How to Grow Autoflowering Cannabis Strains
Autoflowering cannabis strains require some extra care, as they will grow quite quickly and start to flower when they are ready and not when you’re ready for them. Below is a guide to help you get the best results from your grow.
1. Training Your Plants
You will want to train your plants while they are in vegetative growth. For autoflowering marijuana plants, this period could be as short as two weeks which means prepare your grow area ahead of time.
Train Your Cannabis Plants for Better Yields and Potency
To start, consider topping your plant after it has developed three nodes to promote a more tops and a more even canopy. Another low-stress training (LST) 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.
2. Climate/Temperature Considerations
When you are grow autoflowering marijuana plants, you are allowing plants to flower when they should be in a vegetative growth. Because you don’t need to follow photo period light cycles, you can grow is the off season and start early around late March or late in season around early September. For this time of year, remember that the plants still need warm temperatures to grow, and there also might be a lot of rain putting the buds at risk of rot. To combat this, consider growing indoors to provide protection from the elements.
3. Light Feeding
When you grow Autoflowering Cannabis you don’t need a lot of nutrients because of their small size and the short amount of time they spend in the vegetative cycle. Feed 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.
4. Harvest Gradually
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.
5. Prepare Your Next Crop
To get the most out of autoflowering seeds, it’s a good idea to prepare your next batch of plants as you are harvesting. This means popping seeds before you harvest your current plants so that your room is continually producing. Because the plants autoflower, you can have plants that are just starting out in the same room as those that are finishing without worrying about the lighting.
How to Find Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds
Autoflowering cannabis seeds are most easily found through seed banks and seed banks online. Seeds may also be purchased at some local dispensaries, though depending on where you are, they can be difficult to track down at retail outlets. Check out our Links Page for great Marijuana coupon codes and links.