Child of little-known speciesruderal hempand crossed with your favorite Indica, Sativa, and/or hybrids of both, today's "autoflowering" hybrids (also known as "autos") offer an easy breeding process with some excellent genetics available from the best seed breeders in the world. we days of today
When it comes to normal cannabis seeds, the plants go through a vegetative state until they induce flowering by shortening the "daylight" period (usually after 3 months indoors and up to 7 months outdoors, which occurs naturally) . for shorter days). When growing indoors, you should switch to a shorter 12 hour light cycle to start the flowering stage. Autoflowering seeds don't need this light cycle change—They will automatically start flowering after 3-4 weeks of vegetative growth (depending on the variety you are growing) with no change in lighting.
You can easily go through a 20 hour "lights on" and 4 hour dark/sleep cycle and just leave it alone. The extra light alone will produce a larger plant. With autoflowering seeds, this process takes place on its own and can be a great method for growers looking to harvest their plants faster. Also, almost all autoflowering seeds sold are feminized, meaning that each seed must produce a female plant. Great for beginners but viable for any grower as the current varieties (as of 2020) are fantastic. Although there is some disagreement in the scientific community regarding species or subspecies, we do not address it here. Let the scientists find out.
TO USE:Some producers dance at full speed and leave the lights on 24/7. We believe that every living thing needs a little rest, and this can harm the plant's immune system and stress it unnecessarily. This is a topic of much debate, but this is our position on lightweight automotive bikes: do we prefer 18/6 or 20/4.
Autoflowering 101: How to grow autoflowering plants
Growing autoflowering cannabis plants is possibly the easiest way to grow. That said, there are many flaws when people try to follow "typical" procedures for common plants (aka "photo" or "photosensitive"). People will read online about how to defoliate, lollipop, harvest, germinate, transplant and clone cannabis plants and then try it out with an autoflowering hybrid.
Experimentation is ongoing, but with a plant that is literally ready to harvest in less than eight weeks, you can imagine the damage (stunted growth, even plant death) that interrupting this cycle could cause. With the drastic stresses involved in growing, etc., the plant doesn't have enough time to recover and "recover" due to its incredibly slowed growth process. In fact, the autos also don't distinguish "veg" from "flower" as clearly as they do in the pictures: the autos will start to bloom as they continue to grow, with more overlap during the transition.
That said, in general, autoflowering strains take the "guesswork" out of how long and when to leave your plants in their plant state.—or you want to change your light cycle to twelve hours of light to induce the flowering phase. Also, the full bloom cycle is included in the "time from bud to harvest" instead of adding another 8-12 weeks of flower growing time to your schedule. With the right setup and the right growing protocol, autoflowering cannabis plants can produce impressive results in terms of quality and quantity of buds. With the right setup and protocol, achieving 4-5 ounces per plant of high quality buds is very achievable.
As stated, autoflowering feminized seeds have a fast growing cycle and naturally offer faster production times, making the home grower a happy camper with more frequent harvest dates. A faster growth cycle means you'll get a timely harvest, and more harvests mean more buds. I could get 5 or 6 crops a year!
Autoflowering strains are a great way to start growing your own cannabis or something new for an experienced grower to try. Seed banks list top 10 "autos" and typically provide THC%, CBD%, medical use recommendations, yield estimates, and more.
FYI: You can usually get higher yields than advertised using the latest growing equipment, the latest techniques and protocols such as low stress training. For example, simply switching to a fabric pot will increase yields as the roots never "get tangled up". Plant the seeds directly into the potting soil you will be harvesting from for best results. Keep the seeds hydrated (start by drenching the entire pot with soil) and they should sprout in 3-5 days.
Hours of autoflowering and nutrients
Autoflowering plants naturally grow in soil. Unlike traditional photographic methods, it is not recommended to germinate the seeds separately (in a damp paper towel or in a smaller Solo Cup type container) and then transplant them into a larger container once they have sprouted. Again, the cycle is so fast that each stage of development can quickly pass in a matter of days, and we don't want to stop that or we'll get mediocre results.
It is also not good to grow them hydroponically. In fact, a cloth pot with a large saucer to collect water is similar to hydroponically grown cannabis in regards to the roots, meaning that many of the same benefits are achieved in a soil medium. Since autoflowering cannabis is a smaller plant and their growing periods are much shorter, you don't need to feed them as much, if at all. A good organic soil mix should provide all the necessary nutrients for 75 to 90 days. That said, some varieties will consume many nutrients more quickly than others, so pay attention to color changes during growing and act accordingly. A note of caution: Use nuts sparingly, no matter what the bottle says.
