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Hypno Seeds prides itself on innovation and is responsible for the creation of one of the best feminized and autoflowering seeds on the market.
We are adamant about producing only the highest quality cannabis seeds, accomplished through a meticulous selection process.
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The overall quality of our feminized and autoflowering seeds comes directly from our experience, as Hypno Seeds has been crafting our seeds for over a decade.
The duration of our expertise led to an intensely high standard of selection, as we only feature seeds that we are confident will perform exceptionally.
The science behind the breeding process guarantees that both our feminized and autoflowering seeds will sprout into cannabis varieties that are high-yielding as well as sturdy and resilient.
Hypno Seeds has a wide variety of Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid feminized seeds and fast-growing autoflower seeds that are harvest-ready in less than ten weeks.
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If you want to cultivate cannabis plants, one of the easiest ways to do it is by using feminized seeds.
But, if you are uncertain about what feminized seeds are, you’re about to find out everything there is to know about them.
This guide will cover every crucial bit of information regarding feminized seeds, and the first thing we will cover is the reason behind the creation of such seeds.
When they are found in nature (and unbothered by humans), male weed plants create pollen sacks, and female weed plants develop buds, which are the primary source of both cannabinoids and terpenes.
Cannabis plants that are male use their pollen to pollinate the female plants, and they, in return, begin producing cannabis seeds in their flowers when they are pollinated.
Seeds created in this entirely natural fashion have a fifty percent chance of becoming male plants, and fifty percent become females.
But since male plants have little use for cannabis growers (and are a significant nuisance), growers were looking for ways to produce cannabis seeds that could only produce female weed plants.
This desire to influence the seeds to produce only females is because if you have both males and females in the same growing area, males pollinate the females at some point.
Once pollinated, females begin producing seeds, and the creation of seeds in their buds drastically diminishes the yield of the plants.
Stopping the males from pollinating the females was traditionally prevented by carefully observing the plants as they grow and mature. As soon as you spot a male plant, you should quickly remove it before it has a chance to pollinate any female plants.
Growers also needed to plant a much greater number of seeds because they already knew at least half of the seeds would become male plants once they mature and would eventually endanger the entire crop.
All these issues combined made the cultivation of weed extremely demanding, and breeders invented feminized seeds to battle these issues and made cannabis growing simpler and easier to handle.
Breeders initially created feminized seeds in the last decade of the 20th century, and their creation completely changed cannabis growing.
Feminized seeds are produced through genetic manipulation. The easiest way to describe it is that it is a process where it’s essential to entice a female weed plant to create pollen because male plants are naturally the only ones that can produce it.
When the female cannabis plant produces pollen, this type of pollen can only have female chromosomes inside of it.
Once a female cannabis plant is made to create pollen, this feminized pollen is later used to pollinate completely normal female cannabis plants, producing only feminized seeds.
When this process is performed in a highly professional way, the feminization guarantees that almost 100% (about 99.9%) of the seeds will grow up to become female plants, capable of producing precious cannabis buds.
Creating feminized seeds resulted in much more economical growing, as it immensely diminished the probability of having a male plant in your crop, which can pollinate the females and endanger the entire harvest.
There are only two techniques for how female weed plants create pollen.
When a female plant transitions into her flowering phase, it gets sprayed with silver thiosulfate or colloidal silver. Silver thiosulfate and colloidal silver are a mixture of water and tiny silver particles. They impede the plant’s ability to produce ethylene, an essential hormone for flowering.
Exposing the plant to such substances prevents the ethylene hormone from being produced, but it also makes a female plant develop pollen sacks. As we previously mentioned, when a female plant creates pollen sacks, that pollen only contains female genetics.
Later on, this pollen is used to pollinate regular female cannabis plants, and since the pollen comes from a female, the seeds we will create will be feminized.
Since both techniques rely on the same principle, silver thiosulfate is typically regarded as the superior and more effective method.
Finally, there is another technique for feminization, and this method doesn’t involve the use of any water and silver mixtures.
This technique is rodelization and utilizes an entirely natural mechanism of the cannabis plant.
When a female cannabis plant doesn’t get pollinated by a male counterpart for extended periods, it can sometimes force itself to develop pollen sacks, ensuring its genetic material will endure another generation.
