Growing marijuana at home requires specialized knowledge and considerable effort. Classic photoperiod varieties may not be suitable for beginners and growers from regions with insufficient daylight hours. An alternative would be autoflowering seeds.
Features of autoflowering strains
Autoflowers have been on the market for over 20 years. Their name reflects the main difference between seeds and traditional varieties: they begin flowering after reaching a certain level of maturity, regardless of the light cycle.
Autoflowering plants are the result of crossing an Indica and Sativa, which have photoperiod sensitivity, and Ruderalis. It is found far from the equator line, not only in European countries but even in cool Canada.
The harsh growing conditions have given Cannabis ruderalis features that are important for survival. The main one is the ability to bloom regardless of the light level. Unpretentious and resistant to adverse external influences, plants immediately became popular among growers.
Reasons for the popularity of autoseeds
Resilience to the mistakes of beginner growers
Autos are much easier to grow than photoperiod strains. They are great for experimenting with watering and fertilizing. Thanks to the shortened life cycle in one season, you will be able to experience the advantages and disadvantages of different growing strategies firsthand.
Independence from lighting
Autoflowering plants do not require total darkness and are not stressed by lighter northern nights. To achieve the desired result, it is enough to correctly set the lighting once and periodically check it.
Unpretentious and resistant to adverse external influences, plants are sure to please the grower with buds. Even if you forget to water or feed the seeds, they will still ripen and begin to bloom.
Speed of maturation
The average life cycle of autoflowers is 7-9 weeks. Record-breaking harvest times allow growing several generations per season and getting 2-3 times more harvest.