Autoflowering plants or automatic plants are those that are not sensitive to photoperiod. Their smaller size and rapid flowering also characterize them. These characteristics make the autoflowering plants are becoming preferred, especially during the months of spring and summer, for outdoor cultivation.
Growing autoflowering weed:
The process of autoflowering is not complex, once you know the steps to follow and their characteristics, to get a healthy marijuana plant of good quality. In the first place, it is a priority to know what elements are necessary to plant autoflowering marijuana. We will need autoflowering seeds, a pot that has holes in the bottom of it for draining and the substrate. Grown indoors or outdoors, know that adjusting your light schedule will not affect these girls. These are weed strains that are not defined by sensitivity to photoperiods. You can not control the phases of growth and flowering with artificial lights.
The process to cultivate autoflowering
The first step is to introduce the substrate in the bucket or bucket. It must be completed at least 75%, although the fuller is better, even reaching 95%. Then water should be added, which is what is known as a leached process. The cultivation of autoflowering should be done in a space that is very humid. In the case of dry areas in the substrate, the roots may not grow well, causing disturbances in the growth of the weed plant.
However, during the first phase of life, the growth period, of the plants, an excess of watering or overfertilization of the plant should be avoided. Being too generous with either can harm the autoflowering weed plant. It is similar to the consequences a plant undergoes when exposed to stress. It does not get to develop 100%.
Next steps to cultivate autoflowering
The next step is to make a hole in the center of the substrate to plant the weed seed. Special attention must be paid to the upper part of the shoot during initial growth ensure it’s placed above the substrate line.
Some growers believe that it is preferable to place the germinated seed in jiffy pods or small pots. Once too large for the container, they will transplant it to a larger pot when you see actual leaves. However, this process can harm the marijuana plant. The transfer can be traumatic and stressful for your young weed plant, so the process of growing an autoflowering plant should be done from the beginning in a single pot.
In the case of the autoflowering culture outdoors, the process is carried out with natural light. It is advisable to start the process when the weather is good. In Canada, this is usually the month of May approximately. We start ours indoors under 24 hours of light. When we can smell them, we move them outdoors.
From here, it is essential to control the growth of the marijuana plant. It will be necessary to water them from time to time. How to know when to perform the irrigation? As simple as putting a finger in the soil of the crop and see if it is dry or wet.
The last step is the harvest of the plants. After between ten and fourteen weeks from the germination of the autoflowering seeds, the plant will present a large number of buds covered with crystals. The leaves that leave around the buds should be cut, and they should be left to dry in a room where the light does not penetrate and is not damp so that the buds do not generate mould or rot.
Aspects to take into account in the autoflowering culture
The first one is the shape of the pot, where you will grow autoflowering. Automatic plants will produce more or less depending on where and how they are grown. weed plant growth is limited by several factors. One of them is the autoflowering gene, which allows flowering after they have acquired maturity through the vegetative phase of growth.
On the other hand, the activation of this autoflowering gene will depend on other factors that will make it appear faster or slower. The most important factor and one that requires more attention is the amount of substrate that will use for the crop.
Another issue is that when the root of the autoflowering plant detects the top of the pot or pot, the plant begins to bloom. The longer it takes the roots to reach the bottom of the pot, the larger the final size of the marijuana plant will be, and the higher the production obtained.
What about lighting for autoflowering plants
In terms of lighting, an appropriate combination of light should be offered to the plant to ensure the correct cycle between wet and dry periods. The plant will grow more with better health. When the growing process begins, it is advisable not to give too much light to the plant. This is important when the plant is very young. With indoor cultivation, low-power devices or bulbs will be used to allow the growth of the seedlings. As the process goes on, the power of the light will increase.
Watering your weed plants
Regarding irrigation, we have already commented that it should be avoided to water it in excess since it can negatively affect its growth. On the other hand, you can not put any nutrient to the automatic plants, until they have fully developed their four nodes. When that happens, the discharge of nutrients should be done gradually and incrementally.
The vegetative feed (nutrients/fertilizer) of the plant must continue until the growth cycle of the plant stops. In the case of autoflowering plants, this process occurs before flowering has started.
When it comes to cultivating autoflowering is of vital importance the choice of genetics, which must be of good quality for proper development of the plant.
Finally, the autoflowering plants are not designed to transplant from one pot to another. Therefore, the autoflowering seed should be placed directly in a pot after it germinates.