Just a quick post to tell you guys how I generally handle giving out freebie cannabis seeds.
I am going to give most orders some free seeds….even the very small orders…so free seeds in nearly every order! The only two exceptions would be a free seed order of $15 (which I have had to curtail temporarily, I am growing more!) and, the various seed packs I offer….they are already a great deal.
Also, if you order seeds I have purchased wholesale you will get at least one extra seed of any strains ordered. However if you order seeds I have grown out myself, and especially if I have many of them I will be even more generous.
If your order is under $50.00 you will get an extra vial of free seeds of another strain I sell (everyone gets some free seeds!) For every additional $50 for an order I will include another free strain. Basically the more you spend the more generous I will be with the free seeds.
I tend to spoil my customers a bit….I do this because I want JustCannabisSeed.com to be your go to for cannabis seeds. I want everyone to become a repeat customer….
If you still have any questions about free cannabis seeds be sure to ask me in a comment below.
Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. It is generally accepted that there are three species of Cannabis, ie…Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. Cannabis plants come in both male and female, with the ability to hermaphrodite (that is females that produce pollen in a last ditch effort to continue their species). Hermaphroditism is the bane of sinsemilla growers everywhere, but is the result of that practice. We have seeds available for both Indica and Sativa. Ruderalis plants produce little THC and is undesirable for most people for that reason. There are also a few variations of seeds as well. Seeds can come as regular seeds ( will produce both male and female at about 50/50), feminized seeds (will produce only female plants as they are lacking the Y chromosome), and auto flowering seeds (auto flower plants will flower regardless of light cycle.)
Regular Cannabis Seed
Now let’s take a closer look at the advantages, and disadvantages of each type of seed. Regular seed is the seed commonly sold online. They will produce both male and female plants, and these plants will be photo sensitive. (need about 12 hours of darkness to initiate flowering.) Outdoors without shading they will grow all summer, and flower in the fall. Indoors you can ‘make’ them flower by increasing the dark period to about 12 hours. Disadvantage…you will have to contend with male plants.
Feminized Cannabis Seed
Feminized seed is seed that manipulated during breeding to contain only the female or X chromosome. These seeds should only grow into female plants. The advantage of feminization is you will not spend time nor waste space raising male plants….If you are wanting sinsemillia. (seedless flowers) Disadvantage…feminized seed is more difficult to produce and usually commands a higher price.
Auto Flowering Cannabis Seed
Lastly you have the auto flowering seeds. Auto-flower seeds are produced by crossing a Ruderalis plant with either a Sativa, or a Indica plant. Auto flower plants are not photo sensitive, or in other words, do NOT need a longer dark period to initiate flowering. They will flower at a certain age regardless of the length of the dark period. There are a few advantages of auto flowering plants…They are generally shorter and smaller, so easier to conceal. No need to tamper with the light cycle, as they will bloom under even 24 hours of light. Disadvantage…they are felt to contain less THC, although they seem to be gaining ground in that department.
Medical Benefits of Cannabis
There seems to be no end to the medical benefits of cannabis! And, now with legalization becoming more common, more and more studies are being conducted proving even more medical benefits of this incredible plant. Recently, scientists are realizing that cannabis not only can help with the devastating side effects of some cancer treatments, but may even help ‘cure’ cancer. The medical benefits of this amazing plant are many and varied. Here are just a few of the conditions treated with Medical Cannabis….Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Headaches and migraines, Epilepsy, and it’s seizures, Cancer and it’s treatments, Depression, Asthma, Parkinson’s, ADD/ADHD, Stress, Insomnia, nausea, anxiety, chronic pain, some wasting conditions, with more conditions seemingly added every day. Click to shop for medical marijuana seeds.
Many state that there are tricks on sexing a cannabis seed by its overall appearance. A popular photo shows on the Internet quite frequently, and a lot of cannabis growers use this photo as reference to sex their seeds.
Most cannabis growers would much rather know the sex of their seed immediately, but is this possible?
Here, we will go over this theory, as well as the photo.
