Wait, isn’t fast growing good thing? Well, it usually is, but this monstrous growth comes with one important caveat. The accelerated transition from vegetative to flowering stages means that stress caused to autoflowering plants in the first weeks (by intentionally bending, cutting or damaging stems to manipulate growth) can hamper their final production. For the same reason, transplanting autos from indoor to outdoor (or vice versa) is never recommended. It’s always best to keep autos in the same pot from day one.
Each day, regular “photoperiod” strains require precisely twelve hours of light and twelve of darkness to trigger and maintain the flowering stage until harvest. If this doesn’t happen, they can stop growing and live for years, never producing anything. Autoflowers, on the other hand, have a fixed lifespan, shorter than any photoperiod grow. They start flowering at three to four weeks and can go from germination to harvest in just nine weeks.
Cannabis plants are huge. Some sativas can reach four meters in height! That might be great for outdoor growers, but lots of people want to keep things indoors, perhaps away from prying eyes or hot grow tent lights.
Autoflowers may be resistant to various environmental stresses, but they are susceptible to human error. Many growers tie down, cut, or otherwise manipulate the branches of the growing plant to ensure proper size and make sure there are lots of places on the plant body for flowers to grow. Usually, autoflowers tolerate this treatment well. However, if an overeager grower takes these techniques too far, it will damage the plant and subject it to unnecessary stress. People manipulate photoperiod plants like this all the time; if they rough up their young cannabis plant in the process, it’s no big deal because it has months to recover. Since autoflowers come to harvest so quickly, they don’t have time to heal from overzealous poking, prodding, and pruning.
This ability to harvest more frequently is excellent for outdoor growers who can’t control the lighting their plants receive, but it can also be used by indoor growers to stagger their grows to ensure they’re harvesting once a month or more. Photoperiod plants occupying the same space or grow tent need to mature together. Because the light cycles for flowering and vegging plants are entirely different, developing plants can’t share the same space as those nearing harvest. However, since autoflowering strains don’t need the light cycle to control flowering, it’s possible to house multiple plants at different stages of development in one area. If you germinate a new seed every month, by month three you can be harvesting every thirty days, or three weeks, or whatever schedule works for you.
Cloning like this isn’t possible with autoflowering plants. However, Fast Buds’ awarding winning genetics and germination guarantee mean that you’ll always be able to grow the strain that’s right for you.
We’ve come a long way, but not everyone can grow Cannabis freely in their garden or on their balcony. yet. Until that day comes, discreet growing will remain a priority for many. Short plants, like Fast Buds’, that can grow rapidly in a closet or other private location are a godsend for cannabis enthusiasts who don’t want to draw attention to themselves.
We call them Fast Buds for a reason! Traditional, photoperiod cannabis, can take four months or more to grow. Autoflowering marijuana, on the other hand, can be ready to harvest in as little as eight weeks, but more often nine to eleven. You can harvest four to six times a year as opposed to once or twice.
The shortest Fast Buds strains are Rhino Ryder, Grapefruit, and Green Crack. These should always max out at less than one meter, though growers can use various techniques to constrain the vertical growth of other varieties.
So you’re not sure whether autoflowering seeds are right for your grow. Everyone’s setup is different, but here are a few pros and cons to help you
Regardless of the schedule, the lighting demands of autoflowering strains are easier to meet than those of their photoperiod counterparts.
Autoflower growers typically elect to use a simple light schedule of 18 hours on and 6 hours off for the entire duration of the life cycle. Such a schedule provides plants with an adequate amount of light while saving on energy.
Here are a few of the fastest autoflowers around:
Autoflowering strains do away with this inconvenience. They don’t rely on external cues to start producing resinous buds. Instead, they flower after a certain amount of time has passed.
Light pollution has the potential to screw up a photoperiod growing operation completely. Bright street lights can prevent outdoor plants from initiating flowering.
Autoflowering strains are the go-to genetics for beginner growers and those looking for a fast return. But they’re not perfect. Find out what makes them great, and where they run into issues.
Here’s a basic recipe for a good autoflowering soil mix:
- 3 parts peat moss
- 3 parts compost
- 2 parts perlite, moistened
- 1 part vermiculite, moistened
Autoflowering cannabis varieties are queens of speed. This trait is another result of their adaptive prowess. Most autoflowering strains complete the entire growing cycle in the same amount of time that photoperiod strains take to finish flowering alone—around 7–10 weeks. Their speedy life cycle results from a brief vegetative phase and a fast flowering stage.
Autoflowering strains boast speedy growth, a compact size, and hardy genetics. Discover their pros and cons here.