Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide

Raise yourself a perfect Strawberry Pie Auto by watching how other people grow this autoflower from seed to harvest
06 July 2021
37 min read
Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide

Contents:
  • 1. Grow specifications
  • 2. Grow set up
  • 2. a. Grower a: tweezer
  • 2. b. Grower b: thraxa
  • 2. c. Grower c: highfromhome
  • 2. d. Grower d: silverback_guerilla
  • 3. Germination and seedling stage | week 1
  • 3. a. Week 1 grow conditions
  • 4. Early veg | week 2
  • 4. a. Week 2 grow conditions
  • 5. Mid veg | weeks 3-4
  • 5. a. Week 3 grow conditions
  • 5. b. Week 4 grow conditions
  • 6. Transition (pre-flower) | week 5
  • 6. a. Week 5 grow conditions
  • 7. Early flower | weeks 6-7
  • 7. a. Week 6 grow conditions
  • 7. b. Week 7 grow conditions
  • 8. Mid flower (bulk phase) | weeks 8-9
  • 8. a. Week 8 grow conditions
  • 8. b. Week 9 grow conditions
  • 9. Ripening and harvest | week 10 (and beyond)
  • 9. a. Week 10 grow conditions
  • 9. b. Week 11 grow conditions
  • 10. The outcome
  • 10. a. Strawberry pie auto yield
  • 10. b. Strawberry pie auto smoke report
  • 11. In conclusion

Intuitively, we all know that rich terpene profile and potency in cannabis go hand in hand. That’s why we often choose our weed by smell. And Strawberry Pie Auto is a perfect example of when our nose helps make a perfect choice. Expect a smoke that is redolent of cookie-dough, cream, and strawberry and is as sweet as candy, but also packs 26% THC — enough to pierce any tolerance.

This autoflower doesn’t waste any time producing larger-that-life amounts of resin which is brimming with both aromatic substances and THC. The thick coat of trichomes gives buds a unique bag appeal, but is also a dream-come-true for lovers of hash and producers of concentrates.

Smoke a little of these trichome-laden gems, and you’ll feel blissfully alert and focused without much tiredness or spacing out. Perfect for a solitary afternoon or evening with a book or a movie.

1. Grow Specifications

While most satisfying for a smoker, Strawberry Pie Auto also shines in any garden. Her Indica heritage (85% compared to only 15% sativa genes) expresses itself in a classic Christmas-tree structure where one towering central cola dominates the rest. This—as well as her manageable height of only 60–100 cm (24–39 inches)—makes Strawberry Pie Auto ideal for SOG-setups. Stand as many of them side-by-side as you like and don’t worry about too much girth.

Another type of gardeners who’ll benefit from Strawberry Pie Auto small stature are those who have smaller tents or micro-grows and also those who are trying to make their weed patch as inconspicuous as possible.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Specifications

Flowering time, size, yield, genetic composition, and other features of Strawberry Pie Auto.
 

Despite size restrictions, this autoflower is able to bring in as much as 400–500 gr/m2 (1.3–1.6 oz/ft2) indoors or 70–160 gr (2–6 oz) per plant outdoors. A huge yield potential which puts to shame many photoperiod cultivars.

Strawberry Pie Auto’s chunky, yet dense buds mature in as little as 8-9 weeks from seed. This is a shorter flowering time than in many other autos and an extra point for this strain among commercial growers.

2. Grow Set Up

There are many dozens of diaries describing Strawberry Pie autoflower week by week progress. We have sifted through all of them to present four that can give you the best idea of this variety’s timeline, how she moves through all the grow stages, and how to best take care of her.

Grower A: Tweezer

Tweezer joined the Growdiaries community only 10 months ago and has managed to finish just 4 grow cycles at the time of writing, but he’s already decorated with the title of ‘Master’. No wonder: he’s got a lifetime of experience cultivating vegetables and fruit. He set up his first-ever cannabis grow in the basement where he installed a 5’x3’ Vivosun tent ($125) and equipped it with some LED quantum boards.

However, for this particular cycle, he used HID lights (a 400W MH in veg and a 600W HPS in flower) instead because it was winter time and HIDs helped raise the temperature in the tent from too low 16°C (60°F) to more comfortable 76°C (24°F) or thereabouts. He had still to use a heat panel at night, at least in the more vulnerable seedling stage (for cannabis flowering stages, cooler temps are acceptable).

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: 3 seedlings in solo cups and heat panel

A 200W heat panel and self-draining saucers.
 

It was also necessary to install a humidifier, otherwise the MH light would burn off the moisture from the tent. Especially, when the very powerful 8” AC Infinity Cloudline exhaust fan kicks in at the same time. This fan lowers the temperature in a heartbeat but also makes the air very dry.

Low ambient temperatures never make things easy. It’s always better to put your tent right where you live and feel comfortable yourself, and not in a basement.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: AC Infinity Cloudline fan mounted outside a grow tent

AC Infinity Cloudline fan, UBER-silent, powerful, equipped with temperature and humidity sensors.
 

A very interesting feature of the guy’s setup was the use of a DIY automatic fertigation system. A nutrient solution from a reservoir just outside the tent was fed to the plants 6 times a day for just one minute through a system of tubes and halo sprinklers. Then the runoff would gravity drain through a system of self-draining saucers and a catchment bucket.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A reservoir, self-draining saucers, and a catchment bucket

A water/nutrient solution reservoir outside the tent and the self-draining saucers draining into the catchment bucket.
 

For coco coir, frequent fertigation is a prerequisite to reaping a rich harvest , and Tweezer did everything he could to achieve very impressive results. Stay tuned.

The gardener tried to make everything as eco-friendly as possible, so he used the water from the house’s dehumidifiers and fed the run-off to his outdoor tomatoes (which made them MONSTERS).

Grower B: Thraxa

Thraxa has published only 3 reports so far on Growdiaries and is still an ‘Apprentice’, but do not let that fool you. His whole setup and the assured way he tends to his garden indicate a lot of prior experience. He uses a medium-size tent Mars Hydro GT 100x100x180cm (3'X3'X6') and runs two sets of lights: one for the vegetative phase and the other for all different stages of flowering. Both sets are custom-made LED quantum boards which draw 250 and 300 watts respectively.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: 6 plastic pots under LED quantum boards and an oscillating fan

A 3’x3’ tent housing 6 big plastic containers and equipped with LED quantum boards.
  

