If you're new to marijuana growing, autoflower seeds are a great choice. These cannabis seeds don't require a rigorous light schedule, and they're more forgiving when it comes to temperature fluctuations and fungus control. They also grow… These are the top 10 auto strains that will produce top-shelf buds and can be cultivated outdoors all year long. This first part of our outdoor cannabis grower's guide put the lights on how to plan ahead starting with choosing between autoflower and photoperiod seeds.
A Complete Guide to Growing Autoflowers Outdoors (When to Plant, How Often to Water, & How Much They Yield)
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If you’re new to marijuana growing, autoflower seeds are a great choice. These cannabis seeds don’t require a rigorous light schedule, and they’re more forgiving when it comes to temperature fluctuations and fungus control. They also grow much faster than typical cannabis seeds, so you can get a full yield in just 8 to 12 weeks! We’ve answered your questions about autoflowering seeds so you can pick the right strain for you.
Top 10 Autoflowering Strains To Grow Outdoors (2022)
The top 10 autoflowering strains to grow outdoors in 2022, get on your way to grow some incredible nugs!
One of the best traits about autoflowering Cannabis, is how these tough resilient plants can adapt to all climates allowing a grower to harvest top grade buds all year round. Growing autoflowering strains outdoors can be tricky due to weather conditions or not-so-good genetics. To avoid a bad experience you need to choose resilient and high yielding autoflowering strains. This will allow you to successfully harvest all year long without too much worry even in cold or hot climates. Below are our top ten strains you should consider growing in 2022, so you can keep those curing jars full to the brim.
1. Growing Autoflowers Outdoors
Autoflowering strains have a mix of different cannabis species including Ruderalis, this makes them extremely resilient for growing outdoors, being able to withstand not only hotter and colder climates but also bugs and mold. These characteristics along with the autoflowering trait make it possible for growers to cultivate autos outdoors and harvest all year long without having to worry about the amount of light they get, although the yields may vary if your plant gets more (or less) sun, you will be pleased with the results. The amount of light you get in each season may vary depending on where you live, but you can use this table as a general guideline:
|Duration||Dec 1-Feb 28||Mar 1-May 31||Jun 1-Aug 31||Sep 4-Nov 30|
|Average Hours of Light||14hrs||11hrs||10hrs||12hrs|
You don’t actually need to make a table, you can obviously check on the internet or download an app to have an idea of the expected weather throughout your growing cycle, this makes it possible to plan ahead and prepare for eventual storms or other things. For example, if you’re expecting rain or strong windstorms you can improvise a homemade greenhouse to protect your plants.
2. Orange Sherbet Auto
Big yields and even bigger flavors come to mind when talking about our huge and incredibly resilient Sativa-leaning hybrid owner of delicious citrusy top-shelf terpenes; Orange Sherbet Auto. A truly monster resin producer that makes for the best of the best hashes and extractions out there, perfect for all hash heads out there.
I grew this with other fast buds strains. I’m very happy how they all grew. I use soil, 19L pots on a 20/4 light cycle. They love it.
This is an extremely potent citrusy beast and one of our tallest hybrids, making it perfect for commercial growers and hash makers who want to take their extractions to the next level, due to its impressive trichome production and the mouth-watering orange flavors.
This Sativa-dominant strain can grow up to 150cm in all types of climates, especially warmer ones while yielding up to 650gr/m 2 of extremely delicious resinous buds with dense large-sized calyxes that will leave a strong fruit smoothie flavor in your mouth. You’ll be rewarded with flowers that test as high as 24% THC which delivers an uplifting, exhilarating, energizing, and creative effect in around 9-10 weeks.
The high THC levels come hand-in-hand with a delicious combination of orange, tangy, and sweet terps that end up tasting as fresh orange juice combined with tangerine sorbet and a couple of drops of lemon juice, giving this strain one of the most delicious flavors out there.
