- Autoflowering Basics
- Soil and Fertilizer
- Planting and Watering
- Light and Temperature
- Pests and Diseases
Growing autoflowering cannabis outdoors is a great way to get a large harvest with little effort. By following these simple tips, you can maximize your chances of success.
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Autoflowers are a type of cannabis that flower based on age rather than light cycle. They are easy to grow and don’t require much attention. Autoflowers are a good choice for beginner growers. In this section, we will go over the basics of autoflowering cannabis.
Learn the difference between autoflowers and photoperiod plants
First, it’s important to understand the difference between autoflowering and photoperiod cannabis plants. Photoperiod plants rely on a change in the length of day ( hours of daylight) to know when to flower. Autoflowers, on the other hand, flower based on their age rather than light cycle. This means that they will flower regardless of how many hours of daylight they receive.
Autoflowers are a relatively new addition to the cannabis world, and they have some big advantages over photoperiod plants. For one, they are much easier to grow since you don’t have to worry about changing the light cycle. They also tend to be smaller and more compact, making them ideal for stealth grows or grows in small spaces.
One downside of autoflowers is that they don’t produce as much bud as photoperiod plants. However, this is more than made up for by their ease of growth and shorter flowering time. Generally speaking, autoflowers will be ready to harvest in about 10-12 weeks from seed.
Choose the right autoflowering strain for your climate
There are many factors to consider when choosing an autoflowering strain, but one of the most important is your climate. You need to make sure that the strain you choose can handle the climate you live in.
If you live in an area with a long growing season, you can choose from a wide variety of autoflowering strains. But if you live in an area with a short growing season, you need to be more selective. You need to choose a strain that will mature quickly andflower early.
Here are some tips for choosing the right autoflowering strain for your climate:
– If you live in an area with a long growing season, you can choose from a wide variety of autoflowering strains.
– If you live in an area with a short growing season, you need to be more selective. You need to choose a strain that will mature quickly and flower early.
– If you live in an area with hot summers, make sure the strain you choose can handle the heat. Choose a strain that is resistant to heat stress.
– If you live in an area with cold winters, make sure the strain you choose can handle the cold. Choose a strain that is resistant to frost damage.
Soil and Fertilizer
Prepare your soil with organic matter
Organic matter is key to increasing the water and nutrient holding capacity of your soil. This is especially important in areas with high heat and low rainfall, as autoflowers are sensitive to both drought and heat stress. Peat moss, compost, and well-aged manure are all great choices for amending your soil. If you can’t find any of these things locally, you can always order them online. Just make sure that whatever you choose is completely broken down and won’t burn your plants’ roots.
Fertilize your autoflowers with a high-quality fertilizer
Feed your autoflowers with a quality fertilizer throughout their growing cycle. They are heavy feeders and will need more fertilizer than average. Use a fertilizer with a higher phosphorus content to encourage flowering and fruiting. Autoflowers are also sensitive to pH levels, so make sure to test your soil regularly and adjust accordingly.
An ideal fertilizer for autoflowers would be one that is:
– high in phosphorus
– pH balanced
– high quality
Planting and Watering
Autoflowering cannabis is a type of cannabis that flowers and matures much faster than the traditional cannabis plant. They can go from seed to flower in as little as 2-3 weeks, which makes them a great option for those who want to grow their own cannabis but don’t have a lot of time. When planting autoflowering cannabis, it’s important to choose a spot that gets a lot of sunlight and has good drainage. Water your plants regularly, but be careful not to over-water them.
Plant your autoflowers in pots or directly in the ground
You can either grow your autoflowers in pots or directly in the ground. If you choose to grow in pots, you will need to water more often than if you grow in the ground.
If you plant your autoflowers in the ground, make sure to dig a hole that is twice the size of the pot that your autoflower came in. Gently remove your autoflower from its pot and place it in the hole. Backfill the hole with soil and water well.