So the process of rodelization implies keeping a female in the flowering stage until it develops her pollen sacks.
It’s important to point out that rodelization isn’t as effective as the previously mentioned methods, mainly because the grower still needs to watch out for male plants and quickly remove them before they start pollinating the female weed plants.
Because there are significant differences between various types of feminized seeds, we are first going to cover these seeds in terms of the effects they produce.
Here we are going to cover how different feminized seeds can produce other effects (when they grow up to become female plants, of course), and later down the line, we will also discuss how different types of feminized seeds have other growing requirements.
In the 21st century, many feminized seeds develop into weed strains and hybrids. This means that the cannabis strains from such seeds will have characteristics of both Indica and Sativa subspecies of cannabis.
This means that feminized seeds quite rarely develop into plants that are 100% Sativa or 100% Indica. Still, typically these modern strains of cannabis are either sativa dominant or express effects that make them indica prevalent.
Indica cannabis plants can grow in various climates and have a brief and overtly bushy appearance. The effects that indica dominant strains produce are best described as very mellow and soothing.
Contrary to Indicas, Sativas grow better in warmer climates, and their appearance is quite different from Indicas since they grow tall and slender.
Buds of Sativa dominant plants have a very different effect, as they create uplifting and much more cerebral effects. These characteristics make sativa plants far better for use during the daytime, and indicas are far better for unwinding during the nighttime.
As we mentioned before, weed plants resulting from feminized seeds are rarely purebred Indica or Sativa plants because most feminized seeds on the market contain the genetics of both indicas and sativas.
Another critical aspect in terms of the effects that a specific cannabis plant produces is, of course, terpenes, which are compounds that greatly influence both the flavor and aroma of each given strain of cannabis.
Many terpenes help to produce the precise effect of every strain. So, if you want your cannabis plants to have a specific effect or taste/aroma, it’s essential to consider terpenes.
Even though feminized seeds offer many advantages compared to regular seeds, cultivating them into bud-bearing plants isn’t a piece of cake.
Most feminized seeds create photoperiod weed plants, which means they enter the flowering stage once there is a time change in daylight and darkness.
In nature, all cannabis plants are photoperiod, and they bloom when days get shorter at the summer’s end. But, when a human grower cultivates such plants, they remain in the vegetative phase until the grower decides to commence the flowering stage by lowering the duration of light exposure to the plant.
When feminized seeds are grown outdoors, the most important thing is to plant them at the right time because the plants will depend on light hours changes.
Feminized seeds are usually in the spring because it’s warm enough and there’s no frost, and they are harvested in the fall. Another essential aspect to consider is the climate when growing outdoors, as it greatly determines the overall quality of your harvest.
Because a significant percentage of feminized seeds grow up to produce weed plants that are hybrid strains, the growing requirements of such plants can immensely vary.
A great example is that indica dominant strains have a much quicker blooming time than sativa dominant strains. Indica dominant cannabis plants require 6 to 7 weeks to finish flowering, and sativa dominant strains need almost twice as long to complete their flowering phase.
If a grower is planning on growing feminized cannabis seeds that are photoperiod indoors, they need to know that it is necessary to adjust the light hours schedule manually.
A light change that starts the flowering stage is usually done when a cannabis plant reaches a certain height, generally about one-half of the height that a plant should reach at the end of its growth. Room for additional growth is left since weed plants quickly sprout during the flowering phase.
A grower generally sets the light / dark hours to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness to start the flowering stage of cannabis plants since this mimics the natural light conditions during autumn.
Now that we’ve covered the basics behind photoperiod feminized seeds, it’s time to mention the other two capital varieties, which produce autoflowering weed plants and fast flowering seeds.
Autoflowering feminized cannabis seeds produce weed plants that don’t depend on the change in light/darkness hours to start their flowering but enter the flowering stage based on how old they are.
These cannabis plants are created by breeding naturally-occurring Ruderalis cannabis plants (which begin their flowering phase based on age) with regular photoperiod weed plants.
Such seeds produce some of the fastest-growing plants around because some autoflowering weed plants are fully matured just two months after germination.