The first nutrients consumed are usually nitrogen and the least invasive nutrients are organic. Iguana Juice by Advanced Nutrients is a recognized brand. Your plant will need access to nutrients right away, as the growing time is short and microbes have less time to develop in the soil. Good soil mixes usually have a lot of good microbes, but you can always add more good microbes. Mykos (a specific brand for mycorrhizae) is arguably the most important, as it will help to strengthen the plant's natural immune system and increase the limits of root growth, which in turn will also help to produce larger plants. While most important during the growing season, some strains may also need nitrogen during flowering. That's why caring for your plants is always better than just letting them grow on their own, whether in an automated system, semi-automated system, non-automated system, tent or outdoors. Outdoor autos will always have lower yields than indoor crops due to the longer light cycles indoors (i.e. 18-20 hours).
Other great nutrients (if needed) for your autoflowering strains are phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, which help promote the growth of autoflowering cannabis plants.
autoflowering light hours
Autoflowering cannabis plants are great when it comes to light.
A) They do not require a change in lighting time to induce flowering.
B) If you "bother" them during their sleep cycle, they don't care.
C) These plants will flower automatically regardless of the light schedule they are in.
This means you don't need any external light deprivation settings or additional interior lighting. If you grow outdoors, your yields will naturally be lower since we don't get 20 hours of sunlight anywhere in the US. Also, they can grow in colder climates than regular cannabis due to the hybridization genetics of the Ruderalis species. Cannabis Ruderalis comes from Siberia!
More light = bigger plant = more buds! They will grow bigger and faster than their outdoor counterparts. These plants thrive in light to grow ultra-fast in their autoflowering cycles, so give them at least eighteen hours of light to maximize crop yields.
Autoflowering and LST (low stress training) growing cycle
As stated, during the first part of the autoflowering growth cycle, you can expect a 2-3 week vegetative stage. This is before flowering and is where you want to do any stress training. Avoid putting too much stress on the plant and make sure it reallylow stress, or the plant may go into shock. This can cause growth retardation and affect peak performance. That said, until flowering, the plant (and all the stems) will be very flexible. This allows it to bend in all directions to open the plant, which in turn receives more light deep in the canopy.
You'll want 1/4" diameter bamboo poles (or similar) and 10- to 12-inch loops or twist ties to train the plants. Once flowering starts in earnest, it's best not to be too aggressive with LST : the plant will become less and less flexible as it progresses to flowering and can easily break a stem during bending at this stage - if this happens at any point, tape it down - masking tape, masking tape, etc. works well (as long as some hemp threads still connect the broken branch, it will probably save it).
In either case, you want 95% of your training done before the first 3-5 days of flowering. Stress training is part art and science. The idea is to intervene in the natural growth pattern (like a Christmas tree) and make it more like a shrub or hedge, creating more crowns and more yield by training the plant to grow as a multi-crowned shrub or hedge with similar heights per branch. . .
Stress like this will cause the plant to produce more growth hormones, which equates to higher yields. LST is not the only factor when it comes to increased performance, but it is an important part of achieving the best possible performance. There are many specific articles about it on the web and in this blog article we just want to discuss what it is and what it accomplishes, but this is not an article focused on LST.
Flowering is a very exciting time for growers. They get to see their plants begin to bear "fruit", so to speak. This fast process allows for a production time of between 8 and 10 weeks on most crops. Fantastic!
NOTE: There are 12-14 week strains available, but for your first grow try an 8-10 week strain. You'll be glad you did. It's a good experience and, in any case, it may be just what the tension calls for.
How to know when it's blooming
The best way to tell when a cannabis plant is flowering is to look at the nodes and tips on each stem, including the main stem. If you're seeing what appear to be white or dull hairs coming out of the tops of the stems, then it's in bloom. You may even start to smell the notes of your autoflowering strains (the terpenes/aroma) as the plant starts to develop its buds. Skunk Indicia is called Skunk for a reason... Even the Banana smells like fruit.
You can also start looking for the cannabinoid crystals (trichomes) themselves. This is a great indicator that your plant has started to flower. For autoflowering plants, timing can be a good rule of thumb, as they usually start flowering after a month. Ninety day strains can be a little longer.