The tent comfortably houses 6 plants in 11L (2.91 gal) plastic pots. Despite using a coco/perlite mix as the medium, the grower hasn’t installed any auto drip system but hand-waters his garden.

Grower C: HighFromHome

By all standards, HighFromHome has a very small setup. His Black Orchid tent measures only 40x40x100cm. For many growers, this wouldn’t even be enough as a veg room, especially height-wise. You can see in the picture below how tight this space is. The grower even had to place his 4" inline exhaust fan and his 4" Rhino Pro filter outside the tent. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be able to fit in the grow light.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A 40x40x100cm Black Orchid grow tent and a carbon filter

The 3-foot tall Black Orchid tent seen from above (left). The failed attempt to fit the filter inside the tent (right).
 

For such a tight space, a ViparSpectra P1000 LED grow light is just about right. Do not let the number 1000 fool you — this quantum board MIGHT be equal to a 1000W bulb by some metrics, but it only draws 100W of power. In this small garden of his, however, the grower does wonders and achieves that Holy Grail of home cannabis cultivation — the one gram per watt yields. A bit more in fact. Having published only 4 journals so far, HighFromHome has got 1002 likes and a title of Master. And he really has something to teach.

Grower D: Silverback_Guerilla

Silverback_Guerilla has been active on Growdiaries going on three years now. He obviously has at least two grow tents, and one is dedicated to growing autoflowers. It’s quite small, at least for this gardener who is accustomed to sprawling multi-strain grows in a large custom-made tent or closet.

The surface area is only 0.3m2 (4.5 square feet), and the exact dimensions are 36" x 18" x 60". The funny thing is that the gardener decided to cram 6 (!) plants into this tiny space.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Many autoflowers in starter bags

In this picture, there are more than six plants, but some of them will move out once it gets too crowded.
 

Another thing to marvel at is that he installed 2x150W LED quantum boards into this tent. And he was going to add one more QB (plus 60W) halfway through the flowering stage. So, in the final month or so, all the plants, including Strawberry Pie Auto, would be hammered with more than 70 watts per square foot.

To any other horticulturist, we would suggest thinking better of it because it’s clearly an overkill, but Silverback_Guerilla has a title of GrandMaster for a reason, so he can definitely pull it off.

The primary LEDs that he used for this run were Mars Hydro TS 1000. They produce just the perfect spectrum for all grow stages, are continuously dimmable and two of them are good for 8 sq. feet in different stages of flowering, not to mention vegetative phase.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: 2 Mars Hydro LEDs in a grow tent

Mars Hydro quantum boards and the ventilation system.
 

The ventilation for this space used to be a passive one. The air was drawn THROUGH this tent by a fan installed in the adjacent and much larger grow closet. This system wasn’t effective enough, so Silverback_Guerilla bought a 4” 106 CFM AC Infinity booster fan. This created quite a bit of negative pressure, making the tent walls concave, with 3-4” of space lost on all sides. To remedy this, the grower installed some additional tension rods.

The table below will give you an idea of the grow room size, the wattage, and the type of lights for all four grow cycles:

 

GrowerGrow RoomWatts UsedType of LightBrand
A5' x 3'600WHPSUnknown
B3' x 3'300WLEDCustom
C40 x 40 cm100WLEDViparSpectra
D36" x 18"360WLEDMars Hydro

A - Tweezer, B - Thraxa, C - HighFromHome, D - Silverback_Guerilla

3. Germination And Seedling Stage | Week 1

We start our Strawberry Pie autoflower week-by-week exposition with the germination of seeds. Curiously, three out of four gardeners chose the method of pre-soaking their beans in a glass of water, and one used a far more sophisticated DWC cloner. The success rate was 100% for everyone.

Week 1 Grow Conditions

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 1 grow conditions

Week 1 Grow Conditions.

A: A Perfectly Calm Start

The germination method that Grower A chose for his three Strawberry Pie Auto seed has a very high success rate and is highly recommended. He pre-soaked the beans in a glass of water overnight, then kept them between wet paper towels (inside a plastic bag) for 24 hours.

That was all that was needed for the seeds to open and show half-inch tap roots.Then they were put in solo cups filled with a coco/perlite 60%/40% mix (pretty standard).

As you may know, coco should be treated with a Cal Mag amendment beforehand, so that there’s no deficiency of these two nutrients. The grower made sure to do this and to flush the medium to a very moderate 0.4 EC.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: 3 autoflower seedlings in solo cups

Three Strawberry Pie Auto seedlings in solo cups filled with coco.
 

Throughout the first week, he gave them 10% of the recommended dose of General Hydroponics MaxiGro, a nitrogen rich formula that contains everything a weed plant needs in the vegetative stage and all the way up to the pre-flowering stage. The dosage would gradually increase to 25% of the recommended value till the beginning of flowering. It was a good strategy — young seedlings hardly need a lot of nutrients, but can easily suffer from overdose.

The only complication during the first week was a spell of unexpectedly warm weather. It raised the temperature inside the tent and forced the grower to temporarily replace the hot-running metal-halide light with a much cooler LED (remember that, this being a winter grow, the HID bulbs were supposed to play a double function: to provide both light and heat).

Hint: If you grow autos in a cold environment, simply set your timer to 24/0. This lighting schedule suits even autoflower flowering stages. It also eliminates the dark period and thus the need to use any heaters.

B: First Days and First Meals

The germination method that Grower B chose was exactly the same as A, with the only difference that he pre-soaked his 6 Strawberry Pie Auto seeds for longer. After 24 hours in a glass of water and another 24 between wet paper towels, the tap roots were long enough to be planted in the 80% / 20% coco/perlite mix. Straight into the final 11L pots. As for the nights, they were cool enough to call for the use of a small heater.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Seedlings in big plastic containers filled with coco

Some of the Strawberry Pie Autos making themselves comfortable in their new home.
 

During the seedling stage and for the first 5 days after sprouting, the seedlings received 3 ml/l of CANNA RHIZOTONIC with their water. This stimulator is algae based and contains many vitamins and microbiological substances which help cannabis germinate faster and then develop a massive and healthy root structure.

