Advantages to Growing Autoflowering Marijuana Strains

There are numerous advantages to growing autoflowering marijuana strains that are often overlooked by traditional growers. Based on the success of my last blog, Why I Love Autoflowering Marijuana Strains, I’m going to try to write less passionately and more convincingly for this piece about these unique strains.

1. Get Shorty

For the most part autoflowering cannabis strains are short in structure plants. Some people refer to them as dwarf plants, but their size is dependent on strain and container in which they are grown in. To achieve bigger plants with heavier yields grow in larger containers and to keep them tiny simply grow in smaller ones. Unlike regular seeds, these plants rarely outgrow their space.

2. Stealthy Little Plants

Outdoors their shortness becomes a huge advantage because they can be hidden amongst other foliage easier. A well hidden cannabis plant is safe from recreational rippers and police. These plants will grow under the height of balconies, but it’s best to disguise them with tomato plants. Indoors an autoflowering plant can be grown in the smallest of grow tents, a kitchen cupboard or even a computer tower.

3. Not Bothered By Light Leaks

The only time Toronto’s massively lit up skyline goes dark is when the power is out city wide. People attempting balcony grows here will have plants exposed to plenty of non sunlight during dark hours. From personal experience, Amsterdam is much darker than Toronto, but the effect here is exactly what light leakage does to an indoor plant. Plants don’t fill in and take longer to finish when they have even the tiniest of exposures to light outside their schedule. However autoflowering plants are immune to light leaks and city night light. Cannabis plants can’t tolerate excessive city light, but an autoflowering plant does remarkably well.

4. Multiple Outdoor Harvest Seasons

Again, I suggest autoflowering for balcony grows because you can get two harvests a season in most summer climates. Their unique flowering schedule also throws off police, who traditionally are looking for cannabis plants during fall harvest season. However, an autoflowering plant can be finished flowering in mid July and the man isn’t looking for crops in July.

5. No Need To Change Light Cycle

For some reason changing the light cycle from veg to flower, apparently, confuses some people who would become growers. It’s not rocket surgery, but a few growers told me they believed people didn’t grow because of light cycle confusion. I do confess setting a digital timer is a challenge, but it’s not a reason not to grow cannabis. If setting timers is troubling you then choose autoflowering strains because they require a photoperiod to induce flowering.

6. Hardy Little Plants

Generally speaking these are hardy little plants. They are bug and mildew resistant, but a few strains are more challenging than others. The ruderalis genetic tends to toughen it up a bit, which makes it ideal for first time growers. People who are over or under feeding or struggle with some basics might want to grow autoflowers. Their fast flowering time will allow you to continue to try if your plants die out.

7. How To Constantly Harvest Autoflowering Marijuana Seeds

Autoflowering plants can’t be kept as mothers for cloning purposes, but this doesn’t prevent having a constant harvest. In fact harvesting constantly from autoflowering seeds requires much less space. There’s no need for a mother, veg and flower room! Stagger the germination and planting by about 24 – 30 days. For example, in a five plant grow room, start with three plants and when they start to flower, begin two more plants. Forty-eight hours before harvesting the initial three, germinate three replacements. A month later, two will be ready to be harvested and replaced. By repeating this method you can also switch up strains constantly. Remember to adjust your nutrients accordingly.

Matt Mernagh is author of Marijuana Smoker’s Guidebook The Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains available from Amazon, iTunes and Urban Outfitters

Matt Mernagh
Matt Mernagh

Matt Mernagh is author of Marijuana Smoker's Guidebook The Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains ( by Green Candy Press and hosts a weekly weedy webcast The Menahuana Zone on Pot.TV every Tuesday. The Mernagh Ruling is a test case of Canada's cannabis laws and was spearheaded by Mernagh, lawyer Paul Lewin and 22 witnesses from across Canada.