- An extremely resinous cultivar that produces a great amount of sugar trim for making hash and extracts.
- She reacts very well to plant training such as low-stress technique and pruning.
- Better suited for growers with unlimited growing space outdoors, as she has a tendency to grow tall.
3. Gelato Auto
The ultimate Cali strain and one of the most popular cannabis strains all over the world when it comes to potency and flavor; Known for its extremely hard-hitting effect and kept as a classic due to the delicious uncomparable taste.
I don’t even know which one I prefer. I keep alternating between them. I hope next time I grow Gelato I get both phenos again.
This medium-tall Indica-dominant hybrid performs superbly well in all types of climates where it produces vibrant green buds golden orange stigmas and delivers massive yields in 63 days, making it perfect for everyone that wants to harvest top-shelf flowers really fast.
You will experience sweet cookie flavors with zesty citrus hints that offer a giggly, upbeat, and couch-lock effect if smoked too much so make sure you get comfy on your sofa if you’re planning to have a smoke sesh.
- Due to her compact growth structure, it is a good idea to defoliate some of the fan leaves that may block the lower parts of the plant early on.
- Be sure to have a good carbon filter when drying this strain out, as the aroma is very loud.
- Another fabulous producer of high-grade sugar leaf that makes top-shelf hash and extracts.
4. Wedding CheeseCake Auto
Wedding CheeseCake Auto is a superb and very well-balanced hybrid; a monster of an autoflower that can grow up to 130cm. This strain has an earthy, cookie dough terpene profile with hints of a fruity baked tart that is perfect for those with a sweet tooth and lovers of exquisite flavors.
Beautiful plants, and consistent among the three. I topped all of them and got around 115g off each in 2 gallon pots. Very pleased
A very fast flowering hybrid that only takes 8-9 weeks from seed to harvest, she is an excellent choice for commercial growers, and those looking to achieve multiple harvests throughout the year.
Despite only taking 63 days to completely mature, you can expect big yields of chunky buds that flaunt lime green hues with a touch of magenta and pinks, yielding up to 600gr/m 2 . Thanks to the characteristics inherited from its parents, Wedding CheeseCake Auto can grow up to 130cm and perform extremely well in all types of climates.
When smoking it, you will experience a combination of sweet, earthy, and fruity tastes that taste like a baked tart or a creamy cheesecake, this strain offers extremely bold flavors that will leave your mouth watering after every puff.
This beautiful cultivar produces silver-coated buds that sparkle from afar and can have up to 22% THC, which offers a more cerebral effect that turns into a deeply relaxing high that is better suited for smokers with a higher tolerance.
- We recommend this cultivar for growers who experience short summers and need a fast flowering, tough strain.
- Hash makers and extractors will be able to make incredible products with Wedding CheeseCake Auto.
- Growers in a hot climate can harvest this strain every 2 months with excellent results.
5. Gorilla Glue Auto
A very large-sized plant that is capable of enormous yields in 9-10 weeks making it a must for those who want a fast grow cycle without affecting the quality of the buds that come along with a very unique pine, citrus, diesel taste.
first time ever growing and got some amazing colors from this strain with low temps ran it at about 58-64 for 2 weeks and got this color
Gorilla Glue Auto has unbelievably sticky buds and a THC level of 24%, making her a hash makers dream; An ideal strain for outdoor growers who cultivate in a terrace or balcony, or for indoor growers who grow in a sea of green setup as she can stay as low as 60-100cm.
The buds are dark green with fat pointy calyxes that develop extremely chunky, dense, and completely covered in resin, and despite her short stature, you can expect up to 600gr/m 2 with this strain.
Her taste is as potent the effects she delivers, after the first puff, you will experience a very refined and unique piney and citrusy taste with subtle diesel undertones that will leave you glued to your sofa.
- Adding support to the side branches will help the plant focus on growing dense buds.
- Highly resistant to colder climates and powdery mildew.
