Are you looking to get better yields from your autoflower garden? These tips will help you get the most out of your autos, but remember; good genetics is the first step! Keep reading this quick autoflower guide and learn how to get bigger yields from autoflowers and ruderalis cannabis plants
|Tips for Bigger Yields from Autoflowers|
|Good genetics – choose high-yielding autoflower strains|
|Plant seeds in a minimum 5-gallon container|
|Use lighter, airy soilless growing media with excellent drainage (Coco recommended)|
|Avoid transplanting – keep autoflower strains in the same pot throughout the plant’s lifecycle|
|Gradually increase the dark/night period to 8 hours for the last week of flowering|
|Focus on root development with microbes and beneficial root inoculants for the first two weeks|
|Avoid transplanting – keep autoflower strains in the same pot throughout the plant’s life cycle|
|Increase nutrient/feeding EC as plants mature and show signs of solid growth|
|Utilize low-stress training techniques to increase bud sites and ‘main colas|
Autoflowering strains have greatly improved over the years. Achieving bigger autoflower yields is no longer something that should be doubted. Respectable yields from autoflower strains should be expected if you follow the basic principles outlined in this simple guide to increase autoflower yields.
The first and most crucial step is to choose the right auto-flowering strain(s). As you may know, 9/10 times, the yield is strain-dependent. Starting with good genetics is essential. If you don’t start with good genetics, nothing in this guide to increasing your autoflower yields will yield any increase, you’ll simply be wasting time and money, so it’s always best to start with solid genetics.
How to get bigger yields from autoflowers?
The best ways to get bigger yields from autoflowers are:
1. Good Genetics – Highest-Yielding Autoflowers
2. Plant seeds in a larger container, a minimum of 5 gallons
3. Grow autoflower strains in lighter, airy soilless growing media with excellent drainage. The ideal growing medium is Coco, the preferred media at Paramount Seed Farms.
4. Do not transplant. Always grow autoflower strains in the same pot for the plant’s entire life cycle.
5. Increase the Dark/Night period throughout the cycle. Start with no dark period and gradually increase to 8 hours for the last week of flower.
6. Focus on root development with microbes and beneficial root inoculants for the first two weeks of the plant’s life.
7. Foliar feed your plants for the first three weeks of life.
8. Increase nutrient/feeding EC as plants mature and show signs of solid growth.
9. Utilize low-stress training techniques from the start of branching to increase bud sites and ‘main colas.’
Increase Autoflower Yields
Good Genetics – High-Yielding Autoflower Seeds
To achieve the best possible yield in your autoflower garden, it is vital to start with high-quality autoflower seeds. You will likely see lower yields than expected if you use subpar genetics or low-quality seeds. To ensure bountiful harvests, choosing seeds that are specially bred and selected for robust and vigorous plants is crucial. These high-quality autoflowering seeds typically have stable genetics, which leads to consistent growth and desirable traits like heavy bud production, high potency, and resistance to pests and diseases. Investing in top-quality autoflower seeds is the key to unlocking your garden’s full potential and enjoying a successful harvest. Remember to always buy from a reputable, high-quality cannabis seed bank. Regarding breeders, Fast Buds and ILGM offer the most reliable and high-yielding autoflowering seeds.
Utilizing a 5-gallon container provided by Paramount Seed Farms is highly recommended for those who plant in soil. On the other hand, if you prefer hydroponic systems, increasing the fertigation and nutrient solution PPM/EC levels is advised to amplify the absorption of nutrients by your plants.
For optimal growth, it is recommended to use soilless mixes that are light and airy with good drainage. We recommend using Coco as the ideal growing medium at Paramount Seed Farms. To further improve the texture of the medium, add perlite to make it even lighter and airier. If you prefer Pro Mix, our recommended medium, mix more perlite to your pot(s) – about 25% perlite and 75% Pro Mix. Super soil is also an excellent option for getting the maximum yield from your autoflowering marijuana plants, as it provides all the nutrients your plants require without adding any other nutrients throughout the life of the weed plant.
If you prefer hydroponics, you will get the best yields from auto-flowers by using the DWC hydro method.
For the best results when growing autoflower strains, keeping them in the same pot throughout their entire life cycle is recommended. Transplanting can cause stunting and stress, which may lead to some autos developing hermaphroditic traits. While there have been reports of success with transplanting autoflowering strains, it’s generally not recommended.
During the initial 18 days, keeping your lights on continuously for 24 hours is recommended 1. On the 19th day, adjust the lighting schedule to 18 hours on and 6 hours off. It is essential to maintain the optimal height of the lights to avoid undesirable stretching. A high-quality LED or HID grow light at the proper distance from your plant canopy is essential to maximizing your autoflower yields. LED grow lights, in particular, are excellent for helping autoflowers grow to maximize autoflower yields and potency.