Fast flowering seeds are pretty similar to autoflowering seeds, but unlike autoflowering seeds, they still require a change in light cycles.
Fast flowering seeds are best suited for growers who plan to grow their weed outdoors but live in climates with relatively brief summers.
Fast flowering seeds typically produce cannabis plants that are harvest-ready after only six to seven weeks of flowering.
Although you can obtain feminized cannabis seeds from various sources (mainly because they have existed for more than twenty years), it is still a wise choice to acquire your feminized seeds from a well-established producer like our seed shop.
As feminized weed seeds don’t have any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), ordering them online doesn’t break any laws, and they can freely be bought from a cannabis seed bank anywhere in the world.
There’s also the option of creating your feminized seeds (through the methods we already mentioned). Still, if you want a superior product that guarantees an almost 100% chance of feminizing seeds, it’s much wiser to buy them from a trusted seed bank like Hypno Seeds.
To summarize, feminized seeds are pretty different compared to average regular cannabis seeds, and their main differences include:
Feminized seeds that were created professionally immensely diminish the risk of ending up with a male plant in your crop, which in favor dramatically lessens the chance of having to remove a male cannabis plant before it pollinates the female plants.
A significant aspect of feminized seeds is that they make the entire growing much more efficient since a substantial percentage of weed strains don’t express their sex for a long time. This means that the grower using feminized seeds doesn’t have to worry about tending to cannabis plants that eventually have to be removed from the crop.
Since even professional-produced feminized seeds don’t offer a 100% guarantee of all seeds being female (usually 99.9%), growers still need to look out for male crops. Still, the chance of that happening is hugely diminished.
Now that we have covered all of the important stuff about feminized seeds, let’s check out some of the most frequently asked online questions about these seeds.
As we already mentioned, when an indica or sativa strain is mixed with a ruderalis strain of cannabis, their offspring is an autoflowering strain of weed.
This means that it enters the flowering stage automatically and doesn’t require a change in light/darkness hours for flowering to begin.
So, autoflowering feminized seeds will grow to become autoflower strains, an excellent option for growers growing their cannabis outside but living in regions with short summers. They are also helpful for growers who don’t want the hassle of manually setting the change of light to start the flowering stage.
While some feminized seeds are indeed autoflowering, others will grow up and become standard regular photoperiod strains that need a change in light duration to start flowering.
If you’re buying your feminized seeds from an established producer or seed bank, this difference is usually stated in the description of each specific feminized seed.
To conclude, some feminized seeds will sprout to become autoflowering cannabis plants, while others will become photoperiod plants, depending on their genetic characteristics.
Yes, some feminized seeds can become autoflower plants.
For that to happen, a plant with the characteristics of both a ruderalis and regular photoperiod plant has to be feminized with some of the feminization techniques we already mentioned in this guide.
On the other hand, the vast majority of feminized seeds are not autoflower but will generally become regular photoperiod cannabis strains.
As we just mentioned, most feminized seeds produce plants that are photoperiod in nature, but some feminized seeds can grow up to become autoflower weed plants.
Whether a seed will grow up to become an autoflower strain or a photoperiod strain depends on the seed’s genetic makeup. If you’re buying your seeds from a well-respected and established source, You can find such information in the description of each specific seed type.
Autoflowering seeds entail that the seed in question doesn’t require a change in daylight hours to bloom, while regular, feminized seeds grow up to become typical photoperiod cannabis plants.
But, it’s important to point out that if you’re purchasing seeds from a seed bank, all of them will be feminized, but some are autoflowering, and some photoperiod.
This means that autoflowering seeds are just one type of feminized seeds, while photoperiod seeds are just a different type of feminized seeds.
Choosing between the two is just a matter of preference, depending on your growing requirements.
Feminized seeds appear just like regular cannabis seeds but differ from regular seeds.
Since feminized seeds only carry female genetics, they are capable of growing into female cannabis plants, but their appearance can’t observe this.
Since feminized seeds have the same characteristics as regular seeds in planting or growing, they don’t require special treatment.
Feminized seeds need to be germinated first, and you can start by soaking the seeds in a bowl of tap water for about 12 hours. After 12 hours have passed, place your seeds on a towel.
