SETTING UP FOR AUTOFLOWER SUCCESS By: PattyNuggs 

Autoflowers have Become a major player in the Cannabis Game over the last ten years. Ten years ago, I wouldn't even consider them. Now due to breeding they are absolutely amazing and a lot of fun to play around with! Here's some tips if you're looking to start an auto flower grow! 

 Setting up your grow area properly. Will make a noticeable difference in the performance of your AutoFlower cannabis plants. Taking this step will result in the best health and sucess for your Autoflower grow. 

Due to the short grow cycle of Autoflowers, it is vital that the first stages of its life, are set up for success. A autoflower cannabis plant that has optimum conditions. Will be healthy from seed to harvest. The plant will produce the best possible results. Giving you beautiful harvests. 

Autoflower cannabis plants, Flower by the age of the Plant. Not by the light cycle. These plants are started from seed to harvest. And cannot be cloned.  Note * “they can be cloned” however there is no point. It is a waste of time, and space. The cloned  plant doesn’t have enough time to root, before it starts to flower. Resulting in poor harvests and quality. The clone is simply a waste of time, with autoflowers. At least at the moment until future breeding may achieve this. *There are of course a few rare exceptions. Like some autoflower sativa varieties. However 99.9 percent of autoflowers cannot be cloned for successful realistic harvests. 

Autoflower cannabis plants like as much light saturation as possible. Especially once the cannabis plants go into their aggressive veg and flower stages.  

Veg Cycle: 24 Hours of Light for the first few weeks of the Autoflower Plants Life. 

Flower Cycle : Light is reduced to 18 hours of light , 6 hours of darkness.  

 When Germinating your Autoflower Cannabis seed. It’s best to Germinate the seed. Right into the substrate that you plan on using. Choose a substrate that has high porosity, so that the roots can grow quickly at the beginning. When planting outdoors in direct soil. Make sure the soil is loose and warm.  

Autoflower cannabis plants start with slow growth. And then the roots grow vigorously. It’s highly recommended that you do NOT TRANPLANT Autoflower cannabis plants. They prefer to start and finish in the same container. This helps with ultimate success as the main tap root doesn’t get interfered with, or destroyed.  

Container size will be a significant determinant in the size of the plant when it comes to autoflower cannabis. Autoflower cannabis can grow to be 4x the diameter of their pots!  

There is a diminishing return when the container is too large. It’s best to not exceed 10 gallons.  10 gallons is where yields cap. Flowering time is typically between 1-3 weeks total of the plant's life.  

The first few weeks of an auto’s life, it doesn’t do much, but weeks 4-7 as it transitions to flower is when the plant is actually growing. You want the right size container so the plant stays in veg. One week/ 7 days is a “long time” for an autoflower cannabis plant, in advanced flower stages. So having the right veg opportunity right off the start, will give your flower stage the best success.  

In a 4x4 indoor space you can fit 5 autoflowers. This ensures enough spacing for the plants, and adequate room to grow . Proper airflow and light saturation.  

When growing outdoors leave 3 feet of space between plantings.  

For best results of germination. It’s important to have 80-86 degrees Fahrenheit and high humidity. 

 Germinate Direct into the substrate and container. Do not transplant for the life of the autoflower.  The autoflower will stay in the same container its entire life. To help with Humidity and germination. You can cut a plastic bottle or put a plastic dome around , where you planted the seed. Till it sprouts. 

Once the seeds germinate and the plants sprout. Its best to keep daytime temps around 80 degrees Fahrenheit with 60 percent humidity.  

These plants will transpire a lot in advanced stages. You may have to reduce humidity to compensate.  

Autoflower cannabis plants do best with . Low Stress Training = LST. For best results keep the plants Vertical. By using stakes or ties.   

*Do not do any aggressive training techniques such as: topping or super cropping. That is important for the best results and yield .  

*Only do LST technique's .   

Of course there are some acceptations, to this rule.  Like some strains of autoflower sativas . However for the most part. 99.9 percent of autoflower strains: its best to not top, or do any high stress training. Only LST with autoflowers.  

The best part is, They will do most of the work for you!  

You only need to defoliate some leaf, In obvious stages. Which helps open up the canopy to light penetration.  

I recommend running your PH @ 6.0  

And feed less. LESS IS MORE  

“The Less is More Technique “  

And remember most importantly : Have FUN with it!!!! Growing your own high quality medicine is very important for humans. It helps with a quality of life.  

 

LOW STRESS TRAINING LST

low stress training (LST)?  

Low stress training (LST) is a tactic used by growers to control the way cannabis plants grow in order to maximize yields, preserve space and accessibility for cannabis plants grown indoors and outdoors. By manipulating the growth patterns of cannabis plants, cultivators can get the most out of their available space and lighting.  

Low stress training makes it possible to manipulate cannabis plants into producing multiple colas by growing outwards instead of upwards.  

LST flattens cannabis plants into a canopy, which allows the plants to absorb more light and encourage multiple top colas and flower clusters. Essentially, low stress training involves bending and weaving stems through trellis netting “SCROG” or through the use of pipe cleaners, or strings. Softly bending the branches and stems is generally easy on the plant, so it tends to adapt quickly and not suffer from stress which can actually hurt yields. Especially in Autoflower Varites.  

Low stress training is always best in the vegetative stage early on to train the plant stems and shoots while they’re still pliable and less prone to breaking. By bending branches and nodes to keep the plant growing outward instead of upward, the plant will begin to produce colas sprouting upwards even when the plant itself is growing sideways.  

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