How to Grow Autoflowering Cannabis
There are a number of people with an even greater number of opinions when it comes to the subject of growing cannabis.
Growing this wonderful weed is supposed to be fun and enjoyable but, with too many opinions, tips, and techniques, it can instead become overwhelming or frustrating. Never Fear! This article will outline the steps to grow auto-flowering cannabis in an easy and understandable way.
The first step in growing is to ensure that you have all you will need in order to grow. These items are very basic and quite inexpensive and are as follows:
- Auto-flowering seeds.
- Germinating Kit.
- 5-15 gallon bucket/pail (Cleaned thoroughly) with holes drilled in bottom for drainage.
- soil (Get an airy and good quality mix, enough to fill bucket 3/4 of the way)
- light (Number of lights is dependent on number of plants. A safe measure is 1 light for every 4-6 plants. Not needed if growing outdoors.)
- Tips for growing autoflowering cannabis.
If you can use feminized autoflowering seeds, DO SO! This will prohibit male plants from growing and you having to start all over again which could be very time consuming.
The next step is to germinate your auto-flowering seeds. We strongly suggest to use our new germination kit! With the easy start it’s very easy to germinate your cannabis without any struggle. Of course there are many other ways to germinate your cannabis seeds. For those germination methods we refer to our How to germinate cannabis seeds page.
Next, add the soil to your bucket, make sure its at least filled for 75% but better is to fill it up 95%. Please note that a 5 gallon bucket will produce a much smaller plant then a 15 gallon bucket. When your bucket is filled with soil add a large amount of water. This is called flushing and needs to be done to ensure that the plant has a completely moist grow area. If there were any dry spots throughout the soil, the roots would not grow there and this could negatively impact the plant. Next, make a small hole in the center of the soil (enough to accommodate the length of the sprout) then carefully plant your seed making sure you sprout head (or seed, if it is still attached to the sprout) is above the soil line.
Just a quick note about this stage of growing. You will hear some people say to plant your germinated seed in a cup or small planter first, until you see a leaf and then to transplant it to a bigger pot. NO! Transferring a plant of any size is both traumatic and stressful for the plant. Start it in the same pot it will be harvested from. It doesn't make sense to cause stress to the very thing that relieves yours.
The next step is lighting. For indoor growing; when choosing your lighting keep two things in mind. First, keep the light at a good distance from the plant(s) to ensure that they don't overheat or get burned (6-10 inches is a good start) and keep this distance throughout the grow. Next, whatever light cycle you choose (18 hours of light/6 hours of dark seems a good balance), keep it the same throughout every day of the entire process. For outdoors; plant the same way as soon as it's nice out most people in Europe start around may.
Lastly, monitor your plant. You do not need to be overprotective mind you, cannabis plants want to grow. Water when it needs it (stick your finger in the soil, if it feels dry or slightly moist, water it) and don't change the lighting schedule once it's been established.
Last but not least is to harvest your finished plants! About 10 to 14 weeks after germinating your autoflowering seeds you will find the plant ready with buds covered in crystals. It’s time to harvest your plant! Cut away all the leaves around the buds and dry your buds in a dark room. Make sure there is enough ventilation in the dry room so that your fresh new buds are not going to produce mold or rot away. When the buds are dry you can choice to cure your dry buds.
Some final notes. There a hundred or more different things growers can do as far as nutrients, different lighting types, even what music to play to stimulate plant growth. But, if you're relatively new to growing, do this old school, no fuss, method first. Just as the plant has roots, so too must you.
Good luck, Keep on Growing and Enjoy your harvest!