Autoflowering marijuana is popular because it’s easier and faster than growing “photoperiod” (regular) marijuana.
Using feminized autoflowering marijuana, all you do is plant seeds, take care of them properly, and harvest good weed within 50-100 days max.
You don’t have to worry about triggering flowering or change your lights to 12-12. This type of marijuana flowers when it wants to!
But taking care of autoflowering cannabis properly is not the same as taking care of photoperiod marijuana properly.
Here are surefire tried and tested ideas that help you get the most from your autoflowering marijuana…
Autoflowering cannabis has a way shorter than usual time to develop main stalk, ancillary stalks, and root systems when compared to regular marijuana.
Autoflowering marijuana only has from germination until about 2-4 weeks into its life cycle before it starts flowering on its own.
Everything is rushed, so you have to jam a lot of inputs into your autoflowering plants to get their best performance.
Help your autoflowering marijuana plants develop their healthiest roots possible. One way of doing that is by using House & Garden Roots Excelurator…for the entire time your plants are growing.
It’s expensive, but side by side marijuana grows have shown me that it creates faster-growing, better-branching roots.
Pre-treat their root zone with beneficial root zone microbes including Voodoo Juice, Piranha, and Tarantula.
These colonize the root zone and the marijuana roots, adding root bulk/branching, functional support, and protection so roots are better able to take in hydroponics nutrients or organic elements, water, and oxygen…and are also protected from root zone pathogens that rot marijuana roots.
Start your autoflowering plants under strong LED or HID, instead of T-5 fluorescent. The more light the better. Remember, your plants only have a couple of weeks to build infrastructure before they start flowering.
Don’t stress your autoflowering marijuana plants by transplanting them. Just sprout them in a container or system big enough to finish them in.
Remember, they only have a couple of weeks to develop structure and roots before they kick into flowering. Transplanting can cause some serious stress that delays flowering or harms your marijuana roots.
Our grower-writer team has given you the definitive truth about LED lighting for marijuana. LEDs are ideal for autoflowering plants, especially in high-density situations like SCROG and Sea of Green.
Your autoflowering plants need at least 18 hours of strong light with good PAR spectrum during grow AND bloom phase. This is so very different from regular marijuana plants.
I suggest HID or LED during bloom phase if you can afford it and manage the heat.
If you’re using a professional LED unit, you can tune it to push the right PAR for peak floral production. Because autoflowering marijuana plants tend to be under four feet tall, LED lighting can provide adequate light from start to finish of your grow season.
Start your cannabis plants on a slightly stronger than usual nutritional program, being careful not to burn young roots and then amp up the parts per million or organic concentration as much as you can as fast as you can.
Start with Grow phase base nutrients such as Sensi Grow pH perfect, but as soon as you see early flowers developing, do a mini-flush using reverse osmosis or distilled water, and then immediately use a high-output bloom phase base such as Connoisseur pH perfect.
Use a B-vitamin stress reliever formula such as Organic B or B-52 for your entire crop cycle. Use a potassium silicate plant strengthener such as Rhino Skin starting in week two.
As soon as you see early flowering, hit your plants with Bud Ignitor for two weeks. Then use Big Bud, Bud Factor X and Bud Candy for the next 2-3 weeks, finishing with Overdrive and then a flush.
Always remember: your autoflowering plants are doing something “unnatural” and they’re hungry for nutrition. Push your parts per million as high as you can without burning your plants.
Note: some autoflowering strains have a really hard time handling hydroponics nutrients, rich organic fertilizers, or rich soil. Ask the seed producer before you buy a strain about fertilization.
Monitor your marijuana resin glands closely so you harvest at or just after peak bloom. You want to get as maximum development as possible on the flowers before you put the cut to your marijuana plants.
Many marijuana growers debate whether autoflowering varieties are as potent, tasty, and high-yielding as regular marijuana.
In my experience with personally growing autoflowering cannabis and talking to industry professionals, the best knowledge I can provide you is that autoflowering cannabis of a Haze strain, for example, will be about 70-90% as potent and gram-per-watt yielding as a regular Haze strain.
That’s why you use the tips in this article to push your autoflowering marijuana to its highest yield and THC potential.