Next, you must wet a paper towel and place it on a plate. Such towels come in handy as they are just thick enough to retain sufficient moisture.
Cover a plate or any other ceramic dish with the wet towel, and place the seeds on the towel. The blunt (non-pointy) end of the seed should face the towel.
The seeds should be evenly spaced, about 1.5 centimeters apart. This helps to avoid getting their delicate roots tangled.
Once you’ve finished this step, wet another paper towel, and place it over the seeds, making sure that the other towel also comes in direct contact with the seeds.
The seeds will require a warm (21 to 29 degrees Celsius) temperature to germinate properly. An excellent way to achieve this optimal temperature is to keep them on your refrigerator or by using a table lamp.
Avoid direct sunlight as it can overheat the seeds and dry out the towels you used to cover them.
If the towels are drying, you can spray them with any spray bottle to keep them moist. Make sure to check the moisture of the towels at least several times a day because if your weed seeds get too dry, this can severely damage and even destroy them.
The next thing that needed to be done was to wait for the seeds to germinate. Cannabis seeds generally open within two days, while roots begin to appear after a couple of days.
As soon as the tap roots reach about a centimeter length, the seeds are considered ready to be planted.
Make sure to be very gentle while you’re touching and manipulating the seeds, as they are incredibly delicate, while the seeds that haven’t opened can be discarded since you cannot use them.
The next step is to plant your germinated seeds. It’s best to use small garden pots and potting soil that is quite airy and loose.
Poke a 0.5-centimeter hole in the soil with a pencil or something similar, and make sure to avoid placing the seed too deep or too shallow.
Use a pair of tweezers to place the seed into the soil gently. The end of the seed with the tap root should be facing down into the hole.
Once you’ve placed the seed, cover the hole with soil, but make sure not to press too hard on the seed, as this can mess with its development.
Avoid direct sunlight and other direct heat sources, as the air needs to be moist and not too dry.
Any closet or a basement are all great options, and the temperature should be anywhere from 24 to 29 degrees celsius.
You’ll also need to water the soil with a spray bottle to keep the soil and the seeds inside nice and moist. This needs to be done about two times a day, and always avoid getting the soil too wet, as this can interfere with the seed’s development.
Also, white cool grow lights are an excellent option for growing seeds. Since the seeds are still developing, they will require constant light to prosper adequately. The temperature of the lights should be around 22 °C and the strength between 3 and 5 watts.
It’s important to mention again that it’s necessary to be very delicate with the seeds when you’re handling them, and with optimal conditions being met, the seeds will sprout out from the soil within 5 to 10 days.
As mentioned in the “How are seeds feminized” section, feminized seeds are usually created with three distinct methods.
The first and second methods involve using a combination of water and microscopic silver particles (either silver thiosulfate or colloidal silver), which stop the plant from producing ethylene when sprayed on a female cannabis plant, a crucial hormone involved in flowering.
The lack of ethylene also influences the female plant to create pollen sacks, but since a female plant makes such pollen sacks, that type of pollen only has female chromosomes.
This female-genetics pollen is then used to pollinate typical female plants, and they produce seeds in their flowers that are feminized, meaning all of the seeds will develop into female plants.
It’s important to point out that these methods are relatively complicated and technical, so if you’re looking for great results, it’s usually a wiser option to acquire feminized seeds from a trusted source.
The third method for producing feminized seeds is rodelization, where a female plant is kept in the flowering stage until she “decides” to create her own pollen sacks naturally to self-pollinate.
This self-preserving mechanism doesn’t always happen, so rodelization isn’t as effective as the abovementioned methods.
Transparent and trusted producers like ourselves generally state that there is a 99.9% chance of their seeds developing into female plants, meaning there is a minuscule chance of getting a seed with male genetics.
The quality of the feminization process greatly depends on the feminization methods we just mentioned, so it’s essential to get your seeds from a seed bank that guarantees quality, as this will significantly diminish the chance of getting a male plant from feminized seed.
Our feminized seeds have a 99.9% chance of developing into female weed plants. Still, since genetic manipulation isn’t a perfect science, there is a very slight probability of getting a male plant from feminized seed.