Contrary to what many think, you cannot sex a cannabis seed simply by looking at a seeds characteristics. Furthermore, you cannot sex a cannabis seed, period.
Cannabis growers and cannabis enthusiasts alike- beware of this well-known myth.
If this were the case, the process for feminized cannabis seeds would not exist, and would not be such a “hit” in the cannabis seed market.
The Photo Behind the Myth
Here is that photo that is widely recognized by many tokers and growers as a genuine guide to sexing cannabis seeds.
This photo displays five seeds (which honestly, may not even be cannabis seeds)- the photo states that two of the seeds are male, while the remaining three are female.
According to this photo, if there is no “perfectly round” crater present at the bottom of the seed, it is surely a male seed. This is purely myth.
In addition, you cannot sex a weed seed by the way it rolls on a flat surface. This photo should be considered nonsensical, however, there are still far too many who side with these false statements.
There are also many seed banks online who are currently selling seeds that they claim to be certain are feminized seeds, however, use the seeds’ characteristics as determination that the seeds are female.
There are even some seed banks who offer “free male seeds” to customers as a promotion.
JustCannabisSeed.com may not offer feminized seeds, but we do offer you the guarantee that your seeds’ genders are unknown- which is much better than having your hopes let down by a falsely-informed seedbank.
We would much rather tell you that we are unsure of the sex of your seeds, than to promise that they are either female or male cannabis seeds, and later find out that the exact opposite is true.
There is no surefire, 100% guaranteed way of sexing a cannabis seed by its appearance. If anyone tells you otherwise, please let them know that this is a common myth. Stay informed with JustCannabisSeed.com.
Marijuana is a plant that grows into the ground with no added ingredients added to it.
Other drugs have things added to them to make them more effective to the alignment to help with aches, cancer and many other illnesses.
I know as a person who has had seizures, marijuana has helped me get off of the seizure meds and be able to function to raise my kids. The seizure meds had me loopy and not all the way there for my kids. I can focus more on them then having to worry about if I am able to take care of everyday needs for them.
They have their mother back!
Just like everything thing else you have to do in moderation and always be aware of your surroundings.
Now that I can’t get any help with trying to get a medical card because the new Dr, I am seeing is saying she will not give me one because she feels it will not help my seizures.
But after taking that medicine that makes me not alert for my kids. I don’t want to have to back track all the hard work I been through in the last year.
I can function better for them when I have smoked a little marijuana, and it doesn’t make me sick from taking it. And, it doesn’t take much to realize the effects! I am able to hold down food and do other things to keep me going through the day.
My grandmother had cancer and while she was going through her chemo, she lost her hair and no appetite she smoked some marijuana and was able to eat and feel a whole lot better about herself.
My mother has arthritis with no cure or surgery to help the pain in her joints but with marijuana she is able to cope with the pain from it.
I don’t write this to receive pity, I write this so other people with the same health issues as me and my family can at least find a faster, better way to help with their pain and and receive the best help possible for them.
Not a lot has worked for us, even when we tried the meds that the Drs gave us.
I can actually focus on the day ahead of me after i have smoked a little marijuana.
I remember being pregnant with my oldest daughter. I wasn’t gaining weight and not holding food down so I smoked a little marijuana while still early in my pregnancy. I was able to keep food down and not be sick because my Dr thought he was going to have to have me on hospital rest because of the weight loss. I told him I smoked some marijuana and was able to gain the weight back, and my Doc happily allowed me to continue to use cannabis in moderation.
Fast forward to 20 years later, my daughter is now in college, and on the dean’s list every year since she entered college! Cannabis has been in the forefront of treating my illnesses, and improving my quality of life!
The biggest step to growing cannabis is making the decision to become a dedicated weed plant grower in the cannabis community.
After making this initial decision, you will be faced with many more options to consider from- including one of very high significance that we will talk about in this article.
Any grower of weed plants, between novice and expert, will all have differing views when participating in the clones vs cannabis seeds discussion.
