Auto-flowering seeds are ultimately the most popular variety out of the five cannabis seed varieties offered at The Seed Fair. This can be attributed to auto-flowering strains being very easy to grow and harvest throughout every cycle. Also, it is a beginner-friendly strain for growers who are still learning the ropes of cultivating a cannabis garden. This post is dedicated to providing you with some tips and tricks that can help you maximize your autoflower yields.
Every grower sets out to cultivate the most product from a single marijuana plant. To do this, growers have to start from scratch with a single seed, hopefully, one from Growers Choice. A single cannabis seed can produce up to $200 worth of cannabis. Now, this is a way to save a whole lot of money in the long run, and of course fewer trips to the dispensary. However, your auto-flowering yields can only attain their full potential if you put in the work and practice the following methods.
Prepare and plan ahead of time
The first step is always to prepare and plan. By its nature, auto-flowering strains don’t always give room for last-minute decisions and overthinking. Basically, they’re designed to make decisions themselves and take some of the work burdens away from a beginner. Generally, auto-flowering strains are seen as independent and self-motivated to grow as fast as possible. Therefore, it is essential to plan ahead of time.
Some questions to consider are:
- Whether to use soil or hydroponics?
- To plant indoor or outdoor?
- What amounts to appropriate lighting set up?
- Do you have the appropriate ventilation and watering system?
- What nutrients are you going to use?
These are questions that need answering before starting the germination process. In the event of any doubt concerning any of the questions, it is important to conduct some more research before commencing the growing cycle. A helpful way to start is by checking out our Instagram where we have an amazing following of fellow growers whom you can ask questions and get answers to in the comment section.
Start with a single pot
Most plants would require multiple pots throughout their maturity cycle to excel, cannabis is no different. As the plant grows, the roots grow too. This results in expanding to larger pots at each stage. However, in the case of auto-flowering strains, it is advisable to start with the final pot rather than engaging in constant repotting and replanting, this can help save time and money.
While experienced growers may decide to use two pots throughout the plant’s cycle, beginners should stick to one. However, if you want to re-pot, make sure that all other factors remain exactly the same in order to maximize your autoflower yields. This will involve your soil, nutrients, water amounts, location, lighting, etc.
Maintain a consistent light cycle
Auto strains can grow in just about any setting and lighting condition because of their tough and resilient nature. Nevertheless, they fare better with a consistent light cycle that involves exposure to about 18 hours of direct sunlight followed by 6 hours of darkness. However, auto-flowering strains still do good with 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness. They may not be that picky but you should set an alarm if you must to ensure they get the best lighting to thrive.
Monitor the nutrients and pH levels
Although auto-flowering strains are very independent, they should not be left alone for a long time. It is important to check in on your plants to ensure that they have an accurate quantity of nutrients and steady pH levels. Lack of regular check-ins can result in a reduction in your auto-flowering yields.
Also, do not make the mistake of overloading your auto-flowering strains with nutrients in the bid to make them grow faster and larger. Many beginners make this mistake and it only ends up harming the plants. Rather than doing an all-in right away, add more nutrients at a single time instead.
Ordinarily, soil pH levels should range between 6.0 to 7.0. However, auto-flowering strains growing with hydroponic systems do well with pH levels ranging from 5.5 to 6.5. You do not necessarily have to maintain an exact pH level at all times, but it is important to keep it between 5.5 to 6.5 as much as possible.
Personalize your experience
In all of this, you, the grower, play a big role irrespective of our tips and tricks. At any rate, you’re bound to get up to 100 different answers if you ask 100 different growers how they maximize their autoflower yields since every grower’s journey is slightly different. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your grow room until you find the perfect method that suits your budget and lifestyle. Whether LED lights, hydroponics set-up, or soil, your plants will do just fine.