Tips to increase the yield of my auto-flowering marijuana plants
Written by Redacción Mota Radio on 8 July, 2021
No matter if this is your first experience as a cannabis grower or you have been growing marijuana for some time, your goal will generally always be the same: to get more and more harvests.
To meet your goals, you’ll need to adjust your growing routine to get the most out of each strain planted. If you opted for auto-flowering buds, discover in this post some tips or advice to get better results.
1- Light is still important
Autoflowering marijuana flowers do not depend on changes in the light cycle to reach flowering, but that does not mean that lighting is not a determinant factor for their growth.
Many growers report that auto-flowering thrives best when they receive 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness every time. Throughout their development, the flowers are placed under the same photoperiod.
It is advisable to use lamps with mix spectrum of warm and cold light bulbs (CMH and HPS) or, in any case, opt for full-spectrum LED lights, ideal for the entire life cycle of your auto-flowering.
2- Don’t transplant your auto-flowering plants
If you want your auto-flowering flowers to develop their full potential and big production, avoid transplanting, as this practice could stress the auto plants and affect their growth.
The recommended action in these cases is to grow the auto strains in the final medium or pot from the beginning. If you plant in pots, you can use a 15-20 liter pot from the very beginning.
3- Choose auto-yielding strains
Although it may seem an obvious tip, choosing auto cannabis strains that are characterized by being productive is also a sure way to increase the yield, of course, the conditions in which you grow your weed will also have an influence.
You can choose, for example, strains like Critical Kush Auto; from Barney’s Farm, this variety can offer you up to 550g/m² when grown indoors and will be ready in only 8 to 9 weeks.
4- Apply training techniques
Another tip to increase the production of auto-flowering plants is the use of cannabis training techniques. Just keep in mind that not all methods are ideal for this type of plant.
For example, it is not recommended to apply high-stress training techniques, as your auto flowers will not have enough time to recover. Instead, it is advised to perform methods, such as LST or low-stress training, a perfect technique to maximize yields.
LST consists of bending down and carefully tying the stems and branches of the marijuana plant. As a gentler training technique, it reduces the risk of overstressing the plants.