Experienced grower here, but first time trying autoflowers. I have a couple of questions that I haven’t been able to really find answers to in the forums. I’ve seen so much helpful info here, I hoped that I could find some advice before I get started with this season’s crop. (Finally legal in VA! )
When to start autoflowers? How is an autoflower’s budding affected by long days and short nights?
VA has a very long growing season. If I start autoflowers now, (Mid-May) they will be flowering much sooner than the equinox and longer nights. How does this affect the buds when they have shorter nights? I’m used to regular plants that would start budding after the equinox, so I’m not sure if I should wait and time it so that the nights are longer when they’re flowering.
Autoflowers aren’t feminized, right? Anyone have any idea of how likely males are?
I’d ideally like to not have to plant a lot of extra seeds to be certain I’ll get fems, then have them all be girls and have to get rid of some of them. I’d also hate to only plant a few seeds and get only males and have wasted growing time. I can’t manage the drying, curing and storage of a harvest from more than a handful of plants. Any suggestions?
If I plant now and harvest them in 10 weeks, that will be in mid-July – roaring hot and humid here. My usual drying place is an outdoor shed that’s perfect in October, but will be like a hot-box with high humidity in July. Anyone have any experience with trying to dry in an outdoor situation like that? It worries me that it’s a recipe for potential mold and ruined crop.
I’m excited to get started, not waste time, effort, or seeds. Thanks in advance for any advice or help you can give.
- Strains: Autoflower SuperMix seeds from this site: Gorilla Glue, Girl Scout Cookies Extreme, Bruce Banner
- Method: Soil - 3" Happy Frog Soil on Top, Ocean Forest for the rest
- Vessels: Cloth Bag Containers (7 Gal);
- Outdoor grow