Usually, you will receive an opinion that is either one extreme, or the other. This can make it awfully confusing for a new pot plant grower to decide for themselves in this popular debate.
Cloning is, obviously, an entirely different method of growing cannabis than growing from weed seeds. Cuttings are obtained from the parent plant to create completely separate plants which contain the exact same genetic makeup as the parent plant.
Many growers consider this to be an unprincipled method when growing marijuana plants, and others- a practical, inventive approach to growing new plants with a high potential for an unmatchable, impressive flower yield.
So, which method should one follow when taking their next steps in growing a cannabis plant?
We will list general pros and cons of growing weed plants by using each method, so you can better decide for yourself which method will suit you best when growing your marijuana plants.
When growing weed plants from clones, the germination process is one that will be skipped entirely.
This, however, does not mean that growing large, vigorous cannabis plants by cloning them is an easier process than from growing from seed. There are important things to consider since the clone will be genetically composed of the same makeup as its parent plant.
This can mean that issues of condition and health that are present in the parent plant will most likely negatively affect your clone.
Growing Cannabis from Clones- the Pros
Here are some general advantages of using clones regarding the clones vs seeds debate:
· The process of growing cannabis plants from clones can be remarkably quicker and convenient, since the early, super-vulnerable stages of growth that occur when growing from seed are “skipped.”
· If the parent plant of the clone possess great genetics and is in optimal health, this is a good indicator that your clone will be in positive condition as well.
· Clones may be grown by repeatedly taking cuttings from parent plants, meaning that the need for seeds in order to grow marijuana plants may never arise again.
· There is no need to worry about growing errors occurring during the seedling stage of weed plant growth.
Growing Cannabis From Clones-The Cons
Now, we will cover some of the disadvantages of using clones to grow cannabis plants that should be taken into serious consideration, especially by beginner cannabis growers:
· There is an implied guarantee that if the parent plane the clone was taken from was in bad condition, whether it be immunity to common issues, plant disease, or overall bad genetics, your clone will inherit these problems.
· If you seek to grow autoflowering cannabis strains, autoflowering plants are, in general, not able to be cloned. Photoperiod strains are the cannabis plants which are used for cloning purposes. The reason being is that autoflowering plants do not have a growth stage which is lengthy enough to allow the plant time to successfully grow from the cuttings that are taken.
· Cloning is widely considered to be cheating when growing cannabis plants, especially by weed growers who believe in the more traditional methods associated with growing cannabis plants.
Growing Cannabis From Seeds
· Plants that are grown from seed have a greater potential to be stronger, much more resilient, and produce more extraordinary yields.
There are both benefits and downfalls when considering using the cloning method to grow cannabis plants compared to the old-fashioned method of growing from seed.
If you have decided that you would like to experiment with cloning plants, though, what information do you need to know in order to achieve results of the highest quality?
Most importantly, ensure that the parent cannabis plant is in good health and appears to exhibit decent genetic makeup.
In general, the best outcomes when taking cuttings to grow by using the cloning method are seen in the third generation- cannabis growers who are knowledgeable in the cloning method often say that this generation of plants has the toughest and speediest-growing plants with the most desirable yields produced.
The popular argument on cloning vs seeds regarding the growing of cannabis plants is still one with extremely opposing views and interpretations.
Nevertheless, no matter which method you choose to grow your cannabis plants, make sure that you conduct all of your research necessary in order to achieve maximum yield when growing weed plants.
Virginia hasn’t been a terrible place for me to spend my life in, so far. What makes Virginia such a beautiful state, in my opinion, are the admirable natural and agricultural aspects.
The scenery is amazing, and the plants that surround my hometown in Central Virginia greatly contribute to the loveliness of the area- especially the cannabis plants with a plethora of different weed strains.
Schuyler (pronounced sky-lurr) is a Virginian town located in Nelson County, which isn’t far from me at all; maybe twenty minutes or so down the highway and farther into the woods. Most people probably don’t know about this town, yet many know about the popular cannabis strain native to this town- Schuyler Skunk. This strain, which has been around for decades, is some seriously killer weed.
