A clone is when you take a cutting of a plant and allow the cutting to grow into its own plant. Autoflowering cannabis plants cannot be cloned effectively because new clones are on the same internal “time clock” as their mother, and therefore any clone taken from her will die when she dies.
Photoperiod plants can be cloned, which means that a grower can continue to make more and more plants from a single seed. Cloning is a great way to get unlimited free plants which are almost exactly the same as each other.
This technique can be used on auto plants that are getting too tall for your setup, or for any stem that is growing taller than all the others. Most indoor growers want to keep a flat, even canopy when growing indoors to get the most from their grow lights.
However, when plants are fast-growing and healthy, many growers defoliate, top or FIM their plants with great results. When is it okay to top an auto?
Note: Autos by Nirvana are marked with a plus + sign
Fortunately, a forward-thinking breeder realized that the auto-flowering capability and short growing period of Ruderalis strains might be useful to hobbyist cannabis growers, even though the wild Ruderalis plant wasn’t going to work all by itself. This unknown breeder started intermingling Ruderalis plants with famous strains of photoperiod (regular) cannabis in order to increase bud potency while carefully breeding plants to retain the auto-flowering capability.
The question “Why choose autoflowering seeds?” is discussed more and more as these strains expand their reach and become mainstream. Now we can find almost every commercially successful strain cross-bred to produce autoflowering seeds to have both the small ruderalis and regular plant traits in them.
As you can see autoflowers are amazing in that they give us, growers, a completely new perspective and advantages on cannabis growing. As the laws change and more and more people start to see the potential of this amazing plant then their first growing experiences will have to be small and those plants will have to be strong. And these autoflowers are just perfect for those situations!
Fast growth and short life cycle
The advantage that characterizes all ruderalis plants is that they can automatically flower under almost any light cycle. This privilege means that indoor growers don’t need separate grow-rooms for plants that are in the vegetative stage and those who are flowering. Commercial growers can even put some autoflower plants in their vegging room and get some fine bud before harvesting those regular strains.
Although the wild ruderalis cannabis plants contain little or no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) breeders from all over the world have produced some amazing autoflower strains by crossbreeding these wild varieties with some of the best commercial strains. After countless failures, those breeders managed to perfect that cross-breeding and now the market is flooded with new and exciting autoflowering seeds that start their flowering process after a certain time period. But the best part is that these smaller strains can be ready to harvest in 60 days from seed, stays between 50 to 100 cm and contain 20 to 30 % THC!
Indoors the short turnaround of autoflowering cannabis plants can be properly exploited to have some continuous harvest setups or even “Sea of Green”.
Don’t prune your auto fem plants a great deal, except for removing small lower branches where the buds won’t receive enough light to develop properly. The other reason to remove foliage would be to create better air circulation and visibility, so that you can keep track of any pests that may be interested in your autoflowering buds – pests like aphids, spider mites, or mealybugs.
Fragrant and mouthwatering. Tease your palate with a burst of bubblegum.
Naturally occurring strains of C. Ruderalis are always found growing north of the 50th parallel, but can still thrive if grown in equatorial countries.
How to germinate autoflower seeds?
Large, bulky buds have a pale-green, sometimes purple color and offer the user tranquilizing effects – helping with muscle pain and melting away your stress.
One of the biggest questions of debate within a grower’s own mind is ”when should I start flowering my marijuana plants?” The flowers are ultimately the most valuable part of the plant, containing the most cannabinoids. The easiest way for new growers to avoid the struggle with this internal debate is to buy high quality certified auto-flowering seeds that will begin the flowering cycle all on their own!
Premium marijuana products can be derived from just about any kind of seed, but genuine American auto seeds can set you up for a quick and successful grow with minimal reasons to struggle. Regular ‘photoperiod’ strains of cannabis will basically grow in the vegetative phase if there is more than 12 hours of light provided consecutively. Once the light cycle has shortened to 12 hours or less, the plant will begin to flower. As long as you avoid pollination, flowers will get bigger, denser, and stickier with high resin being developed, all in the pursuit of attracting some male pollen to produce seeds – and such is the cycle of life!
Autoflowering cannabis is inherently smaller than many photoperiod strains and as a result yields will be limited to how much weight the small plant can support. Auto flowering growers can typically expect anywhere from a half ounce to two ounces of bud per plant. There are also Super Autos that can produce up to four to six ounces per plant, when grown by an experienced cannabis grower. Try some of our top producing auto strains such as Auto Triple XL Fem or Auto Bruce Banner Fem. Having autoflowering seeds feminized creates the perfect opportunity for beginners and you can still achieve a premium crop by following the tried and tested methods approved by 149 seed bank growers.