Autoflowering feminised seeds, often called ‘Autofem seeds’ are a relatively new development in the world of cannabis seed technology. What makes these seeds different is the way they crash through their growth cycle going from seed to finished bud in about 10 weeks whether they are growing indoors, in a greenhouse or outdoors.
As a result of the short lifespan autoflowering seeds often produce small, short plants ideal for a discreet but sunny corner of the garden, greenhouse or patio. The resulting autoflowering plants tend not to give the same massiveyields as larger plants that grow over a full 6 month summer, however a Dutch Passion customer did report a 205 gram yield from a single AutoMazar in Southern Europe one summer. Normally around 50-100 grams is achieved per plant.
Autoflowering (autofem) seeds have created a surge of interest in the cannabis community since they were first introduced. As with the creation of feminised seeds, Dutch Passion have played a key role in the development of autoflowering seeds. Today Dutch Passion have the most extensive collection of autofem seeds on the planet and they continue to work hard to promote and develop them.
The term ‘automatic’ refers to the fact that autoflowering seeds do not rely on shortened artificial/natural daylight hours to stimulate the flowering cycle that produces the cannabis buds. Instead the autoflowering varieties use deliberately inserted genetics from the Ruderalis cannabis family. Ruderalis cannabis is normally not psychoactive but has the unique ability to grow from seed to mature adult in just 10 weeks allowing it to survive inhospitable climates and short growing seasons in Northern Russia and Northern Canada. Dutch Passion have bred Ruderalis genetics into some of their best selling strains to create autoflowering varieties. Furthermore, these varieties have been feminised meaning that the autoflowering seeds give rise only to female plants.
Autoflowering varieties have been especially important for outdoor growers. Normally cannabis is planted outdoors in the Northern Hemisphere around April and harvested around October, a 6-7 month lifecycle. However some countries have summers that are too short to allow outdoor growing. Growers in these countries had to resort to either indoor or greenhouse growing and sometimes this was not always convenient/safe for the grower. Autofem seeds changed that, even growers in Northern Scandinavia are able to find a suitable sunny 10 week growing window and the result is excellent quality marijuana. In Mediterranean climates up to 3 separate crops a year are possible with autofem seeds.
Autofem seeds can best be grown Indoors under a system of 20-hours light/4-hour darkness over a 10 week period.
Dutch Passion’s autoflowering seeds have rapidly become best sellers. Many growers have found that the unique properties of autofem seeds were just what they required. Easy, quick and convenient – try growing some this summer!