The coolest feature of Autos may be that the flowering process is automatic. This takes a lot of the "guesswork" and/or "when to bloom" out of the equation as to when or "if" your plants entered the flowering phase. A good magnifying glass is useful at this point. You can get tiny 10X to 100X magnifiers, with one light! on Amazon for $10 to $15 (and we think it's a great investment).
when to harvest
Autoflowering plants are highly prized in terms of quick harvest times. Typically, it takes eight to ten weeks from budding or an autoflowering cannabis plant to reaching maturity and ready to harvest. You will be able to see the beautiful tails standing erect in the foliage. Some strains develop long colas (a collection of buds along each stem) and others will have a large bud at the end of each stem, or secondary stems; Variations on these themes will also be noted. The smell will also be much more concentrated and should reflect the genetics of the seed as advertised, and less of the freshly cut grass as the plants mature and are ready to harvest, the terpenes (whether citrus, berry, pine or many other scents) cut lose. It smells all over the house if you don't have a suitable grow room or enclosure and a charcoal scrubber to remove the orders before they reach the extractor.
When harvesting your autoflowering plants, we recommend a "wet clipping" (cut all the leaves without "sugar crystals" while the plant is still in the soil/pot), a few more days of growing under lights (4-5), and when ready, cut the entire plant at its base. You can hang the entire plant to dry or cut individual branches. Some growers choose to leave the buds on the lower levels of the plant to allow them to mature a little longer while you trim and cure the buds that come from the larger glue. The idea here is that if you first remove the tops of plants that received the most light, the lower layers of the plant can receive more direct light and mature much more abundantly. This is a better technique if growing "regular" strains (not Autos). This can be done with Autos, but it really shouldn't be necessary if you've trained the plant correctly and literally "poked" its large fan-shaped leaves on the way so other tops can get more light, the whole plant should be ready to harvest all at once.
More information on Covering/pruning/cutting and cloning autos
Top dressing can be a critical part of the process with "normal" (i.e. non-autoflowering) cannabis plants, but the process is different for an autoflowering plant. Although experienced growers experiment with cultivation, we do not recommend growing or pruning an autoflowering cannabis strain, and as stated, never transplanting an "Auto". Their lives are so short that any radical interruption in the growth cycle can harm or completely stop the maturation of the plant. Cloning is another no-no for these strains for obvious reasons. If you decide to cut/trim/prune/defoliate/clone Autos, it will most likely erase all your care and progress, and may even kill the plant. As stated, since the growing periods of autoflowering cannabis strains are so short, it is important to avoid damaging/shocking the plant and stunting (or worse).
LST Autoflower (Low Stress Training) "Explained"
Low stress training is one of four or five "tips and tricks" that together greatly increase performance. The method known as LST involves gently leaning over the cannabis stems while the plant is in veg mode. This is done to create more surface area to create a more vertical growth scenario. The main top must also be trained or its light will be too far away from the secondary branches. The idea is to make all rods approximately the same height via LST. This allows the light to be as close as possible to all caps created using this technique. Avoid leaving the light too close so as not to burn the plant. On the other hand, if the light is too far away from the canopies, they will stretch towards the light and you will have thin, underperforming plants. The very act of stress training will cause the plant to release growth hormones, producing more stems, tips and leaves, which equates to more premium flowers at harvest.
Can autoflowering plants be cloned?
That's debatable. We do not recommend cloning cars. However, as stated, some producers believe it is possible. Think about it logically. If your plant is 3 weeks old and you clone it (just before flowering), the clone results will be minuscule. They will be about 3 inches tall and a week later they will start to bloom. You'll end up with a bunch of 4-inch plants, minimizing your harvest compared to if you'd followed our protocol. Also, he might kill his mother in the process, from the shock, and he won't have many tops left, so why bother?
Autoflowering vs Photoperiod
While confusing at first, the differences are actually quite simple. Photoperiod plants rely on changes in light cycles (indoor or outdoor) to "know" when to bloom. "Photos" (regular strains like C. Sativa/C. Indica and crosses of the two) will remain in the vegetative stage of growth indefinitely, or until the light changes enough to induce flowering. This is usually twelve hours of light on and twelve hours of light off, with no interruptions.
C. sativa can grow up to 6 meters tall. C. Indicates 5-6 feet. Intermediate crosses depend on genetic dominance, but 10 feet are not uncommon in the outdoors. Autoflowering strains are hybridized in such a way that the plant will automatically start flowering after growing for a certain amount of time, hence the term "Auto".
