With age, autoflowering seeds of cannabis can switch from vegetative growth to the flowering stage.
Autoflowering plants can start to flower within 2-4 weeks.
What is autoflowering?
Autoflowering in plants refers to an automatic switch from vegetative growth to the flowering phase. This process differs from that of typical strains which depend on a specific photoperiod of varying light and darkness. The autoflower grow process is fairly quick and efficient as plants may be ready to harvest within 10 weeks. Some common autoflowering strains include Northern Light Automatic, Royal Bluematic, and Easy Bud.
A characteristic that gives the cannabis plant the ability to start and complete the flowering phase as a result of the plant’s age without reducing daylight hours. The characteristics of autoflower seeds are theorized to be a result of plants containing ruderalis genes.
Regardless of grow environment, there’s no need to supplement plants with a high level of nutrients as autoflowering seeds work independently. If growing a potted autoflower plant indoors, make sure your pot has drainage holes to provide sufficient oxygen. Be aware that some autoflowering strains may grow up to 4 feet tall, so give your seeds plenty of space to flower.
Autoflowering seeds tend to grow more quickly than indica and sativa strains, with some strains ready for harvest in as few as two months.
For example, with regular strains, you need to monitor and change the light cycle so that the plants have 12 hours of darkness each day while in the flowering stage. Any light finding its way to the plants can make them halt their flowering and yield poor-quality buds. Light can also cause the plant to re-enter the vegetative phase and stay there for an indefinite duration.
It usually takes 30 days, or about a month, for autoflowering seeds to reach the flowering phase. During these first 30 days, make sure to make small lighting adjustments to avoid scorching the leaves. You should also ensure proper soil aeration so that your cannabis flowers on time. To do this, you can use our Coco Bricks. They come in our Complete Grow Kit and help aerate the soil and regulate moisture.
What Does “Autoflowering” Mean?
After you see pistils, you’ll only have to wait for another 45 to 60 days before the bloom cycle is complete and your plants are ready to be harvested.
Research into the medicinal value of marijuana is still ongoing, but we, so far, know a lot about the therapeutic benefits of cannabidiol (CBD). It is actually one of the most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.
People who are just starting out on the exciting journey of growing their own cannabis would be well advised to opt for autoflowering cannabis seeds. They are easier and less demanding to grow than photoperiod regular strains.
Let’s face it. While legalization has made growing cannabis easier, not everyone is pro-pot. Even in legalized areas, you still need to practice discretion . Autoflowering seeds are the best way to achieve this.
Renowned for their sweet berry notes is the famous “Blue” family of cannabis. Originally from the US West Coast, Blueberry has been infused into two popular RQS offerings: Haze Berry Auto combines Haze Berry and Blueberry Auto, while Bluematic is the automatic variant of the original Blueberry.
The “mother of all indicas”, Kush is also well-represented in the autoflowers you can get at Royal Queen Seeds. Check out the fruity Bubble Kush Auto or Royal Kush Auto, both autoflowering variants of classic strains.
Blueberry (Haze Berry Auto, Bluematic)
But autoflowers have come a long way since then. Modern autoflowers rival feminized photoperiod strains (and some even surpass them) in terms of potency, yield, and aroma. Yet, they still provide the same great benefits as mentioned above, along with having a reputation for being particularly stable and sturdy.
With autoflowers being smaller and having a smaller root system, they will also drink less than large feminized photoperiod plants. Don’t overwater, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
For autoflowers, you want soil that is even lighter than that used to grow feminized photoperiod cannabis plants. If needed, amend your soil with perlite to increase airiness and drainage.