What are auto flowering cannabis
Normal strains of cannabis need
to have a reduction to 12 hours of light before they will start
flowering but autoflowering cannabis strains completely
eliminate the need to induce flowering by reduction of day-light hours.
It eliminates the need for a timer or the need to wait until autumn for
the marijuana plant to start flowering and it will grow consistently
well and finish under 24 hours of light, from germination to harvest,
in eight weeks to 10 weeks.
Autoflowering cannabis plants
altogether do away with a vegetative growth stage. Basically, you plant
it, it sprouts, grows a set of leaves, then immediately and
automatically begins flowering. This generally starts after around 3
weeks, the males showing signs of flowering a few days before the
females. As a result, 'autos' are the quickest, most compact,
and most easily hidden marijuana plant available.
Auto strains can easily be kept hidden
because of their tiny size and early flowering, whether planted in
fields, in yards, on patios or even on windowsills. When planted in the
spring, they will produce ripe bud earlier than any available variety.
Autoflowering cannabis seeds can be planted, grown and harvested
several times per season (in your garden for example), without
attracting unwanted attention. Due to their super-fast life cycle (8-9
weeks), auto flowering marijuana strains can be planted up to early
August. They can be simply and very succesfully grown in the most
unlikely locations, from Alaska and Norway (auto flowering cannabis
will bud and finish in the 24hr light of Arctic summers) to the city
flat and apartment balconies of the world!
Having no vegetative stage, autoflowering strains cannot be cloned or
regenerated. Replanting seeds is a must but having 8-10 week growth
cycle producing your own seeds and creating your own strains is not a
problem anyway. Anyhow, this plant’s special advantages do away
with any reason for cloning in the first place. Also, seeds are much
easier to move around and handle and have a higher success rate than
Improvements in auto
When the joint doctor first released lowryder
to the world growers were blown away with the benefits of autoflowering
cannabis seeds but some found the end product to be somewhat lacking in
potency and yield. Since then many breeders have worked with auto
flowering seeds to increase the yield and potency by crossing lowryder
or the original ruderalis strain with well established cannabis strains
such as ak47 and white russian.
This has lead to the production of strains
which can match the potency of normal flowering cannabis plants and are
getting very close to matching their yields as well.
Companies such as shortstuff seeds
have selectively bred many generations of auto flowering hybrids to
come up with strains such as mi5 and Onyx which now grow to around 1
metre (3 feet) in height and can produce yields of 30-100g (1-3oz) per
plant which is not far off traditional strains of marijuana.
The joint doctor who was the original producer
of the lowryder straiun has not stood still either and has crossed his
lowryder 2 with AK47 from serious seeds to produce the EasyRyder
strain. This strain still stays fairly short but the additon of the
very strin ak47 to its genetics has made this one of the most potent
strains of autoflowering cannabis available today.
Autoflowering cannabis resources
Autoflowering cannabis strains have become so
important in the world of marijauna custivation that they even have
their own forums now: