By comparison, photoperiod varieties offer larger yields and higher levels of cannabinoids. However, they usually take much longer to reach harvest when grown conventionally. Growers typically keep indoor plants on a light cycle of 18 hours on and 6 hours off during the vegetative stage. The photoperiod is then switched to 12 hours on and 12 hours off to initiate the flowering stage.
Regardless of the reason, it’s certainly possible to speed up the cultivation process. Autoflowering varieties are prized for this very quality. Many of them provide ripe flowers only several weeks after germination, although this speed comes at a price. Yields are usually comparatively small, and cannabinoid content is lower too. That means less THC and CBD in each flower.
NEED FOR SPEED
Although this level of speed is practical for some growers, there is a trade-off. The lack of a vegetative phase means plants only reach a small size, which results in reduced yields. However, this deficit can be negated by starting many seeds or clones together and cultivating them using the sea of green (SOG) method.
Indoor growers have free rein over the length of the vegetative phase in photoperiod varieties. As long as plants receive more than 12 hours of light per day, they will stay in veg. Growers can thus trigger flowering whenever they please. This trait means the photoperiod can be used to force plants to flower very early on in the growing cycle. Applying a 12/12 light cycle from germination will cause photoperiod strains to flower just as fast as most autos. Starting with clones will produce even faster results.
For some growers, time is of the essence. There’s a multitude of reasons one might want to wrap up an operation as quickly as possible. Some cultivators still live in areas under prohibition; the faster they set up and shut down their project, the less likely they are to get busted and prosecuted. Alternatively, commercial growers want to achieve the fastest harvest possible to boost turnaround.
In a nutshell, QUICK strains are the fast version of classic feminised genetics. They result from the cross of a photoperiod parent, normally a female elite clone selected from a bunch of regular seeds, and an elite autoflowering female. The latter is reversed so it produces the pollen that passes the auto gene on to the cross. The result is an F1 “QUICK” hybrid that is not auto but is indeed much faster than photoperiod genetics. This is down to the autoflowering gene, which helps plants jump from the growth stage to a state of full bloom in the blink of an eye.
The most important traits of our autoflowering lines are:
The key to producing top-quality QUICK genetics is our incredible collection of elite autoflowering strains that, besides passing the auto gene on to the F1 hybrids, add to them the extraordinary traits our team of breeders has spent over 10 years trying to obtain.
Such masterfully fixed traits ensure the high quality of our F1 QUICK hybrids, making them virtually impossible to differentiate from their sisters. They need to be switched to the flowering phase and could stretch a lot if provided with plenty of time. That’s why we can clone and store the mother plants for as long as necessary. Once the photoperiod is varied from 18/6 to 12/12, they start flowering at light speed, much faster than any other ordinary plant.
Thanks to these fast flowering properties, they can be grown in northern regions with fewer risks. By bringing the harvest date forward, they’re less likely to be affected by harsh weather conditions. In places such as Russia, England, Poland, Germany, Scandinavia or the Alps, they make the only viable option for growing outdoors, except for the auto genetics, of course. They deliver far bigger crops than their autoflowering little sisters, though, which is quite an advantage. Wherever you live, they’ll make your life easier, since the likelihood of having your crop ruined by bad weather conditions, by the attack of fungi or by unexpected plant thefts is significantly reduced.
Safe and discreet shipping
Growing Fast Flowering cannabis seeds provides numerous benefits:
Fast cannabis seeds by Humboldt Seeds are photo-dependent strains with a really fast flowering phase, which means that they flower between 1 and 2 weeks faster than the standard versions. Humboldt Seeds’ Fast genetics have been created from the cross of their classic strains with their best autoflowering varieties. Fast strains are ideal for impatient growers eager to obtain their precious harvests, as well as for growers in northern areas with adverse weather conditions, wishing to grow our classic Humboldt genetics whilst retaining all their top qualities. See more >
These are some of the most iconic Humbold Seeds’ genetics in their Fast Version:
We really thank you for trusting our HSO high-quality seeds and that is why we are treating you to free seeds in all your purchases