- This cultivar reacts very well to being tied down during the early stages.
6. Mimosa Cake Auto
One of the most powerful and fruity from Fast Buds, a very refined and improved cross of the Cali classics now available in autoflower version for all auto lovers. The best of both worlds when it comes to the yields, trichome production and terpene profile.
I grew one mimosa in my greenhouse. I honestly thought she’d take 11-12 weeks but harvested in 9 and the buds were so damn frosty. delicious!
An easy-to-grow Sativa-dominant hybrid that grows with medium stature and produces thick, dense buds that pack 24% THC. One of our most potent autoflowering strains that can be harvested after 9 weeks from seed, making her an ideal choice for growers who are looking for the best results when growing outdoors all year long.
Our version of this classic can yield up to 550gr/m 2 and her easy to grow nature makes it perfect for beginner growers who want to experience good-quality buds with a quick turnaround time, very little maintenance, and any extra effort or special care.
Her terpene profile is a combination of lemon, earthy and floral terpenes that makes Mimosa Cake Auto such a favorite for flavor chasers. It’s a fast flowering and large yielding strain that has the power to keep you in dreamland, with an extremely potent high that will leave you heavy-bodied and happy as you experience her Sativa heritage with a nice head buzz. This is a perfect strain for those needing that extra boost to deal with work or chores without getting too sleepy, a great choice for active stoners.
- This strain can withstand hotter climates and will perform extremely well when grown outdoors.
- She enjoys large amounts of nutrients and can take a higher E.C than most autos.
- Be careful when flowering Mimosa Cake Auto outdoors, as her aroma is very loud and pungent.
7. Purple Lemonade Auto
This is a tall hybrid that can grow up to 120cm and one of our best purple Indica-dominant genetic, resulting from a cross between purple and citrusy Cali genetics.
it’s so sweet and a bit zesty and refreshing. I love tasting it and guessing all those subtle notes, especially when I’m already a bit high.
A truly beautiful purple cultivar with a truly delicious and mouth-watering terpene mixture of citrus and fruity flavors, this hybrid delivers huge purplelicious yields in 10 weeks from seed to harvest.
With 22% THC level this variety offers an uplifting effect that will leave you giggling and progressively turns into an extreme body relaxation, it is an ideal choice for relaxing at night or even during the day. It is fast flowering and very easy to grow, perfect for beginner growers as she is low maintenance and can be grown without nutrients, yet will reward you with yields of up to 500gr/m 2 .
This strain will leave your mouth watering, you will fall in love with the mix of sweet, sour and citrus terps that offer an uplifting and euphoric high at first, then degrading in a more physical one.
- This girl grows with long inter-nodal distance so it is a perfect choice for low stress training techniques.
- Nutrients are not essential for her well-being but with good quality nutrients and proper usage, it will reinforce her even more.
- This strain is strong and will grow vigorously, doing well both indoors and outdoors.
8. Strawberry Banana Auto
A cross between the most delicious genetics, resulting in an extremely resilient and potent autoflowering strain. Strawberry Banana Auto is one of the most potent strains we offer, she grows as tall as 150cm, clearly expressing her hybrid genetics.
it made me very very relaxed and sleepy with a nice happy vibe i think ill get the perfect sleep medicine once curing is fully over
This medium/tall cultivar produces huge yields, you can expect to harvest up to 600gr/m 2 in all types of weather, although in moderate climates is where you will ultimately get amazing results.
You can expect extremely thick and condensed flowers that are completely capped in resin, with bright orange hairs. Due to the extremely fat buds, we recommend providing support to the branches so your plant can withstand the weight of the buds.
The 27% THC will keep you energized, creative mindset for hours and you will feel the effect transforming into a relaxed state as time passes while the chunky buds with a terpene profile that reeks of banana and strawberry with a strong bubblegum background will leave you wanting more and more.
- Tying plants down and using the L.S.T technique will increase yields further, as well as additional support.
