In order to understand where autoflowering seeds come from you should try to learn more about the genetics from autoflowering seeds. The main reason why these seeds are called autoflowering is simply that they have �Cannabis ruderalis’ in their genetic makeup.
Cannabis ruderalis is a cannabis plant that originated from Europe where it grows in the wild in massive quantities. Nowadays, these plants are grown throughout the United States and Canada. Although some experts are of the view that Cannabis ruderalis is a species of its own, Cannabis ruderalis is a subspecies of Cannabis sativa that escaped from outdoor plantations and perhaps ended up in the wild.
Cannabis ruderalis has been used in Russian and Mongolian medicinal and shamanistic traditions for a long period of time. As per the research study conducted by the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Cannabis sativa and Cannabis ruderalis have been utilized for several different medicinal purposes in Mongolia. Even though Cannabis ruderalis lacks psychoactive potency, it is quite possible that shamans in Mongolia have been using this plant to achieve their �shamantic trance’.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the major advantages and disadvantages of autoflowering seeds:
Quick Harvests and Flowering Times:
First of all, the autoflowering plants offer rapid harvests and quick flowering times. This is an incredible advantage for those who want to see their valuable yield as soon as possible. It is also a great benefit to those who live in areas where being stealthy and fast to harvest are important requirements.
Autoflowering strains generally grow a lot quicker than indica and sativa strains and some autoflowering strains can go from seed to harvest in as quickly as two months. That is the reason why this plant is named “Quick one”.
Autoflowering Plants are small in Size:
One of the major advantages of these plants is the fact that they are small and compact. This is mainly because of the introduction of cannabis ruderalis genetics.
Sativa plants are known for their tall stature and slender leaves, which are capable of turning into massive bushes outdoors if permitted to. Indicas, on the other hand, are of a smaller stature, yet are broad with thicker, fan-like leaves. On the contrary, ruderalis plants look like weed. They are small and thin but still tough and adaptive.
This feature makes these plants small and compact. This is a massive advantage to some growers who are either looking to make the best out of their growing space, or those who live in areas where growing cannabis plants is frowned upon.
As a matter of fact, the quick growth cycle and compact size makes them the ultimate choice for stealth and covert growing spaces.
No Change in Photoperiod Needed:
One of the main advantages of autoflowering strains is the fact that they do not need a change in the light cycle in order to flower. Rather, they flower with age.
The Size of Autoflowering Strains:
For those who have a huge grow room or personal outdoor space, they want to focus on strains that can grow to massive heights with equally enormous yields. Although a wide variety of techniques can be used to maximize the yield of cannabis strains, they are usually smaller and cannot reach the height that some of other plants can.
Autoflowering plants require much more light during the flowering period. This can be highly useful to maximize photosynthesis and energy production within autoflowering cannabis strains. Keeping your lights on for a longer period of time will increase the electricity costs, though. So some growers might find this to be a disadvantage.
Lower THC Content:
In addition to producing lower yield than other types of strains, the cannabinoid content could also be less than a regular strain. Buds of the autoflowering cannabis strains produce less THC because of their ruderalis genetics.
With that said, the autoflowering seeds hold huge significance, in terms of their numerous functions and usage. They are believed to have originated from Eastern and Western Europe before being spread to the other parts of the world, especially the United States and Canada. They offer rapid harvests and are smaller in size. With autoflowering plants, no change in photoperiod is required. However, these plants consume much more light and contain lower THC content, which could be of disadvantage to some growers.