We’ve given previous articles to help you get the biggest, most potent yields from autoflowering marijuana.
One article spoke of the general differences between autoflowering and photoperiod marijuana.
Another explained the best lighting tactics for autoflowering marijuana.
We also gave you the top 12 autoflowering strains from the best cannabis genetics in the world!
In today’s article we look at specialized cultivation techniques that improve growth rate, maturation, health, harvest size, and potency of autoflowering marijuana.
Because autoflowering marijuana has a shorter time to build roots, stalks, stems, and other structure before it starts flowering, your autoflowering plants do best when you use the following strategies:
- The ideal autoflowering cultivation situation is an indoor grow room with total security and a controlled environment.
- Use feminized autoflowering seeds, not unfeminized, unless you absolutely must try to do breeding experiments.
- Start autoflowering seeds in rockwool starter cubes properly adjusted to pH 6.0.
- Use only reverse osmosis water, not tap water or well water.
- Transplant germinated seedlings into deep water culture, aeroponics, or a similar pure hydroponics system for highest yields and growth rate. These systems pump oxygen, moisture, and nutrients into the roots at a higher rate than other systems or soil, so they maximize the potential of your plants.
- Keep grow room temperatures at 75F when lights are on and 68F when lights are off (if you add C02, see below).
- Grow room relative humidity during vegetative phase from 54-60%. During bloom phase, from 52-57%.
- Add C02 to 1100 parts per million only during lights-on period. Grow room temperatures with added C02 could be 78-82F during lights on, and 69-74F degrees during dark periods.
- Have one oscillating fan blowing a gentle but persistent breeze on plants for every 500 watts of lighting. Good air movement is essential.
- Transplant germinated seedlings into the container size they will be finished in.
- Top autoflowering plants 2-3 weeks after germination, just before or just as they go into pre-flowering.
- Provide plant supports starting at 4-5 weeks after germination, especially for autoflowering strains with thick, large floral structures.
- Autoflowering plants can’t be rejuvenated or cloned in most cases.
- Because automatic plants don’t need two different light cycles like photoperiod cannabis does, autoflowering marijuana growers can germinate and grow vegetative plants in same space as blooming plants are growing in, as long as they provide appropriate lighting wavelength for each set of plants.
- Because autoflowering marijuana plants may be negatively affected if temperatures are too cold at night, outdoor growers should time outdoor crop cycles to coincide with the warmest months of the year in their locality.
- Visit website Autoflower.net, which is devoted to autoflowering growers and strains.
As we mentioned in the previous articles, some top autoflowering strains are yielding 150 or more grams of sticky bud per plant with minimum 19% THC and low CBD, with 12-14 weeks from germination to harvest!
Stay tuned for our next article, which will talk about the best hydroponics nutrients feeding program for autoflowering cannabis.