At the moment you decide that you want to grow autoflowering marijuana, you might be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information you are presented with. You do not have to worry however since in this article we are going to talk about the basics of growing autoflowering marijuana.
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In order to understand everything, let us first talk about autoflowering marijuana per se. What is it, anyway? It’s very simple to understand, really. These plants automatically go into the flowering stage rather than stay long at the vegetative stage compared to regular marijuana plants. These regular marijuana plants are called photoperiods since they need to follow the right light cycle to proceed to the proper growing stages. But this is not the case for autoflowering marijuana since they grow under any kind of light cycle and proceed to the right growing stages regardless.
Autoflowering marijuana proceed to the flowering stage from the seedling stage in as little time as 2 to 4 weeks. Therefore these plants virtually have no vegetative stage in between.
How to grow autoflowering marijuana
Growing autoflowering strains of marijuana can be a bit trickier compared to growing photoperiods. But if you just follow the required environmental conditions and the proper feeding dosage and schedule then you would be having little to no problems.
First of all, you need to be fairly prepared when deciding to grow autoflowers since they grow fast as stated before. Once the seedling stage is finished or once your autoflowers have grown at least three nodes, you need to consider topping them. Topping is a process in which you cut off or trim the tops of your plants so that they form a shorter and bushier canopy as opposed to growing straight up.
The best time to start planting autoflowering marijuana is during March to September. Since these plants grow fast, you need to expose them to as much sunlight in their earlier stages of growth. So the prescribed period is desirable. You don’t want to start growing them during rainy or cold seasons since these conditions could cause root rot to your plants.
During the seedling stage, you need to be careful and use as little as one eighth the required amount of nutrients and fertilizer for your plants. Once you’ve seen that they have already adapted to the amount of nutrients you are feeding then you can gradually increase the feeding amount. You could go as high as up to one half of the nutrient requirements during flowering stage.
For the seedling stage, choose a fertilizer that has high Nitrogen content such as 10-5-5 or 20-10-10. But when you see the first bud, you could switch over to fertilizers that have higher Phosphorus and Potassium than it has Nitrogen such as 5-10-10 and 10-20-20. If there’s anything else you need to remember when it comes to feeding your autoflowering marijuana, it’s that you need to take care not to overfeed or underfeed them.
Harvesting your autoflowers
It is advisable for autoflowering marijuana plants to be harvested gradually and not all at once. Since they grow fast, these plants do not have time to develop a canopy like structure. Therefore when harvest time comes or when you see mature buds that are ready for picking, they could still be a little lower on the plant compared to where photoperiod buds would be. Therefore it is a great idea to harvest your autoflower marijuana buds gradually. As soon as you see buds that are mature enough and are ready for picking, it is safe to harvest them and wait for the young ones to mature before harvesting them as well.