Searching for cold climate autoflowers. +rep for helpers.

Discussion in 'Outdoor Growing' started by puffnopassing, Mar 14, 2011.

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    puffnopassing

    puffnopassing Active Member

    Well I am looking for a nice, any sized autoflower. I am looking for more of an Indica with high cold resitance (as I am growing in alaska where nights drop to mid 40s lowest)
    I have looked at lowryders however they are hela expensive so their a waste. I know shortstuff has a few autoflowers cant decide on which one though. my buget is about 30ish euros or 50 USD. Thank you rememmber +rep to contributers/
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    Dr. Yo

    Dr. Yo Active Member

    I have a grow of outdoor autoflowers going right now (Auto Blueberry by Lowlife, Auto Assassin by Short Stuff Seeds, and Diesel Ryder by Joint Doctor.

    For the last week or two, they've been exposed to night low temps in the upper 20s, low 30s (daytime temps in the 60s).

    The biggest thing you'll notice when growing any plant outdoors in cold weather is everything kinda slows to a hault. Growth and development are impacted by cold temps. So far, my autoflowers have all survived the cold. As long as it warms up during the day, the plants can recover.

    Another thing with most any autoflower strain is you will naturally get a more sedative, deeper stone with them. The Ruderalis genetics give you a deep/couch lock stone when you cross with them...it's kind of the overwhelming trait of Ruderalis genetics (IMO).

    Attitudes website is pretty helpful in breaking down which autos are more Indica, which are more Sativa, or which are a mix of Indica/Sativa/Ruderalis strains.
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    puffnopassing

    puffnopassing Active Member

    awesome dude thaanks. so would you say that any autoflower/indica would grow in a cold envioronment or just the plants you mentioned?
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    Dr. Yo

    Dr. Yo Active Member

    Make sure to double-check for a given strain, but most auto-flowering strains finish anywhere between 8-10 weeks, no matter what it's background. That's from the day you successfully germinated until the plant is ready to be harvested.

    Indica's typically are found in cold weather regions throughout the world, so they are naturally more acclimated to a colder weather environment. Sativa land races are usually found within equatorial regions throughout the world, where they're used to the direct and more intense sun typically found around the equator.

    Therefore, it would stand to reason that a mostly Indica/Ruderalis strain would be heartier and genetically more able to handle cold-weather environs.

    The Diesel Ryder that I'm currently working with is a mix of Sativa/Indica/Ruderalis. The Auto Blueberry is a mostly Indica/Ruderalis strain.

    Right now, I'd say that my Diesel Ryder's are far outgrowing my Auto Blueberries (although this could be due to other factors...most likely superior breeding by Joint Doctor with the Diesel Ryder).

    I'd say grow a couple strains you like, and see what you see. It's a great learning process, as most people don't have an opportunity to work with Ruderalis genetics (which is one reason why I think they get such a bad rap).
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    Hopsnmalt

    Hopsnmalt Active Member

    Hello Puff,
    I'm just finishing an auto grow, Short Stuff MI5 and Onyx. Chopped one of each this morning. I'm in Norcal but while growing I was forced to move half of them outside for about 8 days while the other half were being pollinated...lows were in the high 30's and low 40's the whole 8 days. Not much growth happened while they were outside but when brought back into normal temps, they took right off, no problem. As a matter of fact they didn't show any stress at all.
    The MI5 is an auto ak selection I think, while the Onyx has multiple autos crossed into it. The Onyx, I believe will yield a bit more. I had two Onyx phenos - one open branched, one little xmas tree shape, yield about equal on those.

    Hope that helps
    Hops
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    Hopsnmalt

    Hopsnmalt Active Member

    BTW Onyx resin production is impressive, especially considering mine is loaded with seeds....

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