Autoflower

aw-toh ˈflau̇(-ə)r | Noun

A characteristic that gives the cannabis plant the ability to start and complete the flowering phase as a result of the plant’s age without reducing daylight hours. The characteristics of autoflower seeds are theorized to be a result of plants containing ruderalis genes.

 

“With age, autoflowering seeds of cannabis can switch from vegetative growth to the flowering stage.”

 

Autoflowering plants can start to flower within 2-4 weeks.”

 

What Is Autoflowering?

Autoflowering in plants refers to an automatic switch from vegetative growth to the flowering phase. This process differs from that of typical strains which depend on a specific photoperiod of varying light and darkness. The autoflower grow process is fairly quick and efficient as plants may be ready to harvest within 10 weeks. Some common autoflowering strains include Northern Light Automatic, Royal Bluematic, and Easy Bud. 

 

How to Grow Autoflowering Seeds

To grow autoflowering marijuana seeds, first select an indoor or outdoor environment. An indoor environment will allow you to cultivate the seeds any time of year provided that they have access to at least 18 hours of light per day. An outdoor environment works best starting in the spring when natural light is plentiful. 

 

Regardless of grow environment, there’s no need to supplement plants with a high level of nutrients as autoflowering seeds work independently. If growing a potted autoflower plant indoors, make sure your pot has drainage holes to provide sufficient oxygen. Be aware that some autoflowering strains may grow up to 4 feet tall, so give your seeds plenty of space to flower. 

 

Pros and Cons of Autoflower Seeds

One of the primary advantages of autoflower seeds is that they can progress from seed to harvest in a matter of weeks. They survive in extreme climates, including  cold freezes, and may even produce multiple harvests within the same season. On the other hand, one possible disadvantage of autoflower seeds is the notion that they produce lower quality flowers and may be less potent than other varieties.

 

Where to Find Autoflower Seeds

You can purchase autoflower seeds online from a cannabis seed retailer.