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Autoflower life cycle week by week

Autoflower life cycle week by week. Cannabis auto varieties automatically enter the flowering period without changing the daylight hours and produce excellent results in a short time.

autoflower life cycle week by week
autoflower life cycle week by week

It can be harvested from seeds in about 10 to 12 weeks
(depending on the variety)

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, you can grow these varieties in a fun and easy way.

Autoflower life cycle 8-10 weeks from seed to harvest

Auto varieties usually take 8-10 weeks from seed to harvest.

However, some varieties can take up to 12 weeks to fully mature.

Auto varieties grow fast and are compact in height, so they
are recommended for beginners who want to harvest first and for those who do not have much space for cultivation.

It is also resistant to pathogens and pests, making it suitable for outdoor cultivation.

However, the yield of auto varieties is inferior to that of the feminized varieties grown to the maximum.

Conciseness is the greatest advantage of auto varieties.

Light schedule of auto varieties

As the name implies, auto varieties (auto-flowering strains) do not require changes in the light cycle to enter the flowering period.

The basic light schedule is to turn the lights on for 18 hours and off for 6 hours.

24 hours on if you want to maximize photosynthesis and growth

This property allows outdoor growers to achieve multiple harvests in a single growing season.

In theory, seeds can be germinated weekly in early spring and harvested weekly from the first harvest eight weeks later.

Precautions regarding PH

The pH value of the soil determines how well the plant can access the nutrients inside.
If the pH is too high (alkaline) or too low (acidic), the nutrient lockout will occur and deficiency will occur.

Cannabis plants breed with soil pH between 6 and 6.5.
Use a pH tester to track the pH of the entire growth.

Autoflower life cycle, weekly cultivation method guide

Week 1: Germination and early growth stages

autoflower life cycle Week 1: Germination and early growth stages
autoflower life cycle Week 1: Germination and early growth stages

Germination usually takes 1-3 days.
(Slow individuals may take a week or more to germinate)

The seeds are activated to send the roots to the soil and the shoots to the surface.

To start the germination process, you need to prepare a proper soil mix.

Autoflowers do not require as many nutrients as the day-long varieties and prefer light and airy soil, so prepare soil with the proper nutrients.

Once the seeds have germinated, make a 10-15 mm hole in the soil.
Seeds are sown directly to avoid the stress of replanting later.

Transplanting shocks the plant and autoflowers grow so fast that they are difficult to recover.

Place the seeds in the holes and lightly cover them with soil. Seedlings will come out in the next few days.

Optimal environmental factors play an important role in germination.

Please refer to the following for humidity and temperature to increase your germination success rate

70-90% Relative Humidity (RH)
22-25 ° C Temperature

Week 2: Late growth stage

Week 2: Late growth stage
autoflower life cycle Week 2: Late growth stage

Now your seedlings have appeared and the process of photosynthesis has begun.

The 250W LED light provides enough power to drive indoor growth.
(Wattage depends on cultivation scale)

This setting allows you to grow one large plant per square meter.

However, with less stressful training, you can grow four plants under this power.

LEDs are energy efficient, generate less heat, and allow the user to switch the spectrum of light.
Switch the lights to the blue setting during the vegetative stage and set a timer to match the selected light schedule.

Week 3: First half of growth period

Week 3: First half of growth period
autoflower life cycle Week 3: First half of growth period

The third week consists of less stressful training and optimal maintenance.
At this point, the autoflower enters the growing phase (nutrition stage).

You will notice the formation of new fan leaves and increased photosynthesis.
In the third week, we will target the following environmental factors.

50% RH
20 ° C temperature

At this point, the height of the plant is about 15 cm.

Rearrange the lights so that they hang about 1m from the tip of the canopy.

This enables optimal photosynthesis without endangering photo stress.

When growing indoors, apply LST (Low-Stress Training) at 3 weeks to increase flowering productivity.

Tie a soft wire in the middle of the main stem, then gently bend the stem parallel to the ground and attach the other end of the wire to the edge of the pot to secure it.

This flattens the canopy and exposes the sprout location to the light source.

Week 4: Second half of the growing season

Week 4: Second half of the growing season
autoflower life cycle Week 4: Second half of the growing season

During the fourth week, the plant approaches the beginning of the flowering period.

This week consists of some minor training adjustments and preparations for flowering.
We aim for the following environmental conditions for optimal growth.

45% RH
20 ° C temperature
70 cm from the canopy
0.5 liters of water per 24 hours

You may notice that some pre-flowers are formed in the nodes of the plant.

As the flowering period is approaching, training should be completed so that the plants are not stressed during flowering.