On day five, Strawberry Pie Auto also received their first ration of nutrients:

  • CANNA Coco A (0.5 ml/l),
  • CANNA Coco B (0.5 ml/l),
  • Plant Magic Magne-Cal + (0.25 ml/l).

The first two are components of a complete nutrient formula that covers the need for all essential elements from seed to harvest. As you may have guessed by its name, this line was specifically designed for coco. This medium can be rather tricky for newbies because you must know what to feed your cannabis and at what doses. With CANNA, all that knowledge is already present in the formula. Just follow the enclosed schedule (and maybe watch how your plants react).

The third member of the trio is a magnesium/calcium supplement. In coco, these two elements get easily depleted, so make sure to pre-treat your medium with them and also add them throughout the life cycle.

C: In Close Quarters from Day 1

Strawberry Pie Auto was germinated along with three other autoflowers using the most basic method of pre-soaking seeds in a glass of dechlorinated water. Having spent only 24 hours there, all seeds cracked and showed tiny (2-3 mm) tap roots.

This was enough for the grower and he planted them into small plastic containers for the first couple of days of their life cycle. He wasn’t sure that every one of them would sprout, but that never worried him because, frankly, even one autoflower would be more than enough for his extremely small tent.

Let’s get ahead of ourselves a bit here. Out of four grow cycles this grower did, some had just one auto in the tent and others — 4 autos, SOG-style. And every 4-plant run yielded more than twice as much as a 1-plant grow.

In the end, all four sprouted, and the first one was Strawberry Pie Auto — after only 48 hours. The grower kept her and the other girls in a homemade 40x40 cm box under a 125W CFL. He left the box open to keep the temperature within the comfortable 26°C (79°F). He also covered the pots with plastic domes to locally raise the humidity.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: 4 young autoflowers before and after a transplant into grow bags

A Strawberry Pie Auto and 3 other strains before and after a transplant into 5L growbags.
 

On day 5 from sprouts, all four were transferred into textile growbags. The one with the Strawberry Pie Auto was folded from 8L to 5L, and the grower put a ring of wire in the fold to use it later as the base for LST.

He filled the bags with BioBizz All Mix whose composition includes everything that’s needed for all grow stages, including autoflower flowering stages:

  • garden peat (35%) as the base,
  • perlite (30%) to create pockets of air for the roots to breathe,
  • sphagnum peat moss (20%) for texture and water retention,
  • worm humus (10%) as a source of organic nutrients,
  • BioBizz Pre-Mix (5%), a potent organic fertilizer.

With a medium like this, all you really need to do is give your plants plain pH-balanced water, but the grower went a bit further: he sprinkled some mycorrhizal fungi before putting root balls in the holes and added 2 ml/L of Voodoo Juice (a root stimulator) into the water. Another important thing that he did was wash the dust cover of his carbon filter because it had gotten dirty during the previous run and thus was reducing the airflow of the fan.

D: A Lucky Afterthought

Strawberry Pie Auto wasn’t initially supposed to be a part of this run, but one of the six seeds the grower germinated didn’t pop, so he replaced it with a SP seed (which strain he had grown before and loved).

All seeds were inserted into Rapid rooters and those placed inside net pots in a DWC cloner. The solution contained not only fresh water but also two organic stimulators:

  • Green Eden Endoboost (0.25 tsp/gal),
  • SUPERthrive (0.25 tsp/gal).

The former is an endomycorrhizal inoculant, the latter a vitamin solution, and both are supposed to help cannabis develop large and healthy root structure. Some 5 days after sprouts, the seedlings were transplanted into biodegradable 0.5-gal starter bags. These nonwoven bags are very convenient because when the roots are large enough to start growing through the walls, you simply insert the bag into the final container, and the whole procedure is completely stress-free.

For Strawberry Pie Auto, the timeline started a few days later and she had some catching up to do, but she looked healthy and strong.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: 1-week old seedling in starter growbag

Strawberry Pie Auto seedling in a biodegradable starter bag.
 

Once in grow bags, the seedlings received an even reacher organic diet which included:

  • Microlife Super Seaweed (4 tsp/gal), a natural tonic brimming with minerals, plant hormones, stimulators, vitamins, carbon, and protein,
  • Fox Farm Bush Doctor Boomerang (3 tsp/gal), protects roots from the stress of repotting,
  • True Plant Science One (8 tsp/gal), a first portion of classical N-P-K nutrients.

 

In this video, we expalin the use of organic nutrients in under 1 minute.
 

Sometimes, the plants received their food with water, other times it was foliar-fed. The grower made sure to mist his babies every time he checked on them.

Interesting thing is that, despite his very advanced cultivation skills, the grower never bothered to measure the PPM of his solution. With organic horticulture, one doesn’t need to. Simply following the instructions on the label is enough. The same can be said of pH.

4. Early Veg | Week 2

Another chapter in our Strawberry Pie autoflower week-by-week progress was more about setups and environments than the plants themselves. At least three of the four gardeners were tweaking the conditions so that their autos could be in the best possible shape.

Week 2 Grow Conditions

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 2 grow conditions

Week 2 Grow Conditions.

A: Almost Too Big for Solo Cups

On week 2, even the smaller of the three babies looked okay for her age, and her neighbors were even bigger and healthier. The grower planned to top the stronger ones after the 6th node, but, at this point in their timeline, they were only developing the 4th node, with small side shoots already visible. They were still in solo cups, although a transplant was imminent.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: 2-weeks old cannabis seedlings and a macro shot of their nodes

The one on the left is lagging behind. Or are the other two exceptionally big for their age?
 

Their diet was the same — CalMag and MaxiGro, only upped to 0.9 EC, or 450 TDS.

B: A Slow Start

During the second week, all the six girls looked just about average for their age. The grower thought that he probably dialed down his LEDs too much. He was probably right about that because the temperature, the humidity, the nutrient levels were all fine, but the plants looked as if they were missing something essential.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: 2-weeks old weed seedlings in large plastic pots

A bit underwhelming for two weeks. Hungry for light?
 

The grower wished he had a PAR-meter (which measures the light intensity not across the whole spectrum, but only the important part — the photosynthetically active radiation). He did the second best thing: used a lux meter and then increased the flow from 14k lux to 20k lux.

