Autoflowers are actually easy to g row and are considered the latest craze in the world of cannabis. With rapid flowering periods and great yields, there’s no reason to not grow them. They can be a tad intimidating because they are less forgiving than traditional cannabis plants. However, there’s no gain without pain, and you might as well buckle up for the ride.
3) Choose containers that drain well
If you’re adamant on transplanting, though, make sure that the medium is exactly the same. For instance, if your seedling is growing in a potting mix of coco coir and compost, it should be transplanted to another container containing the exact same mix. Water the seedling container a few hours before transplanting to ensure that the soil is moist. There’s a high risk of hurting the roots when the soil is too dry or wet.
Due to a shortage of time, not every training technique working for other cannabis plants suit autoflowers. For instance, HST or High-Stress-Techniques work very well on photoperiod plants, but autoflowers prefer Low-Stress-Techniques or LST.
It’s also important to do some research to purchase autoflowering seeds of the highest quality. You can do everything right but it may all be for naught if the strains aren’t meant to produce high yields. For example, Fastbuds catalog shows you seeds ranging from XXL to L yield category, and you can choose anything depending on the space available.
Tip: Normally, a strain needs to be cultivated a few times before fully understanding how it grows with certain nutrients.
Autoflowering grow by QuantumSkies from GrowDiaries.
Best Nutrients For Autoflowering Cannabis
Calcium & Magnesium – Cal-Mag supplements are recommended if you are not growing in soil. Calcium and magnesium are both important secondary macronutrients essential for healthy growth but they are easily washed away in soilless grow mediums. They can be added alongside your feeding schedule and reduced throughout flowering.
Some autoflower growers will stick with vegetation nutrients for the first weeks of flowering. The continued addition of nitrogen during the early blooming phase can encourage growth but too much may mean the plant ends up growing too many leaves. Keep an eye out for early yellowing, which may mean you need to up the dosage. An increase in phosphorous during this phase can also help to kickstart flower production.
In order to stimulate root growth and health, we can add root boosters to our soil or watering solution. Although not essential, these bacterial supplements can help to break down organic matter into food for the plant. In addition, the bacteria provide protection to the roots and encourage their development. Many growers use these throughout the grow cycle to avoid root problems.
For those who are just starting to grow cannabis and found the table above a bit hard to understand, here’s a table that will allow you to grow autoflowers organically while keeping things simple.
The best way to water when using slow-release feeding is water more often with less water, this way the pellets or powder will dissolve faster and you won’t have any problems. This way of feeding also comes with instructions directed for photoperiodic plants so with autoflowers you should (generally) use half of the recommended amount.
When you don’t measure the dose of nutrients that go in your solution, you can overfeed your plants and they will surely show signs of toxicity. Even though it’s a common problem amongst growers, the problems that come along are really serious and can end up killing your plants.
Autoflower Feeding Chart for Inert Mediums
Cannabis plants don’t like to be overfed and they can easily get burned because of that, the amount needed for an autoflower depends on the strain and growing environment. The following schedule should be adjusted depending on when your plant starts flowering.
Synthetic nutrients are popular amongst all types of growers, even though they’re not s safe as organic nutrients, you can effectively grow and harvest your plants without major problems.
No matter what the percentage of the other nutrients is, just make sure that Nitrogen (N) is available more than those other two elements. Autoflower cannabis also needs those secondary nutrients but commercial fertilizers usually have a mix of the other nutrients your plant needs in the solution.
When the first pre-flowers start to appear you need to change your feeding to a mix of half vegetative and half blooming nutrients. You need to slowly start introducing more Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K).