How do I grow something that big? A lot of growers see our pictures on social media and are blown away by the size and yield of the monster autos on display. How do they do it? Well, we're here to run down five simple things you can do to ensure your next harvest is a bumper crop. While you're here don't forget to check out The Top 5 Best Yielding Autoflower Strains.
Get a bigger pot
The size of a marijuana plant above ground is directly related to its size below ground. The root system of cannabis is every bit as important to its health, and your yield, as the bushy tree you see above. The more room this system has to grow, the larger the plant will get. That means that the easiest trick to increasing your yield is simply to grow in a larger pot possible.
Depending on the height of their tent, indoor growers will want to choose their pot more conservatively. Selecting too large a pot can lead to the plant overgrowing its tent.
Use high-quality soil
A cannabis seed is a machine that turns dirt into weed. The quality of the soil in its pot is directly related to the health of your plant, and ultimately the size of your harvest. You can't just go to the garden center at your local big box store and pick up whatever dirt you find. High-quality soil is essential for high-quality weed, and you'll want to select carefully. For beginners, you can't go wrong with a 50/50 mix of high-quality soil of your choice with coco choir. More advanced growers might want to try growing with other mediums.
High-quality soil is necessary, but sometimes it's not enough. Your plants will need particular nutrients during their growth to reach their maximum potential. With a bit of care and some good luck, you may find that your soil has everything the plant needs, but sometimes that's not enough. When this happens, we suggest investing in some high-quality plant nutrients. We can't make any brand recommendations, but we can let you know that autoflowers tend to be very voracious eaters, and the most common nutritional deficiencies are calcium and magnesium.
Use more light
Autoflowers will bloom regardless of what light schedule you keep them on, so there's no reason to limit how much light they receive. Growers report having excellent results, on a program of 20 hours of light and 4 of darkness. A few enterprising cultivators swear by 24-hour lighting. Light, it's what plants crave. So don't skimp on it!
Training (For pros only)
Experienced growers can significantly boost the size of their harvests by training their plant. How do you train a pot plant? Well, it depends on the type of training. One of the most popular is called 'topping' and involves cutting off a tiny bit of the top of the plant to encourage growth on the lower branches. This results in a short plant with many massive colas that can all receive illumination from the grow light above. Other training options include: Fimming, which is a less aggressive alternative topping; defoliation, or cutting the leaves of the plant to force more nutrients into the flowers; tie-down, where the young plant is held to the ground with stakes, forcing it to grow horizontally.
Growers can use any combination of these or other techniques to grow a plant with the perfect size and shape, but be warned this can backfire. Inexperienced growers are often too aggressive with training. In traditional photoperiod cannabis, this isn't a problem as the plant can be left to recover and veg indefinitely, and the grower will only allow flowering once all damage heals. In contrast, autoflowers, flower well, automatically, meaning any injury received in training might not fully recover before flowering and damage yield in the process. For this reasons, Fast Buds official company line is that you shouldn't train autos, but growers are rebels by nature and do it anyway. We wouldn't have it any other way.
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