Autoflowering strains, which tend to stay short naturally, generally yield up to about 4 ounces of usable marijuana flower per plant, but most growers end up yielding about 1 to 2 ounces. With that said, an advantage of the short lifespan of autoflowering plants is that growers can produce multiple harvests a year.
Here’s a look at three of the most popular autoflowering marijuana strains:
Interested in trying out autoflowering plants? Marijuana breeders incorporate the autoflowering genetics and shortened overall growing period from Cannabis ruderalis in an effort to make things easier for home cannabis growers.
Are Autoflowering Marijuana Strains Good for Users?
Today, however, most autoflowering marijuana strains do produce bigger flowers that are comparable in THC potency to traditional photoperiod strains. This is because over the years breeders have intermingled these low THC ruderalis plants with indica and sativa strains that are larger and contain more significant THC concentrations.
Mixed with primarily indica cannabis and a little sativa, the Northern Light Automatic marijuana strain is particularly abundant in CBD. This strain is said to produce a succulent and sweet flavored flower.
Autoflowering is a process that is relatively unique and rare. It’s created when marijuana breeders growing the widely used Cannabis indica or sativa strains incorporate the genetics from Cannabis ruderalis .
The flowering stage is the final phase in cannabis cultivation, when the plant becomes fully mature and produces usable cannabis flower. In autoflowering strains, this switch to the flowering stage automatically happens without any outside stimulus as fast as within 2 to 4 weeks of germination for some strains.
Autoflowering strains are created by crossbreeding indica or sativa plants with ruderalis. Ruderalis is a wild subtype of cannabis that grows in regions where the summer is very short but features many hours of daylight (e.g. Northern Europe or Siberia). These plants have evolved to not rely on daylight hours to flower, instead flowering according to age.
These days, autoflowers can satisfy even the most demanding of users: Recreational users won’t have difficulties finding automatic varieties rich in THC, and holistic users can get autoflowers low in THC but high in CBD to benefit from the non-psychoactive cannabinoid.
Popular Autoflowering Cannabis Strains
Indoors: No need to switch your lights to a flowering schedule like with photoperiod cannabis. You can keep your autoflowers on an 18/6 (18 hours of light, 6 hours of darkness) or 24/0 light schedule from seed to harvest.
Enjoyed in the Middle East for centuries, Afghan is another classic cannabis variety loved by smokers and growers alike. Enjoy the relaxing effects and spicy notes of RQS’ AK Auto, Northern Lights Auto, or Critical Auto, along with their great yields.
It depends on the strain. But in general, autoflowers will be ready much quicker than feminized photoperiod cannabis. The average life cycle of autoflowers is about 10 weeks, with some strains ready as soon as 8 weeks after germination.