However, it’s possible to grow any photoperiod variety at a pace that rivals autoflowering cultivars. The very word “photoperiod” implies that these plants require a shift in the light cycle to begin flowering; an acquired evolutionary trait. A decrease in light signals that autumn is approaching, and thus it’s time to produce flowers and seeds to reproduce.
By comparison, photoperiod varieties offer larger yields and higher levels of cannabinoids. However, they usually take much longer to reach harvest when grown conventionally. Growers typically keep indoor plants on a light cycle of 18 hours on and 6 hours off during the vegetative stage. The photoperiod is then switched to 12 hours on and 12 hours off to initiate the flowering stage.
NEED FOR SPEED
Regardless of the reason, it’s certainly possible to speed up the cultivation process. Autoflowering varieties are prized for this very quality. Many of them provide ripe flowers only several weeks after germination, although this speed comes at a price. Yields are usually comparatively small, and cannabinoid content is lower too. That means less THC and CBD in each flower.
If this method appeals to you, check out our fastest feminized photoperiod strains to grow under a 12/12 cycle from seed to harvest. If you desire larger yields, you can veg these plants for a regular period of time under 18/6, and still benefit from an ultra-fast flowering phase!
Indoor growers have free rein over the length of the vegetative phase in photoperiod varieties. As long as plants receive more than 12 hours of light per day, they will stay in veg. Growers can thus trigger flowering whenever they please. This trait means the photoperiod can be used to force plants to flower very early on in the growing cycle. Applying a 12/12 light cycle from germination will cause photoperiod strains to flower just as fast as most autos. Starting with clones will produce even faster results.
The key to producing top-quality QUICK genetics is our incredible collection of elite autoflowering strains that, besides passing the auto gene on to the F1 hybrids, add to them the extraordinary traits our team of breeders has spent over 10 years trying to obtain.
The most important traits of our autoflowering lines are:
In a nutshell, QUICK strains are the fast version of classic feminised genetics. They result from the cross of a photoperiod parent, normally a female elite clone selected from a bunch of regular seeds, and an elite autoflowering female. The latter is reversed so it produces the pollen that passes the auto gene on to the cross. The result is an F1 “QUICK” hybrid that is not auto but is indeed much faster than photoperiod genetics. This is down to the autoflowering gene, which helps plants jump from the growth stage to a state of full bloom in the blink of an eye.
Such masterfully fixed traits ensure the high quality of our F1 QUICK hybrids, making them virtually impossible to differentiate from their sisters. They need to be switched to the flowering phase and could stretch a lot if provided with plenty of time. That’s why we can clone and store the mother plants for as long as necessary. Once the photoperiod is varied from 18/6 to 12/12, they start flowering at light speed, much faster than any other ordinary plant.
Thanks to these fast flowering properties, they can be grown in northern regions with fewer risks. By bringing the harvest date forward, they’re less likely to be affected by harsh weather conditions. In places such as Russia, England, Poland, Germany, Scandinavia or the Alps, they make the only viable option for growing outdoors, except for the auto genetics, of course. They deliver far bigger crops than their autoflowering little sisters, though, which is quite an advantage. Wherever you live, they’ll make your life easier, since the likelihood of having your crop ruined by bad weather conditions, by the attack of fungi or by unexpected plant thefts is significantly reduced.
Smaller yields: Due to rapid production, yields from fast-flowering strains are smaller than classic and autoflowering strains.
What Are Fast-Flowering Cannabis Strains?
These days, most of us have a need for speed in our lives. We have access to near-endless information in seconds, and can order almost anything we need to our doorstep. With our ever-decreasing attention spans, and none of us having enough hours in the day, wanting to save time whenever possible only makes sense. In turn, while growing weed is a dream for stoners, the amount of time it takes can be a major barrier for many.
Faster grow time: Fast-flowering strains can be harvested between 1-5 weeks sooner than classic strains, which also means you can grow more often.
There are many reasons you could want faster-growing plants, whether you need to avoid inclement weather or manage multiple harvests in a season.