By comparison, photoperiod varieties offer larger yields and higher levels of cannabinoids. However, they usually take much longer to reach harvest when grown conventionally. Growers typically keep indoor plants on a light cycle of 18 hours on and 6 hours off during the vegetative stage. The photoperiod is then switched to 12 hours on and 12 hours off to initiate the flowering stage.
Although this level of speed is practical for some growers, there is a trade-off. The lack of a vegetative phase means plants only reach a small size, which results in reduced yields. However, this deficit can be negated by starting many seeds or clones together and cultivating them using the sea of green (SOG) method.
NEED FOR SPEED
For some growers, time is of the essence. There’s a multitude of reasons one might want to wrap up an operation as quickly as possible. Some cultivators still live in areas under prohibition; the faster they set up and shut down their project, the less likely they are to get busted and prosecuted. Alternatively, commercial growers want to achieve the fastest harvest possible to boost turnaround.
If this method appeals to you, check out our fastest feminized photoperiod strains to grow under a 12/12 cycle from seed to harvest. If you desire larger yields, you can veg these plants for a regular period of time under 18/6, and still benefit from an ultra-fast flowering phase!
However, it’s possible to grow any photoperiod variety at a pace that rivals autoflowering cultivars. The very word “photoperiod” implies that these plants require a shift in the light cycle to begin flowering; an acquired evolutionary trait. A decrease in light signals that autumn is approaching, and thus it’s time to produce flowers and seeds to reproduce.
Feminized cannabis seeds are designed to produce only female plants. Feminized seeds will produce a female plant 99.99% of the time. Don’t waste your time trying to produce flower from a male plant – they will only pollinate you females, resulting in seeds rather than bud.
Some of our most popular strains in this category include:
Let’s explore the fastest RQS cannabis seeds by category. Though the following timeframes are approximations, they are accurate.
Quick One is one of the fastest auto-growing strains on the planet. The plant is based on the original auto flowering strain – Lowryder. This strain was created from a cross between William’s Wonder x Northern Lights x Ruderalis. These plants are usually ready for harvest in 8 weeks from germination. The plants also reach between 50 and 60 cm and can yield up to 150g per plant.
Fast Flowering strains are hybrids of these and autoflowering strains. They are genetically coded to produce flowers quickly with little care, but still rely on a change in photoperiod to flower.
Our team has created both fast-flowering feminized genetics and autoflowering genetics to satisfy all types of growers. The former offers all the benefits of photoperiod strains, but with a reduced flowering time.
Our fastest genetics of 2021 allow growers to set up and close down their operation as quickly as possible. Plant seeds, watch them surge, and harvest buds within a couple of months. Each of our diverse seed categories offers something speedy, so you can choose between high-THC strains, those filled with terps, CBD varieties, and even CBDV.
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Imagine you are a care giver, or a medicinal patient. You are running low on your herbal medications and will run out soon. Millions of people relay on cannabis for many different illnesses. If time is short and you need more medicine ASAP then you will be wanting to get the fastest flowering cannabis seeds available. Shaving off 4-6 weeks off a normal crop is a huge deal in a case such as this.
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For many collectors, the length of the flowering phase is arguably the most important statistic of any chosen strain. The difference between either end of the spectrum can exceed 6 weeks! That is a huge amount of extra time to be waiting, for this reason it is very important for collectors to check out all of the data of their chosen strain before purchasing.
There are several reasons why people often opt for short flower period genetics. Mostly it is due to not wanting to wait longer than necessary. The fast flowering cannabis seeds can offer all of the same potency and flavours as genetics that take longer, so in most cases it simply just makes sense to just go with speedier types of ganja. However, there are some more selfless reasons why someone would opt for these strains.