whiteflies, no need to go all synthetic about it: insecticidal soap and neem oil can deal with most common cannabis pests in a safe and natural way.
3. WATERING AND NUTRIENTS FOR YOUR OUTDOOR AUTOFLOWERS
Photoperiodic cannabis relies on natural daylight hours for its vegetative and flowering stages. You normally plant seeds in late spring where they will veg until late summer when the shorter daylight hours force them into flowering. By the end of summer/early fall, they will be ready for harvest.
One of the advantages of autos is their fast growth. Some autoflower strains can deliver their goods in an amazingly short 50–55 days from the moment you plant your seed. Although their very fast growth is normally an advantage, it also means that autos are less forgiving when it comes to certain mistakes, as you simply don’t have the time to correct things as you would with photoperiods. Likewise, if any major issues happen over their short lifetime, from diseases and overwatering to pests and whatnot, this will also greatly diminish your yield.
If you live further north, you may want to avoid the coldest and rainiest months of the year. In these climates, you can plant your autoflowers sometime in late spring when you know there is no danger of frost. The exact time depends on where you live, and could range from April to early June. The shorter summer in a colder climate is also a factor you need to think about. You shouldn’t sow too late either, as you want to avoid flowering your weed into the rainy season. If you live somewhere with a rainy fall, it can be good to plant in early June, so you can harvest late in August. This way, you can beat the bad weather and your buds won’t fall victim to mould.
As for nutrients, here too you will want to be careful with how much you administer. You can always start with ½ or ¾ doses of nutes to make sure you’re not overloading your plants. You can also consider slow-release nutrients. These can be ideal when you grow outdoors in a location that you can’t always visit. When you amend your substrate with slow-release nutrients, your plant will get everything it needs, and you won’t need to bother feeding it. All you need to do is water.
Autoflowering seeds have their drawbacks too. You can clone them, but there’s really no point. They will be at the same point of maturity as their mother, so by the time they recover and start to grow again, they’ll be at or close to their pre-programmed end of life, producing only a few small, fluffy flowers.
When all the signs point to full maturity, it’s time to cut, dry, and cure as you would for any other type of cannabis.
Growing autoflowering cannabis indoors gives you total control over the environmental conditions your plants are exposed to, including the total amount of light they receive each day. This is the key to consistent harvests and potency. However, there are several reasons some growers choose to cultivate automatic strains outside.
HARVEST WHEN RIPE
As the young autoflowering plants grow, water and feed as necessary. Because this type of cannabis develops much faster than photoperiod strains, they may become thirsty or hungry faster than more light-sensitive breeds. On the other hand, you definitely don’t want to overwater or overfeed. Oftentimes, autos can be fed half-strength nutrients and will still produce impressive harvests in good conditions.
If you plant your autoflowering seeds in June, you should be able to harvest in August. This timing avoids the worst of the cold, damp weather that develops as autumn approaches. By keeping the flowers as dry as possible, you minimise the risk of failure due to mould, mildew, and rot.
You can grow cannabis anywhere south of the North Pole, but the further north you go, the shorter the growing season will be. If you live in the far north, plant your seeds outdoors as soon as all danger of frost is over, somewhere between April and June.
On the positive side, autoflowering seeds grow quickly and need minimal care. On average, they reach full maturity in half the time it takes a photoperiod strain.
This is a very tall autoflowering hybrid, excellent for those wanting to make the most out of every single seed or growers that can only have one plant per grow cycle.
The ultimate Cali strain and one of the most popular cannabis strains all over the world when it comes to potency and flavor; Known for its extremely hard-hitting effect and kept as a classic due to the delicious uncomparable taste.
This strain will leave your mouth watering, you will fall in love with the mix of sweet, sour and citrus terps that offer an uplifting and euphoric high at first, then degrading in a more physical one.
8. Strawberry Banana Auto
There are a lot of autoflowering varieties that can be grown extremely well outdoors, autos are super resilient to cold, hot climates and bugs and mold, the strains mentioned above are our top 10 that will surely leave you pleased and amazed at the quality and amount of buds. Just remember that, as said in the introduction, it’s highly recommended to plan ahead so your plants get the most amount of direct sunlight possible. You can have a very good harvest all year long but planning ahead so your plants get more sunlight will result in bigger and denser buds, with an increased trichome production; The trichomes are where the terpenes and cannabinoids are produced and store so you will not only get better yields but you will also get a more potent, tastier and better smelling final product without doing anything extra, just planning so it’s definitely recommended.
Big yields and even bigger flavors come to mind when talking about our huge and incredibly resilient Sativa-leaning hybrid owner of delicious citrusy top-shelf terpenes; Orange Sherbet Auto. A truly monster resin producer that makes for the best of the best hashes and extractions out there, perfect for all hash heads out there.
One of the most powerful and fruity from Fast Buds, a very refined and improved cross of the Cali classics now available in autoflower version for all auto lovers. The best of both worlds when it comes to the yields, trichome production and terpene profile.
A cross between the most delicious genetics, resulting in an extremely resilient and potent autoflowering strain. Strawberry Banana Auto is one of the most potent strains we offer, she grows as tall as 150cm, clearly expressing her hybrid genetics.