But, since the chances of something like that are slim, it’s far more likely that all your feminized seeds will develop into healthy females.
A female cannabis plant that develops from a feminized seed is entirely typical, which means that if a male plant pollinates it, it will produce seeds.
But, if a male plant pollinates a plant created from feminized seed, these seeds will not be feminized, and there’s about a 50% chance of getting male cannabis plants from such seeds.
As we just mentioned, a female cannabis plant that grows from a feminized seed is completely capable of being pollinated.
But, if a male pollinates such a plant, the seeds created in this process will be completely regular and have equal chances of becoming male and female cannabis plants.
There is a significant difference between various types of cannabis seeds. Autoflowering seeds grow to become plants that differ from regular photoperiod cannabis plants.
The most crucial difference between the two is that autoflowering plants commence with their flowering stage as they mature, regardless of the change in the light cycle.
Another important distinction between the two is that autoflowering plants grow much faster than photoperiod plants and are significantly smaller in size.
Autoflowering seeds are generally considered ideal for growers just starting growing cannabis, mainly because they flower automatically and are very easy to cultivate.
Growing autoflowering cannabis plants doesn’t require any complex light setting changes. Since the entire selection of our autoflowering seeds is also feminized, you won’t have to be on the lookout for any male plants that can potentially pollinate the females.
All these reasons combined make autoflowering seeds an excellent choice for rookie growers. If you’ve never taken care of a plant, the sheer resilience of the autoflowering cannabis varieties will take care of them.
Of course, the overall quality of the treatment you give your plant will have a substantial impact on the health and yield of your plant, but it’s good to know that autoflowering seeds grow up to become plants that are very easy to manage and nurture.
In this guide, we’re going to cover all of the essential aspects of autoflowering seeds and the cannabis plants they produce.
The reason why autoflowers are so easy to handle lies in their genetics. These plants result from breeding between regular photoperiod plants like Indicas, Sativas, and hybrids with a particular subspecies of cannabis known as Cannabis Ruderalis.
Ruderalis plants naturally grow only in very inhospitable climates, which forced them to evolve in a very unusual way.
Since these plants don’t receive much sunlight and are exposed to very cold temperatures, they have developed a trait that allows them to flower automatically, based solely on their age.
Cannabis breeders have used this intriguing trait of Ruderalis plants and combined them with typical photoperiod cannabis plants, resulting in autoflowering cannabis strains.
Nowadays, various famous Indica and Sativa strains are combined with Ruderalis plants.
This has resulted in autoflowering strains that kept many of the original traits of these well-regarded photoperiod strains but are far simpler to grow.
Even though the main benefit of autoflowering seeds is that they are effortless to grow, there are other reasons why they are a viable option for growers.
For one, they grow very rapidly, which results in more harvest during any time. If autoflowers are grown outdoors, cannabis cultivators can produce two harvests in one year.
As for indoor cultivation, the number of harvests per year can be even more significant since you can maintain perfect growing conditions all year round.
This trait of autoflowering seeds entails that a grower can produce significantly more harvests when compared to photoperiod cannabis plants.
Autoflowering seeds, by default, grow faster than photoperiod seeds because of their Ruderalis heritage.
Most autoflowering seeds are ready for harvest in under ten weeks, but there are nuances between various autoflower strains, and some mature quicker than others.
Make sure to do your research if you’re on the lookout for the fastest autoflowering strains.
The robust and resilient nature of autoflowering seeds is also why growers love cultivating them.
Compared to photoperiod strains, autoflowering plants are pretty hardy and resilient against mold, pests, and even frost and cold conditions.
All these attributes combined make autoflowering seeds a fantastic option for beginner growers.
Although autoflowering seeds have many benefits, we will now look at some of the essential benefits of autoflowers and some of the negative aspects of these seeds.
If you’re new to growing cannabis, the numerous advantages of autoflowering seeds will most likely overshadow any disadvantages of these seeds.
The main benefits of autoflowering seeds can be divided into three critical categories.
As we already mentioned, unlike photoperiod cannabis seeds, autoflowering seeds don’t need a change in light to start flowering and begin producing buds.
