Photoperiod vs. Autoflowering Seeds

Photoperiod vs. Autoflowering Seeds

The world of cannabis is full of amazing seeds. Some are feminized, some are photoperiods, and some are auto-flowering. Let’s break it down:

Let’s start easy: feminized seeds. These seeds always produce female plants. This means that no male plants will make it to your grow. Male plants risk fertilizing your other female plants and this will damage your final harvest numbers. If what you’re into is getting the most flower, then you want to focus on only having female plants. If you want to breed and get more seeds, then introducing male plants to your grow may be an idea, although it requires a lot of work to do well. Better leave it to the pros (we do, anyway!)

Photoperiod seeds are your typical seeds. The reason they are called photoperiod is because they rely on light (or the lack thereof) to start flowering. When these plants start seeing 12 hours or more of darkness they go from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage. This means that you can control how big your plant gets before your “flip” it and start making flowers. They can also perpetually stay in the vegetative stage which means you can retain a mother plant for years and take clones from it.

Auto-flowering seeds are bred to flower automatically after a few weeks. The grower doesn’t have to bother with light schedules or be concerned with stressing a plant. These plants are easier to grow but the yield may be lower because the plant may not grow as big as a photoperiod plant.

If you’re new to this whole thing, you should seek out some feminized auto-flowering seeds. It’s a great way to start!

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