Auto-flowering Cannabis – What you Need to Learn?
Of late, the world of marijuana growing has been set abuzz with the increasing popularity of auto-flowering cannabis. This kind of marijuana strain is the product of crossbreeding between a “standard” marijuana plant and ruderalis plants. The aim is to give the resultant strain the best of both plants – the ruderalis plants’ autoflower genetics and the regular marijuana plant’s high THC content. Ruderalis plants are known to be very low in THC.
Why All the Hype for Auto-flowering Cannabis?
So why so much talk about auto-flowering cannabis? Here are 7 key reasons:
- Small size but comparatively high yield
- Faster rate of growth with harvesting possible in just 10 weeks
- Easier to hide from nosy neighbors because of small size
- Are hardy with better resistance to disease and mold, from carrying ruderalis genes
- Space-saving so ideal for balconies or small gardens
- Shorter growing period offers the potential to grow a variety of strains within a single season
- Photo independence – Unlike the regular photoperiod marijuana plant whose life cycle is greatly dependent on the timing of sunlight exposure, the auto-flowering variety flowers after a particular age, irrespective of their light exposure conditions.
Growing your Own Auto-flowering Cannabis
Given below are some important points to remember for your first auto-flowering cannabis growing adventure:
Start right, Start strong
If outdoor growing is your preference, then you may begin in spring. However, you have a better chance of success and less probability for error if you begin the growing process indoors. Use artificial lights to help control the lighting and keep at it for one or two weeks. To do the whole cultivation life cycle indoors, follow a consistent schedule of 20 hours of light and 4 hours of darkness every day.
All you have to do is put your seed into a glass of lukewarm water. Let it rest in a dark place for one half of a day. Then take the seed out and put it in a section of wet toilet paper, covering the top with more wet tissue and getting rid of excess water. After this, place the paper or cloth in a sealed baggie or between two plates to retain humidity and moisture. Proper germination is essential for healthy growth.
Transplant to an airy medium
After 3 to 4 days in the container, your seeds would have sprouted. Then, it is time for transplanting. Choose organic soils that are suitably airy – there should be a proper draining but also favorable water retention. Aim for a soil pH of 6 to 6.5.
Light feeding, less is more
Being small plants, auto-flowering cannabis doesn’t require too much of additional nutrition. Don’t overfeed or overwater. For the first two weeks, feeding is not required. Introduce light nutrition in the third week. You should especially go easy on the nitrogen because the excess of it can cause burning.
Start by taking out the colas. Give the lower buds some time to dense up and only then harvest them.
Choosing an Autoflower Seed
There’s no reason to feel overwhelmed. To make the right choice, consider factors such as your preferred ratio of THC to CBD, the growing environment the seeds would be subjected to, and your preferred smell and taste.
What is Super Auto Cannabis?
As the name suggests, these are a superior version of the typical auto-flowering marijuana strains. They are bigger, better yielding and have stronger resistance against pests and molds.
A variety of auto-flowering cannabis seed varieties are conveniently available to purchase online, including from Sensi Seeds.