What’s fascinating about these seeds is that they can grow and develop well, even in poorly lit spaces.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should deprive your autoflower plants of a good light source, but it’s good to know that these seeds can thrive even if the growing conditions aren’t perfect.
While photoperiod plants cannot enter the flowering (blooming) stage without a specific change in light/darkness hours, you can keep autoflowering seeds in the same light cycle throughout their entire lifespan.
This trait makes growing far more manageable and is one of the main reasons amateur growers opt out of these seeds.
Since they are a result of combining Ruderalis genetics (which reside in inhospitable climates) with regular photoperiod plants, all autoflowering strains grow very quickly.
Most autoflowering seeds are ready for harvest anywhere from nine to weeks after germination, although some autoflowering strains are even faster.
If you are looking for a fast and reliable cannabis plant, look no further, as autoflowering strains are ideal.
If you’re planning on growing cannabis outdoors and don’t want anyone to know about your growing operation, autoflowering seeds are the way to go.
Since regular photoperiod cannabis plants (especially Sativas) can grow over five feet tall, hiding them from prying eyes can be complicated.
On the other hand, autoflowering plants are significantly shorter, ranging from two to three feet in height.
For anyone looking for the shortest autoflowering strains, Indica dominant autoflowering seeds are the best possible options since normal photoperiod Indica plants are much shorter when compared to regular Sativa cannabis plants.
But, even if you decide to go for a Sativa dominant autoflower, you should note that these plants are much shorter than regular Sativa cannabis plants.
Cannabis growers who are focusing solely on the potency of their cannabis might be discouraged from growing autoflowering plants since they are somewhat less potent when compared to photoperiod plants.
Another disadvantage of autoflowering seeds is that they produce smaller yields than photoperiod cannabis due to their petite size.
Keeping all of this in mind, here are the three main drawbacks of autoflowering seeds.
Because all autoflowering cannabis plants have Ruderalis genetics, they have smaller yields.
This negative trait developed because Ruderalis cannabis plants evolved to quickly produce flowers (because of the harsh conditions they reside in), which of course, has a direct impact on the yield.
The Ruderalis part of autoflowering plants makes these strains produce smaller amounts of buds when compared to photoperiod plants.
This, of course, doesn’t mean that autoflowering seeds produce plants with minuscule yields, but when compared to photoperiod plants, their yield is somewhat smaller.
All cannabis plants require sunlight (or grow lights) to produce cannabinoids.
But since autoflowering plants enter the flowering stage and are ready for harvest much quicker than photoperiod plants, they have less time to develop large quantities of cannabinoids, which results in diminished potency.
This is also due to the Ruderalis part of their genetics. Still, growers shouldn’t be discouraged from cultivating autoflowering plants since the difference between the potency of autoflowering and photoperiod plants is not that big.
Autoflowering plants thrive when they receive large quantities of light, which also impacts their ability to produce more cannabinoids, making them more potent.
Of course, keeping your plants under a constant glow of grow light is rather costly, which is something that can deter you from wanting to acquire these seeds.
Cultivating autoflowering cannabis strains allows you to get a lot from little time since some strains are fully developed in just eight weeks.
As autoflowering plants are straightforward to grow, they are considered excellent for beginner growers but can also provide a nice change of pace for more experienced cannabis cultivators.
Growing autoflowering plants indoors is relatively easy to accomplish thanks to their small size, and their resilient nature is also very forgiving for growers who are just starting.
Most autoflowering strains are ready to be harvested in about 8 to 10 weeks, but some strains require a bit more time, approximately 12 weeks.
This rapid growth of autoflowering cannabis plants makes them a favorite type of cannabis for many growers, and it also helps that they have a harsh nature, which makes nurturing them a lot simpler.
These strains are also well suited for outdoor cultivation since they are highly resilient to mold, pests, and other pathogens that attack cannabis.
Even though autoflowering strains don’t produce the same amount of cannabis as their photoperiod counterparts, the brief duration of their development more than makes up for this negative aspect of autos.
As we already know, autoflowering cannabis plants enter their blooming stage based solely on their age. They, therefore, do not require any changes in light cycle duration to set flowering off.
Because of that, when grown indoors, most cannabis cultivators keep their autoflowering plants under 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness during their entire development.
