Why Grow Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds?

growing autoflowering cannabis seeds

One of the most popular cannabis varieties that growers can’t get enough of is an autoflowering seeds. What makes this kind of cannabis seeds better is what we are going to discuss in this special article.

What are autoflowering seeds?

Autoflowering cannabis seeds or auto/autos are seeds that are genetically manipulated to be able to provide cannabis in the fastest time possible. Regular cannabis seeds need 3 month to grow and then another 3 months more to wait till you can harvest. This is a total of 6 months wait from bud to weed.  Autos are designed to grow in just three weeks and are ready for harvest in just 8 weeks. Technically, you can grow up to three times in a year depending on your location and of course more grow, more harvest and more profits for growers and suppliers. Autos are made to provide quality weed without the wait.

Special characteristics of auto seeds

Auto seeds are GMO. These are unique with characteristics that are not found in regular marijuana seeds.

  1. Auto seeds have the shortest life cycles and can be grown indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse. It can be the seed of choice by growers with a lot of room outdoors or by growers that only cultivate their crops inside their homes, in grow closets or tents.
  2. Autoflowering seeds are “designed” to make short and small plants and are therefore ideal for stealth marijuana operations.
  3. The term “auto” or “automatic” describes the seed’s unique characteristics. It works on auto pilot to provide the shortest cycles with the best yields. It does not rely on shortened artificial or natural daylight to stimulate its flowering cycle. It is genetically designed to grow in just 8 to 10 weeks.
    Autoflowering cannabis seeds can grow even in inhospitable environments and unpredictable growing seasons in Northern Russia as well as Northern Canada.
  4. In countries where summers are too short for outdoor growing, autoflowering seeds allow growers to cultivate weed that can be harvested fast without worrying about extreme temperature changes.
  5. You cannot grow autoflowering plants from clones, only seeds. It’s therefore best to create your own autoflowering cannabis seeds so you don’t have to buy expensive seeds from online or local sellers.
  6. Autoflowering plants have these great characteristics but all in all, these are just like regular cannabis plants. Autos also need a lot of sunlight or artificial light to grow healthy and to yield large crops. These plants have huge energy requirements so these should have a constant supply of water and organic plant food.
  7. Autoflowering plants will automatically grow and be ready for harvest in the least possible time and therefore are very vulnerable to stress. From transplanting your plant from a small cup to a large pot to bending your plant to train it can stress your autos and affect its yield. All-in-all, this plant needs TLC from its vegetative stage to harvest stage.

Why more grow autoflowering cannabis seeds?

There are a lot of reasons why most growers grow only autoflowering seeds in their grow space. Here are the most popular ones:

  • You can grow several times a year

With regular weed you can only grow only once a year. Because cannabis does not like cold weather you won’t be able to grow at all during the cold season outdoors when you use regular seeds. With autos, you can grow up to three times a year because of its 8 to 10 –week growing cycle. You will also be able to grow indoors which can also massively increase your chances of getting better yield and grow volume.

  • You can get good profit

No need to explain that you can double and even triple your profit when you use autoflowering seeds. Imagine being able to grow weed three times a year depending on where you are located and compare this to growing regular weed only once a year. So if you are looking to make more money on your cannabis operations then you must grow only autoflowering cannabis seeds.

  • You can grow even in a small space or grow closet

Because you can grow autos in just about anywhere and still get the best yield it is recommended for growers who just don’t have enough space. Do you know that there are people who can grow weed from their window sills? Some can even use an old refrigerator or a wine cabinet as a small grow closet complete with ventilation, artificial lights and filters. Therefore you can be in the city or in the country and still be able to grow weed for personal use or profit from selling it.

  • You can never make a mistake

One thing about autos is that you can never make a mistake when growing it. Its unique characteristics are ingrained it its genes. You won’t have to undergo training, although it helps, just to grow autos for personal use. There are also a lot of reference materials, self-help books, online videos from growers and e books that can help you out.