Schuyler Skunk became popular sometime in the 80s or 90s, especially to the locals.
Possessing a highly pleasant buzz and an incredibly, uniquely strong aroma, Schuyler Skunk is a sativa strain, with a pretty moderate THC concentration.
Actually, many that have tried it would consider it to be a highly potent cannabis strain.
It became widespread due to its unforgettable, undeniably enjoyable head high, and still remains a super sought-after cannabis strain throughout the country.
Although there are some ideas out there on its origination, for the most part, the beginning of this strain’s existence remains a mystery. The collective theory is that it was derived from a home-bred, experimental local cannabis grow.
Sadly, this strain isn’t nearly as common as it used to be. The popularity and availability of Schuyler Skunk dwindled down in the late 90s, but if you’re lucky enough, and happen to know the right people, then there’s always still a chance to relive the sweet memory of experiencing the distinctive feeling that this strain offers.
The first time that I ever saw this strain being grown, every single weed plant’s stalks grew to a size to where they could only be cut down with an electric pruning saw- this occurred when very, VERY little effort was put into the growth of these plants.
I could only imagine the size that these cannabis plants would’ve reached if the proper love and care had been put forth into their growth. I also recall the duration of its vegetative stage being significantly lengthy.
My old friend would start this strain earlier than most other cannabis strains, yet the Schuyler Skunk marijuana plants would always end up the last ones harvested.
Countless people all over the United States have stated that they want this cannabis strain to make a comeback. Perhaps it will, considering the weed legalization in Virginia that recently took place.
I will hope for the best, and in the meantime, reminisce on the pungent, characteristic strain, Schuyler Skunk, and be reminded by myself of back when 420 was just about every day while smoking this sweet herb.
Molasses is a common household item that can provide serious benefit when growing cannabis plants. It is cheap, and easy to obtain- it’s able to be bought at just about any grocery store.
Although very commonly overlooked, molasses can contribute greatly to the desired results when cultivating cannabis.
Soil is, of course, one of the downright most important factors in successfully growing marijuana plants. It contains vital nutrients and microorganisms that are imperative in the process of maintaining healthy cannabis plants during growth.
Soil must contain the proper nutrients, as well as the proper amount of nutrients, which is also vital in order for the beneficial microorganisms to flourish within.
These facts explain why molasses can be such a useful tool in the growth of marijuana plants. Molasses is extremely rich in nutrients that your plants need, and serves as an excellent source of carbohydrates to properly feed the microorganisms within the soil that, essentially, boost the soil’s ability to produce high-yielding marijuana plants.
Molasses also helps to prevent the build-up of potentially harmful pathogens and decreases the accumulation of salt, which can cause many different issues for your plant.
To use molasses in your cannabis grows, to feed your soil; ones needs to simple add it in the correct ratio.
One method is to include molasses in your plant’s watering schedule.
This is one of the easiest and most common methods used when utilizing molasses and its effects on cannabis growth. To do this, dissolve molasses in the water that you are going to water your plants with. It’s that simple. In order to figure out how much molasses to use, use the general guide of 1.5 tablespoons per 5 liters of water as reference. By using smaller doses like this, there’s less risk of issues arising such as nutrient burn.
Most often, the true benefits that molasses will provide to your marijuana plants will be noticed during the flowering phase of cannabis growth. However, it is still recommended that if using molasses to improve success in your weed plant’s growth, use the molasses method from the vegetative stage all the way through the flowering stage.
Molasses is great for many things, including growing outstanding marijuana plants. If the method of using molasses is used correctly, one should experience truly notable results.
The ongoing debate remains a strong one regarding whether or not indoor or outdoor growing is better for cannabis plants. Of course, there are both advantages and disadvantages to indoor and outdoor growing. However, currently, commercial cannabis farming has changed many deciding factors on whether or not indoor or outdoor growing is best for growing marijuana plants.