C: Which Way the Wind Blows

By the end of week 2, the garden was in excellent shape — compact plants with healthy foliage and great side development. Only Strawberry Pie’s leaves looked deformed.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: 2-weeks old marijuana seedlings in small textile bags

The Strawberry Pie Auto (far left) has rather uneven leaves and looks smaller compared to others.
 

It may have been her reaction to the intake fan that was blowing directly on her. However, the grower considered other possible causes, such as too much light or some bizarre nutrient deficiency. So he turned down the light intensity from 65% to 50% and gave this particular plant some Cal Mag and Revive (which is another Calcium/Magnesium supplement with a little Nitrogen to boot).

Whatever the issue was, it didn’t prevent this particular Strawberry Pie Auto from producing the prettiest buds in this little garden come harvest time. Early leaf mutations are something that’s best ignored because the final result can still be amazing.

D: Optimizing the Ventilation

Week 2 was dedicated to solving the issues of ventilation which we mentioned when talking about Grower D’s setup. After he had installed a small booster fan, extracting excessive heat from the tent got easier. Now that only some of the lights were running, the temperature stayed under 80°F (26.5°C). A quite comfortable level, especially during the seedling stage. Later in the timeline, in mid and late flowering, it would be preferable to have cooler temps, but all three LEDs would be running and generate more heat. However, the grower believed the winter temps would help. So everything looked promising.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Young autoflowers in starter bags

Strawberry Pie Auto is the one on the right and still in her starter bag.
 

In the second week, Strawberry Pie Auto (which, as you may remember, was germinated as an afterthought) was still smaller than the rest of the bunch. One of her neighbors had even shown sex. Nevertheless, SP was a vibrant-looking little number, with big healthy leaves.

5. Mid Veg | Weeks 3-4

In this last period before cannabis flowering stages begin, the gardeners went through all those potentially stressful procedures such as re-potting, topping, and pruning. This is also the time to start feeding weed a serious amount of nutrients to give it a boost before it enters the pre-flowering stage.

Week 3 Grow Conditions

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 3 grow conditions

Week 3 Grow Conditions.

A: Transplanting — Not a Day Too Soon

This part of the vegetative phase started with a transplant into final containers. It was really a high time to do this because—as you can clearly see in the picture below—the roots at the bottom had already started to form a mat. This signals the beginning of the ‘rootbound’ condition.

Rootbound is something to avoid when growing autoflowers because this type of weed often reacts to the restricted pot size by promptly switching to flowering. After a short initial flowering stretch, plants stop growing and remain small, with fewer bud sites.

The bottom line: if you want bigger yields, give your cannabis roots plenty of space.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Autoflower getting rootbound and young weed plants in air pots

A well-developed root structure means that it’s high time to repot.
 

The smaller of Strawberry Pies went into a nonwoven fabric pot, the bigger two were put into 3.8-gal Air Pots (which are made of plastic, but have a lot of holes in the walls). Both types of containers are great for cultivating cannabis because they allow roots to breathe and also air-prune them when they reach the walls. So, instead of older roots circling around and getting longer and longer, new roots develop all the time and evenly fill the medium.

As you can see in the picture above, the plants weren’t hand-watered anymore. Instead, they received the nutrient solution through an automatic drip system. Please note the halo drippers (yellow rings).

While a more traditional drip emitter provides only one point of irrigation per container, a halo dripper ring has dozens of small pores. This distributes the water evenly across the whole surface. Even in this case you’ll have to hand-water now and then (to make sure there are no dry pockets), but not so often as with regular drip emitters.

The topping took place on day 21, but involved only two bigger girls. The third one was left alone. Well, not quite because all three were LSTed to further stimulate the side growth and to keep the height in check. 

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: An autoflower gets LST

This Strawberry Pie Auto was topped, and then her side branches were bent and tied down.
 

The grower never bent the main stalk but spread and fixed the side branches horizontally. By the end of week 4, the girls were no taller than 9 inches (23 cm).

B: A Welcome Change of Pace

During the third and the fourth weeks, all six ladies finally picked up the pace. One of the reasons might probably have been the Exhale CO2 bag (you can see it in the bottom-right corner of the pic below). Or not. Some people who use these bags and also have a CO2 meter say it never registers a difference. So the jury’s still out.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: 4-weeks-old autoflowers, some topped

A CO2 bag is supposed to raise the level of carbon dioxide in the tent.
 

The grower also bought something much more valuable — a PAR-meter, so that he could now measure light intensity at canopy level and dial in his LEDs with more precision. It seemed to him that 400 PAR and later 460 PAR were about just right.

All six plants were now large enough for some canopy management. First, the gardener pruned the bottom pair of nodes to redirect energy to the tops. Then he started with LST. Nothing too fancy, just bending and tying down the main stalk to stimulate the side growth.

Week 4 Grow Conditions

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 4 grow conditions

Week 4 Grow Conditions.

C: Two Weeks of High- and Low-Stress Training

On week 3, the grower started the HST season. He topped 3 bigger plants on day 16 and Strawberry Pie a day later. The subject of topping autoflowers is still a controversial one, but in this tiny garden this high-stress training technique was probably a must. It’s much more preferable to get tiny autoflowers than let them grow out of control. Three days later, when the little plant recovered from stress, it was time for heavy defoliation, and at the end of week 3 the tying down began.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: 4-weeks-old autoflowers with preflowers

Strawberry Pie Auto after topping, defoliation, and LST (left) and starting to flower a week later.
 

The timing for all this was perfect, because on week 4 most plants in the tent, including the Strawberry Pie Auto, started to flower and either began the stretch or were about to do so. The grower was slowly increasing the light intensity — going from 65% (week 3) to 75% (week 4) and planning to reach 100% at the peak of the flowering stage.

The grower also started with nutrients, and we suggest having a closer look now at his feeding schedule:

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: An autoflower feeding chart, weeks 1-10

Grower C — Nutrient schedule, weeks 1 through 10.
 

The staple of this diet were three pH Perfect products which are the source of main nutrients (N-P-K) as well as secondary macronutrients and all the microelements.

Other supplements are optional but can help cannabis with the following:

  • increase cell replication and stimulate roots and stems (B-52),
  • provide sugar to microorganisms in the root zone (CarboLoad Liquid),
  • make buds sweet, fat, and strong (Bud Candy),
  • create larger, denser, and tastier flowers (Big Bud),
  • boost bud formation in late flower (OverDrive),
  • flush built-up salts before the harvest (Flawless Finish).