All automobiles include C. ruderalis genes and rarely exceed 3-3 ½ feet in height. The yield of automobiles is usually lower because they are smaller plants. That said, there are many tips, tricks and methods for producing larger yields from smaller plants as described elsewhere in this article.
The decision to choose autoflowering or photoperiod strains will depend on personal preference and experience. Automobiles are often considered a good starting point for budding growers due to their fast and consistent growth cycles. Techniques like culture-free stress training and, in many cases, equivalent THC content make it a no-brainer for beginners. Many novice growers choose this option. That said, there are many autoflowering strains that are rewarding for even the most experienced grower.
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What does Autoflower mean? ›
Autoflower strains are those cannabis strains that start to flower automatically when the physiology of the plants are ready, regardless of the amount of sun/grow light hours they get.What is the point of Autoflower? ›
The first and foremost benefit of auto-flowering seeds is their ability to flower and grow faster. The time taken by the auto-flowering strains to grow entirely is almost the same as the flowering time taken by many photoperiod strains. Typically, auto-flowering strains take up to seven to ten weeks to grow.What is the highest yielding autoflower 2022? ›
The highest yielding autoflower is Green Crack . This autoflower produces yields of up to 650g per square meter after only 9 weeks from seed to harvest. Additionally, Green Crack cannabis seeds auto have a deliciously sweet pineapple taste that feels like dessert.What is a realistic autoflower yield? ›
Regular autoflowering plants are small, yielding between 10 and 50 grams per plant. You cannot expect a strain with a fast and short flowering time to produce more than 30 grams but super autoflowers can yield 200-300 grams if you give it the perfect environment.How long does Autoflowers last? ›
Autoflower cannabis average time from seed to harvest
With 5-6 weeks of vegetative growth and around 9 weeks of bloom it can take 15 weeks or more for a feminised strain to reach harvest. That's almost twice as long as a crop of fast autoflowers.
Overall, they require less maintenance during their life cycle and are resilient to harsh conditions and pests. They're also forgiving of minor errors and will survive just fine in the face of some neglect. Unlike their photoperiod counterparts, autoflowering plants don't require a change in light cycle to flower.What's better Autoflower or regular? ›
Another benefit of auto-flowering seeds is that they are inherently “tougher” than feminized seeds. Compared to their feminized counterpart, auto-flowering seeds have higher resilience to things like a change in temperatures, insects, and mold.Are Autoflowers weak? ›
Yes, it is true that autoflowers had been inferior and less potent in the past, but that's not the case anymore. Today, some autoflowers outshine even some classic photoperiod varieties when it comes to potency, yields and flavours.Is it OK to top Autoflower? ›
You can top the plant once, or repeatedly, and allow as much time as you wish for the plant to recover and grow. Plants grown from autoflower seeds can be topped, but the high stress training technique will cost your autoflower several days to recover from the process.What yields more Autoflower or feminized? ›
Feminized strains produce larger yields than automatic seeds, whether indoors or outdoors, due to their morphology and physiology.
Do Autoflowers get bigger during flowering? ›
While there are exceptions to this rule, autoflowers generally grow smaller than photoperiod strains (which can essentially be left to veg indefinitely), especially if they encounter stress.What is the fastest flowering Autoflower? ›
Sweet Gelato Auto is one of the fastest autoflowering strains in the market. It is ready for harvest 7 or 8 weeks after its germination indoors. Outdoors, it will take a bit more than 60 days to generate up to 170 g per plant.What is the biggest yielding Autoflower? ›
Critical Neville Haze: Highest Yielding Autoflower Seeds
With 21% THC content, this is a strong Sativa-dominant plant with great autoflower genetics. The aroma is pungent and sweet, and the marijuana plants grows best on medium soil and average temperatures.
Start autoflowers in their final containers
To max out yield, you should sow seeds directly into their final containers. Alternatively, you can germinate them using the paper towel method (or whatever your preferred germination method may be) and then put them straight into large pots.