Before legalization was as widespread as it is today in the U.S., the cultivation of cannabis plants was mainly through indoor growth. This was to keep the plants hidden and out of sight, so that less risk of getting caught growing weed plants was posed. However, now that a significantly large portion of states within the U.S. have legalized the growth of cannabis plants, profit regarding weed plant growth has made a huge impact on the primary environment in which cannabis plants are grown in.
The answer is simple, though: it all depends on the grower and what works best for them, as well as their motives for growing marijuana. It is dependent on circumstance; the climate and latitude in your growing area, as well as whether you grow in a more rural or urban environment are all deciding factors on whether or not indoor or outdoor marijuana plant growth is best for you.
Indoor cannabis growing offers you complete control over the environment- temperature, light cycles and source, humidity, etc. are all factors that are in the hands of the grower when growing indoors. YOU are Mother Nature! When growing using outdoor farms, there is less investment involved, since light and soil are factors which do not require money (or as much money) to be spent on. However, natural risks can occur more easily and frequently when growing outdoors, which can be harder to prevent or treat than if growing indoors.
To solve the debate of whether or not indoor growing or outdoor growing is the better way to go when growing cannabis, the answer continues to remain an ambiguous one. It all depends on a number of factors. Whichever method works best for you should always be the method that you choose to produce the maximum yields in your marijuana plants.
However, it seems as if the weed strains which are named to be much more traditional and straightforward are the ones that have the longest lasting positive reputations.
One of the most direct strain names is one that weed enthusiasts are going crazy over. This strain is modestly named Hash Plant. The strain of Hash Plant offered here on Just Cannabis Seed is called Tajikistani Hash Plant.
It’s not difficult to figure out where this Hash Plant’s strain name originated from- it’s highly suitable for extraction, due to the super resinous flower that it produces, in combination with a speedy flowering stage during the growth of this cannabis plant (around 7 weeks in length), a result of it’s mountainous origins.
Bred by Sensi Seeds, Hash Plant is an indica-dominant cannabis strain with only 10% of its genetic makeup consisting of Cannabis sativa.
Hash Plant owes very much of its adoration to the Afghani strain and its remarkable genetics, as well as descended inspiration from the tremendously well-known (and truly legendary) Northern Lights strain.
Several widely-recognized dispensaries have recently served as sources of the Hash Plant strain.
This serves as no surprise, since the effects of Hash Plant consist of a pleasant euphoria, relaxation, pain relief, and an overall sense of feeling calm, making it perfect for those who are looking to use cannabis to treat insomnia and anxiety disorders.
The aroma of Hash Plant is considered to be danky and spicy, while its flavors are spicy, yet sweet, as well as earthy and woody. Hash Plant provides true hash effects along with the customary kush plant flavor and scent.
There are many variations of the Hash Plant strain, all of which offer almost all of the desired effects of marijuana.
For a smooth, “take it easy” kind of high, the Hash Plant strain is sure to be recommended, undoubtedly. Stoners love this strain, and for reasons obvious- what fellow toker would not want to be giggly and chatty, yet tranquil and blissful?!
Autoflower strains are becoming increasingly popular in the cannabis enthusiast communities. Autoflowers can produce wonderful yields in just several weeks, and are also great for beginners, especially those who have not yet mastered light cycles when growing cannabis. In this guide, we will cover all sorts of topics on autoflower strains, emphasizing on how to grow them for maximum yields.
The Origins of Auto-Flowering Cannabis Strains
The origination of auto-flower strains lies in their genetic makeup which came from the plant named Cannabis Ruderalis. Cannabis Ruderalis is a strain of cannabis which is native to Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, and was identified in Russia in the 1920s by a Russian botanist. It is a strain that differs from Cannabis sativa and Cannabis Indica, as it tends to be much shorter in size, possesses very low amounts of THC, and does not rely on changes in light cycles for flowering. Due to the environmental conditions that Cannabis Ruderalis plants faced in their place of origin, adaptive evolution was necessary in order for the plants to bypass the traditional 18 hours of light, 6 hours of darkness cycle that cannabis growers are familiar with. Experimentation of cannabis growers involving the creation of hybrid plants, with Cannabis sativa and Ruderalis, and Cannabis Indica and Ruderalis, is what ultimately resulted in autoflower strains that we know today.
