Like all Marijuana strains, Autoflowering seeds have a number of basic requirements such as light, fresh air, water and nutrients.
Although the majority of people grow Autoflowering strains outdoors, they can also be successfully cultivated using an indoor growing area. Learn more about those techniques in our previous Growing Autoflowering Marijuana Indoors article.
Germinate your seeds in the usual manner, for new growers, we recommend soaking the seeds in a cup of water for approximately 24 hours, before placing them between damp paper towels until the white ‘tap’ root becomes exposed. Once the seed husks have cracked and the root begins to grow, carefully remove the seed and plant directly into a good-sized pot, bucket or container, we recommend between 5 -10 liters.
The soil or growing medium such be moist and well aerated, allowing for plenty of room and oxygen around the roots. Using the best quality soil will help to provide many of the necessary nutrients the plant needs through the first few weeks of its development, during which time the roots are only using a small amount of the available soil, and care needs to be taken not to over-water, or ‘burn’ them by using additional nutrients they do not require.
Once the seedling has established its roots and begins to grow, it will develop and produce sets of leaves rapidly. Unlike traditional Marijuana seeds, which have separate growing and flowering cycles, Autoflowering seeds develop, grow and produce buds simultaneously, with the first flowers often showing by the production of the third set of leaves.
With no requirement for set, regular hours of darkness, Autoflowering seeds will grow and flower over an average of eight weeks, achieving complete maturity regardless of the time of year. However, the plants do require as many hours of strong, direct sunlight as possible, and produce their biggest and best quality harvests during the late Spring and Summer months, when the daylight hours are at their longest and strongest.
Ensure the plants receive plenty of water, but do not allow the soil to become water-logged, as this will drown the roots and reduce the plants development. If you have used a good quality soil, there is little need for additional nutrients, as the soil should contain sufficient quantities. During the next four weeks allow the plants to develop naturally, placing them in bright, sunny locations where they can enjoy as many hours of direct sunlight as possible.
Do not prune Autoflowering plants, unlike feminized super-cropping techniques, it reduces the overall yield, as the plants do not have sufficient vegetative time to recover. Plants can be bent to encourage lateral branches to develop, but many growers leave their plants to develop naturally during this time, and that is often the best option.