Cannabis Ruderalis is smaller than the Indica and Sativa varieties, reaching a maximum of about 1.5-2 feet. Compare that to the mammoth size of some Sativa strains, which can reach over 15 feet tall, and it is easy to see why autoflowering cannabis plants grow much smaller than traditional ones. Additionally, Cannabis Ruderalis has minimal THC, so consuming it does not result in a psychoactive effect.
Autoflowering plants do not have a lot of time to develop an extensive and robust root system. Plants without a sound root system will not produce as many or as potent buds. It is recommended for growers to use a root stimulant to encourage an autoflowering cannabis plant to establish a healthy root system early on, which will maximize the plant’s overall yield.
Cannabis Plant Breeding
The growing medium should have fewer nutrients than those that would be used for photoperiodic cannabis strains, as the nutrient ratio in a typical potting soil is not ideal for the late stages of cannabis plant growth. Since autoflowering plants are ready to harvest so quickly, the average potting soil will not have had time to release a lot of the nutrients that would harm the plant’s later growth stages.
One of the most sought-after traits of the Cannabis Ruderalis plant is the amount of time it takes to reach harvest. When mixed with and Sativa strains, which can take up to 6 months to reach the harvest stage, the result is a plant that can be harvested between eight and ten weeks after the seed germinates.
Growers who are experienced with the average Indica or Sativa plant are often thrown off guard by the difference in growth strategies required for autoflower plants. While many things may be the same, such as the nutrients needed during each stage of growth, there is enough of a difference that attempting to grow an autoflower plant without the proper research could be disastrous. Below are some tips on how to successfully grow autoflower cannabis seeds.
But that trait didn’t come out of nowhere, it appeared as an adaptation to the environment.
Photoperiodic cannabis plants are just like that, they basically respond to changes in the light cycle.
Feminized Photoperiodic Cannabis
Pollen is used in order to pollinate female plants and create seeds. In nature, female plants get pollinated by the wind which carries the male pollen.
As the night becomes longer at the beginning of autumn (in nature) or when you flip to 12/12 in a grow tent, the plant receives more darkness. This causes the plant to realize that its life cycle is coming to an end and they will start to flower (females) or produce pollen (males) in order to reproduce before winter.
By picking out the pollen sacs and using a reverted plant’s pollen to pollinate a female plant, you will have only female genes as there is no “father”, this way you get feminized seeds, meaning the offspring will be 100% female plants.
Though transplanting is stressful, it is not entirely impossible as you can succeed if you are gentle and cautious. When repotting autos, the main concern is shocking their roots as this can lead to stunt growth for a maximum of seven days.
Many people believe that autos are not potent because Lowryder, the first autoflowering to hit the market over ten years ago was less potent than other cannabis strain. It can relieve signs of pain, sleeplessness, and stress. However, it produces light cerebral effects with slow onset.
There have been a lot of changes since then, and the autoflowering kinds in the market now contain a significant amount of cannabinoid (CBD), THC, and other compounds like other feminized cannabis.
5. Autoflowering Seeds Produce Potent Plants
The seeds are hard to clone. Thus, you should make use of the seed version. The reason is that, when you cut a stem from a mother plant, there is a high probability for the stem to replicate the genetics of that mother plant. Cloning is not entirely hopeless because some farmers/growers have fruitfully done it.
Many cannabis and hemp growers are still indecisive on autoflowering seeds. While autoflowering seeds provide growers an authentic alternative to consider, what are the differences from typical seeds?
Now, let’s discuss more on autoflowering seeds. Here are the seven things you need to know:
Transplanting autoflowering cannabis plants can be a bit intricate than repotting other varieties. Therefore, it is advisable to plant autoflowering seeds in a pot or container that you plan to have them until they are ready for harvesting. It will help avoid any hurdles during the plants growing cycle.