  • Even novice growers can handle it

This is the kind of cannabis for new, first-time growers because you can’t make a mistake when growing auto cannabis. You can buy seeds from almost everywhere online and from local sellers too so it won’t have to be a huge ordeal to acquire seeds.

  • You can grow weed stealthily

And possibly the best thing about auto seeds is that you can grow stealthily. Because it grows without worries, as long as it gets a lot of light all day and has all the things that it needs to grow, it can thrive even in covert environments. This is the seed of choice for growing in small tents, small grow rooms, basements and in makeshift growing operations where the plant’s environment can be easily controlled.

Seeds from Autoflowering Marijuana Plants

autoflowering cannabis seeds

During the recent years, the popularity of autoflowering marijuana seeds has significantly increased. This is due to the introduction of new quality strains, leading more to search for ways on how to come up with their own strains, and possibly maintain a good supply of their own strains.

With this said, there is a possibility of getting seeds from your autoflowering marijuana plants. After all, they are still plants that produces seeds. However, it’s not just about the production of seeds that is in question here, but it is the process that you need to implement in order to make sure that you can create autoflowering marijuana seeds in the end.

On the other hand, if you want to create autoflowering seeds from scratch, you can start by making sure that you purchase regular seeds, not those feminized ones. Be alert in spotting the preflowers so that it is possible for you to efficiently identify the gender of your plants. As a general rule, males are expected to show their pollen sacs at about 4 weeks starting from germination, while females start showing their gender at 5 weeks. Understanding this schedule will help you in terms of timing.
After identifying their genders, you can either leave everything to nature, or step in the way. If your plants are located in close proximity with one another, most likely one single male seed will be able to pollinate all of the female seeds in the batch, making them bear seeds all at once.

Out of the batch, choose the best plants that you want to grow. Afterwards, you can now start figuring out how to start cross breeding them so that you can personally come up with your very own high quality marijuana strain.

Germinate Marijuana Seeds Instead of Planting Them

Marijuana Seeds

So you’ve already purchased new seeds or maybe procured them from your old marijuana plants. Now it’s time to decide what type of germination method to use. There are lots of ways you could choose from when germinating your marijuana seeds. On the other hand, you could choose to plant them directly to the dirt as well. But if you ask most expert marijuana growers, most of them would say that it is best to germinate them before planting into the growing medium. Why don’t we go ahead and see the differences between the two and decide from there? Shall we?

The Paper Towel Method

First of all, you must be aware that all marijuana seeds need in order to germinate are warmth, enough water and a dark place. When you provide the proper amount of water or moisture to your seeds, the little roots inside of the seed sense the presence of water and seek out in order to look for that moisture. This is how they sprout.

So now let’s get on to the part of the paper towel method. This is the most common and also perhaps the most popular method to germinate cannabis seeds. It’s fairly easy to do as well. All you have to do is put your seeds on a damp paper towel. Make sure it is just damp but not wet. Remember that too much water and too little water will kill off your seeds. Keeping your seeds wet will not enable the root to go out of the seed’s outer shell because it is kept happily wet inside. Not keeping it damp or leaving it dry will kill them in the process as well. So make sure to find the balance between the two. When you feel like the paper towel is getting dry, put a few droplets of water on it and you will be all set for the next few hours.

Planting Directly in Soil

Another way to germinate your marijuana seeds is just to plant them directly in soil. But before doing this, you have to soak your seeds in water first for a few hours in order to activate the seeds. When you’ve done this step, you could go ahead and plant the seeds directly on to the dirt with up to 5 or 10 millimeters deep. Make sure not to exceed this range as planting the seeds too shallow will make for weaker plants that do not have a firm hold on to the growing medium. This will cause the plant to dry out eventually. And when you plant the seed too deep, it will not have exposure to light therefore it will die out even before it starts to sprout.

However, when you choose to plant your marijuana seeds directly in dirt, you expose them to a tendency of invasion by microorganisms or other pests. The most common ones include fungi, molds and bugs. Soil, being a carrier of multiple good and bad microorganisms in itself exposes your marijuana seeds to these risks. Therefore if you want to grow a strong plant and have a great start to your marijuana harvesting goals in the future, the better way to choose is by germinating the seeds first before transplanting or repotting.

