Qualities of Autoflowering Feminized Seeds
After experimenting by crossing several strains to get the best traits, Feminized Autoflowering cannabis has proven to be the top choice for the community. It’s low maintenance, high resistance, and fair yield has made Feminized autoflower cannabis seeds a popular name in the market.
With ruderalis genes, a feminized autoflower produced nothing but aromatic and flavorful buds in no time. To get a quality harvest, though requires giving the utmost care. This guide provides tips and practices to consider with your garden routine when growing feminized autoflower cannabis seeds for a healthy plant and an abundant supply of the herb.
Your Guide to Growing Autoflowering Feminized Cannabis
1. Germinating the Seeds
While most growers might pop their seeds right into the soil, experienced cannabis raisers suggest germinating your autoflowering feminized seeds first. Germination helps with jump-starting autoflowers and avoids putting any seeds to waste if they don’t germinate in the soil right away. There are 2 ways you can germinate your autoflower seeds, either by using a soil medium or the paper towel method.
The Paper Towel Method
Take a paper towel and dampen it with water. Spread your autoflower seeds on the surface and fold the towel in. Keep your paper towel in a bright spot that is not too warm to avoid drying up the moisture. In 3 to 4 days, your autoflower seeds should sprout and can be planted in your garden or soil medium.
Soil Medium Method
To create a soil medium to germinate your autoflower seeds, mix the following in a pot or small tub:
- 1 part moistened vermiculture;
- 2 parts moist perlite;
- 3 parts compost; and
- 3 parts peat moss
Poke a hole into the soil medium and drop your seeds in. You may also add plant food to add some extra vitamins and minerals. Do check the nutrient content of the plant food you choose to add to ensure that it is safe for seedlings. Keep your soil medium in a bright spot and make sure it stays moist. Only sprinkle or spray on water if the soil feels dry to touch.
2. Planting Your Pot
Once the seeds have sprouted, if you used the paper towel method, prep your soil and poke a hole into the soil at least 10 to 15 mm deep then sow your sprouts. Do the same with the sprouts in a soil medium. You can top or mix your plant soil with the soil medium.
An important note to remember with growing autoflowers is that repotting them can be stressful and cause them to wilt. Once you have planted your seeds, it’s best to avoid transferring them. Make sure you have a big enough pot or lot for the strain you plan to grow.
3. The Ideal Spot
Like most cannabis strains, feminized autoflowers also prefer a sunny warm spot. However, autoflowers yield the best results when grown indoors, given that they’re raised in optimal conditions. If you live in a cooler region, it’s best to set your heater between 21 to 27 degrees Celsius to avoid any mold to develop around the plant or rotting.
Also, since feminized seeds bear flowers, keep them away from any male cannabis plants or those that produce seeds. Store them together with other females or reserve a solo spot for your feminized autoflower.
4. A Pocketful of Sunshine
While positioning your cannabis next to a sunny window is a natural way to get the sunlight it needs, autoflowers have their own body clock and will not actually get much energy from sunlight alone. Instead, LED lamps are used to get light exposure autoflowers to need.
Experts suggest using a 250 watt LED lamp, which is just bright enough for your growing cannabis and will not heat up or dry your plant. LED lamps to consume a lot less power and are easy to adjust depending on the stage the autoflower is in.
Though feminized autoflowering cannabis is not as dependent on light as photoperiod strains, setting an 18/6 light cycle (18 hours of light, 6 hours of darkness) can help speed up the growth process a bit more and give the plant a fuller, healthier appearance.
5. Staying Hydrated
Since feminized autoflower cannabis loves light and warmth, you might think this will drain the plant from hydration. A common problem encountered with growing cannabis is discoloration, mold, and root rot from overwatering and cool temperatures with overwatering.
Check out these tips to keep your cannabis seeds hydrated:
- Though your weed needs to stay moist, keep pouring until you start seeing the water spill from the drain at the base of the pot.
- To know when your plant is thirsty, poke a stick or your finger into the soil a few inches deep.
- Pull out and check if you get a clean draw or if some soil sticks on.
- A clean surface means that it’s time to water as the soil is dry, and a dirty draw means the soil is still moist; thus, watering can wait.
6. Food for the Soul
If you think your autoflower looks unhealthy or is not growing too fast, don’t stress about it and mix in plant food or fertilizer to fix it right away. If you consider adding plant food or fertilizer, make sure to test the pH levels of the soil and check the label of the supplement you plan to add.
Make sure that the soil or your choice of food is not too acidic, and should be packed with macronutrients such as Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K). You can also make your own organic plant food using compost from worm meal, bat manure, food scraps, and fruit peels to nourish your plant without having to risk putting harmful chemicals in the soil.
7. Autoflower Training
For tall and bushy strains, you might be wondering how you can maintain them to save on space. Training your autoflowers also helps with the development of the colas and advances maturation.
- Training cannabis varies among strains, but for feminized autoflowers, we recommend you start making the cut later in its vegetative state. It is the safest time to start making trims as the plant will surely grow out new stems.
- The younger you train a plant, the more painful it could be for its growth. The vegetative state also bears the most nodes and has thicker foliage that might get in the way of other areas in the plant that could receive little to no light.
- Start off by pruning the midsection towards the top, taking out small cuts at a time. If you see a new stem or leaves grow out after some time, you can proceed with making bugger cuts to top the plant.
Before you even know it, your time and effort have paid off to see those resinous, vibrant flowers that fill the room with an addicting aroma. Choosing autoflowering feminized seeds may be a quick and easy option, but taking the right steps and proper procedures will reward you with a quality yield.