How much do high yielding autoflowers yield?
The yield of autoflowers can vary depending on several factors, such as the strain, growing conditions, your experience level and what training methods you use. For argument's sake, let's just say that you're a green thumbed expert with an excellent set up. You could expect one of our high yielding autoflowers to produce 500 grams per square meter or more, which is comparable to or even higher than some photoperiod strains. With their faster growth and the fact that you can squeeze in a few harvests each year, autoflowers can now compete with some photoperiods. And when you take into account their robustness and ease of growing, it really is a no-brainer!
What yields more, autoflowers or ordinary feminized strains?
If we take a simple approach to this question and just compare the yields from a single harvest, then ordinary feminized strains will almost always come out on top. Yes, you do get some lower yielding photoperiods, and yes a high yielding auto will produce more than those, but on the whole feminized strains are bigger.
However, just simply comparing the yield from a single harvest is too much of a simplistic approach to answering the question of which yields more. And, if you are growing autoflowers for enormous yields then you are sort of missing the point about what makes them so great in the first place.
So before we decide on growing a normal feminized strain instead, let's just have a quick look at what makes high yielding autoflowers so great?
Autoflowers grow fast
Autoflowers grow a lot faster than photoperiods. The average autoflower can grow from seed to harvest in 8-12 weeks. Meaning you will be able to produce multiple harvests each season, leading to a higher accumulated yield.
Autoflowers are robust
Thanks to their tough ruderalis ancestors, autoflowering strains are incredibly robust. The ruderalis genus originates in Siberia and Eastern Europe so they are no stranger to cold weather, long winters and short summers.
Autoflowers are small
Being small has some advantages. Firstly, autoflowers are ideal for small scale indoor growers. What's the point of growing five huge plants that take months to finish and use lots of electricity, when you can grow a constant supply of smaller, easier to manage plants. Autoflowers can easily be grown in a closet, on a balcony or in a small tent which makes them perfect for stealth grows.
Autoflowers are less hassle
I know it's stating the obvious, but the ability to flower automatically is pretty darn cool. For any new growers out there that are struggling to understand the light cycles and how long they need to veg or for, autoflowers make your job a whole lot easier. Just put them in a pot under a light that is turned on for 18-20 hours each day. Job done.
How to grow high yield autoflowers
Autoflowers are smaller than photoperiods, however that doesn't mean that you have to settle for small harvests. With the advancements in breeding, today's autoflowers are huge compared to the autos of 10 years ago. To truly get the most out of your plant and achieve those big yields, you need to focus on some key principles while growing.
Start with the right genetics
Before you can grow enormous yields you need to start with the right genetics. Grow with high yielding autoflower seeds such as Big Bud Auto, Amnesia Haze or Tangerine Dream Auto to give yourself the best possible start.
Use good quality lighting
Autoflowering plants don't require a specific light cycle, but they still need lots of light to grow big. Use high quality grow lights, such as LED or HPS for your grow room. And the best light cycles for autoflowers provide them with at least 18-20 hours of light per day. If you are growing outdoors make sure wherever you choose to grow your plants they are getting at least 8 hours of direct sunlight each day.
Keep your plants happy
Keep the temperature and humidity levels within the optimal range for your plant, usually between 68-77°F and 40-70% humidity. Make sure the grow room has good ventilation to prevent mold and mildew growth.
Grow in your final pot
Autoflowers grow fast and so its important not to stress them as they don't have as much recovery time as photoperiods. Grow your autoflowers in their final pot from day one, this means you won't have to transplant them which can often cause stress.
Use quality soil and nutrients
Use good quality soil that contains heathy natural nutrients. Soils containing compost, bat guano or worm castings are usually very nutrient dense. The best soil for autoflowers should provide good drainage, water retention, be light and airy.
Train your plants for bigger yields
To maximize yields, train your autoflowers to grow laterally using methods such as low stress training or ScrOG. Correct execution of these methods will improve light absorption and increase the number of bud sites. Avoid HST methods such as fimming and topping with autoflowers as they tend to stress the plant too much and can decrease yields.
Harvest at the right time
Autoflowers have a set life cycle, so make sure you allow your plants to fully matured before you harvest them to get the biggest yields. The ideal time to harvest is when the trichomes on the buds turn milky or amber in color.
What is the best light cycle to grow high yield autoflowers?
Different growers will have their own opinion on what works best for them. Some growers swear by the 24 hour light cycle, whereas others stick strictly to 18/6. If we had to pick what is the best, then the optimal light cycle for autoflowering cannabis plants is between 18-24 hours of light per day during the vegetative stage, 20 hours of light per day during the flowering stage. Some growers prefer to keep the light cycle consistent throughout the entire growth cycle, providing their autoflowering plants with 18-20 hours of light per day without any change which is also fine.
Providing more than 20 hours of light per day during the vegetative stage can offer a boost to vegetative growth, but it can also increase the risk of heat and humidity issues in your grow room.
Ultimately, the ideal light cycle for your autoflowering plants will depend on various factors, including the strain, the growing environment, and your personal preferences. It's best to experiment with different light cycles to determine what works best for you.
What are the highest yielding autoflower seeds?
Big Bud Auto
Big Bud Autoflower is the perfect strain for growers looking for a big yields in a short timeframe. It produces a big dense, busy foliage which makes it an excellent plant for LST training. By using the tie and bend or ScrOG methods, you can reach yields of up to 500 grams per square meter.
Tangerine Dream Auto
A 50/50 hybrid of Ghost OG and Skunk Haze, Tangerine Dream Auto offers growers the best of both indica and sativa characteristics. With its exceptional citrus aroma and flavor, this strain produces plenty of large, resinous buds that hold up against any top shelf strain. Get ready for a tasty harvest!
Acapulco Gold Auto
A sativa dominant autoflower that is bred from landrace genetics. Acapulco Gold Auto provides the opportunity to produce some incredible uplifting sativa weed in as little as 12 weeks. And with yields of up to 500 grams per square metre, you will have enough bud to last until next season.