Auto flowers, a type of cannabis that is only recently seen commercial success, are a new category. They are a popular choice because of their easy growth and excellent results. These tips will help you make the most out of your indoor auto flowering garden.
BENEFITS OF GROWING AUTOFLOWERS INSIDE
The auto flowering cannabis varieties are fantastic. Auto Flower Seeds are much more efficient than conventional (i.e. Auto flowers are not like other (i.e. photoperiod) plants. Instead, they can be left with a set light schedule (such as 18/6), from seed to harvest. Auto flowers grow quicker and aren’t as large as photoperiod varieties. After you have planted your seeds, your buds will be ready in just 60 to 65 days. Many auto flowers will not grow higher than 50 to 70 cm, making them ideal for indoor growing.
Auto flowers are a great option for indoor cannabis cultivation. These are the top tips to grow auto flowers indoors so you can enjoy great harvests.
TIP 1: CHOOSE THE RIGHT TRAINS
Genetics are the most important factor in the final outcome of your grow operation. What makes a strain the best? Let’s begin with your personal preferences. For example, what kind of affects you desire from cannabis. You can’t go wrong if you want to smoke the most potent and powerful THC-rich strains such as the super potent Royal Cookies Automatic and Royal Gorilla Automatic. These are our automatic versions of two very popular strains.
TIP 2: DO NOT REPOT AUTOFLOWERS
auto flowering cannabis has a limited lifespan, so it can be less patient with major stressors or mistakes. High levels of stress can cause plants to stall. This may not be a problem for traditional cannabis, which can be stored longer to recover. However, auto flowers will still flower regardless. To avoid transplant shock, it is best to get autos started in their last pot.
TIP 3: USE A ROOT SMULATOR
Auto flowers do not have unlimited time to grow. Your plant needs to establish a healthy root system right after it sprouts. This will help your plant to grow strong and healthy roots. Don’t overfeed your seedlings. They will be sensitive. Only use the recommended amount of root stimulant.
TIP 4: GROW IN LIGHT & AIRY SOIL
auto flowering cannabis prefers lighter and more airy soil than that for photoperiod strains. Pre-made universal potting mixtures may be too rich in nitrogen and other nutrients. Therefore, you should only use a lightly fertilized potting mix to grow your auto flowers. Auto flowers need soil that isn’t too compact to ensure adequate airflow.
TIP 5: USE THE RIGHT LIGHT TYPE
Auto flowers don’t require you to be concerned about lighting schedules as much as you do with photoperiod plant. Auto flowers can be grown under 24 hour light. It is up for debate which schedule is better. It is up for debate which schedule is “better”.
TIP 6: TRY THE SEA of GREEN METHOD
A sea of green (SOG), method is a fancy name for growing lots of smaller plants in your garden to get bigger yields. Because they are naturally smaller, auto flowers are great for growing in a SOG.
You can do a SOG using auto flowers by simply placing your seeds in smaller containers. This will allow you to place as many plants as you want into each square meter. The space available will determine how many plants and their pot sizes. You may find that this varies from one strain to the next. You can experiment with different sizes and numbers of plants to determine the right size for your indoor garden.
TIP 7: WATCH WHAT YOU WATERING
How can you properly water cannabis? First, you should not water your cannabis plants according to a set schedule. Instead, water them only when they are in need. Between watering, you should allow the soil to dry. Lifting up pots can help you determine if they need water. A dry pot should be lighter than one that is saturated with water. Only water the pot when it is dry and the soil has dried. It can lead to death if you overwater your plants.
TIP 8: CONTROL YOUR WATER’S PH LEVEL
Cannabis can only absorb nutrients from soil that has the correct pH value. 6.0-7.0 is the optimal pH value. For growth in other media like coco, the pH range should be lower at 5.5-6.5. Plants can become sick if the pH of tap water is too low. Auto flowers require a pH that is right. They don’t have the time to recover. It is important to make sure your plants receive all nutrients during their brief period of growth.
TIP 9: DISCONTINUE NUTRIENTS
Many cannabis growers overfeed cannabis plants. It’s not surprising those cannabis nutrients manufacturers want us to believe that our plants need constant nutrition to thrive and survive. It is impossible to believe that this could be more false.
When the right nutrients are given to auto flowering cannabis, it tends be at its best. Some plants can survive the whole seedling and veg stages without any additional nutrients. Most soil mixes contain sufficient micronutrients for these phases.
TIP 10: DO NOT TOP YOUR AUTOFLOWERS
Auto flowers should not be topped, pruned, or pounded like conventional cannabis. Low-stress training (LST) is the best training method for auto flowers. This involves carefully bending and tying down your plants to ensure that all bud sites are exposed to sunlight equally. Auto flowers can be trained using LST by simply bending, and avoiding the section where you would top them. LST on auto flowers can be done as an alternative to SOG. However, you should start quickly and avoid damaging your plants.
TIP 11: Ensure good airflow, humidity, and temperature
Airflow is essential for auto flowering women. The ventilator can provide a gentle breeze of fresh air to keep the humidity low in your room, which will help prevent mould growth. For better airflow, remove any dried leaves from your plants, which is common in the latter stages of flowering.
TIP 12: FLUSH
Flushing is when you stop feeding nutrients and only give pH-adjusted water within the last 2 to 4 weeks before harvest. This eliminates any remaining mineral salts. The plant will then draw any remaining nutrients from the soil and take them out of its leaves. This is why cannabis turns yellow in late flowering. Flushing is intended to produce better tasting buds and less chemicals. Make sure to flush them out before harvest.
TIP 13: HARVEST GRADUALLY
It doesn’t mean you have to pick the entire plant at once. The top buds might be harvested earlier than the lower buds farther away from your lights. These buds might take a bit longer to mature. Instead of cutting all the buds, use your clippers to only take the topmost ones and leave the rest for a few more days.
TIP 14: HARVEST ALL YEAR ROUND
Weed cultivators aren’t content to harvest only once or twice a year. It would be wonderful if you had plants available to harvest every day. You can achieve this with the perpetual Harvest method
This basically means that you can have multiple plants at different stages of their growth at the same time. This allows you to time everything so there’s always weed available for harvest and bloom. This allows you to have a constant supply of weeds that don’t require much effort.
Auto flowering strains are a great addition for any grower. While they aren’t able to produce huge yields or advanced techniques, there are many things you can do indoors to make the most of your auto flowers.