If you, like many, are just dipping your toes into the home-grown cannabis scene, you probably find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed.
There can be a ton of technical terms, and industry jargon that you have to sift through that can make the process seem far more daunting than it actually is. Not to mention, the whole process of growing cannabis at home can seem very time consuming on the surface.
Luckily, modern innovation has led to the development of fast-growing, autoflowering seeds that can make everything far less complicated and easier on newcomers.
Let’s take a look at what autoflowering seeds are, and why they can make home growing cannabis a breeze for newbies! PS If you’re torn on seeds vs clones, check out our in depth article: Which One Should I Buy?
What are autoflowering seeds?
Cannabis typically requires photoperiods of changing light cycles to ‘trigger’ the flowering process. In nature this is triggered by the changing of the seasons, and shortened daylight. In typical indoor growing setups, this will require the grower to shorten their lighting periods of their plants to trigger this.
Autoflowering cannabis plants are strains of cannabis that are specifically bred to ‘autoflower’. This means that they will begin flowering after a very short vegetative period.
This flowering process will happen automatically and is not triggered by any changes in light cycle. This makes it far easier for beginners, as the plant will not need to be monitored as closely.
Autoflowering seeds are made by crossbreeding Indica/Sativa strains with cannabis ruderalis. Ruderalis is another strain of cannabis, but it is not very popular among consumers due to its low THC content.
However, in nature, ruderalis naturally autoflowers, and brings this unique property when crossbred with your typical Indica/Sativa strains.
What Are Some Great Autoflowering Seed Strains?
If you are in the market for a great autoflowering strain, you are in luck! You can acquire the seeds to autoflowering strains as easily as you can any other cannabis strain. Let’s take a look at a few of the best available to you for consideration!
1. Afghan Express
Afghan Express seeds are made by Positronics seedbank. This strain grows rapidly and can yield a harvest in as little as 8-9 weeks, it is an Indica dominant strain with a relatively mild THC content of 10-15%. The harvest on this crop will be average sized, and you can have yourself a nice mellow smoking bud in as little as 2 months!
2. AK Automatic Feminized
AK Automatic female seeds are extremely easy to maintain and can be ready for harvest in as little as 10 weeks. As a result, they are amazing seeds for beginners. This is a sativa dominant strain with a THC content of about 19%. It packs a pretty powerful punch, and yields a decent sized harvest especially considering the amazingly fast harvest time.
3. Amnesia Auto Feminized
Amnesia Auto by Seedsman seedbank is a slower grown autoflowering seed. However, you will still have a harvest ready to go in around 12 weeks, which is still very fast all things considered.
This strain is a sativa dominant strain that contains about 25% THC. This means that the extra time spent on growing this strain will yield a much more powerful bud. But don’t worry, the extra couple weeks of wait are well worth it!
In general, growing cannabis yourself is actually a relatively straightforward and simple process. However, it is completely understandable if you want to cut down on a few of the steps as a first-time grower. That is why autoflowering seeds are the perfect choice for beginners.