For your autoflower grow you have various options with regard to lighting. Think of LED, CFL, HPS or MH lamps.
Autoflowers are a very suitable choice for indoor cultivation. For example in a closer or small tent. However, there are a number of points of interest that apply. Besides, for a successful breeding it’s important to make good preparation. Of course you will need autoflowering cannabis seeds, but there is more. Below you find a step by step explanation on what you should pay attention to.
Note: when you plant the seeds at the end of the season or when the weather is unreliable, you can consider growing in a greenhouse. The risk of top rot will then be greatly reduced. Also, do not plant the seeds early because cold can damage your plant and reduce your yield.
Growing outdoors always involves a risk. Your female plant can easily be pollinated by a male plant, making your harvest less big. Such a pollination can even happen when the male plant is miles away. A smaller harvest is disadvantageous for many growers, but can also offer opportunities. Pollinated plants will produce seeds that you can use for your next harvest.
Outdoor growers can start when the spring begins and continue growing until fall. For many climates, the hottest periods are between March and September / October. It is important that the outside temperature is at least 15 degrees. Timing is very important. Remember that.
Because in most cases autoflowers become a lot smaller and spend a shorter vegetative phase than photoperiod species, they also need considerably less nutrition so please don’t overfeed your plants. When you use the aforementioned soil it won’t be necessary to add extra nutrition.
For outdoor growing, it’s important to germinate the seeds indoors and place them under artificial light for about two weeks before being moved outside. That way the seedling can strengthen and you prevent a young seedling from breaking through a strong gust of wind or being eaten by animals.
One of the most important factors for the cultivation of autoflowers outdoors is the soil. For firm buds you need a decent soil. This can be in your own garden, but of course also in the wild (also called a guerrilla culture). As long as the soil is fertile, beautiful autoflowers can grow on it. You also need sunlight, a little rain and a breeze from the wind. Once you have found the right place, you can get started. For your outdoor grow you have basically two options:
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Essentially, this entails having multiple plants in different stages of growth at any given time. In this way, you can time things just right so that there is always weed ready to bloom and harvest. This gives you the potential for a never-ending supply that doesn’t require excess effort from you!
The sea of green (SOG) method is really just a fancy term for growing a lot of smaller plants in your grow room for bigger yields. Autoflowers are ideal for growing in a SOG as they are already smaller by nature.
As previously mentioned, autoflowers are less forgiving when it comes to major or sustained errors, which means you must water your autoflowering girls properly.
When starting your seeds, and for young plants, you can also use standard fluorescent lamps such as T5 lights. These use very little energy and don’t get warm, so there is no risk of burning your sensitive seedlings.
With autoflowers, you don’t need to worry about light schedules like you would with photoperiod plants. When growing autoflowers, you can just leave your lights on a 18/6 schedule (18h on, 6h off) for the entire grow, and can even grow them under 24 hours of light. Which schedule is “better” is open to debate. Many growers use the 18/6 schedule, as this gives good results while using less energy than a constant 24h cycle.
- 3 parts peat moss
- 3 parts compost
- 2 parts perlite, moistened
- 1 part vermiculite, moistened
You don’t need to harvest your entire plant all at once! Chances are, the top buds may be done earlier than some of the lower buds further away from your lights. These buds may need a little more time to ripen. So instead of taking your clippers and collecting them all, take only the topmost buds and allow the others a few days more to finish.
The other thing you should consider when selecting a strain is its growing characteristics. Some strains may be easier than others to manage, or are known to grow and flower exceptionally fast. If you’re still new to growing, or simply want to grow great bud in a very short time, you may want to take a look at our Easy Bud or Quick One.
That said, you shouldn’t need very large pots for your autos as they won’t usually get very tall.
You should nevertheless choose a pot large enough so the plant doesn’t get root-bound, but instead has plenty of space to grow.
Check out these tips to help optimise your indoor autoflowering cannabis grow-op. Avoid major mistakes, and provide plants with ideal environmental conditions.