Auto Flowering Seeds – What Are They?
Auto Flowering Seeds are a type of cannabis or marijuana seed that does not need a shortened light cycle to start flowering. Auto flowering seeds can be an Indica, Sativa, or hybrid strain. A normal cannabis seed will produce a plant that will continue to grow in it’s vegetative state while the light cycle is longer than 8 hours, and then begin flowering if the light cycle is 8 hours or less. An auto flowering seed will flower after a predetermined length of time typically 10-14 weeks even if the light cycle remains longer than 8 hours. These types of seeds are simpler to grow than a normal seed since you don’t have to maintain 2 different light cycle schedules. Simply set it and forget it… until it’s time for harvest that is.
Auto Flowering Seeds – How To Grow Them
Knowing how best to use Auto Flowering seeds isn’t easy. Searching how to grow Auto Flowering cannabis will return a bewildering amount of information online, which can be overwhelming for first-time growers. But it doesn’t have to be so complicated. It’s possible to get an above average yield from auto flowering strains without it becoming a stressful mission. After all, growing cannabis should be fun, right?! In this post you’ll learn exactly how to turn your auto flowering seeds into beautiful, glistening buds.
The Essential Items to Grow Auto Flowering Seeds
- Auto Flowering seeds (obviously!)
- Germination Kit
- 5-15 gallon bucket
- Soil – good quality and airy
- Light – One light for every 4-6 plants
Remember to use feminized Auto Flowering seeds to stop male plants growing.
If this happens, your time will be wasted growing plants that will never produce bud and will probably pollinate your females producing seeds in the bud you were able to harvest.
How to Germinate Auto Flowering Seeds
Simply use a germination kit. This will make things easier for you to get started.
Next, clean out the bucket thoroughly and drill some holes in the bottom for drainage.
When that’s done, fill it with soil to at least 75%.
However 95% is best. Aim for this. Don’t forget to flush the soil with water. This creates a moist growing area. It’s crucial you get rid of dry spots in the soil to ensure proper root growth.
Planting your Auto Flowering Seeds
Some say it’s best to plant in a cup before transferring to a larger pot when a leaf appears. However, this is traumatic for your plant. It may even kill it! It’s better to plant auto flowering seeds in the pot you will harvest from. Make a small hole in the soil – right in the center. This should be big enough to fit the length of the sprout. After that, plant your seed. Check the sprout head is above the soil line.
Setting up the Lights
Keep the lights at a safe distance from your plant throughout the entire grow. This will stop the plant overheating or burning. Try putting them about 6-10 inches away initially. You can adjust as needed. A light-to-dark ratio of 18:6 offers auto flowering seeds the balance they need to grow and rest.
What to do When Your Plant is Growing
Now that you’ve started, it’s pretty easy. However, it’s important to monitor your plant throughout the process. This is just about controlling the lights and the water. Light cycles for auto flowering should never change. Be consistent with the hours of light and dark.
Ensure the soil is kept moist. Use your finger to check if the soil is drying out and add water when needed.
How to Know if Your Auto flowering Plant is Starting to Flower
The plant is ready 10 to 14 weeks after the autoflowering seeds are germinated.
You will be able to see big buds that are glistening with trichomes!
How to Harvest Your Auto Flowering Cannabis
First you need to cut the leaves away, freeing the buds. Take care not to cut the buds themselves! Next, put the buds into a well-ventilated, dark room. Once they’re dry, you can cure them.
One last thing:
There are umpteen variables that affect growth including nutrients, lighting types and even your plant’s favourite music! If you’re a newbie, keep it simple and you can still get good results. Growing auto flowering seeds should be fun! Don’t complicate things!