Germination of the Auto-flowering Cannabis seeds
The germination is done like with any other Cannabis seeds. Take a plate and put a wet paper or cloth on it, now spread the seeds over it and cover all with another wet paper or cloth. Be sure all is covered well and than take another plate you put on the other one upside down. The first seeds could germinate within the first 24 hours, so keep checking for open seeds often, but it also can take several days until all are open. If the small seedlings reached a size of a few mm, quickly plant them in small flower pots. Therefore just fill them with soil, make a hole in the middle that is around 5 mm deep and place the seedling in it. Carefully cover it with soil. After a few days your seedlings are already small plants.
Handling of the small plants
Now hurry and place them into your grow room or take them outside to your growing spot. The vegetation period is quite short and therefore they should grow as much as they can. The vegetation period is often only 2 to 3 weeks long and than the plants start the flowering period themselves.
The vegetation period of Auto-flowering Cannabis
As said, the vegetation period is very short, so ensure good light, no matter if indoor or outdoor. You should also fertilize your plants, following a strict plan, so that you have the chance to get the maximum size. Depending on your strain, the plants will have a height of 30 to 100 cm when the flowering period begins.
As with all grows, keep watering them so that the soil is always wet and don´t forget to spray water on them daily.
The flowering period of Auto-flowering Cannabis
As soon as it starts, keep track of the gender, so you can sort the males out quickly, this time you don´t have a pre-mature state for an early selection. Additional when you grow indoors, you don´t have to switch from 18 hours light to 12 hours, but you still have to switch the lamps. Because only that the flowering period starts by itself, they got the same needs as regular Cannabis. So the different light spectrum is essential to get a good yield. Also switch to fertilizers suited for the flowering period. As before, keep the soil wet and spray water on your plants daily.
Another major difference is, that you don´t have to give them 12 hours light per day, you can keep giving full light for 18 hours a day. Some growers even experiment with more extreme methods and give full flowering light for 24 hours, 7 days a week. That way you can get a really large bud with a large amount of resin. So that the yield per plant measured on its size and growing duration is still excellent.
Preparation of the harvest
Getting more harvests per year
If you are not using feminized auto-flowering cannabis seeds, you should choose one male and one female plant to produce seeds. So you can harvest a large amount of seeds within 2 to 3 months, that way you can make it possible to gather several harvests per year. Even in colder regions of the northern hemisphere you might get up to 3 harvests per year, while other strains only give a chance to one harvest. That is because they are only flowering when the daylight times become shorter and with auto-flowering seeds you live without that problem.