Plants that follow the traditional light schedule are referred to as “photoperiods,” and rely on the sun’s (or lights’) signals which, essentially, tell the plant hormones when to start producing flower. This is why we typically decrease the amount of light from 18 hours down to 12 hours when photoperiod strains are ready for flowering. It mimics the natural decrease in daylight that occurs in the later parts of the year outdoors.
Autoflowers, in contrast, rely on the factor of time to start producing flower, and can begin the flowering stage as quickly as the three to five week mark of growth. Autoflowers are typically ready for harvest around two to three months from germination. This changes in phases happens regardless of the light cycle which they are exposed to, since they rely on a time schedule rather than light schedule to start producing bud. These autoflower strains grow at a speedy pace, and can grow in smaller, more confined spaces- making them ideally suited for many beginner cannabis growers.
Pros and Cons of Auto-flowering Cannabis Strains
Here, we will list some of the pros and cons of autoflowers, so that you can take into consideration on deciding whether or not these strains are for you.
o Will grow regardless of light cycle which they are exposed to
o Can flower year-round
o Grow very quickly
o Commonly smaller plants, which is great for confined spaces
o More resistant to diseases and pests
o Smaller yields (often, but not always)
o Not able to be cloned
o Not as successful in recovering from growing errors
Now, let’s move on to our next topic- which contains several subtopics which serve as essential information on GROWING autoflower strains. From here, we will cover a wide range of subjects that are imperative to successful growth of autoflowers.
You MUST have good soil to grow an ultimate autoflower cannabis plant. Autoflowers prefer a light, airy soil, and there’s always the option to buy soil specially mixed for autoflower cannabis plants. However, you can mix your own soil, too.
If you’d like to buy premixed soil, the options are endless, and quality soil can be found by a simple search from an online or in-person retailer. Here are just some of the popular, highly-rated brands on the market today:
o FoxFarm Happy Frog Potting Soil
o Mother Earth Coco Plus Perlite Mix
o Big Rootz All-Purpose Potting Soil
o Black Gold 1302040 8-Quart All Organic Potting Soil
o Roots Organics Rod Original Potting Soil
When mixing your own soil, an extremely basic recipe as follows can be used for optimal autoflower growth: equal parts peat moss, compost, and perlite, with one-third part vermiculite. This recipe, although simple, ensures that the proper nutrients (as well as the proper amount of nutrients) are included in the mix.
It is advised that once you have your soil ready and mixed, to measure its pH level. When measuring the pH of the soil, it is best to keep the numbers in the 6.2 to 6.7 range. You do not want your soil to be too acidic (lower pH) or too alkaline (higher pH). There are many pH meters available in-store and online so that you are able to keep track of your soil’s pH levels.
Lights and Light Cycles
Although, as previously mentioned, autoflowers successfully bloom no matter the light cycle they are grown in, there are still certain cycles considered best for growing autoflowers in. Some growers choose to use the traditional method of 18 hours of light, and 6 hours of darkness, although it is debated among autoflower growers. Some choose to keep their plants exposed to 24 hours of light, constantly. You can experiment to see which method is best for you. Many believe that exposing cannabis plants, even autoflowers, can cause too much stress on the plant. From my experience, the majority of cannabis growers tend to stick with the traditional light cycle for this reason. Another less-known fact is that darkness is necessary for optimal root development and growth in cannabis plants. It is not necessary to decrease the amount of light once the plant enters the flowering stage on its own.
If growing indoors, when choosing lights, there are a vast amount of options. Many popular LED grow lights are on the market, and run less of a chance on burning your plants. The option for lights remains up to grower and his or her experience and success. There should be absolutely no leaks of light whatsoever if you wish for your plant to experience dark phases as well, as the smallest bit of light can interrupt the dark phases of light cycles.