Week 5: Beginning of flowering period

autoflower life cycle Week 5: Beginning of flowering period
autoflower life cycle Week 5: Beginning of flowering period

Flowering begins in the 5th week.
You will begin to see a small bag of hair on the node.
These gradually turn into sticky, resinous shoots.

This week we will continue to adjust the environmental conditions and adjust the lighting.
At this point, the height of the plant is about 30 cm. If you are growing indoors, aim for the following parameters:

45% RH
23 ° C temperature
65 cm from the canopy
1 liter of water per 24 hours

Change the LED light setting from blue to red. This spectrum of light facilitates the germination process and aids plant growth in the early stages of flowering.

Fertilizer changes to a nutritional recipe during the flowering period

The demand for phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium is high and the need for nitrogen is low.

Week 6: When to worry about the smell

autoflower life cycle Week 6: When to worry about the smell
autoflower life cycle Week 6: When to worry about the smell

At this time of year, cannabis grows in each bud location.

You will notice that training is beginning to work as the uniform canopy produces a consistent spread of uniform-sized shoots.

In the 6th week, reduce the humidity a little to minimize the risk of mold. Aim for these parameters:

40% RH
24 ° C temperature
45 cm from the canopy
1.5 liters of water per 24 hours

Note the strange banana-like structure protruding from the bud.
This indicates that your plant is hermaphroditic and is about to pollinate itself.

Remove these from the growing space to prevent pollination of nearby plants.
Thankfully, a hermaphrodite is rare, but they are still worth looking for.

Week 7: Regular checks are important

autoflower life cycle Week 7: Regular checks are important
autoflower life cycle Week 7: Regular checks are important

The goal for the 7th week is maintenance.
Focus your time and energy on balancing the glow room.

Be especially careful when the humidity gets too high, as it can cause mold problems.

Perform regular checks with a magnifying glass to look for pests such as thrips and spider mites.

Continue to check for signs of leaf nutrient deficiency (maybe due to pH problems)
and aim to maintain the following conditions:

40% RH
24 ° C temperature
45 cm from the canopy
1.5 liters of water per 24 hours

Week 8: Flushing and Defoliate

autoflower life cycle Week 8: Flushing and Defoliate
autoflower life cycle Week 8: Flushing and Defoliate

At this point, the buds look thick and resinous.
Most autoflowers are ready to be harvested.
If the plants look late, don’t worry!
Treat as if it is still 7 weeks and continue after the buds are larger.

8th-week environmental conditions

40% RH
25 ° C temperature
45 cm from the canopy
1.5 liters of water per 24 hours

At the beginning of the 8th week, you need to start washing the plants.
First of all, stop feeding the plants at this stage.

Fill the soil with as much water as possible and wait for the soil to empty.

Repeat this process several times over the next two weeks.
Flushing removes excess nutrients and gives your sprouts a smooth taste.

Now reach for your trimmer and start defoliation.
This method works very well with low-stress training to further improve yield.

Cut a small fan leaf from the bottom of the crop and a shabby fan leaf near the top of the canopy.

This helps increase exposure to light and further reduce the risk of mold.

Week 9: The Finish Line Approaches

autoflower life cycle Week 9: The Finish Line Approaches
autoflower life cycle Week 9: The Finish Line Approaches

A little more! !!
Your hard work and dedication will soon be rewarded in the form of juicy resin sprouts.

However, before this epic moment, there are still some jobs that tend to occur.

Efforts should be made to balance these environmental factors to avoid final intrusions and other issues.

40% RH
25 ° C temperature
45 cm from the canopy
1.5 liters of water per 24 hours

The leaves begin to discolor and may even fall.
Don’t worry about this.

This means that you have successfully washed away your plants.

Autoflower life cycle Week 10: Harvest

autoflower life cycle Week 10: Harvest
autoflower life cycle Week 10: Harvest

Ready to enjoy the fruits of your work?
Many autoflowers will be available for harvest in the 10th week!

When most of the trichomes are milky white and the pistil has a reddish-brown hue, you know that the buds are ready to be cut off.

If you find that some of the buds are ripe and others are not, try harvesting them in stages.

You will notice that the buds near the top of the canopy finish first.
Even if you train your plant, some buds will sit closer to the light more naturally than others.

Also, don’t worry if the plants appear to be late or advanced at this point in the timeline.

After harvesting the buds, start the drying and hardening process to secure storage space for delicious top shelves.

Read more: Autoflowers 10 ways to increase yield

Heath

Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis: Thank you for being the “Gateway drug” to perpetual inspiration, compassion, benevolence, and medicinal miracles: Cannabis grower, photographer with a long experience in cannabis cultivation. His articles are journalistic reports of places where cannabis is already legally cultivated and owned. They are intended to give an impression of the wide range of cannabis cultivation. These reports are intended to help identify the truth about cannabis and reduce prejudice.

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