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Autoflowering feminized cannabis seeds are the type of cannabis seeds, that are easier to grow and more suitable for beginners. That is because autoflowering seeds do not require special lighting schedule, like photoperiod seeds do, to switch to flowering phase. Instead, autoflowering plants have the ability to switch on their own, based on their age.
Autoflowering cannabis seeds are also known as ruderalis hybrids because they have been developed from Cannabis Ruderalis. This resulted in shorter plant, that is adapted to shorter growing seasons and better overall resistance.
The fact that they are feminized means, that they have been created by experts, so they produce only female plants, meaning the plant will only produce potent buds.
These seeds are the perfect pick for an advanced or beginner grower, who wants quick and easy, but still remarkable results. Another plus is, that those seeds are feminized, meaning they will only produce female plants, without having to worry about male plants. The ordinary seeds have 50 % of a chance to produce a female plant. Feminized seeds have 99.9 % of a chance to produce female plant.
Female plants are usually more popular because they produce buds that are rich in THC. Male plants produce buds that can contain pollen and little to no THC. If male plant fertilizes female plant, the buds on female plant can contain seeds and less THC. This is the reason male plants are not popular among growers who want to produce good quality buds. But, if you want to produce your own seeds, you need a male plant.
Autoflowering plants have a much faster life cycle, and the plant is ready to be harvested much faster. Because of their genetics, they are more resistant to pests, diseases, and other factors, that could potentially weaken your plant. They are shorter and more discreet than other cannabis plants.
You can grow them indoors or outdoors. Indoors you have more control over light and watering, and they might be safer from outdoor factors. But they will also grow pretty well outdoors at almost any time of the year, since their flowering phase does not base on the light.
Start by germinating the seed. Then, plant the seedling into the final pot. It is recommended that the pot is around 11 liters in volume. If you are growing indoors, around 18 hours of light per day is enough. But, if you want bigger yield, you can keep the lights on for around 20 to 22 hours during the growing phase.
The ideal temperature to grow your autoflowering plant is around 21°C. For ideal results humidity levels are also important. The ideal humidity during vegetative phase is around 50 to 60 %. During flowering phase, it should be lowered to 40 %.
Autoflowering plants are overall less demanding than photoperiod plants. Because they are smaller in size, they do not crave as much nutrients as photoperiod plants do.
The ordinary feminized seeds are photoperiod, meaning their flowering phase is based on the amount of light they get. Autoflowering seeds on the other hand, switch to flowering phase based on their age. Autoflowering plants usually require less attention and they deliver yield quickly. But, with photoperiod seeds, you can expect much bigger plants and consequently bigger yields. Because they take more time to be ready to be harvested, they need more attention and care. For ideal results with photoperiod plants, you need enough space, because they are usually bigger in size.
Feminized photoperiod plants can be cloned. Autoflowering plants cannot be cloned, meaning you need to buy a new seed every time you want a new plant.
The average time it takes for an autoflowering plant to develop from seed to a ready to be harvested plant is around 8 to 12 weeks. Feminized photoperiod seeds on the other hand need around 12 to 20 weeks. That is why autoflowers are more suitable if you are looking for multiple harvests per year.
It is true that autoflowering strains originate from Ruderalis branch, that contains lower levels of THC. But over the years, it has been crossbred with many different strains, that contain extremely high levels of THC. This resulted in autoflowering strains, that are just as potent as other Cannabis strains are.
To sum everything up, autoflowering strains are a great choice for any beginner or advanced grower. While they do produce less yield than the other cannabis species, they deliver it quickly and usually without complications, since they are pretty resistant and sturdy. The fact that they are feminized, means that there is no fear of male plants, that could lower the potency of your buds.
At the end of the day, the choice is yours. In the comments down below, share with us your experience with autoflowering strains and your favourite one!