8 Useful Tips For Getting Good Yields From Autoflower Plants

Since their launch, autoflowers have always attracted veterans and newbies alike because of their special traits. They require less amount of time to harvest and do not compromise on the quality of the buds. That sounds like a winning business idea, right? It certainly seems so. But things can go quickly downhill if you don’t carry out due diligence in the growing phase and the harvesting stage.

Because of their nature, autoflowers are very easy to grow, unlike other strains that shift between the vegetative and flowering stages.

Autoflowers are ready to harvest within the first ten weeks of germination. This trait makes them the ideal choice for newbie growers, as they do not possess the experience and the knowledge to grow cannabis.

Even if they can be easily grown, there are certain things you should remember while growing autoflower plants. This article mentions eight useful tips that will help you get the most from autoflower plants and help increase the yield.

1- Plan your garden and growth strategy beforehand

Though the autoflower can give you good yields within the first 8-9 weeks, you must plan your garden and organize the space accordingly. Remember that “life is what happens to us when we are making other plans”. So anything can happen, and it is best to plan adequately to avoid any risks.

Decide what medium you’re going to use, and then study various aspects related to that medium. If you’re planning to grow indoors, setup such as lights, feeding, buying instruments to keep the temperature and humidity in check, etc., must be sorted out.

Once you’ve laid out the plan and the entire works, then move on to germinating the seeds. Since the seeds germinate quickly, you may not get enough time to organize everything if you’re not prepared.

2- Find the correct pot

Since the growth cycle is very small, the autoflowering plants do not like being constantly transferred from small pots to larger pots.

Therefore, you should choose the ideal pot for your plant before germinating for the best growth without hindrance. The pots should be big enough to fit an entire full-grown plant. The pots should have drainage and airflow facilities, or else the water will rot the roots of the plants.

A fabric pot is always the best choice. You can also settle for a plastic pot with enough holes for proper drainage and air to enter the soil.

3- Getting the right nutrients

With autoflower plants, less nutrient is always the best choice. What growers generally do; is they keep on adding nutrients thinking the plants will benefit.

Excess nutrients are also not good for the plants. If the plant’s growth is normal and the plant looks fine, do not keep on adding excess nutrients. Chart out the plant’s size, nutrients requirements, the last time you fed the plants, and the amount of nutrients left to feed.

Though one does not become the master of nutrients initially, you need to be patient, gentle and learn from the mistakes.

When growing indoors, you can control the conditions, such as the temperature, the humidity, and the lighting. So, keep in mind the need for nutrients and do not overdo it.

4- The lighting for the plants

Autoflower plants are versatile, tough, and the plant can do wonders in yield with the right light. The ideal light and dark ratio for autoflower plants is 18/6.

Though some growers insist on giving the plants 24 hours of light from the beginning till the end, too much light can harm the plant, and you might not get the same results twice.

When growing indoors, use HPS or LED light over the conventional CFL or fluorescents. LEDs are ideal because of the full spectrum.

When growing outdoors, growers worry that since sunlight will only be available for the first 10-12 hours, is that light enough? The important thing to remember is that the sun is powerful than all the light sources combined. Hence you do not have to worry about natural light.

5- The right amount of water

Autoflowers do not ask for anything big in rerun. They can do little of everything except water. If you do not provide the correct amount of water, your plant will surely die.

Some people overdo the water and end up drowning the root. Stick to a schedule and observe the surroundings and then water the plants. Consider the water in the soil, the humidity, composition of the soil, plant size, and at what stage the plant is currently at.

During the germination process, only moisten the seed and the soil. Do not pour excess water, or else you will drown the seed. Look at the soil. If the soil is dry, pour water or else leave the plant.

6- Grow the plant after understanding the correct pH value

No matter where you’re growing the plant, always consider the pH value, or else you might get into a big problem. Yes, it is time to get your pH meter out and be accurate about the level of the water or hydroponics you will cultivate your plant in.

When growing indoors in a hydroponics method, the pH value should be in the range of 5.5 to 6.5. if the pH value is below 5.5, then main nutrients such as magnesium and calcium aren’t properly absorbed by the plant.

When growing outdoors, the pH value should be around 6.0 to 7.0. If the pH is greater than 7.0, then the nutrients won’t be easily absorbed. If the pH value of the soil or water is incorrect, it can ruin a perfectly good yield.

Hence you should buy good pH measuring instruments like a pH meter or a pH pen.

7- Keep the temperature in check

The temperature of the surrounding plant should not fluctuate. If the temperature is not constant, it will have a great impact on the plant’s yield.

When growing outdoors, the only thing you can do is pray that the conditions remain ideal for growth. If the place is too hot, then you should provide some shade to the plants.

The ideal temperature for growing any cannabis plant is between 67℉ to 77℉. The ventilation should be proper, or else there will be the formation of mold, which can harm the plant.

8- Be patient while harvesting

Some people become very excited during the harvesting and do not follow the proper directions for the ideal harvest. You must know what to expect when you move towards the plant for harvesting.

The buds at the top mature quicker than the buds at the bottom. Hence, you should start with the buds at the top. The bottom buds should be left to grow for a day or two. This ensures that the buds at the bottom also get the desired nutrients and be in better shape for consumption.

If this is your first time, then there are chances you might have made a few mistakes during each stage. Learn from them and have fun growing more autoflower plants.

Wrapping up

Despite the ideal conditions of temperature, humidity, nutrients, etc., the autoflowering plants still need love and affection at all times after you buy the seeds from Homegrown Cannabis Co. Show your plants some love by knowing what they want, and they will give you good yield in return.

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