Autoflowering strains do not need to be heavily fed due to their small size and the short amount of time they spend in the vegetative cycle. Feed very lightly and understand that they don’t need as many vegetative growth nutrients such as nitrogen. Also note that these vegetative nutrients are best put to use if they are readily available for the plant to utilize quickly.
Since the introduction of original autoflowering strains in decades past, significant improvements have been made to these genetics. First, potency in autoflowering varieties has increased significantly since their initial introduction. Also, there are now hundreds of types of autoflowering seeds being sold, giving you a large selection to choose from. Because of these improvements, autoflowering seeds are worth a shot for any curious gardener looking to try something new.
To start, consider topping your plant after it has developed three nodes to promote a more even canopy. Another LST (low-stress training) method involves training your plant by pulling it down sideways to create new upward growth. Once your plants do begin to flower, you should not top them. Prune your plants conservatively for no more than one week into flowering.
There are, however, reasons why autoflowering plants are not as popular as regular cannabis indica and sativa plants. Autoflowering strains are small in stature and do not produce large yields. Other issues with autoflowering strains include higher electricity bills and an inability to really train your plants to make the most of your grow space.
The concept of autoflowering strains is simple: in time, they will automatically flower as opposed to waiting for a specifically timed light cycle. In other words, the plants begin to flower all on their own after a relatively short vegetative period of 2-4 weeks.
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When you are growing autoflowering plants, you’re allowing plants to flower when they should be in a vegetative growth. Because you don’t need to follow photoperiod light cycles, many people start autoflowering plants early in the season (e.g. March) or late in the season (e.g. September). For this time of year, it’s important to remember that the plants still need warmth to grow, and there also might be considerable rain putting the buds at risk of rot. To combat these issues, consider growing in a greenhouse to provide protection from the elements.
Autoflowering plants often do not have time to develop a canopy, which means you will be keeping buds that are lower down on the plant. Because of this, it’s a great idea to harvest your plants sequentially. First take the colas, then allow more time for the lower buds to dense up before they are harvested next.
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Many outdoor auto growers germinate their cannabis seeds indoors and keep the seedlings indoors under artificial light for a couple of weeks. This allows the seedlings to thrive under optimised conditions while they are at their youngest and most vulnerable. With an indoor germination, the auto seedlings can be planted outdoors with a head start. This Dutch Passion guide to outdoor growing contains some useful tips and advice.
Auto Night Queen is a great variety for anyone seeking an all-conquering indica autoflowering strain with a seriously strong effect. She grows from seed to harvest in around 75 days and is a very consistent autoflowering strain. This is one of the best autoflower strains for people that want to grow a short but productive auto. Growers with limited vertical space for their plants will find Auto Night Queen compact without compromising on quality or yield.
Auto Glueberry OG is a resin lover’s dream. This is definitely one of the best autoflower strains with genetics from the legendary USA Gorilla Glue, the multi-award winning Blueberry and the legendary OG Kush. The cannabis cup winning genetic heritage guarantees consistently special quality levels.
Few things in the cannabis growers’ life are as disappointing as spending 11 weeks growing an auto with disappointing potency. If you want the best autoflower strain for potency then Auto Cinderella Jack is our top recommendation. This Auto Cinderella Jack grow review shows you the kind of resin covered chunky result you can expect when growing this high potency autoflower strain.
Don’t worry about the potency of Auto Glueberry OG. The fully proven genetics guarantee you a THC-rich harvest of supremely potent buds. An intensely powerful and deeply relaxing effect is assured. The high ensures an all-enveloping sense of wellbeing. Stress seems to dissolve away as if it was never there. Medical users will enjoy the strong body effects which allow you to relax and fully unwind.
Auto Orange Bud uses the multi cannabis cup winning genetics from the original Dutch Passion Orange Bud. This is a sativa autoflower strain with a powerful high and a delicious citrus taste. The highly potent and well proven Orange Bud genetics ensure this strong skunk delivers full satisfaction. Auto Orange Bud offers that rare combination of true connoisseur potency with the mouth-wateringly delicious sweet taste of juicy oranges picked fresh from the tree. The skunk genetics ensure that this is easy and straightforward to grow in any medium or grow system.
Autoflower strains do very well in a greenhouse. The greenhouse protects them from the worst of the early season and late season weather. This Dutch Passion guide to growing cannabis in a greenhouse contains plenty of useful advice.
Growers often harvest Auto Glueberry OG approximately 11 weeks after germination. But some of the heaviest yielding phenotypes may require an extra couple of weeks. These longer-blooming super autoflower plants will reward the patient grower with some seriously heavy yields.
Read on if you want to know the 5 best autoflower strains for yield, potency and flavour. Autoflowering cannabis seeds have never been this good!