- Using bamboo canes or a screen net to help support the heavy yielding side branches will prevent buds from dropping to the floor under the excess weight.
- Due to her aggressive trichome production, we recommend this strain to hash producers and extractors.
9. Bruce Banner Auto
An incredibly huge and heavy-hitting strain with monstrous yields that can reach up to 600gr/m2.
This is a very tall autoflowering hybrid, excellent for those wanting to make the most out of every single seed or growers that can only have one plant per grow cycle.
Tested these with the other new strains. Grown in soil and coco mix in 19L pots and 20/4 light cycle. One of my favorites from the testers.
She offers very impressive yields in a 10-11 week flowering time, commercial growers will find this strain to be a great choice due to the massive amounts of resin all over the buds and surrounding foliage, and the strong Indica-leaning effect.
Her buds are long, thick, and completely drenched in frost, with fat calyxes stacking up in the traditional Hybrid fashion and thanks to 25% THC, offers a powerful relaxing effect, perfect for Indica lovers. After smoking this cultivar you will experience an Indica-like yet very balanced effect, a very focused and alert mindset that leaves you relaxed and clearheaded but deeply relaxed, perfect for beginner smokers, and ideal for after a busy day of work or to relax and chill on the weekends.
Bruce Banner Auto provides a mouth-watering combination of terpenes with a very gassy and sweet taste, a complex combination of fruity and berrylicious tastes with a strong earthy background that smoothes out the smoke.
- Growing this strain in a SCROG setup works very well and allows you to maximize the growing space.
- An excellent choice for growers who live in hotter climates, thanks to her Sativa heritage.
- Hash makers and extractors will find this cultivar to be highly rewarding.
10. Zkittlez Auto
Amongst the most popular Cali strains and one of our most popular strains, with a top-notch stability and delicious candy-sweet flavors that make for the tastiest extractions and concentrates.
Just an easy to grow, solid packed buds. A heavy feeder and can be a bit prone to light burn at the end but otherwise perfection!
This hybrid will fill the room with its overpowering aroma and fill your tent with several side branches covered in extremely resinous and pungent fat buds. You can expect this cultivar to grow up to 100cm and yield a lot, thanks to her Indica and Sativa heritage, you’ll see the main cola and all the branches develop bushy foliage while being completely covered in extremely frosty and dense buds.
Her terpenes profile is a mix of tropical fruits and ripe berries with candy overtones and it will make you feel like your sipping on a fruit cocktail after every puff, while leaving you buzzed, upbeat, giggly, and in a happy state of mind, a perfect effect for social scenarios.
- A tough and resilient hybrid that will perform very well in all weather.
- Use a screen or net to support the huge buds when flowering begins.
- Feed only water for the final two weeks to ensure the ultimate Zkittlez Auto taste.
11. Original Cinderella Auto
It’s old but gold and now in autoflowering version. An exceptional variety for Sativa lovers and old-school growers looking for those unique classic flavors in autoflowering version.
Heavy yielder, strong structure, pine nose, forgiving and easy to grow, can increase yield even more with some LST and defoliation
This strain is an old-school Sativa-dominant gem that grows up to 120cm and can produce dense, golf ball-sized nugs in only 56 days. This classic variety will display her Sativa dominance by developing long branches and growing quite tall while being able to produce up to 550gr/m 2 .
Original Cinderella Auto is ideal for beginners, she can withstand hot and dry climates and doesn’t need much maintenance to produce top-shelf buds, possibly being the best outdoor strain on this list due to its resiliency.
This hard-bodied Sativa provides an extremely relaxing and potent uplifting effect that focuses your energy and keeps you motivated all day long, perfect for a long day of work. The potent high comes with bold mouth-watering terpenes with an overall tropical fruitiness and almost ripe peach flavors with strong sweet undertones.
In this video you can see the multiple branches this strain develops, which are filled with frosty dense buds from head to toe thanks to its Sativa heritage.
- Remember to flush thoroughly to make the delicious terpene profile stand out even more.
- It’s recommended you provide support during the last weeks of flowering due to the size of the flowers.
- Make sure you feed your plants properly to ensure the buds grow big and thick.
12. In Conclusion
There are a lot of autoflowering varieties that can be grown extremely well outdoors, autos are super resilient to cold, hot climates and bugs and mold, the strains mentioned above are our top 10 that will surely leave you pleased and amazed at the quality and amount of buds. Just remember that, as said in the introduction, it’s highly recommended to plan ahead so your plants get the most amount of direct sunlight possible. You can have a very good harvest all year long but planning ahead so your plants get more sunlight will result in bigger and denser buds, with an increased trichome production; The trichomes are where the terpenes and cannabinoids are produced and store so you will not only get better yields but you will also get a more potent, tastier and better smelling final product without doing anything extra, just planning so it’s definitely recommended.
Always make sure to check online for the weather during the next couple of months, this will allow you to know what to expect and what to prepare for; Maybe you need a small greenhouse or maybe you need a plastic sheet to cover your plants when it rains, anything goes to protect your precious babies. Knowing the expected weather will not only give you an advantage but also avoid future problems so make sure you check everything before starting your next cycle outdoors and get growing!
If you grow your autos outdoor and have grown one of our auto strains before, please leave a comment below!
Autoflower vs Feminised outdoor cannabis growing
As the new year starts, outdoor cannabis growers start looking at their calendar and planning the year ahead. The winter is a good time to prepare existing grow locations, dig over and improve the soil and perhaps look out for some new grow locations.
For most outdoor weed growers, planning will focus on a blend of autoflowering cannabis seeds complemented by some feminised outdoor cannabis seeds. Autoflower seeds grow from seed to harvest in around half the time of the feminised outdoor seeds, but may not have quite the same yields.
Exactly how your planning, timing and grow preparation is organised will depend on your latitude and outdoor conditions. Many outdoor cannabis growers will harvest an entire years worth of cannabis from just a few well grown outdoor weed seeds. If you select your cannabis seeds wisely and plan your grow carefully you too can plan to successfully harvest a years worth of cannabis from just a few plants.
Your plans will need to be adjusted according to the climate you are growing in and the length of your growing season. Growing cannabis outdoors isn’t difficult. Even if you are growing at harsh northern European latitudes, it’s still easy to grow cannabis outdoors with a little bit of upfront planning. Read on this first part of our outdoor grower’s guide to learn how to pick the right seeds and plan your grow accordingly.
Choosing the best outdoor cannabis seeds
The two main seed choices are autoflowering seeds and feminised outdoor cannabis seeds. In general, you can expect photoperiod feminised strains to grow outdoors over a 5-6 month time period.
With such a long growth cycle you can expect heavy harvests. Grow proven outdoor cannabis cup winning strains such as Frisian Dew and you can expect harvests of over a Kg per plant in good conditions. Dutch Passion have several cup winning outdoor strains in their collection. The full Dutch Outdoor seed collection is shown below. All the seeds will grow well outdoors in climates similar to that of The Netherlands.
One downside of growing feminised photoperiod outdoor strains is that you could lose the entire crop if the plants don’t finish before the bad winter weather arrives. That’s why many outdoor growers like to grow a few autoflower seeds as well. It’s extra insurance in case you get unlucky with bad end-of-season weather which can reduce photoperiod harvest quantities.
Autoflower seeds tend to grow from seed to harvest outdoors in around 100-110 days. That’s much faster than feminised photoperiod seeds. Many people that grow in the shortest of summers, e.g. Scandinavia strongly prefer the fast-growth characteristics of autoflower seeds. For some growers with tough climates, autoflower seeds are simply the only realistic way of getting an outdoor cannabis crop to finish in time. For many growers, autoflower seeds are a great way to complement feminised seeds.
