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What is AutoFlowering?

Discussion in 'Auto-Flowering Strains' started by weedyoo, Jan 22, 2009.


    weedyoo Well-Known Member

    Question [​IMG] What is AutoFlowering? Answer So what is auto-flowering? Auto-flowering characteristic grants a cannabis plant the ability to completely flower without the need for reduction of day-light hours; in turn, eliminating the need for a timer. It will grow consistently well and finish under 24 hours of light - from sprouting to harvest - in eight weeks, although you can achieve similar results with 18 hours of light per day; if you like to give your room time to cool down, for example. The point is, with Lowryder, there is no need for a change in the light period to induce flowering, nor is it necessary to have separate vegetative and flowering rooms!

    so i am just learning about this
    what the deal with light?
    you bring all your lights together in one room?
    is this manly for thoes who just grow with hps?
    any and all info or links you got i will do the reading
    thank you

    weedyoo Well-Known Member

    i guess i am finding it
    Auto flowering cannabis seeds
    Auto flowering cannabis is a cannabis plant that is not dependant on the light cycle to go into flowering you simply plant a seed and water it will grow under 24 hours light a day then start to flower when that particular strain is ready most from around 3 weeks to 5 weeks from planting then it will grow out its bud for a further 5 to 7 weeks depending on particular strain of auto so all you need to do is sit back and let it grow

    when you see flowers starting change the light bulb to a flowering bulb and wait then site back and enjoy a good smoke.

    OFFICIAL LOWRYDER GROW GUIDE (10/04) - written by the Joint doctor

    Preferred growing methods

    Indoors, Lowryder performs very well in soil mix (pots or beds) or in soil-less systems, where it can be cultivated from seed to bud in two months – 18 hours of light per day is recommended all the way through. Switching light cycles down to 12 hours may diminish yields and shorten the already-short life cycle slightly. Because Lowryder’s life cycle is so brief, cloning becomes impracticable, so only plants from seed are grown. By default, Lowryder is a great choice for sea-of-green.

    Because flowering plants and seedlings can be maintained in the same room, Lowryder presents new possibilities for the small to medium home grower, including “staggering” your indoor harvest. A true continuous harvest system may be achieved by planting new plants periodically to replace the ones that have been harvested. This ensures that a grow
    room is always full and always producing fresh bud, and one never has too much work at once. Click here to learn more about the Joint Doctor’s “1-2-3” continuous harvest method.

    For best results, place jiffy pellet or plant directly into 1-2 gal.pots. Alternatively, start in 4-inch peat pots, then place
    rootbound females into a plant bed after sexing (at approx. 17-20 days) – this may result in smaller plants than the first method. Grown under a 12 to 24 hour/daylight cycle from start to finish. I recommend 18 hours per day; this can be decreased to 16 after the first month with no loss of yield.

    Outdoors: sow directly into soil after soaking, in 2 gal. pots or plant beds. New stands of Lowryder can be planted up until late summer, to ensure a continuous harvest outdoors. Avoid transplanting if you can, but do so if plants become rootbound. Rogue (remove) males at three weeks.

    Growth Factors

    Lowryder is extremely versatile in that it can be cultivated in virtually any climate or grow environment. In fact, it has pushed the envelope of growing, enabling early harvests in unlikely places like Finland, the North West Territories, and other northern, short-season, or high altitude areas. It is also well-adapted to backyard gardens, windowsills and patios where plants can be easily concealed because of their tiny size.

    Nothing will mature earlier or faster than Lowryder! When other varieties have barely begun flowering, Lowryder outdoor growers are kicking up their feet and already enjoying their fresh harvests.


    Lowryder virtually does away with the vegetative growth stage: it passes almost immediately from the seedling stage to the flowering period. To our knowledge, Lowryder has the shortest known life cycle and height in the cannabis species.
    Male plants may be identified as such after approx. 17-20 days, while females show themselves a couple days later. Plants will even flower under a continuous light regime.

    Lowryder females usually grow no taller than 16-20 inches. 12-16 inches is typical. Light intensity, pot size, and proper pH all play an important role in determining the size of plants at maturity – the better the conditions, the bigger the yield. Plants produce one main cola, although when they receive adequate light, lower nodes branch out profusely.

    Yield and height are dependent on obvious growth factors. For example, plants kept in small peat cups on a windowsill may yield as little as 1 g. and grow no taller than 6 inches, with no branching whatsoever; while a plant in a 4-gallon container under high-intensity lighting and good cultivation methods, can turn into a profusely branched, two-foot wide 45-gram bud monster.

    Fertilizer: During the first two weeks of growth, Lowryder should be weekly light feedings of a “grow” type nutrient solution, with micronutrients. When plants pass into full flower, they should be started on a “bloom” regime for weeks 4 through 6. Mycorise-type biological amendments (root stimulators) seem to increase growth significantly.

    Average flowering time
    Indoors: 40-45 days (after a 15-20 day seedling stage)
    Outdoors: ripens approx. 60 days after seed is sown.
    Note: 100% of plants display the auto-flowering genotype.

