A little useful information when selecting the type of seed to use in the crop: feminized or autoflowering?
When starting a crop, there are many things to consider, but perhaps the main one is the type of seed used. Autoflowering or feminized, that is the question. Each one has its pros and cons, and depending on what is being sought or the available conditions (space, climate, etc.), it is convenient to choose one or the other. Since knowledge is power, here are some facts that will make the choice easier.
When we think of the best Autoflowering Seeds, the only strain comes to us mind is: Dinafem seeds
AUTOFLOWERING CANNABIS SEEDS
Although they do not reach the same quality or have the same production capacity as feminized seeds, autoflowering ones have become a viable option for less experienced growers as well as for those who seek to have the harvest in less time. They do not depend on the photoperiod but will flower when they complete their cycle: from 60 to 70 days. Thanks to this, you will not have to worry about light pollution if you plant outdoors, which could be a problem with a feminized, since it needs 12 hours of absolute darkness.
Thanks to their shorter life span, autoflowering plants have less risk of pest infestation, and they have less time to spread, making the probability of this a problem less. In addition, they are generally smaller plants or are more adjustable in size, since their final size will be determined by that of the pot in which they are planted. Since they produce more leaf matter in the buds, their flavor may not be as good as that of a feminized one, and their genetics with a proportion of Ruderalis means that they generally have a lower proportion of THC.
In short, any of the two types has its advantages and disadvantages that each grower must evaluate to choose what suits him best. Once this fundamental choice is made, the entire cultivation method will derive from it.
In general, no one wants a male. And this goes beyond any feminism: it is that a male plant not only gives a production rich in seeds and low in THC, but also its mere presence in a crop can pollinate plants in a large area around (so Having one outdoors can be worth the insults of all the surrounding growers.) Luckily, since the late 1990s, feminized seeds emerged, which eliminate this risk factor: they guarantee (except for some possible hermaphroditism under extreme conditions) female plants.
These seeds give plants with a vegetative cycle of between 2 and 3 months, with a flowering cycle of between 5 and 16 weeks. They are governed by the photoperiod, that is, they must be planted at a certain time (in the northern hemisphere, between March and June, to harvest in September-October). Flowering begins when they have 12 hours of darkness and 12 hours of light, so this is what should be respected if the crop is indoors. This allows to mold more the size of the plant, since the more time invested in the vegetative period, the bigger it will be. This is also useful if you are looking to make a mother, to cultivate from cuttings. In addition, it can be molded with pruning to suit the needs of space and shape. The production of feminized seeds is usually higher than that of autoflowering.