While there are countless types of lights that can be used when growing autoflower cannabis strains, full-spectrum LED lights are highly recommended. LED lights have proven to be both highly accessible and efficient. The full-spectrum very closely resembles the natural light of the sun, which is another reason LED lights have shown to be a favored choice among growers. However, there are many other options you may choose from; research and experiment as you wish.
In order to germinate seeds, you must first acquire seeds, right? Visit our shop at Justcannabisseed.com if you are interested in browsing selections of high-quality autoflower seeds!
Autoflower cannabis seeds can be germinated in different ways with different mediums- in soil, the paper towel method, etc. It seems that the paper towel method is most common, but you may use whichever method you prefer or are accustomed to.
The paper towel method consists of placing the seed in a damp paper towel, and, for good measure, placing the paper towel in a container that will keep in humidity. It’s important that the paper towel remains moist, but not completely soaked. Once the taproot has emerged and is visible, carefully place the sprout between ½ inch and ¾ inch down into the medium that you plan to grow the plant in (all the way until harvest!), and cover.
If you’d like to germinate in soil (my favorite), place your seed around 15 mm under the soil. Ideally, you should do this in the pot or area that you plan on growing your plant in all the way to harvest, in order to avoid the issues associated with transplanting. Remember that autoflowers strains of cannabis are not as forgiving as photo plants when it comes to errors in growing, such as mistakes made while transplanting.
The process of germination should be as quick as 24 to 72 hours, and sometimes, even faster. Some even soak their seeds in water for up to 24 hours before following with one of these common germination methods. Soaking seeds for too long can result in seed death, though, so perform this only if you are willing to experiment and risk a loss, or have enough experience to know exactly what you are doing.
If you would like to add nutrients, be careful when doing so, because autoflowers do not spend as much time in the each stage of growth as photoperiods do, and autoflowers are genetically designed to not require as many nutrients as photoperiods. While the plants are small seedlings, it’s important to not add any additional fertilizers. These seedlings will be very delicate and vulnerable to nutrient burn, which is extremely detrimental to your plant’s health. By week two, you may begin to add in between ¼ and ½ the amount of nutrients as you usually would. Then, around week three, or midway through, it is safe to add nutrients in at full-strength.
Water your autoflowers only as needed. This means that a fixed schedule may not suit your plants best. Allow the soil to dry just barely between watering. It is much, much better for a cannabis plant to experience a small period of dryness in its medium than to be over-watered. Over-watering can lead to many problems, including root rot. With that being said, water somewhat conservatively, as over-watering can create a ton of issues that growers do not want to experience, especially with autoflowers. There is no need to absolutely saturate your plants on a daily basis, and it is a very common mistake that is made, especially by beginner growers.
Along with proper watering, your autoflowers will need proper air flow as well, even if that means just a slight breeze that the plants are exposed to during their “lights on” periods. If you’re growing indoors with a grow tent, for example, there are usually holes in the side(s) of the tents made for inline exhaust fans. You want to keep aerobic conditions, and air flow is a necessity for doing so.
Humidity is another important, and often overlooked, factor when growing autoflowers. During the germination stage, high humidity is imperative, and can be at an upwards of 80-90%. During the vegetative phase, 50% is a good number to aim for, and when flowering, just slightly lower than in the vegetative phase can result in major success. A simple hygrometer can be used to measure humidity in the plant’s environment. These are relatively cheap tools that can prove to be very handy when growing cannabis.
Measure your soil’s pH levels regularly, and record those measurements if you believe it would help assist you in ensuring your autoflower plant is healthy and happy. The pH level should consistently remain between 5.8 and 6.5. As long as no damage is done to your plants, you may measure as often as you’d like- it never hurts to keep good check of PH for your autoflower plants!
When entering the flowering stage, autoflowers will most likely double, or even triple in size, at a fast pace. Monitor and maintain the plants’ environment as necessary, for this is a crucial phase regarding cannabis yields.
