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Published: February 6th, 2017
Categories: Cannabis Cultivation
The chances are, if you haven't grown an autoflowering cannabis strain, you've almost certainly heard about them. They're quick and easy to grow, often producing buds comparable in size and quality to normal photoperiod sensitive strains.
Over the years expert breeders namely from Holland, USA, Canada and Spain have developed top notch genetics in the world of autoflowering. Things have come on a long way since the days of "Lowryder 1 & 2".
The more light ultimately produces bigger buds. In a typical outdoor grow in Northern Europe for example, it's best to sow seeds in early May until early June. This makes use of the longest days and the lovely sunshine (hopefully!), helping to produce sweet, sticky flowers.
When growing indoors, its the same story for autoflowers; loads of light. At least 18 hours light/6 hours dark, but many growers use even a 20 hours light and 4 hours dark cycle throughout the whole life cycle. Giving the plant a few hours to rest, then they're off again. They will flower and develop as they should, even in a normal 12 hours light/dark cycle, which is sometimes convenient if you have a normal grow going on. Their potential will not be reached though as they're missing out on a whole 6/8 hours of extra light, which as we all know, is a lot!
For the best start, the plants are placed under a metal halide bulb for the first 3 to 4 weeks as the plants develop. Then change to the flowering high-pressure sodium bulb. Give your autos a good environment like you would for any of your other prized plants and you will be rewarded for your efforts.
Its as simple as that, autos are quick, easy and a fun way to grow. You'll be surprised at the heavy crystal-laden flowers which develop before your very eyes!