An autoflowering cannabis plant is a strain whose development does not depend on the length of the photoperiod.
They are also known by the names of “autoflowering” or automatic, because they bloom automatically depending on age, without the hours of exposure to light being decisive in this process.
Autoflowering plants are especially recommended for cool climates, for growers without too much experience or for those looking for fast growth and being able to use their cannabis paraphernalia without waiting too long.
The unique qualities of these plants are due to the presence of a genetics called “ruderalis” that comes from territories with extreme climates such as southern Siberia, Russia or northern Kazakhstan.
In general, autoflowering plants also stand out for their optimal development in cold climates, faster than feminized ones and without as much dedication in their cultivation as other varieties.
Stages of an autoflowering cannabis plant
Autoflowering plants go through the following stages:
- Stage 1 – Germination phase:lasts approximately 1 to 7 days and consists of the transition from seed to tender bud.
- Stage 2 – First leaf phase:lasts approximately 14 days and is known as the “autoflowering seedling phase”.
- Stage 3 – Vegetative phase:occurs around the fourth week and consists of one of the most important of all, in which they also usually show their sex.
- Stage 4 – Pre-flowering phase:develops between 5 and 6 weeks and is based on the production of foliage and the development of buds not yet ripe.
- Stage 5 – Flowering phase:from week 7 to 11 this stage takes place in which the buds are fully developed.
How many grams come out of an autoflowering cannabis plant?
An autoflowering cannabis plant can be of very different characteristics, depending on the specific variety that is grown.
In general, 60 days after its germination phase, this type of plant can offer a production of between 60 and 250 grams.
When to cut an autoflowering cannabis plant?
When cutting an autoflowering plant it is important to identify the degree of development it presents, since not all evolve through each stage with the same speed.
There are autoflowering plants that can be cut at 8 weeks after germination, while others take more than 11 weeks to fully develop. However, these are approximate periods that can expose the speed at which they grow compared to other cannabis strains.
Some of the signs that help you know that it is the right time for the cut are the following:
- When the buds stop growing, since they indicate that they have reached their maximum stage of development.
- When the oldest leaves begin to darken, it is the end of the plant’s cycle.
- When it can be observed that no more resin is manufactured.
- When most of the trichomes have a brown or caramel color.