If you choose to grow your autoflowers in pots, you will need to water more often than if you grow in the ground. Autoflowers grown in pots will need to be watered when the soil is dry to the touch. To water your autoflowers, simply add enough water so that it begins to run out of the bottom of the pot.
Water your autoflowers regularly, but do not overwater
Water your autoflowering cannabis plants regularly, but do not allow them to sit in water. The soil should be moist, but not soggy. Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes made by new growers. When in doubt, it is better to err on the side of too little water rather than too much.
Autoflowering plants are relatively drought-tolerant, so they will not need as much water as other types of cannabis. In general, you should water your autoflowers once or twice a week, or whenever the soil feels dry to the touch.
If you live in a particularly hot or dry climate, you may need to water your plants more often. Conversely, if you live in a cooler climate with high humidity, you may need to water your plants less often.
Light and Temperature
Autoflowering cannabis varieties are easy to grow and don’t need as much light as regular cannabis strains. They can tolerate lower temperatures and can even survive a light frost. Most autoflowers will do fine with at least 18 hours of light per day, but some can even thrive on 12 hours or less.
Make sure your autoflowers get at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day
Autoflowers are relatively new to the cannabis market, and most growers are still learning how to get the most out of them. One area that still confuses many growers is how to properly grow autoflowers outdoors.
One of the main differences between autoflowers and regular cannabis plants is that autoflowers do not rely on a change in the light cycle to begin flowering. This means that they can be grown in any climate and do not need a specific light cycle to produce buds.
However, this does not mean that autoflowers do not need light to grow properly. In fact, most autoflowers will need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day in order to reach their full potential.
If you live in an area with long summer days, you may be able to get away with fewer hours of sunlight. However, if you live in an area with shorter days, you will need to make sure your autoflowers get enough light by supplementing with artificial lights such as LEDs or HIDs.
Monitor the temperature in your grow area and take steps to keep it consistent
Autoflowering cannabis varieties grow best at temperatures between 70 and 80°F (21-27°C). If it gets too hot, the plants will stop growing and focus their energy on staying alive. If it gets too cold, the plants will go into survival mode and stop growing altogether.
To maintain a consistent temperature in your grow area, you can:
-use a fan to circulate air
-use a space heater to keep the area warm
-use an air conditioner to keep the area cool
Pests and Diseases
One of the great things about autoflowering cannabis is that it is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, that doesn’t mean that they are completely immune. There are a few things to watch out for, such as aphids, spider mites, and powdery mildew. In this section, we will discuss how to identify and treat these pests and diseases.
Be on the lookout for common cannabis pests and diseases
Pests and diseases can be a major problem when growing autoflowering cannabis outdoors. Here are some of the most common pests and diseases to look out for:
Aphids: Aphids are small, pear-shaped insects that suck the sap from plants. They can cause leaves to curl, distort, and yellow. Aphids also produce a sticky substance called honeydew, which can attract other pests and encourage the growth of sooty mold.
Mites: Mites are tiny spider-like creatures that feed on the cells of plants. They can cause leaves to yellow, discolor, and drop off. Mites also produce webbing that can cover buds and flowers.
Fungus gnats: Fungus gnats are small fly-like insects that live in the soil and feed on the roots of plants. They can cause stunted growth, yellowing of leaves, and root rot. Fungus gnats can also transmit diseases to plants.
Powdery mildew: Powdery mildew is a white or grayish powdery fungus that grows on the surface of leaves. It can Cause leaves to yellow, stunt growth, and make buds vulnerable to mold.
Take steps to prevent pests and diseases from taking over your grow area
Outdoor cannabis growers must take steps to prevent pests and diseases from taking over their grow area. The most common pests are spiders, mites, aphids, whiteflies, and caterpillars. These pests can be controlled with regular applications of insecticidal soap or neem oil.
Diseases of outdoor cannabis plants include powdery mildew, gray mold, leaf spot, and root rot. These diseases can be controlled with a combination of good sanitation practices and the use of fungicides such as sulfur or copper.