    12 inches. Minimum: 5 inches, maximum 16 inches (very light-dependent, with slight phenotype variations).

    Depending on light and other factors, Lowryder yields up to 45 g – one report even claims 96 g for one exceptional plant under hydroponics. Extremely light-dependent in terms of yield. Without adequate conditions, plants may stay extremely small, almost comically so – but still produce a decent smoke.

    Buds are compactand close-quartered, slightly irregular and variable, with high bud/leaf ratio. Thick pistils, with orange coloration, and medium-sized, individual calyxes. Tends to be top-heavy indoors. Typically, budding sites start very close to the ground.

    High is uplifting, surprisingly strong. Well-rounded. Best suited for outdoor activities. Smoke is smooth with pleasant, earthy undertones. Smell is not overpowering. Unique flavor, with echoes of NL and William&#8217;s Wonder in the bouquet. <!--IBF.ATTACHMENT_296-->
    JD on nutes:

    I get alot of requests for more info on nutrient needs for Lowryder. This is a hard question to answer as it depends how much money you want to shell out for nutrient products.

    I get Advanced Nutrient products (many say the best) at a discount and I have adapted their formula for my own use. Advanced Nutrients provides a complete program for an 8-week grow and has a guide for different growing mediums.

    For the first two weeks, I use what they recommend for seedlings.

    Then I use the Micro 2+ Light Feeding program for the rest of their life cycle. I usually skip week 3 and 5 to bring it down to a 6 week program which I begin as soon as LRs are sexed.

    I know it sounds complicated. Obviously all this is not needed.

    As a rule of thumb, treat Lowryders like seedlings for the first 2-3 weeks, then switch them onto a light bloom program. So, you feed them a seedling/transplanting formula the first 2 weeks, then switch to a bloom fertilizer with something like a 5-10-5 or 1-2-1 ratio of N-P-K.

    Give them a feeding of bloom fertilizer every week on weeks 3,4,5,6. Just pH-balanced water on week 7. Flushing solution on week 8.
    ...or for organic freaks, just plant into organic soil mix with bat guano mixed in... and put away the calculator

    fureelz Guest

    like nature autoflowers any fruit or flower? im not sure what you mean, some reaction has to happen for the plant to trigger a flowering cycle either light deficiency or temperature drop. youre saying with a CFL on 18/6 for 8weeks (56 days) is possible to produce nugget? I've had a mother in 18/6 for 10 months without a single sign of flowering.

    weedyoo Well-Known Member

    do you have autoflowers? haha

    squints68 Well-Known Member

    hey weedyoo i'm on my first grow an is in flowering (12/12) light right now. i have 1 that is a male bubble gum and 1 that is from bag seed, but from the pic's i've seen and the disrciption you gave i 'm pretty shure it's a lowrider of some sort. i'm going to try to breed them and get some seeds. like you said it has always been the smallest i've seen she's only 1 foot tall. she has been growing for 2 months. i put them into flowering because i started to see what looked like pre-flowers.they been in flowering for 1 week and so far so good.

    SayWord Well-Known Member

    so just wondering, is it possible to have lowriders that arent autoflower? or autoflowers that arent lowriders? or are they one and the same?

    fureelz Guest

    Someone get some beans and lets try one of these autoflower strains, thats crazyness.

    GreenLeaf420 Well-Known Member

    Auto Flowering plants flower based on age, not light cycle.

    weedyoo Well-Known Member

    yo in order for me to call it a name brand i have to know where its from seed bank if its auto it will flower with out going to 12/12

    dont just call it some thing to make it sound good

    squints68 Well-Known Member

    so what your saying is that you can't look at different pics and read about how different plants grow and from all of that you can't come up with a guess??

    weedyoo Well-Known Member

    i could but its just that a guess

    when i am smokin somthing and everyone around you go woa what is that

    and i say oh that blue jay

    you can call your weed any thing you want dosent mean its really that

    just like all thoes city kids that think drow is a kind of pot.and you say what kind of weed you got yea man i got the drow. hahha i hate that

    squints68 Well-Known Member

    that's cool man. i don't really care what the different names people give to mj. all i care about is does it do the job and how well it does its job

    weedyoo Well-Known Member

    this is where good genetics comes in

    squints68 Well-Known Member

    they all have to start from somewhere

    JNup Well-Known Member

    i am growing 4 auto fem white dwarfs right now. have grown ak b4 but i like the white widow

    weedyoo Well-Known Member

    yo so let us know whats up
    all the autos iv seen are not cheep how much did you pay for them

    JNup Well-Known Member

    paid 50 for them.

    fureelz Guest

    clones or beans? so if its all about the plants age..are they bred for 1 reason? what would be the benefit of doing something autoflowering?

    weedyoo Well-Known Member

    1. keep 18/6 light
    2.10 weeks from seed
    3.one room one light cycle
    am i missing any

    JNup Well-Known Member

    yeah i paid 50 for my beans. I am doing 4 auto white dwarfs 3 leda una and 1 gigabud in 1 room. keep the lights on 20/4 till the autos are done then i harvest them and switch the lights to 12/12

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