 

How Often Do you Water Marijuana Seeds?

Marijuana Seeds

When you chose to plant your marijuana seeds in soil or a different kind of growing medium, it is kind of a rule of thumb to always water them when you notice that it’s getting dry. It is not advisable to wait for the growing medium to completely dry out because this will dehydrate your plants and will compromise their ability to absorb nutrients and grow.

How much water you pour on your plants and how often you should do it depends on several factors. These factors include the size of the marijuana plant, how big your growing pots are, if it is setup in a canopy, the depth of your plants’ roots, the humidity and temperature levels they are exposed to and the stage of life your plants are in. Here are several things you could consider when it comes to how much and how often you should water your plants:

  • The bigger the plant, the more water it needs.
  • Large growing pots need to be watered less frequently.
  • When you live in a humid area, your plants need water more often.
  • When you live in a hot country, you need to pour in more water to your plants.
  • You need to adjust your watering practices depending on the season.
  • And towards the end of your plants’ life cycle, or towards harvest period, you will need to water less often.

The things listed above are good ones to remember so that you would be able to water your marijuana plants properly. However, there are also some issues you need to know for optimum watering practices.

Overwatering

While it may seem to be a good idea to water your plants as often as you can and as much as you can, it is a dangerous practice. Doing so will endanger your plants due to overwatering. Plants that are experiencing overwatering will also experience a lack in oxygen. And as we all know, oxygen is essential to your plants’ roots. The oxygen that the marijuana roots use usually come from the air packets in the growing medium. But if your roots and growing medium are drowned in water, they won’t have much to get the oxygen from.

Symptoms of overwatering may not always be obvious but you have to watch out for them. Overwatering does not cause any discoloration but causes drooping leaves and stunted growth. In order to avoid this, there is a simple rule of thumb that you should follow. You will know that you have used the proper amount of water to water your plants when only a fifth of the water your poured in comes out at the bottom.

Underwatering

Contrary to overwatering, underwatering happens when you give your marijuana plants too little water and water them too far apart. This has similar symptoms to overwatering wherein you will notice that the plants will grow very slowly and will start to wilt and eventually die. To avoid this, make sure to water your plants when you notice that the top layer of the soil or growing medium is already dry. You must not wait for the whole thing to dry out or you’ll be in big trouble.

Pistils of Marijuana Plant Going Brown Too Early

pistils of marijuana plant

One of the most common questions in growing and cultivating marijuana, whether for personal use or medicinal use, is the sudden change in leaf or pistil color of the plant. We refer to healthy marijuana plants as cannabis plants that have an overall healthy disposition with green leaves and bright white pistils. However, there are instances that marijuana leaves and pistils change color all of a sudden.

Changes in the color of marijuana plants especially the leaves, can be due to the following

Nutrient deficiencies

Marijuana plants need a number of nutrients to be able to grow healthy and to create larger and juicier buds. These nutrients are commonly found in soil and adding fertilizers and supplements will be able to improve the levels of these nutrients easily. A soil sample test can be done if leaf discoloration, wilting and folding is happening more often.

  • Boron – plants with leaves that do not grow properly, look discolored, with abnormal growth and dying leaves can be due to boron deficiencies. This nutrient deficiency is common in environments with dry and very low humidity.
  • Calcium – newer leaves that have dead spots, crinkling, small brown spots, spotting, molting and stunted growth may be due to calcium deficiencies. This condition tends to appear in newly grown leaves or in leaves with rapid vegetative growth.
  • Copper – there is possible copper deficiency when you see leaves that have turned dark with tips that have turned yellow or white. A shiny or metallic sheen can be seen on the top of the leaves and these become stiff and start turning under as the deficiency worsens.
  • Iron – iron deficiencies can happen alongside other mineral deficiencies. It starts when leaves turn bright yellow which can clear up when the condition is corrected. Iron deficiencies can also be due to plant stress.
  • Magnesium – magnesium deficiencies will show as yellow color on the veins and edges of leaves. If magnesium deficiencies are not treated right away, this could spiral out of control and can cause the loss of the lower leaves of your plant.
  • Nitrogen – nitrogen deficiencies can turn the leaves of plants yellow.