How big can an autoflower get and whats the average size? Most reach an average autoflower height of around 50-100cm. The final autoflower size depends on the genetics and the growth conditions which you provide. Sativa autoflower seeds can stretch a little more than indica autos.What week do Autoflowers go into veg? ›
How Long Do Autoflowers Take From Seed To Harvest? Autoflowering strains typically move from seed to harvest in 8–10 weeks.Do Autoflowers need 24 hours of light? ›
You can bloom an autoflower indoors under 12, 18 or 24 hours of daily indoor light. Or you can bloom autoflower plants outdoors where they will bloom happily irrespective of how many daily light hours are received.How much light do Autoflowers need? ›
And since autoflowering plants have short vegetative phases and often grow shorter than photoperiod strains, you'll typically want to give your autos at least 18 hours of light. This allows for robust growth, without overspending on energy.What's better Autoflower or feminized? ›
In general, if you have little planting experience or are looking for quick yields, autoflowering is a good choice for you. If you want to get the maximum yield and potency from your harvest you can plant feminized seeds.What is the potency of Autoflowers? ›
THC levels in the best autoflower strains are often around and above 25% THC. That's right up there with the best photoperiod feminised strains. Many home growers as well as professional licensed growers enjoy the speed, ease-of-growth and extremely high THC levels produced by the best autoflower seeds.
Should beginners grow Autoflowers? ›
Autoflowering strains are some of the easiest to grow, making them ideal for beginner cultivators. They're hardy, boast impressive resilience to pests and disease, and are ready to harvest much sooner than photoperiod varieties.Do Autoflowers need extra nutrients? ›
Yes! Your autoflowers still need food, but considerably less than feminized photoperiod strains.Are Autoflowers less potent? ›
Some growers mistakenly feel that autoflower seeds produce less potent weed than plants grown from feminised seeds. This may have been true in the early days of auto seeds, but not any more. Autoflowering cannabis seeds produce buds with the same quality levels as photoperiod feminised seeds.What is the fastest growing Autoflower strain? ›
With a lightning-quick flowering time of only six weeks indoors and 5–6 weeks outdoors, Green O Matic is regarded as the world's quickest autoflowering marijuana. The quick and long-lasting effects of this marijuana, combined with its mildness, make it a fantastic choice for daytime use.
A 5-gallon smart pot will suit most autoflowering plants, although many people get great results even with 3-gallon pots. If you're growing indoors, you may want to place something below the smart pots to absorb the water or you'll end up with a lot of water everywhere.What is too hot for Autoflowers? ›
Autoflowers typically thrive in a slightly cooler environment than photoperiod strains. The optimal temperature range for growth is between 68-78°F (20-26°C). A temperature above 80°F (27°C) can cause stress to the plant and negatively impact growth.What happens if you don't flush Autoflower? ›
You see, during the growing cycle, your plants store excess amounts of nutrients, salts and other compounds. If you don't allow the plants a chance to dispose of these surplus compounds by flushing them before harvest, your final product will be much harsher and more bitter tasting.How many seeds can one Autoflower produce? ›
Pros and cons of growing autoflowers
Simple: One autoflowering plant can produce hundreds of seeds, simplifying the germination process and eliminating the need to purchase more seeds.
Autoflowers also grow faster and don't get as big as photoperiod strains. Your buds will be ready for you in a short ~60–65 days from planting your seeds. Since many autoflowers won't get taller than 50–70cm, they are ideal for growing indoors, where space is often limited.What Week Do Autoflower buds grow the most? ›
Most growers harvest their autoflowers during week 11. You'll notice that the pistils are a lot more red and amber in color compared to white pistils. Also, the majority of the trichomes should be cloudy and a good amount starting to turn amber.
How do you get big fat buds? ›
To some degree, more light translates to fatter buds and higher yields (you'll need to pay attention to the distance between your grow light and plants or your plant may suffer from light burn). Increasing light intensity is the most effective way to fatten up buds.What should my buds look like at 5 weeks? ›
In week 5 of flowering, you can observe the buds all over your plant becoming thicker. You may also spot new buds growing in new places such as along the main cola. With buds abounding, your cannabis plants will get fatter every day. This is a surefire sign you are in full flowering mode.How many months do Autoflowers take to grow? ›
Unlike other cannabis strains, autoflowers don't need a specific light cycle to flower. This makes them considered to be easy to grow. The average cannabis plant grown indoors is harvested in 3-5 months while autoflowers are ready in 7-10 weeks.How many weeks are Autoflowers in flowering stage? ›
Flowering Stage: The flowering stage will be relatively long, around 6-10 weeks. They begin to grow buds rich in cannabinoids and terpenes. Some high-yielding strains can even reach full maturity in 5-8 weeks. Overall, autoflowering takes about 8-14 weeks from seed to harvest.What are the strongest autoflower strains 2022? ›
- Banana Purple Punch – The Punch That Makes You Go Bananas.