Autoflower vs feminised seeds outdoor pros and cons
Autoflower seeds will often produce somewhat smaller harvests, yields of around 50-75 grams per plant are not unusual for the auto grower. In good conditions, harvesting a couple of hundred grams of dried bud from an auto is quite possible. Whereas a large feminised photoperiod outdoor strain could easily yield a Kg or more of dry bud in optimised conditions.
Autoflower plants will often remain around a metre in height and are convenient/easy to grow and hide outdoors. Strong growing outdoor strains such as Passion #1 can reach several metres tall. This may be perfect for a large private back garden but not suitable for those in more urban locations. There are times when the outdoor cannabis grower will want to grow an auto and other times when they have the time and space for a large photoperiod feminised plant.
The experienced outdoor grower will understand the occasionally contrasting benefits/features of autoflower seeds vs feminised seeds and will often use both cannabis seed types to maximise their chances of success. Remember quality levels from the best autoflower seeds are now definitely on the same level as those from the best feminised strains. This review about the THC levels of 25.9% seen on Dutch Passion, Auto Cinderella Jack may inspire you to try growing autoflower seeds!
The skilled outdoor grower has a good understanding of the challenges faced at that particular latitude. For some growers at mediterranean latitudes, many feminised strains are likely to finish before the winter weather arrives.
However, for growers at non-tropical, temperate latitudes, only selected fast feminised strains such as Frisian Dew or Think Fast will finish in time. For those growers at extreme latitudes, only autoflower seeds are likely to finish before the end of season bad weather arrives. Having a realistic expectation of what can be achieved at your particular grow location/latitude is one of the most important skills for any outdoor cannabis grower.
First time outdoor growing with autoflower seeds
If you have never grown cannabis outdoors before it can seem like a challenge. However, growing cannabis outdoors really is easy. It has been happening in nature for thousands of years without human intervention.
If it is your first outdoor cannabis grow then it may make sense to keep things as simple as possible and start with a few autoflower seeds. Not only will the plants be ready faster than with photoperiod feminised seeds, the plants will remain smaller. This makes them easier to hide, simplifying your first outdoor grow.
How to plan your outdoor cannabis grow the right way
Preparing your ground / soil carefully
Many serious outdoor growers start their planning well in advance. Often, the grow locations will have been used for several years and the grower has fully grasped the importance of preparing the ground/soil professionally.
A few months before the grow begins the grower may well choose to dig over the ground. This may be hard work, but it breaks up the soil and allows it to be oxygenated. This makes it easier for the plants to establish healthy root networks. If the soil quality is poor, manure/fertiliser can be added well in advance of the seedlings being planted.
Any unwanted bushes/wild plants can be removed from the area. So can any plants which would obstruct light to your grow location. Some pro-growers will plant brambles and other plants which will act as deep perimeter protection for the cannabis plants. Often, large outdoor rural cannabis grows are surrounded on all 4 sides by deliberately planted/managed ‘protection’ plants which keep away unwanted wild animals, dog walkers and people.
Some people grow on waste urban land. Other prefer the rural seclusion of the countryside, forests, river banks or field corners for their guerrilla growing activities. Dutch Passion also have a High Altitude seed collection. These strains were selectively bred at high altitudes in the Swiss Alps and are perfect for anyone facing the combined challenge of outdoor growing in high altitude mountainous regions.
Know your climate and frost risks well
Knowing when the last Spring frost is likely is an important date for any outdoor cannabis grower. Likewise, knowing when the first frost of fall/autumn is expected at your grow location is another important date for the outdoor grower. Many outdoor cannabis growers will germinate their seeds indoors.
This allows them to grow their seeds under optimised indoor conditions before the outdoor weather is good enough to use. By initially germinating and growing their ‘outdoor seeds’ indoors, the plants are protected from the worst of the early-season weather. Plants can be gradually acclimatised to outdoor conditions for a few hours each day until the plants are strong enough to be permanently placed outdoors. By starting your seeds/plants early indoors you increase the chances of producing a larger plant with subsequently heavier harvests.
