Yield factors for autoflowering seed strains
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’.
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.
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.
In addition, these strains are a great choice for gardeners in less warm climate areas who wish to grow on open ground, or on a balcony or window ledge, but find themselves restricted by short summers.
The autoflowers that first appeared on the market in the early 2000s didn’t really impress. They weren’t very potent, their aroma was lacking, and their yields were not great either.
You can, but it isn’t optimal. One issue can be the difference in size between the two types. The other is that you’ll need to switch your lights to 12/12 to flower your photoperiod plants, meaning your autos will get less than the recommended 18 or 20 hours, and your yields will be smaller as a result.
Who Uses Automatic Cannabis Strains, and Why?
The famous Haze family of strains provides a cerebral buzz that makes it top for daytime smoking. RQS has autoflowering variants of the classic Hazes, including Amnesia Haze and an autoflowering Jack Herer called Royal Jack Auto. Royal Haze Auto is a cross between Amnesia Haze, Skunk, and ruderalis.
Autoflowers also need much less time to grow. Some varieties are ready to harvest in a short 8 weeks after sprouting. Plus, autoflowers are compact, which makes them great for indoor growing. Because they are so convenient, autoflowers are (not just) ideal for beginners to cannabis cultivation. More experienced growers can also take advantage of the unique growing traits of autoflowering cannabis.
Autoflowering cannabis seeds produce plants that flower on their own after 2–4 weeks of growth. Growers don’t need to worry about switching the light schedule to initiate and maintain the flowering phase, like they would if growing feminized photoperiod cannabis.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when growing your first batch of autoflowering seeds.
A quality section of seeds includes the Super Skunk, White Widow, Big Bud, and Lowryder. A delicious outcome is certain to be experienced with each of these mentioned strains. A germinated plant can be replanted in a large pot which is likely to remain home for the harvest, a large sized pot is certain to help with providing the more desirable yield. Our autoflowers come as the feminized seeds and perfect for the growers with limited space or less experience.
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).
Cons Of Autoflowering Seeds
Not only will you get less cannabis in terms of quantity, but autoflowering seeds also produce cannabis that’s of inferior quality to most other strains. People who are striving for the maximum cannabinoid content will most likely be disappointed with the result of these autoflowering seeds.
The best way to ensure your autoflowering seeds are getting the nutrients they need in the early phases of development is to invest in a high quality organic potting mix. Once they move into the vegetative stage, you may need to supplement with a nitrogen-heavy fertilizer. Often gardeners recommend feeding autoflowering seeds in this phase N-P-K mixtures between 10-5-5 or as high as 20-10-10.
As the name suggests, autoflowering seeds flower automatically (duh). That means these plants go through a rapid vegetative stage before moving into the flowering phase. Besides their speed, many growers are attracted to autoflowering seeds because they don’t require set amounts of light/darkness and they produce short plants that are easy to hide.
To squeeze the most yield out of their autoflowering seeds, many home growers give their cannabis plant the maximum amount of light possible every day. Obviously, this strategy will add a not-so-pleasant increase in your energy costs.