However, recently, chip-on-board LEDs or COBs have made the lives small growers much easier. If you’re only growing a couple of plants at a time, you can’t go wrong with COB lights, which produce a much more photogenic white light compared to the harsh purples of traditional LEDs.
Soil is what millions of years of evolution trained cannabis seeds to grow in, and there’s nothing wrong with germinating, planting, and trusting the plant’s genetic to take care of the rest. The only caveat we have to add is that you find high-quality soil, either on the internet or your local hardware store. Cheaper, low-end soil is meant to grow small flowers, not giant cannabis bushes. In our experiments with bargain brands, we’ve found that plants grow quite well through the vegetative stage, but the once flowering starts our plants quickly exhaust the available nutrients and begin showing signs of malnutrition. This problem can be corrected with the addition of outside nutrients, but it’s just easier to buy high-quality soil in the first place.
You’ll need at least a little bit of fertilizer to get the most out of Fast Buds seeds. Some strains, like our Blue Dream’Matic, require just a bit and are easy to overfeed, while other strains like our Green Crack will take all the nutes you can give it.
Autoflowering seeds grow, well, automatically when cultivated outdoors. Plant, water, and fertilize them, then let the sun and mother nature do the rest. Indoor growing is more technical, but just a bit. Whereas the Earth and the sun provide abundant soil and light, you’ll have to provide those for your plant. You’ll also need to pay a bit more attention to plant nutrition, as well as install a carbon filter to keep the smell away unless you’re like us and want your home to smell like fresh marijuana all the time. Here’s all you need to know to get started growing autoflower weed indoors.
These large bulbs produce massive amounts of light at the perfect spectrum for growing cannabis, and they’re more efficient than fluorescents in terms of weight of bud per watt of power used. That doesn’t mean growers will see lower electricity bills using HIDs. Producers using smaller spaces can generate more than enough light using T5s or CFLs at lower wattages than even the most miniature HID bulbs.
If you’re trying to grow without alerting the neighbors, you’ll want a carbon filter to take care of the smell of growing marijuana. Buying a filter and fan might be the most expensive part of your setup, but you’ll more than make it up in the peace of mind you get in return.
HID lights generate a lot of heat, and you will have to manage your grow space’s temperature when using them. If you don’t have a good exhaust system, it’s better to stick with a low heat option like CFLs or LEDs.
Once your seeds have sprouted, you’ll need to transplant them into their potting soil. If you aren’t using A Pot for Pot, you will need to carefully remove your seedling from its current home and place it in another. This process, unfortunately, can lead to shock. With a separate seedling system, such as the Seedling Starter Kit, this risk is reduced.
As the flowering stage proceeds, you’ll want to continue lowering the humidity if you are growing indoors yet keep your plants well-watered. It is very easy to develop mold during the flowering stage, and that can ruin all of your hard work. That’s why you need to pay attention to the amount of water in the air and soil. A watering can helps you keep track of how much you are giving your plants. We include one in our Complete Kits.
Week 1: Germination
The downside to an autoflower grow is that the yields will not be as large as traditional seeds. However, a smaller yield on something you are nearly guaranteed to be successful at is better than no yield from something a bit harder to grow. If it’s your first time growing these quick-growing seeds, try using an autoflower grow journal to document your journey. This way, there’s a record of your work, and you can improve upon it in the future.
To start germinating your seeds, you will need the proper soil mixture. In general, autoflowers will need fewer nutrients than regular seeds; still, they will need rich potting soil to help support their rapid growth.
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Want to grow a big autoflower? In the open ground, roots have free rein. Logically, your autoflower can grow quite large, but when it is windy or raining your plant is less easy to protect.
As soon as you have your wishes clear, the search can begin. Luckily, there are numerous suppliers of autoflower outdoor seeds nowadays. Do your research and choose a supplier you have heard good stories about. Also online you will often find many reviews.
First of all, you decide where to start your autoflower grow. Of course you can do this in a grow tent, grow box, a specially reserved room, but maybe you prefer to keep it simple and grow your autoflower in a sunny spot in front of the window. In any case, make sure there is enough light available.
Step 4: choose the autoflowering medium for outdoors
When it comes to the lights there is plenty of choice. Basically it’s hard to make a wrong decision as each choice is a good one. LED, CFL, HPS or MH lamps, the choice is yours!
Growing with LED lighting is gaining popularity lately as LED lamps are more economical, emit less heat and can be placed closer to the plant which saves space.
Many growers who never grew an autoflower before wonder if autoflowers are worth growing. We therefore listed the advantages below so you can decide yourself!
Which autoflower seeds do I buy? An important question that is answered by determining what you think is important when it comes to the characteristics of the plant and the effect of the weed. For example, do you want to grow high CBD varieties or perhaps a high THC species? Do you want quick results or is the plant allowed to flower a bit longer? What tastes and smells do you like?
Use a lightly fertilized, well aerated growing medium. Think of soil mix or coconut. Air pots are very suitable but also dark pots of 15 – 30 litres with drainage.