Autoflowering cannabis plants grow quickly and flower a lot faster than their photoperiod counterparts do. For example, some autoflowers can flower in as little as 3 weeks to 30 days after the seed is planted, while many photoperiod varieties take months before they transition into the flowering stage from the vegetative growth phase. If you want the fastest harvest, autoflowering varieties are your surest bet.
Do you have questions about autoflowering seeds? It’s no surprise – autoflowering cannabis is a popular choice for many marijuana growers. We think everyone should grow autoflowering strains, but it’s also important to be aware of scenarios where they aren’t best.
Pros and Cons of Autoflowering Seeds
People who are just starting out on the exciting journey of growing their own cannabis would be well advised to opt for autoflowering cannabis seeds. They are easier and less demanding to grow than photoperiod regular strains.
An autoflowering cannabis strain switches from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage automatically instead of requiring closely timed hours of light and dark. Photoperiod flowering seeds start to bloom after the summer solstice, while autoflowering seeds flower after a specific phase of the development period. In other words, they grow automatically (hence their name, “autoflowering”) when they reach the right size.
For example, you can grow autoflowering plants on your balcony if you live in an apartment block. Heck, these plants can even feel at home inside a small closet !
Enjoyed in the Middle East for centuries, Afghan is another classic cannabis variety loved by smokers and growers alike. Enjoy the relaxing effects and spicy notes of RQS’ AK Auto, Northern Lights Auto, or Critical Auto, along with their great yields.
For all the fans of the famous Cheese from the UK, Royal Queen Seeds has you covered as well: Royal Cheese Auto has a spicy taste and provides a deep stone. Fast Eddy Automatic CBD is also made with these legendary UK genetics: Low in THC (9%) and rich in CBD, she provides a clear and mellow high.
Afghan (AK Auto, NL Auto, Critical Auto)
From the West Coast of the US hails the immensely popular Cookies family of strains—famous not just for their sweet dessert flavours, but also their uplifting and social effect. Some of the best autoflowers with Cookies genetics are Royal Queen Seeds’ Gorilla Auto (based on the ultra-potent Gorilla Glue) and Cookies Auto.
If you’re using commercial cannabis nutrients, give only ½ or ¼ of the recommended dose to your autoflowers. When using commercial potting mixes that are pre-fertilised, you will likely not need to feed until your autoflowers start to bloom, at about week 3 or 4.
Keep your grow room’s temp at a moderate 21°C (room temperature) for healthy growth. Colder temperatures or excessive heat can lead to growing problems. For best results, grow in an environment where you can maintain full control. Use heating and/or cooling if necessary.
A complete guide to the pros and cons of autos.
Regardless of the schedule, the lighting demands of autoflower strains are easier to meet than those of their photoperiod counterparts.
WHAT IS AUTOFLOWER CANNABIS?
The ruderalis subspecies adapted to the cold and often harsh environments of Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia. These regions feature a considerably shorter growing season and colder temperatures.
For example, Haze genetics are known for their brilliant sativa effects, but their long flowering times can be a turn-off. The merging of Haze and ruderalis genetics means growers now have access to these sativa effects in much less time.
Here are a few of the fastest autoflowers around: