Thanks to the recent evolution in autoflowering genetics, hope is given to those who always suffered from challenging weather such as Northern Europe, Russia and the more harsh environments for Cannabis plants.
If you are fortunate to live in a sunny climate such as the Mediterranean, California or anywhere with tropical weather, you are blessed with the ability to harvest automatics all year long. If you can harvest every 70-80 days, this means you can produce a crop every quarter.
Our top tip here is to invest in plenty of seeds so you can easily fill a polytunnel with a Sea of Green, perpetually every 10-12 weeks. The more seeds you plant then the more you will harvest, so get in the habit of farming all year long, making the necessary adjustments when required.
Avoid being too heavy when it comes to training, and stick with low stress training and pruning. Topping and fimming can cause plants to flower with a short height. Autos react very well to being tied down as it exposes the inner canopy to more direct light-enhancing growth and production.
Our top tip here is to find strains that will mature in time so you do not need to be concerned about the threat of rainy days, mold or mildew taking over your garden. That being said, Fast Buds pride themselves on offering the fastest flowering automatic cultivars on the market. For those who have a short inconsistent summer followed by a chilling early Winter, they can find comfort in fast-flowering, rapid growing autoflowering strains that can be harvested in as little as 10 weeks from seed until harvest.
Avoid shaded areas
Our top tip here is to pick the right location and think everything through before planting your seedlings straight into the ground. There is nothing worse than watching your precious plants become shaded after a certain point early in the day time, so it is a good idea to grow your automatic strains in either plastic or fabric pots that can be easily moved. There are many benefits to doing this including the speedy removal of any plants in the event of an emergency. The main reason is to allow your plants to receive as much direct sunlight as possible, without the restriction of being planted into the outdoor soil.
One of the best ways to grow outdoors and with an initial low-cost investment. By using wooden stakes, thick bendy pipe, and a polystyrene sheet cover, building a highly durable, wind-resistant, waterproof home for your autos is easily achievable. The materials will not cost much and the life span of your polytunnel will far exceed the low cost to make.
Our top tip here is to use fabric pots as they allow for the roots to be pruned, and will eliminate root-bound plants. The recommended size is 10L as this gives the 12-14 inches the root ball will need and allows the plants to access nutrients and minerals for the duration of the life cycle. Of course, it is possible to grow in pots smaller than 10L, yet be prepared for a much smaller sized plant. It can be a good idea to consider this option if your end goal is to grow a Sea of Green. However, if you’re growing only one or two plants, remember, the bigger the pot generally reflects the bigger the harvest.
As spring approaches and we prepare our autoflowering outdoor crops, having as many tips and pieces of expert advice will help take your crop to the next level.