- Strawberry Gorilla – Sweet Like Berries, Strong Like a Gorilla.
- Gorilla Cookies – The Stickiest Cookies in the Game.
The bigger the pots then taller the final plant should finish once harvest time comes around. Optimal pot size for large plants in a limited space. There is no need to grow an autoflowering seed in a huge pot size (bigger than 15L) because much of the medium will not be fully utilized as if using a 10L pot for example.What strains are super Autoflowers? ›
- Green Crack Auto. Green Crack Auto should be on your list if you're looking for a fast-growing, high-yielding cannabis strain. ...
- Strawberry Cheesecake Auto. ...
- Alaskan Diesel Auto. ...
- Zkittlez Auto. ...
- OG Kush Auto. ...
- Blue Dream Auto. ...
- Gorilla Cookies Auto. ...
- CBDV:CBD 1:1 Auto.
Most growers will choose to grow 8-12 plants in a 4×4 tent.How do you increase terpenes in an Autoflower? ›
Use supplemental UV lights.
UV light, when used at the right intensity, can be a great way to increase your plants terpene and oil production. Having low levels of UV light introduced to your plant gives it the response of producing more resin and oils so it can shield itself from the slightly harmful UV rays.
Yes, you should remove fan leaves during the flowering stage using the correct technique. Removing fan leaves will open up light and produce a better air exchange to the lower canopy. It will also ensure that more energy can go to your plant's valuable parts and make for a bigger harvest.
What is the average Autoflower size? ›
Average Size for Autoflowers
While a typical autoflower usually grows between 50 to 100 cm (1.5 to 3 feet), here at Fast Buds you can find strains that can grow up to 150cm (59in), like Orange Sherbet Auto or Original Auto Amnesia Haze.
As your autoflowers get bigger, they need more frequent watering and larger quantities. During the germination and seedling stages, give each plant 3-7 ounces every 4-7 days. During the vegetative stage (when your autoflowers are growing leaves and branches), give each plant 10-20 ounces every 2-4 days.How do you get dense buds on Autoflower? ›
Reduce humidity below 55% RH during the last 2-3 weeks before harvest – Lowering the humidity towards the end of the flowering stage triggers a natural plant response that can make cannabis buds more dense as well as increase resin production.What's the difference between Autoflower and regular? ›
The main difference is in the flowering period. Autoflowering plants do it automatically; while feminized plants grown indoors require manual light adjustment, going from 18 hours of light to 12.Is Autoflower better than feminized? ›
In general, if you have little planting experience or are looking for quick yields, autoflowering is a good choice for you. If you want to get the maximum yield and potency from your harvest you can plant feminized seeds.Are Autoflowers Indica or Sativa? ›
Today's autoflower plants are created by crossing C. ruderalis with an indica or sativa cannabis strain. Next, the resulting strain is then bred and selected over many generations to develop the best qualities of both.Are Autoflowers better for beginners? ›
Autoflowering strains are some of the easiest to grow, making them ideal for beginner cultivators. They're hardy, boast impressive resilience to pests and disease, and are ready to harvest much sooner than photoperiod varieties.What is the most potent Autoflower seed? ›
GG4 is probably the strongest autoflower in the world, with extreme THC levels of up to 26%. This easy-to-grow strain delivers multiple harvests in one season. It will make you euphoric and uplifted, requiring 10-14 weeks from seed to harvest.What light cycle do Autoflowers need? ›
18/6 light cycle for autoflowers
The 18/6 autoflower light schedule is very common. It means 18 hours of daily light is followed by 6 hours of darkness. Many growers also use this light cycle for vegetative growth of their feminised cannabis seeds.
Both autoflower and photoperiod strains can be feminized.
All it means is that a breeder modified a particular strain to produce only female plants.
Do Autoflowers have a vegetative stage? ›
If growing autoflowering seeds, the cannabis vegetative stage tends to last for the first 5 weeks or so. After that, the autoflower genetics initiate the cannabis bloom stage. There is little that you can do to control the cannabis vegetative stage with autoflower seeds.What grows faster sativa or indica? ›
Indica plants (in general) grow faster than Sativa plants, and they tend to produce more buds. Sativa also grows taller and more slender than Indica (again, in general), and tends to have slightly higher THC levels. They also take a bit longer to mature.