Nutrient deficiencies should be monitored and corrected as soon as possible. Using an organic nutrient solution is the best way to go to make sure that you are not using chemicals that can harm your plants. It’s also important to protect your plants from stress which could contribute to discoloration of leaves and other plant parts.

Pests

There are terrible pests that can cause wilting and discoloration of the leaves, pistils and stems of cannabis plants. One of the most popular is the spider mite, a flat spider-like bug that has a very voracious appetite. A spider mite has strong jaws that can bite through the undersides of leaves to suck the precious sap inside. Spider mites can eat an entire plant in just a few days and even a large crop in a week. Each female mite can lay hundreds of eggs that hatch to already-hungry juvenile bugs.

Pests such as the spider mite can leave a large bunch of marijuana plants useless. As it eats and thrives on the leaf of the plant, it can cause wilting and discoloration since the leaves basically does not have any remaining insides to grow and thrive. Aside from this, spider mites can weave a thick web that can envelope leaves, pistils, stems and branches of the plant making buds useless.

Spider mites should be removed by spraying water on it. As much as possible, be diligent and simply use a water bottle sprayer and avoid using hazardous chemicals and insecticides because these can affect the quality and over all yield of the plant. You may also use organic products and currently the most popular to use is neem room to remove these mites. Purifying your grow room is also necessary after your harvest is over to completely eradicate these.

Rot or mold

Bud rot or mold can be due to very cold temperatures, high humidity and poor air circulation. Damp places with humid conditions can lead to the growth of mold which can totally affect bud growth and development. It’s important that growers keep a close eye on their buds and act as soon as he notices something odd. This condition can affect the largest colas and therefore all affected buds should be removed ASAP to prevent spread of the condition to other plants.

Yellow leaf spots

Aside from completely turning yellow or brown, the leaves of marijuana plants can also turn yellow or develop yellow spots due to a fungus or bacteria that attack the plants. This is common in warm and wet weather and can start at the bottom of the leaves. Spots have uniform shapes with darkened borders and an obvious hard growth in the middle which is where a spore is located. These yellow spots can turn brown over time. Removing affected leaves is one way to stop the infestation and to add mulch underneath your plants to stop the spores from spreading to other plants in your crops. Fungicides are also available to kill these yellow spots as soon as these appear.

Heat stress

Cannabis plants can only take a certain amount of heat and light and excess of these can lead to discoloration of leaves (yellow or brown changes in color), curling and folding of leaves inward could all mean heat stress. Indoor growing of cannabis can lead to heat stress when the temperature inside the grow room as well as the humidity can be too overwhelming for plants. Plants that stretch towards the light source can also suffer from heat stress resulting in discoloration of the leaves. Outdoor growing also predisposes cannabis plants to heat stress especially if the weather is too hot and dry and when there is not enough water.

Heat stress can also be very damaging during the flowering stage when the plant is not growing new leaves anymore. Heat damage as the buds form can discolor pistils and can reduce yields.

Autoflowering Strains Topping Grow Guide

autoflowering strains topping and fiming

The problem with growing cannabis is that these plants usually grow like a Christmas tree and take up a lot of space. Cannabis plants tend to grow with just one main bud which is a natural response of the plant to create the best bud for pollination. Too much room for just one main bud and imagine if you had only a dozen plants in your indoor grow area. By the time you harvest, you will have a dozen Christmas trees with very little yield. This is why most growers use special techniques to train cannabis plants to grow more than one main bud and two of the most popular techniques are topping and FIMing.

Topping and FIMing Explained

How topping is done

Topping is basically cutting the entire main bud of a young cannabis plant and then stressing the remaining part of the plant to create two main buds. Topping is done during the plant’s vegetative state when its branches are still soft to manipulate.