By the way, the gardener alternated between giving his plants plain water and feed, and he always kept pH at 6.5.

D: A Compact and Dense Little Bush

On week 3, the grower transferred biodegradable bags into the final 2-gal textile bags. This also was the time for the serious feeding to begin. The plants received more of what they got in the previous weeks plus the following:

  • Fox Farm Open Sesame, a non-organic NPK formula with raised levels of phosphorus and potassium and the whole range of micronutrients,
  • True Plant Science CalMag Complete, despite its name also has a lot of nitrogen for vigorous vegetative growth,
  • True Plant Science Silica Gold, a complex with organosilicate and amino acid extractives for better flower formation.

All this looks more like something that’s needed during cannabis flowering stages, although Strawberry Pie Auto—being the youngest in the garden—was still in her vegetative phase.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A compact dense autoflower at 3 and 4 weeks from seed

The same Strawberry Pie Auto at 3 and 4 weeks from seed.
 

Besides fertigating his autoflowers in a normal way, the grower foliar fed them with the following supplements:

  • Rx Green Technologies AXIOM Harpin Proteins, a supplementary boost to increase plants’ natural defenses,
  • Bio Tabs Boom Boom Spray, a rich dose of organic nitrogen with amino acids, peptides, and glucosides; makes cannabis resistant to all kinds of stresses.

An interesting thing the gardener did was turn down the light and shut off the air circulation right after a foliar spray — to let the nutrients soak in “nice and slow”, not just evaporate quickly and leave a whitish residue on the leaves.

6. Transition (Pre-Flower) | Week 5

Strawberry Pie Auto is a very fast variety, as evidenced by the fact that in two out of four gardens she was already flowering in week 5. In the other two, she showed sex—female pistils (hairs) in the internodes—meaning that at the very least she has entered the pre-flowering stage.

Week 5 Grow Conditions

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 5 grow conditions

Week 5 Grow Conditions.

A: Facilitating the Light Penetration

Although the plants weren’t too leafy to begin with, the grower made sure that the canopy wasn’t too dense for the light to reach every bud site. And if some bud site was shadowed anyway, he simply removed it.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A 4-week-old lollipopped autoflower

The bud sites that are too far down the plant or remain in shadow can be safely removed.
 

This technique is called lollipopping and is a good way to direct more energy to the topmost buds (where it matters). Buds that are too low or don’t receive enough light are going to be larf (popcorn buds) anyway. Please note that the plant in the picture above has only 5 pairs of branches (5 nodes). That’s because she has been topped above the 6th node and the bottom pair pruned.

All three Strawberry Pie Autos now had white female hairs visible at every node. However, the grower considered this to still be a part of the vegetatve phase and was feeding his girls the same diet of CalMag and MaxiGro — at 0.25 and 0.5 tsp/gal respectively.

B: Spreading Out

By week 5, the six Strawberry Pie Autos had already a lot of girth. If they had been standing in two compact neat rows before, now the grower began to move them away from each other. He further stimulated their side growth with more LST and also did some light defoliation to make the canopy less dense.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Vegging autoflowers in a tent

Strawberry Pie Autos slowly filling in the 3’x3’ tent.
 

All six showed first white hairs, meaning that they had entered the pre-flowering stage. And the timely introduction of CANNABOOST Accelerator was meant to speed up the process of flowering. This metabolism-enhancing supplement wasn’t the only change in the diet, so let’s have a closer look at what other nutrients and stimulators were used. Not just on week 5, but from seed to harvest:

  • CANNAZYM — enzymes that break down dead roots and help plants with nutrient uptake.
  • Advanced Nutrients Rhino Skin — a rich source of potassium (K) to toughen up cell walls and make branches stronger.
  • CANNA PK 13/14 — this one will be introduced during the flowering stage. It’s rich in phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) both of which are absolutely essential for the formation of flowers. This nutrient works great with CANNABOOST Accelerator because the latter boosts metabolism and the raised levels of both P and K get fully processed by the plant.

And below you can see the complete feeding chart. Please note how relatively simple (yet very effective) it is.

 

Grower B — Nutrient schedule, weeks 1 through 11.
 

As you can see from the table above, the grower never went beyond 700 PPM (1.4 EC) because to him Strawberry Pie Auto seemed like a modest feeder. But he kept increasing the intensity of light (photosynthetically active radiation)—to 560 PPFD by the end of the vegetative phase and all the way to 700 PPFD for the flowering stage.

C: Pistils and First Trichs

Believe it or not, but the fifth week from seed was also the second week of flowering for this Strawberry Pie Auto. She had a lot of white pistils on every top and also a barely visible layer of trichomes on ‘sugar’ leaves. The stretch wasn’t yet very pronounced, but it was underway, too.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Young white female pistils on top and young trichomes on sugar leaves

The flowering has just begun, but you can already see how frosty this one will get.
 

The reason everything was happening so early for this baby was probably the use of a very small growbag (only 5 liters). When the roots of an autoflower have very little medium to work with, they send a signal upstairs to quicken the life cycle. The grower didn’t do much except defoliate a bit to let more light and air into the canopy and adjust the ties on some of the branches to make the spacing between them more even.

D: Fully Transitioned to Flowering

This particular horticulturist chose to neither train nor defoliate his autoflowers. You can see the result in the picture below - the six girls filled out the tent completely by week 5. Even the latecomer to the party, Strawberry Pie Auto, has begun to flower by this time.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Autoflowers in early flower indoors

Strawberry Pie Auto is front center.
 

The grower tried to regulate the level of the canopy (and the stretch) by using platforms to raise a particular plant, but, other than that and occasional feeding, he did nothing much.

7. Early Flower | Weeks 6-7

At this point of Strawberry Pie Auto’s progress from seed to harvest, the main thing that was happening to the plants was stretching. However, it didn’t affect all of them equally—some stayed comfortably compact and bushy.

Week 6 Grow Conditions

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 6 grow conditions

Week 6 Grow Conditions.

A: Shivering from Cold

For some reason, week 6 was still marked as ‘veg’ in the diary. But you can clearly see small fluffy ‘kittens’ at every top. This is a clear sign that the budding phase is well underway.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: An autoflower with many flowering tops

This 6 week old Strawberry Pie Auto has begun to stack up flowers.
 