The challenges of growing cannabis in borderline climates
Anyone that has grown cannabis at northern European Latitudes will understand the difficulties involved in trying to grow cannabis outdoors in marginal conditions.
Often, growers will germinate their cannabis seeds around mid-May and keep their cannabis seeds indoors until the weather has warmed up sufficiently. Seedlings are often planted outdoors in June. Autos are often ready to harvest in August. Photoperiod outdoor feminised strains will often be ready to harvest around October.
If the growing season is just a little bit too short/unpredictable to grow feminised strains then autoflower seeds are the best option.
Germinate seeds indoors in plenty of time
Many successful outdoor weed growers plan the grow season well in advance. Often, they are fully prepared with their preferred autoflower seeds and feminised outdoor seeds that were bought ahead of time. Some of the best prepared outdoor growers will have several years worth of seeds safely stored in their fridge/freezer so they are always prepared. Very often, the best prepared outdoor growers will spread their favourite seeds across several grow locations. This maximises the chances of a successful harvest if one of the grow locations is compromised/discovered.
Autoflower seeds may not have quite the same yield potential as a feminised outdoor strain – which may have twice the amount of time to grow in. But auto seeds do offer a rapid life cycle which is ideally suited to growers with short growing seasons. For some outdoor cannabis growers with short seasons, autoflowering cannabis seeds are simply the only realistic option when it comes to outdoor growing.
By the time the last Spring frost has gone, the well prepared outdoor cannabis growers already have their seedlings growing strongly indoors, ready to be eventually planted out. This gives them a good head start and maximises the chances of an optimised grow season.
When pre-growing autoflowers indoors it is important to know that is not recommended to keep them longer than 2-2.5 weeks in small containers, between 0.25-1L of soil. With photoperiod plants this can be closer to 4 weeks, but bear in mind that these plants can get root-bound too. Autoflowers need to be transplanted to their eventual pot or the outdoor soil before they get root-bound. Staying too long in a small container will cause autoflowers to stay small and yield much less.
Growing autoflower seeds outdoors, several crops per season
With their fast growth cycle, many outdoor growers enjoy growing two or even three successive outdoor auto crops per year. Growers in sunny mediterranean climates should find it is possible to grow 3 successive outdoor autoflower seed crops. But even growers in northern Europe may be able to produce two successive outdoor auto crops each year. This Scandinavian outdoor grower from Denmark managed to get two outdoor auto crops in one season. Maybe you could do the same?
If you do decide to grow autoflower seeds outdoors then you are spoilt for choice. There have never been as many high quality auto strains available to choose from. If you are having difficulty deciding then check out this review may give you some inspiration.
Planting your outdoor cannabis plants in containers or the ground?
If you grow your cannabis seeds in containers you benefit from the fact that your plants can be moved if required. This could be useful for e.g. security purposes or if bad weather forces you to change plans. But growing your cannabis plants in containers means that they will need regular watering/feeding.
This could become inconvenient, for that reason many outdoor weed growers like to root their plants directly into the ground. If the ground contains good quality, moist and nutritious soil then you won’t need to worry too much about plant maintenance – mother nature will take care of much of the work. All you will need to do is water in the event of a drought and perhaps add some general purpose bloom nutrients as bloom progresses.
One other possibility is to use a completely organic nutrient line like Biotabs. These are slow release organic nutrients which contain all the helpful nutrients. These can be placed in the soil before the grow starts. This way your outdoor plants are sure to have the right nutritional value and minerals during their entire growth cycle.
