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Frequently asked questions about Autoflower
The flowering period of normal cannabis seeds depends on the changes in the amount of sunlight they receive each day. Gardeners who grow seeds indoors should recreate these natural conditions with special timers and lights. With autoflowering marijuana seeds, cultivators don’t need to change light cycles since these plants bloom automatically 7-10 weeks after germination. They can grow under 20 hours of daily light and don’t necessarily need a dark cycle. You can reach better results with 20/4 and 18/6 light cycles. Autos are one of the easiest and fastest ways to grow marijuana and a good option for beginners seeking a low-maintenance growing experience.
If you live in a U.S. state with legal medical or adult cannabis use, you can buy autoflowering seeds from online seed banks and in brick-and-mortar dispensaries. Online vendors offer multiple autoflower seeds for sale, so you can choose a breeder and a strain you want from top-quality varieties and cup winners. Convenient tools and filters will help you find a seed bank near your current location or cheap autoflower seeds online. As a rule, dispensaries don’t focus on seed sales and may not have a knowledgeable staff to give you information on growing. To avoid legal issues, it is better to order super autoflower seeds from U.S. suppliers because international shipments are in the legal gray area.
Autoflower weed seeds look like feminized photoperiod weed seeds and produce top-quality marijuana. However, there is no need to reduce daily light hours to 12 to initiate their blooming period since flowering happens automatically. They are a good choice for growers who want to get multiple crops in a single season and don’t want to spend much time doing it. These plants can be short or medium-sized, grow well in small spaces, and have a quick grow-to-harvest time. They are compact and suitable for greenhouses and outdoor and indoor growing conditions. The potential downside of this weed is that it is less potent.
More people prefer growing autos due to the combination of several factors, such as speed, simplicity of growth, and quality buds. Indoor cultivation is ideal for autoflowers. A temperature of 68-78°F (20-25°C) is adequate for these plants. The humidity level should be 80% during the germination phase and 50% when the weed reaches its vegetative stage. The 20/4 light cycle and proper ventilation will optimize its growth. Avoid multiple plant repotting. When cultivating autoflowers outdoors, check there is no extreme cold. The best option is a warm Mediterranean climate of 78°F (25°C) and organic soil that drains well. Don’t top the plants when they are in bloom. Stick to a regular watering schedule and consider a suitable pH level (5.5-6.5 for a hydroponic grow and 6.0-7.0 for soil).
Autoflowers have been created by crossbreeding Sativa and Indica plants with ruderalis. Cannabis ruderalis is a wild weed sub-species that originates from cold altitudes where summer is short but provides many hours of daylight (for example, in Northern Europe). The word “ruderalis” comes from German, meaning “weed that grows on the side of the road.” Nowadays, this cannabis has evolved and doesn’t rely on daylight hours to start flowering, so this process occurs according to age. Ruderalis is not useful on its own as it produces low yields with buds that lack THC, but breeders discovered that it could be crossbred with Sativa and Indica strains to make them autoflowers. Today’s autoflowering seeds for sale feature higher THC levels and have been stabilized to produce feminized autoflower genetics.