Dialing in your light schedule can vary from strain to strain. 18 hours of light isn’t always the best light schedule for the life of the plant; check out below:
- Day 1 – 18: Lights on 24 hours
- Day 19 – ?: Lights on 18-20 hours (your preference)
- Final 7 – 10 days: Lights on for 16 hours. This helps with the finish. The result will be bigger autoflower yields as well as the overall quality of your finished buds
To promote the growth and development of your plants, it is crucial to utilize beneficial microbes and mycorrhizae. Paramount Seed Farms has successfully implemented Tribus and tested MYCO Jordan in our photoperiod gardens. By incorporating these methods, your plants will flourish and yield larger fruits at an accelerated rate. Bigger Roots Bigger Yields, I mean fruits. 🙂
It’s advisable to begin foliar feeding your plants after ten days, although you may wait for two weeks before doing so. We recommend using Canopy and LAB for the best results, as they are safe and efficient. For autoflowering plants, we suggest using 1/2 strength as they require additional assistance during the initial stages. Notably, Canopy can be utilized throughout the entire growth cycle at your discretion.
- Start foliar feeding after ten days once a week for two weeks
- Use 1/2 strength for autoflowering
- Canopy can be used throughout the entire growth cycle if you choose to
Nutrient Feeding – Autoflower Feeding Schedules and Nutrients
To improve the yield and quality of your autoflower cannabis plants, it’s essential to implement a nutrient-feeding program. This will provide the necessary nutrients to support healthy growth and produce top-notch buds. However, selecting the proper nutrients is crucial, as overfeeding your autoflowering plants can lead to issues like dense flowers and reduced yields. To ensure success, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for your nutrient supplement.
When to Start LST Autoflower? Training your autoflowering plant
When cultivating autoflowering plants, it is highly recommended to use the Low-Stress Training (LST) technique for plant training. This method involves bending and tying down the plant branches to promote growth and development. It is best to start implementing LST after approximately 14-24 days of vegetative growth. You can use Rapiclip wire or Twist Ties to gently bend and secure the branches to carry out this technique. By incorporating this method with your regular growing practices for photoperiod plants, you can increase your yields and achieve better results with your autoflowering strains.
How to Increase Autoflower Yields – FAQs
How can I increase the yields of my autoflowers?
There are several ways to increase the yields of your autoflowering cannabis plants. One crucial factor is to choose the right strain. Some autoflowering strains are known to produce higher yields than others. Additionally, providing your plants with the right nutrients, maintaining proper pH levels, and giving them enough light during the flowering stage can help maximize your autoflowering cannabis yield.
Does the size of the pot affect the yield of autoflowers?
Yes, the pot size can impact the yield of autoflowering cannabis plants. Bigger pots allow for more root development, leading to larger plants and higher yields.
How can I get bigger buds on my autoflowering cannabis plants?
To get bigger buds on your autoflowering cannabis plants, try techniques such as high-stress training (HST) or topping. These methods help promote multiple bud sites, resulting in larger and denser buds.
Are there any autoflowering strains known for their high yields?
Yes, there are autoflowering strains that are known for their high yields. Some popular high-yielding autoflowers include “Fast Buds,” “Big Autoflower,” and “Highest-Yielding Autoflowers.”
How fast do autoflowers grow? How do you maximize autoflower yield in such a short time?
Autoflowers are known for their quick growth. They typically have a shorter vegetative stage than photoperiod strains, allowing them to start flowering sooner. Autoflowers generally take around 8-10 weeks from seed to harvest.
Are autoflowers suitable for indoor cultivation?
Yes, autoflowers are well-suited for indoor cultivation. Their compact size, quick growth, and ability to flower regardless of light schedules make them popular for indoor growers.
Are there any specific nutrients that can help increase the yield of autoflowering cannabis plants?
While no specific nutrients guarantee increased yields, providing your autoflowers with a balanced nutrient solution that contains the necessary macronutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium) and micronutrients can help support healthy growth and maximize yield potential.
Do autoflowering cannabis plants yield less compared to photoperiod strains?
Autoflower plants can yield less than photoperiod strains, as they have a limited vegetative stage. However, achieving high yields with autoflowers is still possible with the proper techniques and growing conditions.
What are some general tips for maximizing the yield of autoflowering cannabis plants?
To maximize the yield of autoflower plants, it is essential to provide your plants with optimal growing conditions, including the right nutrients, proper pH levels, adequate lighting, and sufficient airflow. Additionally, avoiding stressors such as overwatering or excessive pruning can help ensure healthy plant development and higher yields.