Out of the many questions by cannabis growers, the one that’s frequently touched upon is about how to grow cannabis fast. It’s a natural question and a very valid one at that. Growing cannabis requires expertise, knowledge, and patience. Yes, you need to be patient to get to those buds at the end of it all, but who wants to spend months at a stretch?
Another important reason that sets autoflowers apart from photoperiod plants is that you can harvest your buds faster. With photoperiod strains, the vegetative period where the plants grow require at least 10 weeks. Growers provide 18/6 hours of light/darkness in this cycle. Once they switch to 12 hours of darkness, the flowering begins. This period requires another 8-9 weeks.
On the other hand, organic nutrients tend to stimulate the soil and help the plants grow naturally. For example, if you include mycorrhizae in your soil, you encourage a symbiotic association between the plant and the roots. It’s natural, and your plants will appreciate the natural progress rather than being bombarded by chemicals.
Not to mention that fertilizers are super expensive. Most commercial growers use fertilizers to help the plants absorb the minerals and salts as quickly as possible. But, you can’t ignore the fact that it can make the soil toxic. You can also over-fertilize the plants and kill them while actually trying to nurture them.
- Topping – This is another technique to help the plants grow more. The top of the plant is cut off so that the main cola divides into two. This works very well, especially if the plant is small and has fewer nodes. Since this training method won’t stress the plants too much, they are best for autoflowers.
- FIMming – Very similar to topping, this method involves pinching the top of the main cola. Unlike topping, the tip of the main stem isn’t cut off entirely, but it’s just pinched off so that it develops more colas. You can expect several colas in this technique.
Most growers believe that organic ingredients aren’t as effective as chemical fertilizers, but that’s just a myth. In fact, buds tend to swell more and taste better compared to buds grown with chemicals. Also, if you’re using chemical fertilizers, you always have to worry about coming in contact with chemicals that might ruin your own health.
The plants need at least 3-4 weeks to grow well, and if you include 8-9 weeks for them to finish flowering, you can finish the entire cycle in just 3 months! So, if you grow autoflowers, you automatically have an edge over the others.
What exactly are autoflowers, you ask? Well, autoflowers are special types of cannabis plants. Cannabis plants can be divided into Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis strains. Out of these, Sativa and Indica became very popular while Ruderalis was somewhat left behind. However, in recent years, the importance of Ruderalis has been noted by thousands of growers across the world.
Now since autoflowering strains begin to flower irrespective of light, they are preferred over photoperiod strains. Ruderalis wasn’t as potent as Sativa or Indica, though. But, thanks to technology and passionate breeders, they are now as potent as photoperiod strains.
Out of the many questions by cannabis growers, the one that’s frequently touched upon is about how to grow cannabis fast. It’s a natural question an
Regardless of which is best for plant health, it’s a proven fact that marijuana plants given a full 24 hours of light a day will grow at least a little faster during the vegetative stage (however, you may consider back down to 18/6 if your plant is sick to help it recover from problems faster).
In this auto-flowering grow, I harvested more than 6 ounces in less than 3 months!
As you probably know, the life cycle for all marijuana plants is separated into two parts: the vegetative stage and the flowering stage.
Plus, by reacting quickly to problems, you will save yourself the stress of trying to deal with a huge problem that’s gotten out of control since you’ve been watching out and adjusting along the way. We all know that problems tend to get much worse when left unchecked!
How can this technique reduce yields? The less light you give your plant overall during its life, and especially in the flowering stage, the less your yields will be in general. A strain that takes longer to finish flowering usually produces bigger yields than a short-flowering strain because it gets so many extra light-hours where it’s making energy and fattening buds.
When I say “flowered,” what I mean is that you can change the light schedule so that it forces your young seedlings to start making buds right away.
This makes the plant “think” winter is coming, and it’ll start making buds as soon as it’s able. This means that your “flowering stage countdown” begins within about a month from the seed being planted.
However, some Sativa and Haze strains are from the equator, and they may not flower properly under a 12/12 light schedule. In that case, a grower can give a plant 10 or 11 hours instead of 12 hours of light a day, like a 11/13 or 10/14 schedule. This will cause the plant to finish flowering faster. In fact, this can be done to any strain to get it to finish flowering faster.
The more you tend to and baby your plants, the better they will grow, and the faster you will be able to harvest.
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