* Most indoor growers use a timer to turn their lights on and off automatically.
Photoperiod strains that are flowered immediately or grown in limited root-space can produce similarly small-sized, quickly flowering plants, but they ought to have a larger THC concentration than their autoflowering counterparts. THC content is still a matter of debate between autoflowering cannabis proponents and detractors.
The flowering process is generally thought to be the most delicate time for the plant; so the utmost care should be given to a plant in its flowering cycle.
Will flower once put into a 12/12 light cycle.
Autoflowering cannabis is a human-created crossbreed of cannabis ruderalis and cannabis sativa and/or cannabis indica.
Between these two traits, autoflowering strains will theoretically produce not only less bud, but also less potent buds.
Autoflowering cannabis can be grown outdoors any time of year (assuming it has a reasonable, stable environment in terms of temperature, etc), since it will flower with any light cycle.
Growing Autoflowering Cannabis Strains
When planning out your cannabis growing season, one of the first questions you’ll have to consider is whether you want to grow photoperiod or autoflowering plants. You can get some great buds with either if you treat them right, but doing so means you have to know the difference between their lighting needs, yields, appearance, size, and more.
If you allow a weakened marijuana plant to flower, however, there is a good chance yields will be smaller. The potency of the buds will be affected too, leading to an inferior product all around.
As they spend such a brief period in vegetative growth, autoflowering strains tend to be a lot shorter than their photoperiod counterparts. Few will get much taller than a metre, and many end up even shorter than that. While this can be seen as a disadvantage, you may find that shorter plants are far easier to deal with, especially if you lack growing experience or space.
At the other extreme, if all we want to do is simply maintain the genetics and to keep them from growing too big in the meantime, it’s possible to reduce the photoperiod to 16/8, giving the plants eight hours less light than those at 24h, meaning they won’t grow as vigorously as the plants receiving more hours of light. Longer day length allows more photosynthesis, which in turn means that more nutrients will be consumed, which, naturally, leads to more growth.
The length of day and night determines many biological processes
The photoperiod for indoor crops
When we talk about photoperiod, we mean the daily hours of light and darkness that any given living organism receives, while photoperiodism refers to the physiological reaction provoked by the length of day or night, and the way it affects the behaviour and development of these plants and animals.
These standard photoperiods are very useful for the indoor grower when it comes to regulating the state of the plants, meaning, regardless of the cannabis variety being grown, they will behave as they ought to, growing under a vegetative photoperiod (18/6h) and blooming when it‘s changed to flowering (12/12h). However, many of the more experienced growers rarely use these photoperiods, especially during flowering. This is often because they are looking for the minimum number of darkness hours that will trigger the plant to start flowering. In this way, they have greater control over the light input during this important phase and will be able to achieve better yields or shorten the flowering time.
The correct photoperiod means that plants grow properly