Whether you’re beginning a large grow operation or are simply starting your own cannabis garden at home, you’re probably wondering what type of seeds will grow best: autoflowering or feminized strains. At Neptune Seed Bank, we carry a wide variety of breeders like In-House Genetics, Illuminati Seeds, Island Genetics, and more.
Here we collected some important insight to help you choose between autoflowering and feminized seeds for your next grow project!
What Exactly are Autoflowering Seeds?
Much as the name implies, autoflowering cannabis seeds bloom automatically, making them much easier to tend to for first-time growers. Due to their smaller size, they’re also quicker to cultivate than plants of feminized seeds. Additionally, autoflowering seeds are bred to be more durable and resistant to varying temperatures and pest infestation, in addition to boasting a much simpler lighting schedule.
What are Feminized Cannabis Seeds?
Unlike autoflowering cannabis seeds, feminized seeds will produce bigger plants, thus a higher yield. And of course, you don’t have to worry about male plants, since the seeds are feminized. Also, cannabis from feminized seeds is often more potent than autoflowering ones. Although they’ll require more space, time, and lighting, feminized plants can also be cloned to avoid having to buy new seeds for every harvest.
Differences in Harvest Time & Lighting Demands
There are some key differences in harvest time and lighting demands when it comes to autoflowering vs. feminized cannabis seeds. For autoflowering seeds, harvest time is usually as quick as 8-12 weeks, whereas feminized seeds often require 12-20 weeks and will require 12 hours of full light and 12 of darkness while flowering.
Which Seeds Are Better for Indoor/Outdoor Cultivation?
If you are growing outdoors, autoflowering seeds are a great choice since you do not have to worry about controlling the light to induce the flowering stage. The good news is that you don’t actually have to choose. Some breeder offer feminized autoflowering seeds allowing you to plant indoors or outdoors with the benefits of both types of seed.
What Seeds Are Best for Me?
If you’re wondering what seeds are best for you, consider what type of grow operation you want to have, whether it will be indoors or outdoors, and the time and investment you can make. For those just starting, growing autoflowering plants can be beneficial and easier.