If you look around on our webshop, you will see we make a distinction between autoflowering seeds, feminized seeds, and regular seeds. In this new iteration of Suzy’s Cannabis World Blog, we delve into the history of autoflowering cannabis seeds, why you should consider growing autoflowers, and get you familiar with our new autoflowering special offers.
The history of autoflowering cannabis seeds
Generally in the world of cannabis botany, there are three distinct variations of cannabis you will find. While most of the true Sativa and Indica are now simply hybrids (like kush) you’ve become familiar with, there’s actually a third less well-known variation of cannabis: Ruderalis.
Ruderalis is a small cannabis plant that originated and can be found in the wild still in the United States, Northern, and Eastern Europe, Russia, and neighboring countries such as China and Mongolia. It’s often found in places where once a thriving hemp culture could be found. Ruderalis was discovered by Russian botanist Janischewski in 1924.
The main difference between Ruderalis and it’s Sativa and Indica counterparts is that Ruderalis flowers as a result of age and not light conditions.
This unique capability is what we call ‘autoflowering’. Instead of growing tall first and flowering afterward like feminized and regular varieties, autoflowering plants start flowering as soon as the first leaves are starting to appear.
Why you should consider growing autoflowers
Because autoflowering cannabis seeds immediately start flowering, you do not have to worry about when it will start flowering. This is particularly useful around the equator in countries like Colombia, where feminized varieties need extra light because otherwise, they would flower too early.
You also do not need to worry about finding males. Autoflowering cannabis seeds are feminized hybrids crossed with Ruderalis and will always be female.
And if you’re late to start growing outdoors, it is still possible to grow autoflowers when starting halfway in the summer. On average autoflowering genetics take 10 weeks from seed until harvest.
This also means that if you’ve started early enough in the year, you can harvest twice a year with autoflowers. You can grow the same strains again if you happen to like what you harvested, or decide something different for the second cycle.
If you’re also growing feminized or regular seeds alongside your autoflowers, you will be able to harvest the autoflowers already months before their sisters are finished. And thus you will be able to enjoy your plants much earlier!
Because autoflowers start flowering immediately, they have less time to grow and will yield less cannabis. Unless you’re growing them indoors, where they can still yield around 100 grams per plant if you’re doing it right. Doing this outdoors is possible too, but you need the right climate and conditions. And generally know what you’re doing.
There’s also a benefit to autoflowers not reaching the heights of feminized and regular plants. Perhaps you need to hide them from your neighbors and prefer to have small plants for example.
There are other benefits to growing autoflowers too. Because of the Ruderalis genetics, autoflowers will be higher in CBD content. CBD is one of the cannabinoids like THC and could be medicinally beneficial and can also be separated into CBD oil.
Autoflowers are also an ideal start to start growing your own cannabis. While there are still things you can do wrong, you will be able to consume your own cannabis in a matter of only months! And apart from smoking or vaporizing it, you can turn the leftovers into oil or making hash. There are plenty of ways to get more from your harvest.
What should be noted is that generally, autoflowering genetics are not very fond of nutrients. Keep in mind autoflowers are immediately flowering and basically skip the vegetation phase. Besides that, autoflowers are very difficult to clone but it is not impossible.
Autoflowering special offers
In our previous blog about the medicinal science behind cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids we detailed three of these.
Amnesia Haze contains on average 16-24% THC with CBD, CBG, and THCV levels all under 1%. The most common terpenes are Myrcene, Caryophyllene, and Limonene (from high to low).
Bubble Gum on average contains 14-20% THC and less than 1% CBD. The most common terpene is Myrcene, but also Pinene and Caryophyllene are in there.
Northern Lights has been tested on average with 14-19% THC and less than 1% CBD. Furthermore, it contains the terpenes Myrcene, Caryophyllene, and Limonene.
Now head to our special offers page to enjoy our Autoflowering discount!