Autoflowering marijuana seeds are probably some of the greatest things to have ever happened in the cultivation of marijuana. They are quite easy to grow due to their small sizes and they have very fast harvest time that is as short as two months.
This is all too good to be true but is never impossible especially if you have the practical know-how in how to cultivate autoflowering marijuana plants and how to avoid these horrible experiences growers had with their crops.
Here are the 5 horrible experiences in growing marijuana autoflowers.
Autoflower cannabis plants thrive in light airy soil also described as sandy soil. This soil has very good airflow and water drainage compared to other types of soil such as clay. Some growers thought that clay soil is healthier as most plants grow in it but this is never the case for autoflower marijuana plants.
Autoflower marijuana plants are a special breed of marijuana not only in their unique characteristics that are advantageous to the grower but to their physical adaptations to their natural habitat as well. Autoflower marijuana plants have very sensitive roots and planting them on light airy soil provides the exact kind of resistance on the roots for it to anchor the plants into the soil and absorb nutrients.
Autoflower marijuana plants will wither and die if you force it to grow on clay soil due to the density of this type of soil. That is why planting your autoflower in light and airy soil is the only way to go. This also means that your autoflower will grow nicely in a hydroponic system also as hydroponic systems often are designed for maximum nutrient absorption and air circulation to the roots which are beneficial for the plant.
We have mentioned about the very sensitive roots that autoflower marijuana plants have and this reality is adding another mistake that many growers may have experienced – transplanting autoflower plants.
Most growers plant their seeds in germinating mediums such as small pots and others. They will let the seed grow some root before they are transferred to a bigger pot and once they become seedlings, they are transferred again to bigger pots.
This poses another concern for the roots of your autoflower plants because transplanting will only expose it to stress that it could not handle very well. That is why it i
s often advised for autoflowering plants to be planted on the same plant that it will grow in well into its flowering stage.
Too Much Off The Good Things
We have all been taught that water and nutrients are good for the plants but it is never the case with autoflowering marijuana plants. You see, in the wild or in their natural habitat, autoflowering plants live in the light, airy soil that does not have many nutrients and does not really retain much water. Autoflowering plants which have the cannabis ruderalis gene in them are naturally adapted to this, therefore, any attempt to fertilized or water too much may mean catastrophe for your crops. Water your plants and put fertilizers in moderation.
Wrong lighting may negatively affect the health or yield of your autoflower crops even it does not kill them outright. The most unique trait of auto-flowering plants is their ability to develop automatically into their flowering stage even without changing the light cycle. For auto-flowering cannabis plants, it is best to keep the lighting in an 18-hour cycle throughout their lifetimes. Some growers did try lighting it for 24 hours every day which produced good yields but the quality of those produced in 18-hour cycles are better.
Full-spectrum LED lights work best in any type of auto-flower marijuana plant. Higher lumens mean better yield for your crop too. If LED is too expensive for you, CFL or fluorescent lighting is a cheaper option.
In terms of lighting, sunlight is still the best light for your auto-flower plants. Even if you live in an area with only 12 hours of sunlight on average, it is still more powerful lighting than any artificial lighting system that growers could produce and will still give you better yields. So, growing outdoors is a viable option for your plants especially if you are able to environmentally protect your plants in a greenhouse.
Auto-flower plants thrive in specific light spectrums. During their vegetative state, your plants must receive cooler light and in the flowering period, they must receive warmer lights. This is because auto-flower seeds germinate during spring and flower during summer and you could mimic this natural phenomenon in your indoor lights using LED lights with different color temperatures. Some CFL lights may also have this option to choose different colored lights.
Autoflowering marijuana plants thrive in colder environments that receive plenty of sunlight such as Eastern Europe and Russia. That is why the optimum temperature for your crops is about 27 degrees Celcius and a degree above and below it will not hurt. But extreme low or high temperatures will definitely affect your plants negatively.
Keep your temperature control in auto-mode if possible or if you do not have automatic climate control or air conditioning in your indoor growing space, you may need to check regularly for any changes in temperature especially if you live in areas with cold or hot climates.
Temperature control will be more of a challenge for outdoor growers, so, you must know whether growing autoflowering marijuana plants will be good to be grown outdoors in your area especially if you live in a desert or a frigid area. A little research or asking a fellow grower would not hurt if you want to know whether planting autoflower marijuana crops outdoors is feasible in your area.
There is a saying about learning from our mistakes but it is definitely wiser to learn from other growers’ mistakes. Do your homework and prepare yourself most of all by having proper knowledge in growing autoflowering marijuana seeds and plants.