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    Patient's 2018 auto grow - super soil


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    This is my first auto grow and i find myself apprehensive about deciding whether to liquid feed or use super soil. Well i decided on super soil since it was ready and i dont want to mess with nutes. The recipe for the soil had the nitrogen bumped up with alfalfa and feather meal. I am hoping the amount of nitrogen wont negatively impact the yield. It definitely has it taller than expected at this point. I have searched the web for info on this matter concerning whats expected week to week and this is the most concise guideline i could find.
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    DISCLAIMER: This post is not an original. I gained this knowledge from a very experienced Auto grower and felt the need to share with others to help clarify autos since they have come such a long way an are becoming real contenders.

    The life cycle of auto flowering cannabis.

    Another common question I see is when to switch autos from veg to bloom. Many people are under the impression that as soon as they see the first flowers it's time to switch. Perhaps a little explanation of the life cycle of autos will help to clarify this.

    Weeks 1 - 3. Once you've started your seeds and they break the surface of the soil, they are in their seedling stage. The first set of leaves to appear will usually single fingered, followed by a second set that may still be single fingered or perhaps 3 fingered. Once that second set appears growth will start to accelerate as the new leaves provide more photosynthesis. This process will continue, more new leaves, faster growth. Depending on the type of soil in use, mild vegetative nutes can be introduced at week 2. By week 3 most plants will start to show their sex. Males will start to produce pollen sacks and females will display pistols.-

    Weeks 4 - 6. The plants are now entering a pre flowering stage. During this time the plants should exhibit explosive growth, often as much as a new set of nodes and 1" vertical growth a day. This is the time when they will gain most of their vertical height. Many people make the mistake of switching from vegetative to flowering nutrients at this point, assuming that since they see flowers it must be the proper time. This is incorrect. If the switch to flowering nutes is made at this time the vertical growth will stop and the plant will put it's energy into producing buds. If you need to keep your plants small, or want them to finish earlier, they by all means switch nutes at this point. But if you want to get the most out of your plants continue feeding vegetative nutes until you see the vertical growth slow and stop. Depending on the strain that will usually be sometime during week 5 or 6.-

    Weeks 7 - 9. By now vertical growth has stopped and the switch to flowering nutrients has been made. The buds will start to fill out and put on weight, becoming hard and tight. Pistols will start to change from white to brown, orange, red, etc. By now the plants will also have developed a strong smell. Toward the end of this phase the large primary and smaller secondary fan leaves will begin to turn yellow. This is an indication that the plant is moving toward the end of it's life.

    Weeks 10 - 11. At this time flowering nutes should be discontinued and only plain pHed water fed to flush the remaining nutrients from the soil and improve the taste. Yellowing of the fan leaves will continue as the plant draws the stored energy from them. Eventually they will die and fall off. By the time that the smaller leaves that come from out of the buds will also start to turn yellow. Then it's time to harvest.-

    I know that many of you are thinking that the seed bank said the plants will finish in 8-9 weeks, so why are you saying they take 10-11? The claims made by the seed banks are somewhat deceptive. If you switch to flowering nutes at week 3 or 4 the plants can finish in the times the seed banks say but they will remain small and not reach their full potential yield. Years of growing by myself and others has shown that autos do best if you follow this time line.

    Of course, there will always be variations depending on the strain, the environment, nutrients, etc. This information is meant to only serve as a general guideline.
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    I found that thread very informative and representative of what i have seen and am experiencing thus far. The vertical growth is amazing and very little signs of budding at week 4 (in 2 days) pics to follow...

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    Here is the Compassion Lime CBD 20180620_144704.jpg
    Here is a pic of it's pistil formation. 20180620_144742.jpg

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    Here's the compassion lime day 37 1530495607946932659141.jpg
    Here is the top cola 1530495678661657166066.jpg

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    wana do a auto later on will it still do its thing even different environment? like rain Heat etc?

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    This is my first auto i have ever grown. Thanks @Apuk. That Apuk guy has autoflower seeds for sale. Really great prices. To answer your question. Yes. These autos will flower after 1 month of veg no matter the hours of daylight or temperature. Its just like what i do early in the grow season when i pull potted plants in and out of a dark room to keep their hours at 12 to force flower. But i dont have to drag them in and out. They flower period. Its awesome. I am curious about the quality. I have not smoked any autoflower bud, so i can not comment on that yet. But i have seen pics of Apuk's seeds flowering and i am anticipating some spectacular looking buds. They will also flower rain or shine. Buds DO NOT LIKE rain. It causes them to mold. When the buds are thick and they get wet, they cant dry out properly and can grow mold.

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    Here is the auto Compassion Lime day 43 1530975363052985676969.jpg here is a close up of the buds 1530975489813970448773.jpg and of course its me. so i couldnt allow another strain to come through the yard without breeding with it. I put some Skunk pollen on her. 15309755849951839435705.jpg

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    And another shot of all the bud sites 1530975695742363766565.jpg

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    Quick update on my auto from @Apuk. It is a phenomenal plant and genetics. Unfortunately it has been ravaged by leaf miners, thrips and a never-ending supply of caterpillars. I wish i had started treating with neem during veg. My mistake. Autos have a great learning curve. Theres no time for "i forgot" or mistakes. Another thing is i used a "super soil" geared to run regular seeds for about 3 months of veg. So it probably had 3 x's the needed amount of nitrogen (N) and hasnt allowed for dense buds. (Shakes head)......so autos need a specific super soil geared for a short veg. Organics dont matter at that point. Its TOO rich. I do have to say this. This plant is SO COVERED in trichs it is shining like diamonds in the sun. It is just as trichy as any BluCheez i have ever seen grown. 20180725_093707.jpg And the smell is great. Its Compassion Lime and has a strong bouquet about it. Its next to my garbage cans and is a great air freshener over there. Thanks Apuk. I have 2 more left and i eill start to mix another batch of soil to cook for an indoor run.

    The cat hair (LOLOLOL) is a friendly addition from my feline friend. Her fur gets everywhere and is in EVERY picture of every outdoor bud i ever post xD

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    She hasnt a clue either. 20180725_095300.jpg

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    Hey great post thankyou. This has answered some questions I’ve had about autos...and I’ve read about everything I could find...!
    Thnx

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