Autoflowering strains are a relatively new breed that are taking the cannabis market by storm. It’s no surprise really, turns out they have got quite a lot going for them!
Chances are, that at some point in your travels through cannabis culture you have come across autoflowering cannabis seeds. This new take on genetics has a lot to offer, and provide an advantage to both novices and veterans alike.
Autoflowering strains are not the result of some fancy genetic modification, rarther they are the product of decades of careful breeding: Regular indica and sativa strains are crossed with ruderalis lineages. Ruderalis is a family of cannabis found in some of the colder regions of the world, such as northern Russia and China. Due to the adverse conditions, it has naturally evolved to flower with age, allowing it break the shackles of a light cycle dependance in an area of the world where light is scarce. The reason you do not see ruderalis strains on the market is because they do not produce much bud, and the bud they do produce is rather weak – to the point where there is no point in a pure ruderalis strain.
However, through careful breeding, experienced cultivators have managed to successfully mix the autoflowering properties of ruderalis into many indica and sativa strains of cannabis, resulting in seeds that maintain all of the potency and yields of your favourite strains whilst adding in the benefit of age based flowering. It has been so successful that it is now possible to obtain all of the big names, including Amnesia Haze, AK-47, OG Kush and many others in an autoflowering variety.
YOU CAN HARVEST THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR
Autoflowering cannabis seeds do not rely on light cycles to dictate their flowering. This means that they can be grown all year around with multiple harvests – without having to worry about seasonal changes. It also offers novice growers a huge advantage, allowing them to get to grips with growing cannabis, minus the worry of proper light cycle management (when used indoors).
THEY PRODUCE RESULTS VERY FAST
Tying in with the above advantage, autoflowering seeds produce results extremely quickly. They can go from seed to harvest in as little as 10 weeks, allowing for constant and rapid production of fresh yields. You may think because they grow so quickly, they can’t produce the same level of yields as a normal strain, and to some degree, you are right. However, it is important to balance up the ratio of yield to time. Although some autoflowering strains do not yield as much as normal strains, they produce the flower much, much quicker, allowing for multiple grows in the same space as the time it takes for one normal grow. This can actually result in larger overall yield when looking at bigger time to yield picture. It also means you get more frequent harvests, making it possible to establish a constant flow of bud without further installations such as separate rooms.
THEY ARE SMALL, THEY ARE STEALTHY
Autoflowering strains tend to never grow above 1-1.2m in height – even the sativa dominant ones. This allows for a great deal of stealth and discretion, making grow room management a lot easier. It makes autoflowering strains ideal for those who want to grow on their balcony, or plan to do a bit of guerrilla cultivation. Their small stature can also make them pretty appealing for those who want to grow sativa, but don’t have the space to do so.
AUTOFLOWERING CANNABIS IS RESILIENT
Due to their ruderalis heritage, autoflowering stains of cannabis are very resilient to the cold, infections, and pests. This makes autoflowering strains not only more forgiving for novices, but also suitable to grow in the colder regions of the world. If it’s not too cold (and snowy), they can even be grown outdoors in the winter.
AUTOFLOWERING STRAINS ARE SUITED TO BOTH OUTDOOR AND INDOOR CULTIVATION
Thanks to the combination of resilience and age based flowering, autoflowering strains of cannabis seeds are suitable for both indoor and outdoor cultivation. When indoors, simply put your plants under a constant 18/6 light cycle, and when outdoors, plant them and leave them to it! It could not be easier.
As mentioned before, the available strains of autoflowering cannabis include most big names. They are not obscure, untested strains you have never heard of, but built on the solid genetics of legendary strains. You can find some of them in Zenpype’s shop.
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