This essential characteristic evolved as a necessity for survival in the harsh, inhospitable areas of central Russia where Cannabis Ruderalis, the original autoflowering strain that bred this almost magical ability, originated. Lacking the longer, warmer summers of the Indian continent or the tropical and equatorial zones where (respectively) Indica and Sativa evolved, their relative did not have the luxury of being able to wait for the change in light cycles that signal the beginning of summer to start flowering – the weather would become cold enough to kill the plants before pollination and seeding could take place. Instead, it had to begin flowering as soon as it was old enough in order to have enough time to complete the reproductive cycle and make new seeds. Breeders immediately saw the advantage of this for other strains, and began breeding seeds with this ability to ‘auto flower’.
Yield factors for autoflowering seed strains
How is cannabis able to flower automatically?
Feminized autoflowering cannabis seeds are easy to cultivate: They flower without the need to change light cycles or remove males. Automatic seeds are ideal for new growers, and for those who want a low-maintenance growing experience. Sensi Seeds’ sativas, indicas and hybrids (high THC or high CBD) are ideal for medicinal and recreational cannabis users alike.
The advantages of automatic cannabis seeds
Autoflowering seeds, on the other hand, are able to complete their life cycle regardless of how long the days are, although at least eighteen hours of light will give the best results. Unlike regular seeds, ‘auto’ seeds grow crops that do not need to undergo the usual cycle of 12 hours of light alternating with 12 hours of darkness in order to bloom successfully, whether they are indica, sativa or hybrid. They seem virtually immune to light pollution, tolerating irregular and unpredictable periods of light and darkness with impunity. Outdoor gardeners with short summers can wait until the warmest weeks to cultivate their automatic cannabis seed crop, safe in the knowledge that most of these hours will fuel the flower production, not the vegetation, period.
This is the first group of varieties to produce superior bud featuring elevated cannabinoid levels without the need for intense light during set, consistent periods of time. Whether using artificial light or sunlight, care and attention was always required in matters of timing the plants’ exposure to it, and ensuring that the hours of darkness really were dark. Light pollution from even minor sources has been known to confuse their internal ‘clocks’ as to whether they are supposed to be vegetating or blooming.
It’s worth highlighting the pro that autoflowering seeds take away the stress of monitoring your plant’s light cycle every day. You could literally give this plant about 16 hours of light every day, and it will reach maturity with no issues.
In nature, light cycles are an extremely important part of plant growth. Vegetation usually happens when days are longer. Cannabis plants have evolved to grow and flower in sync with the passage of the seasons. If you are growing outdoors, your cannabis seeds must be sown around early summer in order to be ready around the autumn (when days get shorter).
As you could see from the info above, autoflowering seeds don’t require as much maintenance as other cannabis strains. This is great news for beginners who don’t understand nuanced issues like light cycles and nutrient distribution.
Once a further four to six weeks is passed, these plants are again ready for producing a fresh harvest. A quick growth cycle means it is possible to enjoy a quality harvest three to five times per season. It is suggested that the harvest starts once a significant portion (up to 75%) of the white hairs begin to change brown/orange and at a stage of the trichomes reaching the desired colour. An autoflower cannabis plant is likely to exist in a variety of different species, each of these offering its distinct flavour and characteristics.
Of course, since autoflowering seeds aren’t reliant on light, that also means you could plant these seeds any time within the standard growing season and get a good result. So, if you want to make a quick batch of cannabis late in the season, consider going with an autoflowering strain.
Autoflowers are easy to grow outdoors during almost any time of the year.
Yes, our autoflower seeds are feminized to ensure exclusively female plants. However, autos differ from photoperiod genetics.
Many cultivators either start with or switch to autoflower seeds because of how easy they are to grow. Here are a few reasons growers choose autos above everything else:
How To Grow Outdoor Autoflower Seeds
We recommend sowing seeds in waves every few weeks across the growing season for a harvest every fortnight.
Aim for potting soil with the following ratio of materials:
Packages are available in 1, 3, 5, or 10 seeds. If you fancy trying different genetics, select the Autoflowering Mix.
Autos require fewer nutrients than their photoperiod counterparts. Because of their smaller size, they have less of a demand for minerals and elements that assist in the creation of energy, proteins, and other components of plant physiology.