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Grow Autoflowering Marijuana Plants

Written by Neal Brown . Updated: June 8, 2022

Grow Guide For Autoflowering Cannabis Plants

What Does Autoflowering Mean?

Long ago, there were three major cannabis strains. Cannabis sativa, cannabis indica and cannabis ruderalis. As more and more interest began to surface in cannabis strains that were high THC, cannabis ruderalis began to fade away in obscurity. For centuries it was ignored as the more famous strains began to rise in fame. This was the case until the 1970s when a group of university students tried to crossbreed ruderalis with an unknown high THC cannabis strain. Sadly, the results were ineffective. It wasn’t until the late 90s that the first official autoflower strain was grown. Now this autoflower has disappeared into the land of obscurity, but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of new autoflower strains from cropping up all over the land. What autoflowers are, are cannabis plants that will flower without the need to adjust the amount of light they receive. The term used for normal cannabis plants is called photoperiod. This means that the flowers will switch from vegetative mode into their flowering phase according to sunlight or artificial light. If growing outdoors, this is nearing the fall when there is less light due to shorter days and longer nights. Indoors, this is controlled by light switches. With autoflowers there is no need for any of that, all you have to do is plant them in the ground after quick germination and watch them power through and bloom automatically. They really are the most innovative way to grow cannabis since feminization.

Why Grow Autoflowering Cannabis Plants

There are a lot of reasons why you should grow autoflowering cannabis plants. To start off, these little guys never grow much taller than three feet in height, that’s not to say that sometimes they don’t become a little taller. These plants enjoy bushing out more than growing tall. This makes autoflowers the perfect size for squeezing them into grow rooms where you might have some extra room but not enough room for a full-sized plant to go. These plants work well in both vegetative rooms and flower rooms. They won’t steal light because they are often very short so you really can place them nearly anywhere you have a little bit of room in the grow. Another reason why autoflowers grow is that they will grow in nearly any condition. You can plant autoflowers in some of the worst conditions both indoor and outdoor and as long as it has light and water, these plants will grow. While the yields might not be breaking any records, they will still produce buds. They make some of the best styles of seeds to grow when you are first starting out as they are very forgiving. Thanks to the ruderalis cross these plants have built-in mold and mildew resistance, making them one of the best choices for outdoor growing. If you have never had the chance to grow an autoflower strain before, now has never been a better time. Now you can grow all sorts of strains that have been turned auto.

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