Nevertheless, the grower still continued with a nitrogen-rich diet and was planning to switch to flowering nutrients only at the end of week 6. At the same time, he noted that the stretch was now over (or so he thought). This puzzled him because the plants’ height was under 18 inches (46 cm) and they were supposed to grow as tall as 39 inches (100 cm).

He wondered if he had somehow stunted them. The truth is they were probably just too cold all the time. Remember that a heater was only used during the seedling stage. So the night temperature dropped as low as 60°F (16°C) while day temps steadily declined and, by this time, were down to 72-74°F (22-23°C). That’s a bit too low for cannabis, and the girls really didn’t look particularly lush.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: An LSTd and defoliated autoflower with sparse foilage

This Strawberry Pie Auto looks healthy but a bit naked.
 

Be it as it may, the girls had still a lot of growth potential which they showed on week 7. They promptly gained another 8 inches (20 cm) and the formation of flower clusters went on full steam.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A heavily defoliated and lollipopped budding weed plant

This is how lollipopped cannabis looks like: all barren below but gorgeous on top.
 

By this time the grower not only changed from MaxiGro to MaxiBloom (with much more potassium and phosphorus), but also replaced the 400W MH lamp with a 600W HPS. HPS has more red in the spectrum which facilitates the development of flowers, and the additional wattage also helps because autoflower flowering stages require much more energy.

B: A Lot of Breathing Room

The six Strawberry Pie autoflowers in this garden stretched considerably on weeks 6 and 7, and the grower took this opportunity to prune all lower fan leaves and bud sites that were now too far away from the light to amount to anything good.

This defoliation/lollipopping made the vegetation look rather scant, and the guy even thought he’d overdone it. At least, it seemed to him that buds were bulking up not fast enough, probably because the girls spent extra energy on recovery.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Lollipopped marijuana plants seen from below and above

Strawberry Pie Auto flowering full-steam despite heavy defoliation and lollipopping before.
 

Nevertheless, he described Strawberry Pie Auto as a hardy variety that handled stress well and usually bounced back from training the very next day.

Week 7 Grow Conditions

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 7 grow conditions

Week 7 Grow Conditions.

C: The Stretch is Finished

Now, 3 and 4 weeks into flowering, the Strawberry Pie Auto was as frosty as some strains are at harvest. It certainly had more trichomes than her peers although they were the same age. The smell was also getting very strong but was more like gas than strawberries. The grower removed a few leaves and re-adjusted the LST ties. However, the stretch was basically over, so the bush assumed its final shape and the only change moving forward would be the fattening of the buds.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A ganja plant with maturing buds and many trichomes

The buds are frosty, and, if you look closely, you can see the first signs of fade.
 

All the plants in the tent were of different heights, and the grower used takeaway tubs to even out the canopy. It was important because his light wasn’t very strong and consistency could only be achieved if every cola was at the same distance from it.

D: Untouched and Untrained

Now, 4 weeks into flowering, Strawberry Pie Auto remained a short and squat little bush, with highly developed side branches and a central cola that was still dominating the others but not by much. The buds and sugar leaves were frosting up already.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A weed plant with many flowering tops and a closeup of a bud

Strawberry Pie Auto, very dense and leafy and already frosting up.
 

Because of how dense the garden was, the grower decided to increase airflow and installed a new fan. He wasn’t too afraid of mold though and continued to foliar feed his babies. This time he used MicroLife Maximum Blooms. With this organic formula, cannabis gets a full load of essential nutrients plus special bloom stimulators. At different stages of flowering, this either makes flowers pop everywhere or makes them swell up.

He also introduced FoxFarm Beastie Bloomz, another route to enormous flower clusters. This fertilizer, with its high levels of P and K, is used from mid to late flowering.

8. Mid Flower (Bulk Phase) | Weeks 8-9

Among cannabis flowering stages, this is arguably the most important one because, at this point in the timeline, stretching stops and weed directs all of its energy to stack up flowers. Another important thing happening in every four gardens in our review was the formation of an unusually high amount of trichomes.

Week 8 Grow Conditions

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 8 grow conditions

Week 8 Grow Conditions.

A: The Smaller of the Girls is a Purple Beauty

By week 8, the grower was confident that his trio presented two phenotypes one of which was shorter and slower but also looked like she’d become a purple-colored one. Truth be told, other girls also had very interesting colors going, something like blueberries and cream (see below). Probably, this coloration was due to colder temps. The buds looked mature enough now to introduce yet another amendment into their feed — Liquid Kool Bloom, also by General Hydroponics.

Liquid Kool Bloom & Dry Kool Bloom are two essential flowering supplements that make colas fat, dense, and heavy. The manufacturer recommends to start using the first one during the transition from the vegetative phase to flowering, the latter — in the last weeks before harvest. This addition to the diet—at 0.5 tsp/gal—brought TDS from only 400 ppm of the week before to a more serious level of 600 ppm. 

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: An autoflower stacking up many beautiful purplish and frosty flowers

Some purple shining through the snow-white trichomes.
 

Nevertheless, as you can see, these particular Strawberry Pie Autos were kept lean and hungry. Btw, they each drank about 1 gallon (3.79L) of nutrient solution per day.

B: Filling Out and Getting Frosty

Now, 4 weeks into flowering, the stretch had basically stopped. The flowers began to bulk up, and the trichomes gradually changed to 80% cloudy. The pistils were still white mostly, but some of them started to wither and become brown.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A grow tent filled with many frosty flower tops and a close-up of a resinous bud

Strawberry Pie Auto on week 9 has many frosty flower tops.
 

The grower thought that this would be the right moment to tweak the feeding schedule a little by adding more PK. He didn’t want to overfeed his girls, so when he increased the dose of one nutrient, he made sure to give them less of some of the other. He even started to lower TDS from its peak value of 700 ppm to just 550-600. As you can see he was rather frugal with the food. His garden looked great—very vibrant and with no deficiencies whatsoever—but maybe he would have gotten better yields if he used more nutrients.

Week 9 Grow Conditions

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 9 grow conditions

Week 9 Grow Conditions.