Topping is done when the plant is very young and only has 3 to 5 nodes or sets of leaves. The cut is made directly above the leaves of the second node removing the newest node completely. The plant will then transfer its energy to two new main buds. The two new buds or colas form a V and can be easily bent and opened wide. The plant will eventually try to compensate by growing two colas and then after a few weeks you can top it off again to create 4 total buds. Plants will grow bushier after topping and it will now spread its energy more evenly in the entire body of the plant, not just concentrate it in one bud.

How To Top Autoflowering Cannabis Plants

A lot of growers are against topping autos since this is serious stress to the plant that is designed to grow in just 3 weeks and ready for harvest in just 8 weeks. It just has no time to recuperate after a huge loss. But still some growers use topping to create more yields despite using an autoflowering plant. They say that the plant will continue to use all its energy to develop two main colas and it’s just missing a few days from harvest time. With more cola, it’s going to be double the yield by the time the plant is ready for harvest.

  1. Choose the best young plant to top. It has to be a plant that has only 3 to 5 nodes present in total.
  2. Locate the main cola and the leaves of the second node. You will be making a cut along the space in between the main cola and the second node or the second set of leaves from the top.
  3. Make the cut. Afterwards, allow the plant to recuperate for a while.
  4. Use strings to bend the two new colas; these have to spread wide.
  5. You can repeat this process about a few weeks later on the two new colas so that you can have 4 total new colas.

How FIMing is done

FIM is short for “F**k I Missed” which is cutting the new or main cola from the top of the bud creating a mowed top. It is a less stressful version of topping and may also be called pinching. FIMing will only pinch or remove a small part on the top of the plant and this will result in four new main nodes. Just like topping, FIMing will make plants grow bushier until the four new nodes will become stronger.

FIMing a plant is also a good way to allow the plant to spread and not stretch out and weaken its stems. After successfully FIMing a plant you can now lower your lights and let the crop get as much light as they need to proceed with their 8 week harvest deadline.

  1. Select the young plant that you will FIM. It has to be a plant that has three to five nodes in total.
  2. Locate the newest node which usually rests on the top most part of the plant.
  3. Cut the topmost part of the cola to create a mowed top look. The cut will just be enough to separate the cola into four different new nodes.
  4. Carefully hold the newly cut part and bend the new nodes. It may be too early to distinguish the four new colas so constantly monitor this plant and apply gentle pressure to distinguish the new nodes.

Pinch or cut in FIMing

So do you pinch the main cola or do you cut it? Pinching leaves damaged parts of the plant on the plant which can still be used by the plant until the harvesting stage. Cutting cuts clean so there are no parts left that can be utilized. FIM only a very small amount of the main cola; pinch the tips of the leaves that have not stretched out yet.

Once an initial FIM has already taken shape and the plant has completely recovered, you may decide to FIM again if you want to make your plants bushier and you want to establish a desired shape.

Topping vs FIMing

Almost all growers agree that FIMing puts less stress to a cannabis plant especially autoflowering plants. FIMing creates 4 nodes with less stress to plants while topping chops off the entire main cola to produce only two new colas. Definitely very stressful to a young plant. The only time topping should be used is to control overgrowth since it stops plant growth considerably in a short period of time.

Almost all marijuana plants respond well to FIMing but to make sure, do your research or contact other growers for updated information. In all cases, topping and FIMing should only be done by expert growers. There are many other techniques on how to improve yield; use passive stress techniques rather than high stress strategies to improve yield without   sacrificing the well-being of your young plants.

Should I Pollinate My Female Marijuana Plants?

pollinate female cannabis plants

To pollinate, or not to pollinate. That is the question, isn’t it? Well, it could be the question for marijuana growers who are torn between breeding marijuana plants or harvesting smokable weed. But before we get to the actual answer to that burning question, let us first explore the anatomy of the marijuana flower. And then we will get into the pollination process itself.

