Autoflowers growing outdoors usually receive only 12 hours of proper sunlight, and you’re probably wondering if that’s enough. However sunlight is the most powerful light compared to artificial systems set up by humans, so autos take advantage of the situation and produce maximum yields outdoors.
Containers must be proportional to the size of the plant. For example, medium-sized plants require at least 5–7 gallon containers whereas big plants need pots that are more than 11 gallons. Remember, the type of container you choose plays a major role as well. Autoflowers love aerated soil that drains very well, so use breathable containers like fabric pots that allow maximum drainage.
6) Light cycle
1) Prepare ahead
How to maximize yields in autoflowering plants?
How does the pH dictate the yields, you ask? Well, when the pH falls below 5.5, plants cannot absorb certain nutrients like Calcium and Magnesium even if they are present at the roots. The same logic applies when the pH rises above 7. Suffice it to say that all the nutrients in the world cannot help the plant recover if the pH is not right. With an imbalance in the pH, the nutrients cannot be absorbed and the plants produce very little yields. Therefore, check the pH constantly to ensure that the plants are healthy.
Most people assume that autoflowers produce small yields, but they can’t be further from the truth. Get this straight — autoflowers can not only produce humongous yields, but the fact that they do so within 2 months isn’t a small feat! But, you gotta follow a small rulebook, so here are 7 tips and tricks to maximize yields in autoflowers if you’re struggling to get the best out of them.
No matter what time of the year outside you decide to grow your autos, after the fourth week of growth the plants will begin to transition into the pre-flowering stage. This means they will shift in auxin production and focus on flowering causing a hormonal change and a preference for certain nutrients. When your plants start flowering you have to make sure that you’re providing higher doses of phosphorus and potassium, these are the main minerals your cannabis plants need to produce buds.
Also, all of this growth is what will allow your plant to withstand the weight of the buds during the flowering stage, as you may know, some plants produce super heavy flowers and if your plant hasn’t developed properly you’ll need to provide support or the branches may end up snapping.
2. The pre-flowering stage
The pistils, trichomes, and calyxes are signs that the plants are close to harvesting and the trichome development is fully or almost fully mature. Now just because the hairs have turned brown does not mean you should grab your trimming scissors and eagerly get to work, however, there are a few other things you should check:
In the image below you can clearly see a bit of resin starting to form although it is not as abundant as when the buds are ready for harvest, this is a sign that your plant has just transitioned from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage and will gradually start to fatten up the buds and producing a lot of resin.
First of all, you need to remember that the information most breeders specify is when growing their genetics in optimal conditions so if you don’t have a good light fixture, nutrients and are not controlling the conditions, your plants may take a bit longer but don’t worry, they will flower.
Learn to grow autoflowering cannabis.
HOW LONG DO AUTOFLOWERS TAKE FROM SEED TO HARVEST?
You can make your own potting mix using the following formula:
Because of this unique trait, outdoor growers can achieve multiple harvests during a single growing season. By germinating seeds week after week in early spring, you can theoretically rake in your first harvest after
Their impressive resistance to pathogens and pests allows them to withstand the challenges of outdoor growing.