Advantages of outdoor growing and better varieties.
When deciding to grow cannabis, you will almost certainly feel a certain sense of disorientation when faced with the vast array of products available on the market.
First of all, it may be helpful to clarify the different types of seeds and consequently the growing methods they offer.
Why choose autoflowering seeds
There are three main categories of seeds: classic seeds, photoperiodic feminised seeds and autoflowering seeds.
Classic seeds are little used nowadays due to the great success of feminised and autoflowering seeds. Unlike the latter two, they take longer to grow, are more complex and have unpredictable sex, at least until the plant matures.
They are, in fact, instrumental in hybridisation experiments, as the presence of males is necessary to pollinate the females when trying to create new crosses.
The risk of investing energy in growing plants that might turn out to be males, which are notoriously less productive than females in terms of quality and quantity of inflorescence, has been eliminated by the advent of photoperiodic feminised seeds.
These only produce female plants. This characteristic has led to their use being much preferred to regular seeds.
The only disadvantage they may have is their close dependence on lighting cycles. This variety of plants will only flower if these cycles are managed to simulate the average seasonal cycle.
It might be helpful to have a timer to facilitate this programming.
Lastly, there are auto-flowering seeds.
This type has the particularity of flowering according to the age of the plant and not the lighting conditions in which it lives. This is why it is the most popular, especially among newcomers.
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Strengths of outdoor cultivation
There are several advantages to growing outdoors.
First of all, it is the most economical way of growing, since you have a small plot of land and the sun and water are provided by nature. The main advantage is that you do not need electricity. But, on the other hand, the lamps required for successful indoor cultivation are expensive, and their consumption is far from low.
Outdoor cultivation is ecological and sustainable. It will not make it necessary to reproduce the outdoor environment inside a room. Just water and fertilise the seedlings and let nature do the rest.
Secondly, outdoor cultivation guarantees considerably higher yields than indoor cultivation. The cannabis plant is, by nature, an outdoor plant.
In addition, this type of cultivation reduces maintenance costs and energy to almost zero compared to indoor cultivation. In their natural habitat, the plants will spontaneously let themselves be guided by the environment and the surrounding conditions and adapt to them.
The mere fact that you don’t have to influence air humidity levels directly or soil pH significantly reduces effort and expense.
Top 5 outdoor autoflowering varieties.
According to growers’ opinions, it was possible to identify several strains that make up the top 5 outdoor autoflowering strains.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to decide which is the best overall, since apart from objectively analysable aspects, personal tastes and evaluations come into play which cannot be universal for apparent reasons.
However, the growers’ favourites seem to be the following:
- G14 auto,
- Grapefruit auto,
- Gorilla Glue auto,
- Stardawg auto
- Californian Snow auto.
The G14 auto is a stress-resistant variety that grows even under challenging conditions. It can also be grown indoors and gives very high yields.
The auto Grapefruit is easy to grow and doesn’t need too much space, as it has an unbranched, almost single stem structure. It completes its flowering cycle in 9-10 weeks.
The Gorilla Glue auto grows to over a metre in height, unlike auto-flowering strains, and produces dense, resin-rich buds.
Stardawg auto is a versatile strain that can adapt to different growing conditions. The plant is tall and sturdy, and the buds are very resinous. It grows up to 120 cm when grown indoors but will increase its size considerably when grown outdoors.
Californian Snow auto is so oversized that it almost resembles a tree, which is why it is not suitable for growing in small spaces, as it needs to grow. Perfect for growing in colder climates, she finishes flowering in 9-10 weeks.
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Cannabis cultivation offers endless possibilities. Its varieties are numerous, and as use and production has spread, it has been modified to try and meet as many needs as possible.
In addition to the differences in flavour, aroma, and effects, it is now possible to choose the seeds to grow according to the available space, preferred cultivation techniques, and even the required financial investment.
Outdoor cultivation seems to be the most recommended when considering the plant’s well-being, but not only that. A plant that can grow well, enjoying the sunlight and developing according to its own needs and not the available space, guarantees a better yield.
In short, environmentally friendly, cheaper and even more fruitful, growing autoflowering plants outdoors definitely has an edge!