Anatomy of the marijuana flower

First let us talk about the cola. The cola is the main flowering site of the marijuana plant. In other words, it is where marijuana buds bloom. And the main cola for a single marijuana plant is the topmost bud. One cola is composed of several buds. Before the female marijuana plant reaches the complete flowering stage, the cola comprises of several sub-units that are getting ready to bloom new buds. A bud is composed of several single female flowers. Another name for a female flower is the pistil. And on the pistil you could find stigmas which are the main sites for pollination.

The pollination process

When you have male and female marijuana plants together in one growing room or grouped together in an outdoor growing area, chances are pollination will definitely occur. Male marijuana plants carry the pollen. And when these pollens are carried over to the female plants’ female flowers, it will latch on to the stigma and pollination then happens. When this happens, seeds are produced which can be planted for the next growing cycle.

To pollinate or not to pollinate

Now that you have learned all about the anatomy of the female marijuana flower and the process of pollination, the question still stands: should you pollinate the female marijuana plants or not? The answer to this burning question is simple: it all depends on what you want to do. See, pollination of female marijuana plants is for those people who want to grow marijuana plants for breeding purposes. This means that if you want to produce seeds to sell or just to plant for the next growing cycle, you should decide to pollinate your female plants.

However, if the goal of your marijuana g rowing endeavors is to produce good quality and smokable weed, you should avoid pollination at all costs. Therefore, when you have determined the sex of your young plants that you’ve grown from seeds, whether they are male or female, you should immediately separate the male ones from the female ones. This will make sure that you avoided pollination to ensure a good harvest of buds in the end.

But if you want to avoid buying and looking for good quality seeds again and again at the beginning of each growing cycle, you could try doing a little of each. Once you’ve identified the males from the females, you could get rid of most of the males and transfer a few of them together with a few other female marijuana plants in a different room. You will then have a group of purely female plants to harvest weed from and another group that would produce good quality seeds for the next growing season. Doing this however will make you double up of resources and growing gear. So everything is entirely up to you, really.

Info on Autoflowering Marijuana – Things You Need to Know

autoflowering marijuana

Marijuana growers all over the world have been more and more interested in growing autoflowering marijuana recently. That is because autoflowering marijuana seeds flower and produce buds on their own in as short as 2 to 4 weeks. This is a very clever advantage especially if you are planting marijuana for profit purposes. Let’s go ahead and find out everything there is on autoflowering marijuana plants and why you should be growing them too.

Why choose autoflowering marijauan seeds?

There are two general kinds of marijuana seeds when it comes to flowering periods and flowering time. There are the photoperiod kinds and autoflowering kinds. Photoperiod kinds follow the regular vegetative and flowering periods for the normal marijuana plants. Autoflowering kinds, on the other hand, grow fast, have higher yields and are more pest and mold resistant. They can also flower under different kinds of light cycles, no problem.

Indoor vs Outdoor Autoflower Growing

Like any other kind of marijuana plant, autoflowering marijauan can be grown either indoors or outdoors. If you opt to grow indoors, autoflowering plants can be grown in a space as little as a cabinet because these marijuana plants are usually small. You don’t need to change the kind of light cycle you are employing depending on the growing stage because autoflowering strains grow in any light cycle. If you have the regular kind or photoperiod plants, you can grow autoflowering strains together with them. And when you grow autoflowering plants indoors, you can harvest in as early as two months.

When you grow autoflowering marijuana outdoors, you can harvest several times in just one season so that means double or even triple the yield. When you grow them outdoors, you don’t have to worry too much about molds, pests and insects because autoflowering strains are more resistant to them than regular marijuana strains. Plus, if you plant them outdoors, you don’t have to worry that other people notice them either because they stay small and do not grow too big or two high. And when you have autoflowering marijuana, you can plant them during any time of the year without worrying about the harvest because they grow in any season as long as the temperatures do not go lower than 10 degrees Celsius.

Choosing your Autoflowering Seeds

If you don’t know it yet, autoflowering strains of marijuana are almost always grown from seeds. Why? That’s because cloning them doesn’t work most of the time. These autoflowering strains grow fast and produce yields fast so you won’t have enough time to clone them. That is why choosing the right autoflowering seeds is important.

