Autoflowers. What are Autoflower seeds?
Autoflowers are feminized cannabis seeds, also called ‘Autofem seeds’. What makes these cannabis seeds different is there unique grow cycle. While normal varieties start to flower due to reduced light hours (from 18 to 12 hours, or outdoors by days getting shorter), autoflowers will start to flower automatically. Most auto flowers have a life cycle of about 10 to 11 weeks. So after germination they will grow and start to flower automatically. They finish about 10 – 11 weeks later. This is the same whether they are growing indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse.
Growing Autoflowers in short summers.
Auto flowering varieties have been especially important for outdoor growers. Normally cannabis is planted outdoors in the Northern Hemisphere around April and harvested around October, a 6-7 month lifecycle. However some countries have summers that are too short to allow outdoor growing. Growers in these countries had to resort to either indoor or greenhouse growing and sometimes this was not always convenient/safe for the grower. Autoflower seeds changed that, even growers in Northern Scandinavia are able to find a suitable sunny 10 week growing window and the result is excellent quality marijuana. In Mediterranean climates up to 3 separate crops a year are possible with autoflower cannabis seeds.
Autoflowers and Dutch Passion.
Autoflower (autofem) seeds have created a surge of interest in the cannabis community since they were first introduced. As with the creation of feminized seeds, Dutch Passion have played a key role in the development of auto flowering seeds. Dutch Passion currently offers one of the best and extensive collections of Autoflower seeds available. And we still work hard to promote and develop new ones each year.
Dutch Passion’s auto flowering seeds have rapidly become best sellers. Many growers have found that the unique properties of autoflower seeds were just what they required. Easy, quick and convenient – try growing some this summer!
Typical questions about Autoflowers.
How big can autoflower plants get?
As a result of the short lifecycle of these plants, they often produce smaller, compact plants. Most autoflowers grow about 1 meter in height. Some autoflowers, mostly Sativa dominant ones, can exceed this height and grow taller. Varieties like Auto Daiquiri Lime®, Auto Xtreme® and Auto Glueberry OG® are known to grow and reach heights of 1,50m.
How do Autoflowers compare to normal photoperiod outdoor varieties?
Autoflowers can be ideal for a discreet but sunny corner of your garden, greenhouse or patio. Compared to normal outdoor varieties they will give considerable less yield. Mostly because photoperiod cannabis varieties can grow for about 6 months, and have plenty of time to reach heights of 2-3 meters. However autoflowers grow for only 10-11 weeks and can be grown multiple times during a spring / summer period.
How much yield can I get from my autoflower plant?
Although the life cycle and height of autoflowers is short, they can produce very good yields under the right circumstances. On our website we prefer to give indications like L, XL and XXL. This is because the amount of yield depends greatly on the conditions you are growing them in. The amount of light, type of soil, additives, method of growing and growing indoors or outdoors all affect the yield differently.
Still we would like to give you some indications. Normally around 50-100 grams can be achieved per plant. Some customers who have grown them in Southern Europe have reached yields over 200 gram from a single Auto Mazar®. Indoors under optimal conditions yields can exceed 200 grams per plant. But this is rare and often requires a lot of energy and attention to be focused on one individual plant.
How many hours of light does my autoflower need?
What is the perfect amount of light for autoflowers? Because autoflowers start to flower automatically, they can receive more light than normal photoperiod cannabis plants who only flower on 12 hours of light. Mostly used are the 18/6 and 20/4 schedules. This means your plants will get 20 hours or light and 4 hours of darkness each day.
Can I grow autoflowers on 24 hours of light?
Do autoflowers need a dark period? Some people grow autoflowers on 24 hours of light. So yes, this is possible. However, we at Dutch Passion feel that having a dark period has many benefits. For one it saves electricity, and the difference in yield is not that impressive. Also, in hot climates it can be very useful to set your dark time during the hottest part of the day, causing the temperature in your grow room to remain stable. You also reduce the chance of heat and light stress. Some people even state that resin production will increased due to dark periods. So although it’s possible, we advise using a 18/6 or 20/4 light schedule for your autoflower cannabis plants.
What size pot do I need for my autoflower plant?
The general rule with cannabis plants is “the bigger the pot the larger a plant can get”. And for photoperiod plants this is often very much true. But since autoflowers are so small and only grow for a short period, a size of 10L is already plenty to grow a decent size cannabis plant. Still giving your autoflower a larger pot might just help push it to a larger size. So try using something within a 10-25l range.
Do autoflowers provide the same quality cannabis as normal photoperiod varieties?
In the very early days of autoflower seeds, the first generation autos lacked the yields and high THC content for mainstream appeal. But the work done on second and third generation autoflowering seeds has changed that. These days there is hardly any difference in quality between the normal photoperiod cannabis varieties and autoflowers. Some autoflowers can even reach potency levels above 20%.
What is the ruderalis cannabis family?
The term ‘automatic’ refers to the fact that autoflowering seeds do not rely on shortened artificial/natural daylight hours to stimulate the flowering cycle that ensures the development of cannabis buds. Instead the autoflowering varieties use deliberately inserted genetics from the Ruderalis cannabis family. Ruderalis cannabis is normally a bit less psychoactive than traditional photoperiod varieties but it has the unique ability to grow from seed to harvest in just 10 weeks allowing it to survive inhospitable climates and short growing seasons in Scandiniavia, Northern Russia and Northern Canada. Dutch Passion have bred these Ruderalis genes into some of their best selling autoflowering varieties.
Where can I buy autoflower seeds?
Dutch Passion has an amazing autoflower cannabis seed collection. You can order them online from the Dutch Passion website or from one of the official resellers. Find the perfect variety for you, and simply follow the steps. You can even select express shipping, which ensures that your cannabis seeds will be delivered within 24/48 hours after we received your payment. All orders are shipped discretely and in the official Dutch Passion packaging.