Have you purchased some autoflowering weed seeds and are wondering about the next step? We have great news: here at Growers Choice, we’re always striving to offer more helpful resources that teach you everything you need to know about sprouting, planting, cultivating and even harvesting your weed seeds. Read on to learn about germinating autoflowering weed seeds!
What are Auto Weed Seeds?
The autoflowering seeds sold by Growers Choice are all fully feminized, just like our other varieties (we also sell regular and high-CBD strains). But autoflowering weed possesses a cool property that saves you time and stress – this is a huge benefit when you’re new to growing weed or have lots of other things on your plate in addition to cannabis cultivation.
Autoflowering weed seeds are the feminized seeds harvested from plants that have been cross-bred with ruderalis. A species of cannabis that some botanists argue stands alone and others insist is a sub-species of Cannabis sativa, ruderalis comes from Russia and has, over the centuries, adapted to the cooler temperatures and shorter summers of this northern country.
Ruderalis plants are shorter than regular indica and sativa plants, and are hardy enough to withstand cold and harsh conditions. In terms of health benefits, they are more similar to industrial hemp than their other cousins, and this means breeding existing strains with ruderalis does not do much to alter their cannabinoid content or medicinal uses.
The property that does transfer from ruderalis plants to their offspring comes up early in cultivation: rather than requiring the gardener to change the lighting from 18-24 hours of light per day to 12 hours of light per day (the shift that prompts the flowering stage in most plants), ruderalis-bred plants move from the vegetative to flowering stage all on their own.
That’s right – after just two or three weeks, the plant’s internal clock tells it to begin flowering and you, the grower, don’t need to do anything! Autoflowering weed plants also tend to have shorter flowering stages, so you’ll save time on that end as well!
Is There a Downside to Growing Autoflowering Weed Seeds?
Autoflowering weed seeds can be germinated and grown in many conditions and spaces (they’re small, so they’re perfect for tiny grow rooms), and you can usually bring multiple crops to harvest in a single season. The only potential downside to growing autoflowering plants might be the yield – due to their small size, some strains produce slightly smaller quantities of bud, though you can usually still expect between 300-400g of fresh flower per square meter. Even if this seems small to you (keep in mind it equals about 75-100 grams of dried bud – that’s a lot!), because the harvest happens more quickly, many gardeners feel the other benefits of these plants are worth the tradeoff.
Is Growing Autoflowering Weed Different than Growing Regular Weed?
Growing autoflowering weed seeds is actually simpler than growing non-auto plants. You don’t need to transplant your seedlings, you don’t need to worry about the best time to change the lighting, and you don’t have to worry about changing the lighting correctly. Basically, once your autoflowering plants have planted, they’re good to go (with the right water, humidity, temps, and nutrients, of course!).
Should I Transplant my Autoflowering Weed Seedling?
Most sources recommend against transplanting your autoflowering weed seedlings. Regular plants are often re-potted to prevent them from becoming rootbound, and this process is usually undertaken early in the vegetative stage, when the root system is thriving and may even be creeping through the bottom of the pot.
But transplanting autoflowering plants is a bit tricky, and that’s why growers are often advised to plant their seeds in the pot they plan to use for the duration of the growth period. If not done extremely carefully, transplanting can stunt the development of a weed plant for up to a week. With regular plants you transition on your own schedule this isn’t much of a problem, but autoflowering plants do their own thing, so you don’t want to hold them back for any period of time.
That said, if your plant gets root bound, that’s going to stunt it’s development, as well! If you need to transplant your autoflowering plants, follow these suggestions:
- transplant when the soil is dry, and during the “night” hours.
- don’t move the plants from one soil into another – use the same soil.
- replace the plants at the same depth in the soil as they were in their first home to avoid stem rot.
How to Germinate Autoflowering Weed Seeds
It’s really easy to germinate your autoflowering weed seeds when you follow our straight-forward germination method. Using our guide, your seeds also remain covered by our 90% germination guarantee, which promises to replace any seeds that fail to sprout beyond 10%.
First, soak your autoflowering weed seeds in clean, fresh water for up to 18 hours. Once they have sunk to the bottom of the glass, pour the water and seeds onto a couple of stacked paper towels on a glass plate. Cover the seeds over with the other half of the damp paper towel and place the whole thing in a dark, warm location. The seeds should sprout taproots in two to seven days, and you’ll be all set to plant them! Simple, right?
The Best Auto Weed Seeds for Delivery
At Growers Choice, we’re proud to offer a wide selection of autoflowering weed seeds for sale and home delivery. We package every order by hand in medical-grade glass vials, and ensure your shipment is discreet and speedy. You’ll be growing autoflowering weed plants in no time when you choose Growers Choice, so what are you waiting for?
Did you find this article on germinating auto weed seeds helpful? Let us know what you thought, and if you have any questions we didn’t address, by shooting us a message or getting in touch on social media. Now, get out there and Get Growing!
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