The flowering stage of autoflower cannabis is an incredibly important step when it comes to producing good marijuana. Over the next few days and weeks, you’ll start seeing your buds develop, and it’s always super exciting.
If it’s your first time growing, it’s helpful to know what to keep an eye on so you know when to harvest.
With that in mind, we’re going to show you two autoflower plants growing from day one all the way to harvest.
Table of contents
- Growing Autoflower Cannabis
- Autoflower Week by Week – The Grow:
- Week 1- Germination to Early Seeds
- Week 2: End of Seedling Stage
- Week 3: Vegetation Continues
- Week 4: Late Vegetation
- Week 5: The Beginning of Flowering
- Week 6: Flowering Continues
- Week 7: Maintenance
- Week 8: Almost Harvest Time
- Week 9: Harvest Time
- Now it’s Your Turn
- Alaskan Diesel Auto
- Strawberry Cheesecake Auto
- Share Your Grow
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Growing Autoflower Cannabis
Autoflowering strains have been bred so that, after a plant has been growing for a certain amount of time, it will automatically begin to flower.
This makes them perfect for beginner collectors and why so many in the Seedsman community collect autoflowering cannabis seeds. Additionally, they’re more compact and easier to care for, can better handle pests, and are ready to harvest sooner in legal markets.
Autoflowering seeds are a Seedsman speciality; we were the first to sell autoflowering cannabis seeds to the public.
By their very nature, autoflowers are easier to grow. Unlike regular photoperiod strains, autoflowering cannabis shifts automatically between vegetative and flowering stages with age instead of the ratio of light exposure. This means most autoflowers are ready to harvest in 10 weeks from the first germination.
This makes them ideal for beginner growers looking for an easier way to begin and comes in handy for traditional harvesters due to their quick turnarounds.
We’ve put together these ten tips on growing autos if you’re looking for some more support.
The grow below was done professionally in a tent with curated grow mediums and lights. We’ve given all of the gear used below. But if you’re looking to grow a bit more straightforward, you can do so in a greenhouse, a closet and even a windowsill. We’ve linked each there.
Without further ado, here’s an autoflower week by week in pictures:
Autoflower Week by Week – The Grow:
1 x Strawbery Cheesecake Auto 1 x Alaskan Diesel Auto
Pots size: 5 gallon Spring pots with Autopot system.
Medium: Coco coir in two pots, Pittmoss Prime in two pots. Both mediums amended the same: – 2 cu. ft medium – 3 gal. worm castings – 1 cup. diatomaceous earth – 2 tbsp azomite
Lights: 1 x Mars Hydro TSL2000W 1 x Viparspectra XS2000 Tent: AC Infinity Cloudlab 4′ x 4′
Planted: 17 May 2021 Sprouted: 21 May 2021
Week 1- Germination to Early Seeds
Germination usually takes anywhere from a day to 4 days. During this time, the seeds will send a root into the soil and emerge from the surface.
The soil was given 60ml of a mixture of nutrients, in this case, they were King Crab, Orca and Recharge.
Week 2: End of Seedling Stage
Now that the seedling has fully emerged the process of photosynthesis has begun. It’s now nutrients are introduced and designed to encourage growth. In this case, we added Gram scale on day 14 as the plants looked hungry for added nitrogen.
Week 3: Vegetation Continues
Vegetation is well underway with more leaves appearing. By the end of the week, the plants are both almost 16cm tall.
Both plants were fed with Jacks on day 15. The plants are both using a mix of 50/50 coco coir and Pitmoss, with around 20% perlite and 5% clay pellets.
On day 21, both plants were transplanted into 5-gallon fabric pots.
Week 4: Late Vegetation
One month in and we’re reaching the start of the flowering stage. At the end of week 4, we introduced some low-stress training. This meant a slight repositining of the lights so they hang a little more than a meter from the top. Additionally, we added a web to help the leaves. To learn more about why click here.
Week 5: The Beginning of Flowering
Flowering has begun. We now see little sacs emerging at the nodes, it’s these that will turn into our buds. We’ve adjusted the lighting a little, raising them 70cm above the canopy and maintaining temperatures between 22-24 degrees. They’re now starting to smell, so will soon introduce a carbon filter.
Week 6: Flowering Continues
Flowers are now appearing at each of the bud sites. We defoliated at the end of the week as the canopy started spreading with buds. We reduced the humidity and sprayed some organicide to reduce the risk of spider mites.
Additionally, both plants were flushed with Pittmoss and the roots were drenched with SNS 209 and H2O2.
Week 7: Maintenance
We’re getting there! Flowers are now appearing at all bud sites, and our early canopy training has helped the risk of dropping, made the stems stronger and the buds are evenly appearing.
Last week’s flush helped both plants, and both are now really thirsty. We defoliated once more and trimmed away all of the unnecessary fan leaves to give more light to the bud sites. We then added another 3 gallons of Jacks 321, as both plants are now drinking between 2 and 3 gallons a day.
Week 8: Almost Harvest Time
The buds are now dense and sticky with resin. Both plants were now flushed with fresh water at week’s end, as their pistols have developed. By the end of the week, it was almost time to begin harvest.
Week 9: Harvest Time
Most autoflowers are ready to harvest between weeks 9 and 10 and these were no different. The trichomes were milky white and the pistils started to turn an amber shade.
These were hung to dry with hangers and by the end, the Strawberry Cheesecake yielded 5oz and the Alaskan Diesel had a yield of just over 16oz.
And there you have it, autoflower week by week in pictures!
Now it’s Your Turn
The plants grown here were:
Alaskan Diesel Auto
Alaskan Diesel Auto is a vigorous, fast-growing strain that is the result of crossing two auto-flowering strains, viz. Candy Fruit Auto and a Diesel Auto that was subjected to a special selection process. Alaskan Diesel Auto is quick to mature and produces some good yields in such a short space of time (as you’ve just seen)!
Dried and cured buds have a sweet diesel scent and flavour. The buds are very resinous and produce a potent, relaxing high.
Click here to add them to your basket today.
Strawberry Cheesecake Auto
Seedsman’s Strawberry Cheesecake Auto results from a cross of Strawberry Banana Auto and Cheese Auto. This Indica-dominant wonder grows into medium-sized, robust plants, producing very good harvests of dense and resinous buds with good levels of THC.
The taste produced by the dried buds is quite heavy on the Skunk with some pronounced sweet, fruity/lemon notes. THC production is around 15% while CBD is rated at below 1%, and its effect is initially quite physically relaxing although providing mental stimulation at the same time. Strawberry Cheesecake Auto is perfect for daytime use whether you are relaxing at home or working, it will allow you to complete daily tasks with no impediment while giving a very nice feeling of contentment.
Get a slice of Strawberry Cheesecake here
Share Your Grow
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If you’re growing autos, you may want to check these out:
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4 Autoflower Myths Busted
Top 10 Autoflowering Cannabis Strains 2022
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