Greenhouses, poly tunnels and black-out blinds
Using a polytunnel or greenhouse allows the outdoor cannabis grower to protect their plants from the worst of the early season and late season weather. For those lucky enough to have the chance to grow in greenhouses or poly tunnels that can mean larger harvests. Sharp frosts won’t damage your plants, especially if you have a greenhouse heater. Your plants will also be protected from heavy wind and rain storms.
Some greenhouses can be equipped with specialist blacks-out blinds. These allow the greenhouse grower to artificially introduce 12/12 light conditions earlier than would be possible with the natural sun cycle. This in turn can offer advantages, for example the chance to harvest the greenhouse cannabis crop much earlier than normal.
Think about protecting your outdoor cannabis plants
Protecting your precious cannabis plants is always a priority for the outdoor cannabis grower. Often, the outdoor grower may deliberately plant thorny brambles around their outdoor plot. This protects your cannabis plants from grazing predators e.g. deer, goats, rabbits. But it may also deter and prevent accidental human discovery of your plants by dog walkers, hikers etc.
Outdoor growers will often use generous quantities of slug/snail pellets to protect their plants. Some will also use ‘chicken wire’ metal fencing around their plants to provide added protection.
Many experienced outdoor cannabis growers have realised the importance of continually looking for new grow locations, just in case one of their grow locations is accidentally compromised.
Have a plan to dry and cure your outdoor cannabis harvest
Even though you are planning to grow outdoor cannabis, you may be forced to create a safe indoor drying area. This is something you need to consider as part of your plans. In it’s simplest form, you can buy a small ‘drying’ tent. You would need an extraction fan and a carbon filter in order to dry your crop safely. The process would take around 7-10 days, after which you can think about transferring the dried buds to glass jars for curing.
Many outdoor growers forget about plans to dry/cure their harvested buds until it’s too late. When you plan your outdoor cannabis grow, think carefully about the process from start to finish. This means carefully planning everything from buying your cannabis seeds to planning the harvest/drying.
Outdoor cannabis grow checklist
For many experienced outdoor cannabis growers, planning and preparing for a successful grow comes naturally. For the rest of us, it helps to have a checklist of the most important aspects of the grow. Timings will vary from one grower to another. An outdoor grower in Spain will be busier early in the season than an outdoor grower in Scandinavia.
Choose the right mix of autoflowering seeds and feminised seeds for your needs and climate.
Enjoy outdoor cannabis growing!
Once you have mastered the art of planning a successful outdoor grow you will truly enjoy it!
Be patient, it can take a year or two to fully understand the type of climate you have and how best to exploit it with autoflower seeds and feminised outdoor seeds. But once you have established yourself with a few good outdoor grow locations you will love the process of growing your own outdoor weed.
You will have very few costs to worry about and will enjoy the chance to get outdoors and enjoy growing your plants. Many outdoor growers feel that outdoor grown weed has an extra ‘kick’ and flavour which is hard to match from indoor grown cannabis. One thing which is indisputable are the low costs required to grow outdoor cannabis. Your main expense will be the cost of a couple of packs of good quality outdoor cannabis seeds.
Remember there are no special secrets to growing cannabis successfully outdoors. You just need to know about your growing season and which cannabis types will be able to grow successfully outdoors.
Choosing the right cannabis seeds is the most important first decision. Most climates allow a sunny/warm 3-month period which would allow autoflower seeds to be grown.
If you are lucky you will also be able to grow some feminised outdoor cannabis seeds which have a slightly longer life cycle. Choose your cannabis seeds wisely from a proven supplier and enjoy outdoor cannabis cultivation!
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Very informative articles and easy to relate to well done Dutch Passion I was impressed
Do you recommend auftoflow plants in SE Asia? Here is all the time 12/12
You could grow autoflowers but you don’t have a lot of light for the plants so they will not grow optimally. Best would be to go for a feminised sativa in your areau!
What about a grow outdoors in Michigan….Auto or photo or maybe a little of both?
They should both do fine in the climate of Michigan With autoflowers you can assure yourself of a quick round with less chance of bad weather.