People who are just starting out on the exciting journey of growing their own cannabis would be well advised to opt for autoflowering cannabis seeds. They are easier and less demanding to grow than photoperiod regular strains.
The ruderalis genetics in autoflowering cannabis seeds lead to plants that are relatively lower in THC content and higher in CBD. This means that those looking to enjoy the medicinal benefits of cannabis can easily obtain it from these easy-to-grow plants.
One way is to stagger your plants. Start a couple of plants a month or two before the rest. That way, you can harvest some plants while others are nearing maturity, and the harvest cycle continues.
What Does “Autoflowering” Mean?
After you see pistils, you’ll only have to wait for another 45 to 60 days before the bloom cycle is complete and your plants are ready to be harvested.
Older strains of cannabis ruderalis had few desirable qualities, such as an ability to grow very fast. This is because it is native to Siberia, where the growing season is shorter and daylight hours are fewer. As a result, ruderalis outside of its original growing zone adapted to maturing quickly and switching to the flowering stage regardless of how many hours of sunlight it is receiving.
Autoflowering seeds tend to grow more quickly than indica and sativa strains, with some strains ready for harvest in as few as two months.
It usually takes 30 days, or about a month, for autoflowering seeds to reach the flowering phase. During these first 30 days, make sure to make small lighting adjustments to avoid scorching the leaves. You should also ensure proper soil aeration so that your cannabis flowers on time. To do this, you can use our Coco Bricks. They come in our Complete Grow Kit and help aerate the soil and regulate moisture.
The autoflowers that first appeared on the market in the early 2000s didn’t really impress. They weren’t very potent, their aroma was lacking, and their yields were not great either.
What do you get when you add Cookies genetics to one of the fruitiest Kushes, Fat Banana? That’s right, you get an incredibly fruity cannabis delight. With 22% THC, this one is also remarkably potent, providing a double-whammy for cannabis aficionados.
Who Uses Automatic Cannabis Strains, and Why?
The “mother of all indicas”, Kush is also well-represented in the autoflowers you can get at Royal Queen Seeds. Check out the fruity Bubble Kush Auto or Royal Kush Auto, both autoflowering variants of classic strains.
For all the fans of the famous Cheese from the UK, Royal Queen Seeds has you covered as well: Royal Cheese Auto has a spicy taste and provides a deep stone. Fast Eddy Automatic CBD is also made with these legendary UK genetics: Low in THC (9%) and rich in CBD, she provides a clear and mellow high.
Indoors: No need to switch your lights to a flowering schedule like with photoperiod cannabis. You can keep your autoflowers on an 18/6 (18 hours of light, 6 hours of darkness) or 24/0 light schedule from seed to harvest.
Cannabinoids, like THC and CBD , when consumed interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system , a signaling network that is continuously working to keep many functions in balance.
Interested in trying out autoflowering plants? Marijuana breeders incorporate the autoflowering genetics and shortened overall growing period from Cannabis ruderalis in an effort to make things easier for home cannabis growers.
Pure indica and sativa strains rely on photoperiods – changes in the ratio of light and dark periods they’re exposed to – in order to flower, while ruderalis strains often do not.
Popular Autoflowering Marijuana Strains
Cannabis ruderalis is a subspecies of cannabis plant first identified in the 1920’s. It’s naturally shorter in stature, contains a lower concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and has autoflowering attributes.
Autoflowering marijuana plants are typically ready for harvest sooner than photoperiod plants, off setting their generally low yield. This is especially helpful for indoor growers looking to maximize the number of harvests they get in a year. Though skillful outdoor growers in the right climates can potentially take in multiple harvests in a single growing season.
Photoperiod marijuana strains can be cloned, which means a grower take a cutting from the plant and grow more plants from a single seed. Autoflowering strains, however, cannot be cloned effectively.
Mixed with primarily indica cannabis and a little sativa, the Northern Light Automatic marijuana strain is particularly abundant in CBD. This strain is said to produce a succulent and sweet flavored flower.