In this week’s PotCast, Derek is back to discuss the positive uses of autoflower cannabis seeds and dispel some myths surrounding growing autoflower marijuana plants.
Many people don’t understand the difference between autoflowering cannabis plants and photoperiod cannabis plants.
Autoflowers can produce extremely good yields. While, yes, photoperiods generally provide higher yields, it is still very much possible for your autoflower plants to produce high and potent yields of top-quality cannabis. As with both autoflowering and photoperiods, as long as you buy seeds with good genetics from a reliable seedbank then you should have no issue growing strong and healthy plants.
Autoflowers are a great option for beginners. While they work well for any grower looking to grow plants quickly, they work particularly well for beginners. When starting to grow cannabis, with little experience, it will take a bit of time to learn all the correct methods and procedures for growing, and therefore it is good to save as much time as possible. Autoflowering seeds reach the flowering stage far quicker than photoperiod plants which is very convenient for novice growers learning the ropes. Furthermore, Autoflower plants take up less space and require a less rigorous light cycle. All of this makes them ideal for beginners who are still new to growing their own cannabis.
It’s often assumed that you can’t train autoflower plants like you can photoperiod plants, however, as Derek explains in this PotCast, this is not true. Training cannabis plants is the process of physically manipulating a marijuana plant so it develops more areas to flower and grow buds which can drastically increase yields. Naturally, something like this is great for growers and the previously mentioned myth can sometimes put some growers off buying autoflowering cannabis seeds.
Derek goes on to discuss certain techniques for training cannabis plants such as Low Stress Training (LST) and Supercropping both of which include bending the cannabis plant to alter the way it grows. Derek recalls supercropping an autoflower cannabis plant 3 times in a single grow.