Cannabis falls under the category of what is known as C3 plants, which essentially means that it’s capable of absorbing CO2 needed for photosynthesis even when it’s exposed to light.
Also, because autoflowering plants have a brief vegetative stage, sufficient light is very much needed if you want your plants to thrive and develop properly.
Even though autoflowering strains don’t require a change in the light cycle to start blooming, this doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy an adequate amount of light.
Some growers also opt out of 24 hours of light to boost cannabinoid production and the overall growth of the plant. Still, this aggressive light setup is generally considered less cost-effective.
Keeping your plants under constant light throughout the day may be beneficial (especially during vegetative growth). Still, on the other hand, with this light setup, your plants won’t have any recovery time.
To find out what works best for you, we recommend trying both of these light setups and figuring out which variation produces superior results.
Finally, some growers keep their autoflowering cannabis strains under 12 hours of light, and 12 hours of darkness, as this variation mimics the natural conditions.
Although this is entirely sound logic, you should note that this light cycle will affect the size of the buds and therefore diminish the overall yield once it’s time to harvest.
As for outdoor cultivation, the rapid growth of autoflowering strains allows growers to have multiple harvests during one season.
This is typically achieved by germinating autoflowering seeds every week at the start of spring and, after 8 to 10 weeks, harvesting a new plant every week.
To keep your plants capable of accessing all the nutrients required for their proper development, you need to keep a suitable pH value of the soil.
Various problems and nutrient deficiencies can occur if the pH value is too high, but also if it’s too low.
Autoflowering cannabis strains prefer a pH value between 6.0 and 6.5, and keeping track with a pH tester throughout their development is essential.
How to Grow Autoflowering Seeds: A Weekly Schedule
This easy-to-follow weekly grow manual will aid you in taking good care of your autoflowering plants from germination to harvesting.
It includes every aspect you should consider, resulting in potent and healthy autoflowering cannabis plants.
During the first week, your seed will gradually germinate, usually about three days.
During germination, the seed will activate and send the first root into the soil and send the first sprout above the soil.
This is the ideal time to prepare the soil with an appropriate mixture. Unlike photoperiod plants, autoflowering strains don’t require as many nutrients and generally enjoy soil that is both airy and light.
The potting mixture should consist of compost, perlite, vermiculite, and peat moss. You should also add some organic nutrients to the mix, as they will provide the plant with the rudimentary macro and micronutrients required for growth.
Adding mycorrhiza can also be beneficial as these fungi can help your plant’s root system receive all nutrients with greater effectiveness.
Once you’ve prepared the soil, poke a shallow (about 15 mm) hole, place the germinated seed inside of it, and gently cover the hole with some soil.
Make sure to use a big pot to avoid repotting the plant later down the line, as this causes a great deal of stress on the plants, which is something you don’t want happening.
Once you’ve finished placing the seed into the soil, you can expect the seedling to emerge from the soil in the next couple of days.
During this stage, you also need to pay close attention to the relative humidity (between 70% and 90%), while the temperature should be moderate, somewhere between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius.
As for the second week, the seedling will now fully emerge, and one of the best options is to use LED lights with about 250W power.
LEDs are a fantastic option as they can change light spectrums but are also quite energy efficient and emit less heat, damaging your plant.
You should set the grow lights to a blue setting while your plant is in the vegetative stage.
You will also need to give your autoflowering plants nutrients specially crafted for the vegetative stage.
Since autoflowering strains don’t require as many nutrients as photoperiod plants, half a dose will be more than enough. Dissolve the tablets into the water and apply the solution bi-weekly.
During the third week, you will notice that your plant is deep in the vegetative stage, with many new leaves emerging, increasing photosynthesis’s developmental effects.
During this time, it’s crucial to keep the growing conditions optimized by continuing with your plant’s nutrients and low-stress training.
Since the plant will be significantly bigger at this point (around 15cm), you will need to reposition your grow lights so they don’t cause any light damage to your plant. The ideal distance for your grow lights should be about one meter from the top of the plant.
At this stage, your plant will also need more water for its development (about 0.5 liters daily), but it’s always a good idea to water the plants only when you notice that the top section of the soil is completely dry.
