Autoflowering cannabis strains are becoming popular for some critical reasons; they grow easily, fast, and small.
Whether you are looking to grow a fast-producing indica or a hybrid sativa, there is probably an autoflowering strain that can guarantee impressive quality weed and an even more impressive high yield.
An autoflowering plant can feel more simple to grow than a traditional photoperiod strain of cannabis because they do not need special light schedules. With autoflowering plants, you basically just plant a seed and wait. Keep your plant alive and healthy with plenty of light and you will harvest buds in 2-3 months.
Why should I grow autoflowers?
Autoflowering cannabis strains come with a lot of benefits for home growers:
- Quicker harvest: Autoflowering strains give you buds sooner with less of a time commitment. 2-3 months from seed to harvest compared to 3-5 months on average for photoperiod strains.
- Easy lighting conditions: Flowering photoperiod strains need a daily 12-hour dark period and even a small light leak can cause plants to become stressed. That means no checking on your photoperiod plants during their “nighttime.” Autoflowering plants do not care about light periods so you can check on them at any time.
- Small plants: It is easy to accidentally produce enormous photoperiod plants, while most autoflowering strains stay relatively small due to the short growing period. That makes auto-flowering strains a great choice for growers who prefer a small or easy-to-hide garden.
- Flexibility: Photoperiod plants must be grown in “batches” to ensure all plants make buds at the same time. That is about 3 harvests a year if you never take time off between grows. Many home growers prefer a steady supply of buds as opposed to getting just a few big harvests a year. You can plant an autoflowering seed whenever you want and always be just 2 months from harvest.
- Excellent yields: Despite the short time to harvest, quality autoflowering strains get comparable yields to photoperiod plants of the same size. That is because they receive up to twice as many hours of light a day while buds are forming.
1. Northern Lights Auto
Northern Lights Automatic can be expected to be ready to harvest at around 10 weeks after germination has taken place. Northern Lights Automatic thrives in both mild and cold climates. This means growers can successfully and easily grow this strain either indoors, where it can be expected to reach heights of up to 48 inches, or outdoors, where it will flourish to heights of around 62 inches.
Under good conditions, Northern Lights Automatic will deliver insane amounts of buds. It is one of the highest-yielding autoflowers out there with a whopping 550g/m2 indoors. But even under less than ideal conditions, the plant will always reward the grower with a good amount of resinous buds.
The high generated from smoking this strain is mainly a head high, with cerebral and uplifting elements. This makes it a great choice to light up during an active day, such as before a creative project.
2. Royal Cheese Auto
Royal Cheese Automatic is the autoflowering version of the legendary UK Cheese. This plant has the same iconic aroma as the original, but now with all the perks of a fast-paced autoflower.
Get ready to harvest top-notch bud just 10 weeks after planting your seeds. Royal Cheese Automatic makes smokers happy with a strong taste of sour cheese, earth, and spices, and a strong physical effect with a happy and euphoric note. Yields of up to 475g/m2 are impressive for a plant that barely reaches 3 feet tall.
3. White Widow Auto
White Widow Automatic is another fabulous autoflowering variant of a cannabis classic, White Widow. The strain owes its name to its appearance as its massive trichome production covers the whole plant in a thick white coat of resin.
White Widow Auto is a hybrid strain that needs just 8-10 weeks from seed to harvest. Expect an astonishing 450g/m2 yield from this compact plant.
This strain will give you equal hits of euphoria and energy, making White Widow Auto a great choice for anyone who does not like to feel drowsy while they smoke. It is also known for sparking creativity, giving a powerful mental buzz to artists and inventors alike.
4. Auto Mazar
Auto Mazar is an impressive and hardy autoflowering cannabis strain that grows at a rapid rate and pumps out fantastic yields. Auto Mazar is a flexible strain and thrives well in a variety of growing mediums from soil to hydroponic setups.
