Auto-Flowering Cannabis Varieties
Auto-flowering cannabis varieties are the result of the introduction of ruderalis genes into a more common strain. Let’s look at a number of unique advantages as well as the potential drawbacks these genetic crosses entail for growers.
There are many options to choose from when you explore our cannabis seed catalog. A cannabis species that often raises as many questions as interest is auto-flowering marijuana. In this article, we will explore what it is plus its advantages and disadvantages.
AUTO FLOWERING CANNABIS
The marijuana plant is a diverse and genetically flexible creature, presenting many varieties that have developed totally different characteristics, as a result of having evolved in different parts of the world. The species known as cannabis ruderali s is native to northern areas of the planet, where summers are shorter, and therefore have less light available annually. Having adapted to these conditions, cannabis ruderalis generated the ability to flower according to their age, rather than relying on a photoperiod change. This is a unique difference in relation to other types of cannabis, since all the others need a change in the hours of light to flourish.
This characteristic is what has allowed and inspired breeders to cross genetics ruderalis with varieties of Indica and Sativa cannabis , creating hybrids that maintain the content of cannabinoids of sativas and Indicas, but that bloom based on the age of the plant.
Ruderalis is rarely cultivated in its pure genetic form, since its harvests are small, and its content of cannabinoids is clearly surpassed by its indica and sativa equivalents.
ADVANTAGES OF THE CULTIVATION OF THE VARIETY OF CANNABIS AUTOFLOWERING
Let us first explore the advantages of cultivating autoflowering varieties, which are quite a few.
QUICK CROPS AND FLOWERING PERIOD
This is a huge advantage for growers who want to harvest their precious crop as soon as possible. It also represents an immense advantage for those who cultivate in certain parts of the world where being discreet and quick to harvest are imperative requirements.
Normally, autoflowering varieties grow much faster than indica and sativa varieties. Some autoflowering strains can pass from seed to crop in as little as two months. An example of such rapid and efficient growth is found in an autoflowering variety that receives a very appropriate name, the ” Quick One .The Royal Dwarf is another good example of a fast-growing auto-flowering marijuana variety, with crops that can be ready in about 8 to 9 weeks.