It’s a fairly new strain of cannabis seed: autoflowering seeds.
Genetically manipulated to grow straight into their flowering stage, this means there’s minimum veg stage -but they need certain specialist growing techniques.
So, how do you get the most out of your autoflowering seeds? Here’s how!
Choose the right strain
It’s all about the genetics! This is especially true with autoflowering seeds. But what is the right strain? There are a few contributing factors to this:
- The type of high you’re looking for;
- Growing characteristics;
- And your grow setup (indoors or outdoors).
Once you’ve browsed through all the seeds, it’s time to pot them!
Never change pots
Autoflowering plants have shorter lifespans compared to feminized seeds. This means that they do not react well to major stressors and repotting mistakes.
When plants are exposed to major repotting stresses, it stunts their growth. And with autoflowering seeds already rushing their veg state, there’s no stage to make up lost time.
Make sure that you select a pot that will last throughout the entire life span of the seeds.
As we mentioned, these plants don’t have a long life span. Which means you want their roots to be super healthy.
Make sure to add some root stimulant immediately after placing your seed in the pot. Don’t overdo it as your seedling will be sensitive to overfeeding.
Autoflowering plants prefer light and airy soil. The soil should also contain lower levels of nutrients for photoperiod strains.
Be warned that many potting mixes contain high levels of nitrogen. So, make sure soil you buy isn’t fertilised. And the soil should not be too compact, as this will hamper the roots tapping into adequate amounts of oxygen.
Autoflowering plants are less forgiving than their usual feminized strains. Which means you need to make sure you water them properly.
You also need to keep checking the pH range. Which in this case should be 5.5-6.5 and not the usual 6.0-7.0.
As explained earlier, don’t overfeed these seeds. Autoflowering cannabis tends to be at its healthiest when given the right amount of nutrients. Some seeds can go through their entire seedling and veg phases without nutrients.
Just make sure the soil mix is good and contains the right amount of macronutrients and micronutrients.
Airflow, humidity and temperature
As with any cannabis plant making sure there is good airflow will ensure that there’s no mould build-up on the plant.
If leaves do dry out, just remove them as you usually do.
Harvest in stages
We’ve said it a million times already in this article, but major stress is especially bad when it is an autoflowering plant.
Also, the top buds may be done earlier than the lower branches, which means you need to step the harvesting process.
Autoflowering Seeds Conclusion
If you stick to these tips and take care of your plant, you should be ready to go!