The strain is a descendant from prize-winning Mazar, a strain derived from pure Afghan and Skunk genetics, giving the plant a strong indica heritage. Now this strain has been provided with ruderalis genetics to bring an autoflowering version to the market.
Easy to cultivate, Auto Mazar grows from seed to harvest in about 10 weeks. This plant grows fast in just about all types of conditions and grow methods. With indoor cultivation, you can achieve an average of around 500g/m2.
5. Bruce Banner Auto
Bruce Banner Auto is a hybrid plant, growing up to 20 inches in height while flowering in 10-11 weeks. It produces epic yields of up to 600g/m2, which makes it an excellent strain for commercial harvests and those new to growing autos looking for an easy-to-grow strain that delivers a copious amount of resinous buds.
When flowering, its buds are big, fat, and chunky with a serious density to them. The calyxes swell and stack up making the buds look large-sized and glistening with trichomes. The flavor can be described as a mix of sweet berry and diesel with earthy overtones. Thanks to the high THC levels, this plant offers an overall joyful and euphoric effect.
It is well recommended to grow Bruce Banner Auto in a Scrog setup to maximize yields and make the most out of your growing space. Pruning the lower parts of your plants will allow all of the plant’s growth energy to be used on the remaining parts. By doing this, it will ensure there will no lower smaller buds and airflow will improve.
6. Wedding Cheese Cake Auto
This is an impressive hybrid strain that has huge yielding capabilities of up to 450-600g/m2 and hits 24 percent THC. Not only is it a terpene powerhouse, but Wedding Cheese Cake is also amongst the fastest flowering cultivars, meaning growers can harvest every 9-10 weeks.
This plant’s height will range from 35-50 inches and when flowering, expect the buds to stack together filling every branch from top to bottom, with extremely frosty nugs that reek of a delicious fruity dough with a strong creamy background.
The flavor is a mixture of vanilla cookie dough with overtones of a baked fruit tart and cheesecake. The effects can be described as uplifting, upbeat, energized, however deeply relaxed thanks to the ideal blend of indica and sativa lineage.
7. HulkBerry Auto
HulkBerry Automatic is one of the strongest autoflowering strains you can get your hands on. This sativa-dominant hybrid, a cross between HulkBerry and Diesel Auto, scores with THC levels of up to 21 percent.
This way, even experienced smokers can get their blaze on and enjoy a fantastic high. With an effect that combines euphoric, creative, and uplifting aspects, HulkBerry Auto makes a fabulous smoke alongside all kinds of daytime activities.
This strain is a blend of spicy, earthy, and fruity strawberry aromas. Growers can achieve 400-500g/m2 of massively potent buds when all is said and done.
8. Moby Dick XXL Auto
Moby Dick XXL Auto is a cannabis strain that was born to meet the needs of demanding growers that seek abundant crops with the best possible quality at all levels. It is an elegant fast-flowering easy-to-grow vigorous cannabis plant that yields thick compact resinous buds. It is the improved version of Moby Dick Auto.
This strain is ready to harvest from seed after 10 weeks and yields a hardy 450-500 g/m2 indoors. It reaches heights of 30-62 inches.
9. Orange Sherbet Auto
This citrus-flavored, sativa dominant plant is one of the taller autoflowering plants growing as tall as 20 inches. Orange Sherbet Auto is an extra-large yielding cultivar providing up to 650 g/m2 that is ready to harvest in just 10 weeks.
Not only will this plant reward you with an abundant harvest, but will also get up to 24 percent THC, making it highly potent as well.
This plant displays a tall main cola and multiple long side branches filled with thick buds that reek of a delicious citrus aroma with a dominant orange scent. The flavors can be compared to a cocktail of fresh orange juice, citrus with sour tangerine sherbet overtones. The high it produces is a blissful, euphoric soaring effect that is deeply motivational with an energetic edge, perfect for sativa lovers and those who prefer a strong cerebral high.
