Because they grow and flower quicker, growers can fit in multiple autoflower cannabis harvests into the span of one regular harvest.
Cannabis seeds require three things to germinate: water, heat, and air. There are many methods to germinate seeds, but for the most common and simplest method, you will need:
Tips for growing autoflower marijuana seeds
The main drawback to growing from seed is there is no guarantee as to what you’ll end up with—if you buy a regular pack of cannabis seeds, it will be a mix of males and females. You’ll need to sex them out (more below) to identify the males and get rid of them, because you don’t want your females producing seeds.
If cannabis is legal in your state, you can buy seeds or clones from a local dispensary, or online through various seed banks.
Autoflowers can be started in early spring and will flower during the longest days of summer, taking advantage of high quality light to get bigger yields. Or, if you get a late start in the growing season, you can start autoflowers in May or June and harvest in the fall.
Place another few layers of moist tissue on top of the seeds, again allowing excess water to drain off.
Check the seeds every day to ensure that the tissue does not dry out. Spray the tissues with water if necessary.
Step 2. Germination – How to germinate cannabis seeds
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This article explains how to correctly germinate your cannabis seeds, covering everything from optimum temperatures, to potting your seedlings and transferring them outdoors (or inside under lights).
Place the plates somewhere warm (21ºC) and away from direct light.
Don’t use this mat with seeds like lettuce or onions because you may make the soil too hot for them to germinate well. (Been there, done that…)
#4 – Provide consistent heat.
I store my seeds in this neat plastic storage case in my office closet, so they’re definitely not getting those conditions. It would be like working in a refrigerator if my office was that cold!
Tips for How to Germinate Seeds for Seed Starting
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The purpose of a seed packet isn’t just so you can look at a pretty picture of the vegetable you’re growing. There’s also a lot of useful information on the back!
But, I have had difficulty getting peppers and eggplant to germinate in the past since they prefer such high soil temperatures.
Personally, I have a lot of seeds and I don’t want to give up valuable storage space in my fridge.