Grown outside, automatic seeds can produce two or more crops in the course of a normal summer. Under lights, ‘autos’ can go from seedling to fully mature plant in as little as 10 weeks. As an added bonus, most are also very hardy and resistant to fungal infections, mould, pests and even frost, due to their extremely robust, northern Eurasian genetic lineage – the Ruderalis – that evolved the ability to flower at will in order to survive. Seeds that automatically flower can be grown indoors, out of doors or in a greenhouse. In addition, all seeds in this category are feminized and from a wide range of genetics, offering different kinds of flavour, aroma and effect.
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.
Higher THC levels
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’.
Yield factors for autoflowering seed strains
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.
As the autoflowering plant switches into a flowering mode, it’s time to ramp up the phosphorous count. Look for a fertilizer that contains a healthy N-P-K ratio like 5-10-10 up to 10-20-20.
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.
Pros Of Autoflowering Seeds
Just because autoflowering seeds are quick and easy to grow, however, doesn’t mean they are perfect. There are a few major cons to consider when using these seeds. If you’re still on the fence about giving these seeds a go, then take a few minutes to read through this piece. Below, we’ll go over everything you need to know about the benefits and drawbacks of autoflowering seeds.
Thanks to the ruderalis genes, autoflowering-derived cannabis only grows to a height of between 1 – 2 feet on average. This is a far cry from Sativa plants that can reach as high as 20 feet once they’re ready to harvest. Yeah, just try hiding those bad boys in your outdoor garden!
To get a higher yield out of your autoflowering seeds, it’s a good idea to look into a few low-intensity training techniques. For instance, you could pull your plant to the side to help create more vertical growth. Not only will this increase your plant’s yield, but it will also give you good practice in training techniques that will serve you well once you move on to sativa or indica strains.
While nutrients are essential for healthy growth, please don’t go overboard. It’s far easier to oversaturate your autoflowering seeds with nutrients than for them to be nutrient deficient. Only add nutrients at a snail’s pace and ramp up if you see warning signs of nutrient deficiencies like drooping leaves.
As a rule, we suggest using half of the recommended dose when applying RQS products such as Easy Boost, Easy Grow, and Easy Bloom.
There are hundreds of autoflowering strains available, and each one offers something different. You can use the RQS filter tools to help narrow down your search and make selecting autoflower seeds a whole lot easier.
Autoflowering seeds offer a host of advantages that make them ideal for beginners and beloved by experienced growers:
What Kind of Nutrients Do Autoflowers Need?
When it comes to watering, be careful not to overdo things. Autos have a smaller root system than photoperiod strains and require much less water.
Growing autoflowering plants indoors gives growers more control over factors such as light and water.
Packages are available in 1, 3, 5, or 10 seeds. If you fancy trying different genetics, select the Autoflowering Mix.
We recommend sowing seeds in waves every few weeks across the growing season for a harvest every fortnight.