10. Blueberry Auto
If you want something to take the edge off, then heavily indica-dominant Blueberry Auto seeds are a perfect choice. This 80 percent indica option is fantastic for unwinding after a long, stressful day.
This is a hardy, forgiving strain, so even if you make a few mistakes along the way it is unlikely to die on you. It does especially well growing indoors and its compact size allows you to grow it anywhere, even in smaller areas.
As you can guess, it is heavy on the blueberry flavor. At 8 weeks from seed to harvest, it is hard to complain at that convenience. You can expect it to produce 400 g/m2.
11. Auto Lemon Kix
Auto Lemon Kix has THC levels of up to 25 percent in ideal conditions. This extreme potency, combined with massive yields of 450-500 g/m2 gives a superb combination for the home grower or commercial grower.
Auto Lemon Kix has a great terpene profile with a strong citrus aroma and a tropical fruity taste. This plant thrives under 20 hours of indoor light each day. This variety takes 10-11 weeks to grow from seed to harvest.
Auto Lemon Kix tends to stay below 3.5 feet indoors. The dominant terpenes are Terpinolene, Caryophyllene, and Myrcene.
12. Critical Kush Auto
Critical Kush Auto is the result of crossbreeding Critical Kush with advanced and well-developed autoflowering genetics. Critical Kush is a heavy indica that creates a pleasant body high.
Introducing autoflowering cannabis ruderalis to this strain has made its relaxing properties easier to cultivate and obtain for many growers out there.
Critical Kush Auto can be grown to a high standard both indoors and outdoors. This autoflowering plant is ready for harvest in 8-9 weeks. It has a small size, usually 20 inches and no more than 35 inches. The yield reaches an impressive 600g/m2. Critical Kush Auto is suitable for growing in any conditions, even in a cool climate.
13. Purple Punch Auto
A fast flowering indica dominant autoflowering strain, that is well known for rock-solid resilience and big yields. Perfect for beginner growers, and those who endure challenging weather. This strain will grow to a height of 35-60 inches tall and will have a bushy, chunky appearance once flowering ends.
Purple Punch Auto produces thick, golf ball-sized buds with very short internodal spacing. The flavor profile is a mix of cherry and blueberry muffins with bold spicy overtones, and the effect is heavily relaxing and long-lasting but will not keep you locked to your couch.
Highly resistant to pathogens and mold, making it an excellent candidate for growers who suffer from short summers, heavy rain, or cold temperatures.
Thanks to a uniform structure, Purple Punch Auto works superbly well in a Scrog scenario, meaning many plants can be grown closely together in one space yet it still yields a whopping 450-600g/m2. Purple Punch Auto is a heavy feeder and enjoys taking a strong nutrient solution.
14. Zkittlez Auto
An indica dominant strain with a very unique fruity terpene profile that tastes like sweet fruity candy with a more prominent lemon flavor. It produces enormous yields between 450-600g/m2 and can flower as quickly as 9 weeks. This plant also stays low in height ranging from 28-40 inches making it a great choice for those with limited space or who need to grow with discretion and stealth.
Zkittlez Auto’s growth structure is short but stocky, giving it a fat and chunky appearance once it is fully matured. The flavor can be described as ripe berries and candy, with a sweet funk, and the effect is upbeat, energetic with the perfect balance of indica and sativa, making Zkittlez Auto an excellent strain for social scenarios.
Due to this plant’s indica dominance, this strain will have a high resistance to colder climates and grow well in shorter summers.
15. Royal AK Auto
Royal AK Automatic is one eclectic autoflower. This variant of the famous AK-47 blends the genetics of Colombian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghan into a strain that stands out with a heavy-hitting effect and good yields.
The slightly indica-dominant hybrid has a happy and active effect that makes it suitable for the daytime. The smoke blends hashy, spicy, and sweet notes reminiscent of incense. Although the plant will not get taller than 30-40 inches, it can yield as much as 475g/m2.
Royal AK Auto will start flowering after 6-8 weeks and is ready to be harvested around 11-12 weeks.