C: Going into ‘Overdrive’

On weeks 8 and 9, the buds on Strawberry Pie Auto were approaching maturity, so that the grower completely cut the Nitrogen-rich ph Perfect Grow formula and added Overdrive by the same Advanced Nutrients instead.

Overdrive is given in the last two weeks before the final flush and has 10 to 15 times as much phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) as N. The abundance of P and K makes sure that the overall vigor of the plant does not decline and the buds continue to swell and mature.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Several autoflowers including one with purple golf-sized flowers

Strawberry Pie Auto is on the right. She’s the frostiest and the only one with purple-hued flowers.
 

You may remember that the grower gave his girls nutrients with only every other watering and alternated this with plain water. So, toward the end of the 9th week, Strawberry Pie Auto got her last meal and then drank fresh water only. You can say that the 2-week long flush had thus begun. The guy was planning to flush for two weeks and chop at 11 weeks from seed. A rare occasion when things went exactly as planned.

D: As if She Needs Any Enhancement!

On week 8, the grower added a TNB Naturals CO2 Enhancer bottle which he squeezed in between the grow bags. This CO2 maker is supposed to “create a blast of CO2” of up to 1200 PPM in a 12x12x12 foot area for up to 2 weeks. It’s debatable whether all this extra CO2 didn’t just ‘fly out of the window’ with the ventilation working or really made the difference. (Let’s remember that the natural level of CO2 in a dwelling is around 400PPM, and it’s quite enough for amateur grows.)

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A CO2 bottle hidden below the canopy of weed plants

A CO2 bottle strategically placed just below the canopy level.
 

Note how dense the lower part of the canopy is. There was no defoliation and no lollipopping. On one hand, this spares plants from a lot of minor stresses. On the other, the air circulation may become an issue and even lead to mold and bud rot.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Extremely frosty autoflowering colas

This looks like a lot of trimming come harvest time, but the amount of ‘frost’ is insane!
 

Be it as it may, things looked just beautifully ‘upstairs’. Strawberry Pie Auto was the most resinous in the tent.

9. Ripening And Harvest | Week 10 (And Beyond)

The flowering time of all Strawberry Pie autoflowers could have been cut to 10 weeks or less, but every gardener wanted to do everything ‘by the book’. Meaning they looked at the state of trichomes, not the fade of the foliage nor the size of the colas.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Plant height at different stages

Strawberry Pie Auto height progress, weeks 1-9.
 

Btw, the plants themselves have stopped gaining height for some time now. Have a look at how their size changed throughout their progress from seed to harvest in the image above. 

Week 10 Grow Conditions

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 10 grow conditions

Week 10 Grow Conditions.

A: The Final Three Weeks of Autumn

On week 10, all three ladies were getting more gorgeous and enjoyed their full 600 ppm rations of CalMag, MaxiBloom, and KoolBloom (Dry KoolBloom this time). The grower was checking the trichomes in order not to miss the perfect window for the final flush, but the moment only came in the 11th week. He started flushing all three Strawberry Pies at the same time.

What he did was flush the medium down to 100 ppm (0.2 EC) and then feed them only plain water for 72 hours. One of the plants did finish within this timeframe—she had about 15% amber trichomes and was cut down.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A very dense marijuana plant with chunky snow-white colas

The fastest of Strawberry Pie autoflowers before harvest.
 

The other two crossed over to week 12 and were harvested one by one. The smaller of the plants (the deep purple pheno) was also the last to finish. She also smelled the most delicious.

In the final weeks, it got very cold indeed. While the day temperature was okay at 23°C (74°F), at night it dropped by 10 degrees—the maximum allowed drop. When your thermometer shows only 13°C (55°F), all kinds of issues are possible, especially mold. However, the air was also very dry—about 30% RH, and this protected the buds from mold.

Besides, the most important characteristic for successful cannabis grow is not the temperature of the air but that of the medium. If the root ball is warm enough, the above-ground part can tolerate very cool weather. In this case, the gardener kept the temperature of both the medium and the watering solution at the comfortable 20-21°C (68-70°F).

B: Modern Autoflowers Never Fail to Impress

Week 10 was something of a milestone for the grower because his previous grow had been ‘feminized’ (photoperiod) strains and they took twice as much time to get to basically the same point. Seeing speed like this, he decided that he would be switching to autoflowers for a while.

There was some slight phenotypic variance among this batch of Strawberry Pie Auto, but all six were happy with the same feeding schedule, had practically the same flowering time, and gave no major trouble maintaining an even canopy because the height was also more or less the same. It’s not exactly like growing from clones but uniform enough to consider Strawberry Pie Auto as a serious candidate for large commercial grow-ops.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A nicely faded indoor garden and a close-up of a mature bud

Nice autumn fade signals the coming harvest.
 

The grower began a gradual flush on week 11. At first, he removed from the diet everything but CANNABOOST Accelerator, then used only fresh water, and finally flushed with FloraKleen. The whole process took two full weeks (which was an overkill).

Coco coir can be considered a form of hydroponics, and this medium can’t accumulate many salts in the root zone. As a result, it only needs a week-long flush at best. Anything longer robs the buds of a chance to pack some more weight in the final weeks of flowering.

The guy planned to harvest his autoflowers with about 15% amber trichomes, but the flushing went on and on and the foliage began to fade too quickly for his taste. So he harvested his buds with practically all of the trichs cloudy and around 5-10% amber. It took his Strawberry Pie Auto exactly 12 weeks from seed to harvest.

Week 11 Grow Conditions

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Week 11 grow conditions

Week 11 Grow Conditions.

C: A Promise of Great Bag Appeal

The last two weeks were more an exercise in patience than anything else. The colas had stopped bulking up or producing any more trichomes. The leaves didn’t fade all that noticeably either.

The only real change could be solely seen under a microscope. We mean the maturation of trichomes, of course. With a naked eye, the buds had long looked (and smelled) ready.

All of them are smelling great. They all look frosty but the Strawberry Pie is on another level.

HighFromHome

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Very tight and dense golf-sized purplish nugs

Compact, solid, frosty, these buds also smell as amazing as they look.
 

The Strawberry Pie Auto and her two neighbors were flushed with Flawless Finish on week 10 and with nothing but water on week 11. Even when grown in soil, two weeks of flushing is more than enough to get a perfectly clean finished product of connoisseur quality.

