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male autoflower

This myth is partially true. Transplanting autoflowering cannabis strains is a little more complicated than repotting regular varieties.

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Some growers swear by topping their autoflowers, arguing that it creates more colas per plant and ultimately increases their yields. Others argue that, with such a short lifetime, the time it takes for plants to recover from topping actually decreases their yields.

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• This will guarantee that the plants you produce will be 100% female, meaning that prior to flowering, there is no requirement to pull plants out of the grow room. This eliminates any waste of space, nutrients, and growing medium.

After your plants grow to the 6th or 7th internode, you will be able to identify by eye potential male or female traits.

Growing with Cannabis seeds or clones, that are guaranteed to be all-female, has many advantages from the small-scale bedroom grower, to the large commercial ones.

The Benefits

• Working with clones is an excellent way to grow something that has already been verified. Usually, highly desirable clones can be vouched for by another grower or will have lots of information to research online.

Soon, the plant will reach maturity and show its sex, because clones share the same DNA as the plant where it was taken from, the clone will show the sex the main plant has.

• Top Tip: It is best to use a magnifying glass, or loupe for checking trichomes to double-check. It may take a week or two before you can confidently say you have a female.

The number one fear any beginner grower has when working with regular sex seedlings is to allow a male to pollinate the entire crop. There is no need to be concerned if your intention is to pheno hunt all the female plants, as removing males before they produce sacs will cause no need for concern.

By collecting pollen from the male (pictured above), and carrying over his autoflowering tendency to another generation – by fertilizing a female AutoBlueberry plant – we’ll get a batch of seeds that should have a preponderance of autoflowering plants. Among these will be males, of course, who will have even more stable autoflowering tendencies, and we can continue to breed our own autoflowering seeds. You can do this too – it’s not rocket science! You may not always get plants that produce the most amazing buds around, but they will be your babies. And like any good parent, you’ll love them, however ugly they may be!

If you are interested in autoflowering marijuana varieties, you have probably noticed that all commercially available seeds are not only autoflowering, but feminized as well. Often referred to as “autofem” varieties, these fast-flowering plants not only provide an easy grow for beginning green-thumbs; they are fast flowering, there’s no danger of messing up your flowering cycle with lighting accidents, and there’s no need to sort male plants from female plants. What feminized seeds also do – autoflowering or not – is ensure that customers will be back for more seeds.

So, we come to the question – are there male autoflowering plants? How are breeders getting more seeds, if all they seem to have are autofem seeds? The answer is that yes, male autoflowering plants most certainly do exist, and you will see them if you do some breeding for yourself. See out earlier post on the topic, and you’ll see the mother plant, a cross of a male “Double Gum” pant and the “Royal Automatic” from Royal Queen Seeds. We’ve recently grown a few of these seeds, and have some that aren’t autoflowering (and as of yet of undetermined sex), as well as two female autoflowering plants and one male.

You can’t hold anything against seed banks/breeders for wanting customers to come back and buy more seeds (as long as they keep prices reasonable), but wouldn’t it be convenient to harvest a few seeds along with your cannabis crop, and have the next round of plants ready to go without the added expense of ordering more seeds? [Growers who propagate new pants from clones off of a mother plant may well know that you can’t clone an autoflowering plant, making seeds a necessity for autoflowering weed growers!]

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