This is also a good time for training the plants. Training allows more bud sites to be adequately exposed to the grow lights, which will amp up both the overall yield and the cannabinoid production of your plant once it enters the flowering stage.
Low-stress training is accomplished by bending the plant’s middle part of the main stem with a garden wire to stand completely parallel to the ground.
At week four, your plants will end their vegetative growth and gradually transition into the flowering stage.
During this week, it’s essential to finish up the training of the plant to avoid stressing it out when it starts to bloom.
Make sure that all of the future bud sites are at the same height level to get the same amount of light when the plant starts flowering.
It’s also possible that you will notice the first pre-buds starting to form at the nodes of your plant.
Week five is the official flowering time, and you can expect the development of first sacs covered with tiny hairs that will gradually grow into full-blown buds.
Since your plant will be about 30cm tall at this stage, it will require more water (about 1 liter daily) and larger quantities of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium.
As for the lighting, during the flowering stage, you should switch the spectrum settings on your grow light to red, as this spectrum is much better suited for bud development in general.
During the sixth week, the bud production will be well on its way, and if you have adequately trained your plant, you will notice many bud sites throughout the canopy.
Once buds start blooming, it’s a good idea to lower the humidity (to about 40%) to ensure that your buds don’t become moldy.
It’s also wise to start giving your plants a bit more water at this point (1.5 liters per day) and look for weird growths resembling a banana.
If your buds develop such growths, this means that the plant in question is a hermaphrodite and that it’s attempting to pollinate itself.
Although this occurrence is infrequent (especially if you’re using feminized autoflowering seeds), in case it happens, make sure to remove this plant from your growing space before it gets a chance to pollinate itself as well as the other plants around it.
The seventh week of growing your autoflowering plant is about maintaining optimal growing conditions and ensuring everything is as it should be.
It would be best to keep the relative humidity relatively low (around 40%) to ensure your buds don’t develop mold.
At this time, it is also a good idea to keep a lookout for any pests roaming around your plant. Make sure that the pH levels of the soil are just right, as the plant requires adequate nutrient absorption at this stage of its growth.
During week eight, the buds on your plant will be nice and juicy, and most autoflowering strains will be ready to be harvested very soon.
In the unlikely event that the buds of your plant still haven’t reached an adequate size, continue like it’s week 7 to give the plant sufficient time to develop.
This week is also when you want to start flushing the plant, as this process removes all of the unneeded nutrients from the soil and can also give the flowers a better taste.
To properly flush your plant, you want to stop feeding it with nutrients and flood the soil with a lot of water a couple of times a week.
You will also want to defoliate your plant at this point, which can increase the overall yield, increase the buds’ exposure to light and diminish the chance of any mold developing.
Defoliate by cutting all of the small leaves on the lower parts of your plant, as well as some of the fan leaves on the upper part of the canopy.
Since your plant will be ready for harvest very soon, your only job at this point is to keep everything running smoothly to ensure maximal yield.
During week nine, it’s entirely normal for the fan leaves of your plant to appear discolored, and some of them will even drop off.
This isn’t a cause for concern. It just means you’ve successfully flushed your plant from excess nutrients from the soil.
As most autoflowering strains are ready by week ten, this is harvest time. You can assess if your plant is harvest-ready by inspecting the trichomes on your buds.
Start clipping off your buds when most trichomes have a milky cloudish color and when the pistils are red or light brown.
If some of the buds on your plant are ready to be harvested while others are still developing, feel free to remove the ready buds from the plant and give the undeveloped flowers a bit more time to mature.
Finally, since some autoflowering strains require a couple of weeks more than other strains, it’s entirely typical for some strains (especially sativa-dominant autoflowers) to need more time to develop fully.
The overall yield of an autoflowering strain depends on the growing conditions and, of course, whether the plant was grown indoors or outdoors.
Even though autoflowering seeds produce plants with a smaller yield than photoperiod cannabis, these varieties can produce potent yields if they are appropriately grown.
Under ideal indoor growing conditions, most autoflowering strains produce between 350g and 400g per square meter. In comparison, some strains can produce about 500g per square meter.
As for outdoor growing, you can expect most autoflowering varieties to produce about 100g to 150g per square meter.