There are so many kinds of autoflowering strains to choose from and the sheer number of them will definitely overwhelm you. But the only things you have to consider are the kind and size of growing space you have, the smell and taste that you want from your harvest and the THC and CBD levels in the strain you are going to plant.

If your grow room is small and is indoors then you would do good by choosing the Indica autoflowering strain because they do not grow big. But if you want to grow outdoors or if your indoor growing room can handle taller plants then you can choose the Sativa autoflowering variety.

Growing Autoflowering Marijuana

Autoflowering marijuana strains, like regular strains, can be grown in almost any kind of growing medium. They do well in soil, as well as with various hydroponic techniques.

Watering your autoflowering marijuana plants is as important as that with regular strains. During the germination and seedling stages, you need to only use a little bit of water for the first few days. For the vegetative and flowering stages, you need to supply lots of water as plants during these stages use up water fast. And as for when you should water your plants, make sure to check whether the top portion of the soil or the growing medium is already dry then you will know that it is the right time to water them again. Make sure not to overwater and underwater your autoflowering marijuana as these practices have dire consequences on your plants.

As for the nutrients, autoflowering strains need the same kind and as much nutrients as photoperiod strains. The basic nutrients they need are Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K). other nutrients they need in trace amounts include some micronutrients as well.

As with any other marijuana strain, pH is really important with autoflowering strains too. Make sure to maintain the pH at around 6.2 to 6.5 so they absorb nutrients properly.

 

How to Feed Autoflowering Weed?

autoflowering weed

If you are a grower of autoflowering marijuana, or a marijuana grower in general, you are very well aware of how these plants are sensitive to growing conditions. These plants need to be exposed to the right growing conditions in order to achieve your desired yields in the end. These conditions we’re talking about include temperature, pH , humidity, light and many more. And the amount of nutrients you feed them is not an exemption to these factors. So here we are going to talk about how to properly feed your autoflowering weed so that you get nice and desirable results come harvest time.

The Seedling Phase

For autoflowering weed, the first two weeks of growth are the most important. If you do not know it yet, autoflowering weed is almost always grown from seeds as it is impossible to clone them due to the speed at which they grow. When they are in the seedling phase, you must make sure to watch the amount of nutrients you are feeding them as overfeeding or underfeeding can be perilous for your young plants.

During the seedling phase, you can start the little autoflowering seedlings with at least one eighth of the required nutrients. Let them adapt to this amount of nutrients at first. And when you see that they have already adapted quite well, you could start increasing the nutrient dosage to say one fourth or two times the initial nutrients that you fed them with.

The Pre-Flowering Phase

Autoflowering weed is different from regular weed in that they virtually have no vegetative phase. From the seedling phase, you could say that autoflowering weed go straight to the flowering stage. So when the little seedlings grow at an even faster rate then it is time to judge that they are already in the flowering stage. Therefore at this point you need to feed them with even more nutrients. At this point you could give your autoflowering weed at least one half of the required dosage of nutrients. Also make sure that you give fertilizers that have high Nitrogen content as these plants consume much more Nitrogen during these phase. The advisable kinds of fertilizer to use during the pre-flowering stage are 10-5-5 or even 20-10-10.

The Flowering Phase

After the pre-flowering stage comes the flowering stage which can be as quick as well. When you see the first flowers on your autoflowering weed plants you can then change up the fertilizers that you are using. At this point, your plants need more Phosphorus and Potassium than they need Nitrogen. So switch to fertilizers that have higher values for the last 2 numbers on the NPK labels. A good mix to use could be 5-10-10 and 10-20-20.

Overfeeding and Underfeeding

Overfeeding is a very common mistake since many people think that the more you feed your plants, the better. But this is not the case with any kind of plant, especially with autoflowering weed. The most dangerous part is that you could go on overfeeding your weed for quite a while and not even notice that you are doing so until you see signs of overfeeding on them. The same goes for nutrient underfeeding as well.

The best way to avoid overfeeding your autoflowering weed is to follow the right nutrient schedule and follow the advised amounts for nutrient feeding in their respective growth stages.