This week, Kronic returns with the tenth episode of the Homegrown weekly PotCast and this time it’s all about growing autoflowering cannabis seeds! If you follow Kronic on Instagram then you’ll know he has some good practice growing autoflower seeds, so all the tips and advice he offers come from the experiences he has had.
Autoflower Myths Busted!
It is a massive misunderstanding that autoflower plants require sleep time. This is not true, autoflowers are genetically bred to not require sleep, this comes from the colloidal silver which was applied to the mother plant which creates a genetic code to ensure the plant grows non-stop without any sleep and use any light it can possibly get to photosynthesize and grow. As it turns out, giving your autoflower plants sleep time may actually stunt your plants’ growth. While it may be more expensive, it will be beneficial to give your autoflowering cannabis plant as much light as possible.
The less sleep time you give an autoflower, the higher the yields will be – while this is perhaps more expensive, it would be beneficial to figure out a lighting budget or basically how much light you can afford to give your plant.
Actually, you can grow autoflowers all year round and not have to worry about the standard grow season – this makes autoflowering seeds a great choice for any grower!
How to Stop Autos Turning into Hermaphrodites
Kronic insists that this is largely due to a misunderstanding of autos as opposed to bad seeds. You see, there isn’t actually a whole lot of information available on growing autoflowers, certainly not as much as growing photoperiod plants, which is something Kronic aims to provide through his Instagram account @thecannabiskronicles .
A plant will hermaphrodite if it sustains too much damage and its genetic code tells it that it is likely to die soon, this can happen to photoperiods and autoflowers if put under too much stress, and also with photoperiods as a result of light leaks during the flowering period. Therefore it’s important that, when you train autos, you give them a 3 day healing period during which time you feed them.
Because autoflowers are bred to run on such a short growth cycle, any unnecessary stress may interrupt the cycle and lead the plant to believe the end of its life is near thus turning into a hermaphrodite.
Transplanting causes a massive shock to the plant’s main lifeline, so ensure you don’t do any training with your plants for a week after transplanting. Kronic recommends transplanting autoflowers as it’s beneficial to controlling the size of the plant and managing its nutrient uptake. Give a minimum of 5 days for healing after transplanting and make sure you feed on the day of transplanting.
Everything you Need to Know About Autoflowers
Kronic gives a great rundown of autoflowers and provides a lot of useful tricks, tips, and general information born out of hands-on experience with autoflowers. This PotCast is not one to be missed!
If you want more advice from Kronic or any of the other growers in our community, head on over to the Homegrown Forum to get valuable advice in real-time!