July 23, 2019
The Pros And Cons Of Auto-flowering Cannabis Strains
The cannabis plant is diverse and genetically flexible, having species that have developed entirely different traits as a result of evolving in different parts of the world. The species known as cannabis ruderalis evolved in northern parts of the world where summers are shorter. Therefore less light is available annually. Having adapted to these conditions, cannabis ruderalis developed the ability to flower based on age. Instead of a change in photoperiod. This is a major difference from other types of cannabis. This characteristic is what has enabled and inspired breeders to merge ruderalis genetics with that of indica and sativa varieties of cannabis. Creating hybrids known as AUTO-FLOWERING CANNABIS strains.
PROS OF GROWING AUTOFLOWERING CANNABIS STRAINS
Autoflowering strains typically grow a lot faster than indica and sativa strains. some auto-flowering strains can go from seed to harvest in as fast as two months.
Pure ruderalis plants really do appear like a weed. They are small and thin yet hardy and adaptive. This trait makes auto-flowering strains quite small and compact. This fact is a massive advantage to some growers who are either looking to make the absolute best out of their growing space. Or those who live in areas that frown upon the growing of cannabis plants.
In fact, the rapid growth cycle and compact size of auto-flowering strains make them the ultimate choice for stealth and covert growing spaces.
One of the main advantages of auto-flowering strains is that they do not require a change in the light cycle in order to flower. Instead, they flower with age.
CONS OF GROWING AUTOFLOWERING CANNABIS STRAINS
As mentioned above, auto-flowering cannabis strains are indeed on the smaller side of the spectrum.
For growers with a huge grow room or private outdoor space, they may prefer to focus on strains that can grow to giant proportions. Although a variety of strategies can be employed in order to maximize the yield of any auto cannabis strains. They are genetically smaller, and therefore cannot reach the massive yields of other plants.
Auto-flowering plants can be kept under much more light during the flowering phase. This can be useful to maximize photosynthesis and therefore energy production. Having your lights on more will push up the electric costs, though.
As well as producing less of a yield than other types of strains, the cannabinoid content of that yield may also be less than a regular strain. Buds from auto-flowering cannabis strains typically produce less THC due to their ruderalis genetics.