D: Stressed with Cold before the Harvest

In the beginning of week 10, Strawberry Pie Auto received her last portion of food which included:

  • Fox Farm Cha Ching, provides a heavy dose of phosphorus, but quite a bit of K and even N as well; the manufacturer advises using this supplement from week 8 to 12,
  • Humboldts Secret Sweet & Sticky, an organic blend of microbial food and carbohydrates, recommended for use throughout the life cycle,
  • True Plant Science Signal, a proprietary organic formula made from 22 plant species that enhances water uptake in late flower, thereby increasing bud density and terpene production.

The grower gave his girls two days to process their last meal and then started the flush with 8 gallons of warm water and True Plant Science LiquidSOIL Remediator. Truth be told, LiquidSOIL is more useful to the medium itself than to the plants because it allows successfully reusing organic soil in future grow cycles. However, it also helps make organically grown weed even cleaner.

A very unusual thing the grower did was letting his autoflowers finish their life cycle in the greenhouse. It was rather cold there, being winter and all — as low as 58°F (14°C) at night. The gardener thought that the emulation of the late season cold would create just the right amount of stress to make buds even fatter, denser, and, of course, frostier. Cold temps also bring out the colors.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A marijuana bud completely covered in trichs

A sugar-coated treat.
 

In just a day or two over 10 weeks, Strawberry Pie Auto and her neighbors were completely ready to be harvested, so the grower brought them inside, stripped of fan leaves, and let them stand in complete darkness for 18 hours. Then they all were chopped, given a nice bath, and hung out to dry.

Please note that most growers don’t wash their weed at harvest, but it’s not a bad way to clean the plants of dust and other particles, especially if you have foliar-fed them.

10. The Outcome

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Outcome

Strawberry Pie Auto data and outcome for all four growers.

Strawberry Pie Auto Yield

Tweezer was blessed with three bouquets of flowers that collectively weighed 629 grams (22.18 ounces). The colas looked like sticks of salami—long, dry, solid cylinders—and evidently packed a lot of weight each.

And don’t forget about the trim that the guy didn’t let go to waste either:

I ended up making bubble hash out of the trim, and I got 8 grams, which I pressed into 4.7 grams of rosin, and all I can is that this is some of the best tasting and strongest rosin I have ever tried, let alone grown.

Tweezer

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A row of elongated purple colas hanged upside down to dry

The smaller of the three Strawberry Pie Autos and her salami-like colas.
 

Thraxa’s six plants yielded him slightly more than he expected — 337g (11.89oz) of nice and dense nugs. The only fault that he found with Strawberry Pie Auto was some phenotypic variance. The rest was perfect, and he decided that he would definitely grow this strain again. 

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: A lot of marijuana buds and kief in glass jars

At an ounce per month, this Strawberry Pie Auto harvest could last a whole year!
 

HighFromHome dedicated less than a square foot (20x20 cm) of surface area to his Strawberry Pie Auto, but this baby brought him 28.12g (0.99oz) of amazing-looking frost-covered buds. The three other strains in the tent yielded more or less the same which makes the gram-per-watt result for this grow as high as 1.14!

This is my favourite strain I've grown so far… Just over a oz of top shelf buds. I am over the moon and have already popped another Strawberry Pie to go in my next run.

HighFromHome

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Freshly cut marijuana colas and the same buds dried and cured

Doesn’t look like much, but it’s only one of four plants raised under a 100W LED.
 

For Silverback_Guerilla, Strawberry Pie Auto wasn’t the highest-yielding plant in the tent, but still brought in 81g (2.86oz) of roughly trimmed bud. The gardener also found the pheno a bit too leafy, but the smoke was so outstanding (stay tuned!) that he was more than willing to overlook some minor imperfections.

It is destined to be a regular in my auto gardens… at least until some other strain supplants it as a perennial favorite...

Silverback_Guerilla

Strawberry Pie Auto Smoke Report

For Tweezer, this after-dinner dessert of a strain was definitely an evening smoke that any indica lover would enjoy. He was especially excited about the quality of rosin that he’d made from the trim and specifically mentioned the notes of berries, ice cream, and diesel fuel present in the flavor.

Thraxa was impressed with the flavor of the purple pheno, but liked the hints of strawberry in the other ones too. The smoke was smooth and long-lasting, perfect for an afternoon or evening relaxation with a giggling fit as a final nice touch. But if you smoke too much of it, you’ll be ready for bed.

 

Strawberry Pie Auto Cannabis Strain Week-by-Week Guide: Smoke report

Strawberry Pie Auto smell, taste, and effect.
 

HighFromHome remembers a loud cheer he let out after smoking the first bud of Strawberry Pie Auto — it was by far the best smoke he’d had in a long time. He gave the taste 10 out of 10 because it had the unmistakable flavour of sour berries with a strong skunk kick. The plant also smelled amazing in the tent and fully retained her beautiful aroma after the harvest.

For Silverback_Guerilla, this was the second run of Strawberry Pie Auto and definitely not the last because he absolutely loved this weed’s flavor. The aroma was very dank and berry-like, though without any sweetness. What was sweet was the taste of the smoke, with a little bit of herbal spiciness on the exhale. The effect was also very strong which was to be expected from the most resinous plant in the garden.

11. In Conclusion

All four growers in our review agree that Strawberry Pie Auto is an outstandingly frosty plant. She starts producing thick layers of trichomes early and, by harvest time, becomes more resinous than most varieties. It means that after trimming you can produce good quantities of excellent bubble hash. Strawberry Pie Auto seeds also frequently produce purple phenotypes which, coupled with white 'frost' on every calyx, have a huge bag appeal

Throughout all grows, we have also noted much consistency in terms of flowering times, height, and plant structure. Even with large batch of seeds, you can be sure that you won't have to worry about different feeding regimes or schedules. Each can be given exactly the same treatment. And even untrained or standing side-by-side with other plants in a light garden, Strawberry Pie Auto doesn't stretch much and remains comfortably compact. LST or topping produces extremely short but, at the same time, branchy and insanely high-yielding bushes. 

As for the end product, it's routinely described as the best weed grower has raised or even smoked — Strawberry Pie Auto is that delicious! So try this autoflower yourself. She may well become a permanent resident in your garden.

External References

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06 July 2021
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