Autoflowering cannabis strains have proven themselves to be a good alternative to typical cannabis strains in the last few years. Autoflowering seeds differ from typical photoperiod dependent seeds in that the autoflowering seeds can switch from vegetative growth to flowering automatically and will be ready to harvest in about 70 days. Combine these properties with the extraordinary growing power of G8LED indoor growing technology and you will have an extremely efficient grow environment with multiple harvests per season.
The main benefit of the autoflowering strain is its short life span which allows growers to turn over yield faster than with regular seed strains. Growers are able to product multiple harvests in a season. Additionally, the autoflowering plant tends to be smaller and easier to grow, especially in cold climates. The plants should only be watered when the soil is dry to avoid the common mistake of overwatering.
So how can you get 4-6oz per plant in 60 days? Start by germinating the seeds before planting them in 5 gallon soil pots. It is better to start with the larger pots to avoid transplanting later on and risking damage to the plants’ root system. Once the seeds are planted in the soil we put them under the G8-600 LED grow light for 24 hours a day for 4 weeks. We can do this with G8LED because the heat output is only 10% of that of a HPS light so there will be no excess heat issues to worry about. The grow light can operate 24 hours a day without overheating your grow room.
At the 3-4 week mark, the plants will automatically start to flower. At this point we add two G8LED 90W Red supplemental flowering lights on each side of the main 600W panel. The supplemental lights are added at the same distance as the main panel and the entire system is switched to 18 hours per day. Flowering with auto-flower plants will take 5-6 weeks for a total cycle time of 56-70 days.
Autoflowering strains have gained popularity with growers due to quick harvest times and easier growth. Using G8LED technology to grow autoflowering plants will allow growers to exercise a 24 hour grow period along with 18 hour flowering period to product multiple harvests in a season. Happy harvest!