Differences between photoperiodic and autoflowering marijuana. Which to choose?

Written by on 3 June, 2020

In the cannabis world, there is a large number of strains, each with particular characteristics, from which you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

Among the most sought-after genetics are photoperiodic and autoflowering marijuana, but how do these two types of cannabis differ? Well, if you’re interested in knowing the answer, keep reading this post to find out.

Autoflowering Marijuana

Growers generally prefer this type of cannabis because it is much easier to grow, and these varieties grow faster, making it an ideal choice for growers who want to get their harvest as quickly as possible. These strains flourish regardless of the light cycle to which they are subjected.

The auto strains are characterized by being smaller than the photoperiodic varieties, so they are perfect if you are looking for discretion and their small size will allow you to grow more plants in a given space. The only negative is that they produce less abundant harvests.

Because of their ruderalis genetics, auto plants are much more resilient, so they are ideal for novice growers.

Photoperiodic marijuana

Photodependent cannabis plants are much more difficult to grow because they require a change in the light cycle to start flowering, so they need more care.

These strains take longer to harvest than auto-flowering varieties, but the productivity is much higher and the size of the plants is also larger, and they have a higher cannabinoid content.

These varieties are classified into two subspecies: indica and sativa, so the growth of these types of cannabis will vary. Sativas can typically grow to 3m, while Indicas can grow to 1m and 1.5m.

Which one to choose?

The decision to grow auto-flowering or photoperiodic marijuana will depend on your needs as a grower. You already know some of the differences between these two genetics so go ahead and choose the one that suits you best.


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