In the last week or two before harvest, flush your plants. This means to give your plants solely water- cut them off from any nutrients that have been provided to your autoflowers throughout the stages of growth until now. You may give them less and less nutrients in the week or two leading up to the flush- basically, you can wean your plants off of the nutrients that they have been given.
When your plants are ready to harvest, the pistils will be reddish-brown, and the trichomes white in color. Inspect and compare the top buds to the lower buds. If the top buds appear to have finished more quickly, give the buds closer to the bottom just a bit more time for maximum results. The uneven distribution of light can cause some buds to advance more quickly than others, so if you want the maximum yield from your plants, this is a good tip to keep in mind.
Cure and store your buds as usual. Usually, buds can effectively be dried by hanging them upside down for several days. Store your buds in airtight containers, and open the containers once daily for the first week of storage, then drop down to opening the container to every three days. This process can be completed as quickly as just a couple of weeks of time. This is called curing and is important to ensure a smooth, mellow smoke.
Controversy Surrounding Low-Stress Training on Autoflowers
Autoflowers spend much less time during their vegetative stage, so training needs to be very timely. Low-stress training (or LST) is the only recommended training method to be used for autoflower strains; topping and pruning is advised against when growing autoflower cannabis plants. For successful LST, simply tie down the plant stems, gently, so that the plant is horizontal rather than vertical. Regularly examine your plants and adjust the secured ties as necessary.
Do not top or prune your autoflower cannabis plants! Their vegetative state is short, and they may not recover well. And this can cause too much stress on autoflower plants, which can lead to lower yields or even plant shock and death.
Growing autoflower cannabis plants can be greatly rewarding. With faster growth rates, and no demand for specific light cycles, they show to be easy strains for beginner growers to try. Autoflower cannabis strains still have areas in which caution must be taken, though, and if all is performed correctly, autoflowers can result in impressive, quick yields, no matter the time of year.
Common Myths- Busted
Myth 1: Autoflowering strains have a low THC concentration.
Fact: There are autoflower strains which can provide relatively high amounts of THC- as high as some photoperiod plants. The potency of a cannabis plant is dependent on the strain itself, rather than if the plant is an autoflowering or photoperiod strain.
Myth 2: Autoflowering strains NEED 24 hour light cycles.
Fact: As stated before, it all depends on the particular strain that you are growing to determine which light cycle works best for your autoflowering cannabis plants. Some strains may thrive, producing their best yields in 24 hour light cycles; others may need some periods of darkness for maximum flower production. My favorite light cycle for auto-flower cannabis strains is 18/6.
Myth 3: Autoflower buds lack taste and scent.
Fact: This is false, as many experienced autoflowering cannabis plant growers will tell you. There are varieties of different tastes and scents of autoflowering plants among all sorts of strains.
Myth 4: You cannot transplant autoflowering cannabis plants.
Fact: You can, indeed, transplant autoflower strains. However, it must be done carefully, without disturbing the roots too much. If an autoflowering plant faces root shock, the recovery time (if the plant is able to recover) significantly disrupts the growth process due to the quick, speedy life cycle of autoflowering plants.
Myth 5: Autoflowers aren’t able to be trained.
Fact: One can successfully train an autoflowering cannabis plant, but it must be done with special care. If training is a desired method to be used, Low-Stress Training is the recommended type- although, as stated earlier in the article, there is controversy surrounding this method, so train at your own risk.
Autoflowering cannabis plants are interesting, convenient, and recommended for those who are new to the cannabis growing community. Although autoflowers must be handled and tended to with extra care, they can produce impressive yields with extraordinary THC concentrations.
Visit Justcannabisseed.com to learn about popular autoflower strains. There are so many to choose from, giving you the opportunity to discover which strain best suits you, personally. If you have any questions regarding autoflower strains, feel free to reach out on the contact page of Justcannabisseed.com website. We want to guarantee that you are knowledgeable so that your plants can reach their full potential!
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