Yet because there are poor genes out there, it’s important to choose a trustworthy breeder as unscrupulous breeders may sell seeds that that end up making tiny buds with little potency! Here are 3 recommended auto-flowering strains for beginners (and connoisseurs!) Quickest Time to Harvest – Auto Lemon OG Haze by Nirvana – Nirvana is known for producing stabilized strains where you always get exactly what they tell you to expect. Their Auto Lemon OG Haze strain is the result of 5 generations of careful breeding. The resulting buds have a creative, energetic effect that also comes with a body “buzz” and is ready to harvest as soon as 2 months from seed, though giving the plant an extra week or two before harvesting can dramatically increase your yields. This strain produces dense chunky buds that look beautiful and have a pleasant fruity/citrus scent.
Auto Lemon OG Haze buds become covered in trichomes. “Strong” Auto-Flowering Strain – Black Jack Auto by Sweet Seeds. This strain had some of the strongest effects of all the auto-flowering strains I’ve grown so far. One was 7.5/10 in potency, but the other felt even stronger. Both had an immediate nose-tingling head effect, and then longer lasting pleasant mental and body effects. The smell was pungent and skunky yet had sweet notes. This strain seemed to do better with somewhat lower levels of light, so it would be perfect to tuck one of these plants in the back or to the side of your main grow.
An example of a Black Jack Auto just before harvest at 75 days old. Medical Strain (Very Relaxing) – Blue AutoMazar by Dutch Passion – One of the highest yielding autos (and Dutch Passion specializes in high-yielding autos!), this strain carries a “cheesy” smell from its Blue Cheese ancestors. The buds don’t really smell as much like cannabis as something else that’s kind of funky. That can make this a good choice for a “stealth” strain since it doesn’t have as much of the traditional skunky “weed smell” that can give away a grow. Buds are ready to harvest in a little under 3 months from seed and its effects are some of the most relaxing buds I’ve tried with any strain, photoperiod or auto. I believe this would be a great medical or anti-anxiety strain. In order to get the best results with growing cannabis, you need to pay regular attention to your plants. Maybe you don’t have a lot of time, and you just want to do the “bare minimum” and still get to harvest. Although I highly encourage you to take great care of your plants, if this sounds like you, you may get the best results by choosing a hardy strain that’s been specifically bred to be easy to grow and can roll with the punches. Although they’re generally hardy, in some ways auto-flowering strains can be tough for a beginner because they don’t leave a lot of time for mistakes. If you mess up in the first 3-6 weeks, you can sometimes end up with a tiny plant and small yields at harvest and unfortunately there’s really nothing you can do about it at that point. On the flip side, a photoperiod plant gives you as much time as you need to dial in your grow and make mistakes because it won’t start making buds until you “tell” it to. That gives you time to conduct experiments and/or really see what a plant can do! They don’t say cannabis grows like a weed for nothing! With a photoperiod plant you can bring it to the brink of death and back, then continue on with your grow without much consequence. For that reason, I highly recommend sticking with photoperiod (“regular”) strains if you’re specifically looking for a strain that’s particularly easy to grow and can bounce back from problems. Low Odor – Northern Light is a hardy, potent strain that tends to have less of a smell than other strains, which can be helpful for stealth reasons. This strain is a classic that has won many awards for its effects. Northern Light plants tend to stay short, bounce back easily from problems, and are relatively quick to harvest. It’s one of the first strains I ever grew, and lived through a lot (heat, overwatering, dropping a light on it….). Despite all that mistreatment, the plant produced amazing results and yields. Northern Light buds aren’t as smelly as many other strains of cannabis, and plants tend to be very forgiving and easy to grow. Quick – Papaya is ready to harvest about 8 weeks after you initiate the flowering stage, so with a 3-4 week vegetative stage you’re looking at smoking your buds in possibly less than 3 months from germination. Although a short-flowering photoperiod strain like Papaya is not quite as fast as the fastest auto-flowering strain, it’s close and much more forgiving in case you mess up! Papaya responds very well to stressful conditions – check out a grow journal featuring this strain! Good for LEDs and Can Handle Tight Spaces – Triple Cheese plants respond well to LEDs by producing extra potent, extra sticky buds.
This strain is also very hardy & resistant to many common plant problems (over watering, underwatering, stress…). It’s important to get a strain that can resist mold and diseases if you’re growing in the high humidity of a small grow box, which don’t usually provide enough air circulation for proper growth. This strain is overall just easy to grow and high yielding, and because of its effects I always choose it if I see it available at a dispensary!
Sometimes the most important thing is producing as much bud as possible! Indica – Wonder Woman by Nirvana – Incredible strain that makes huge, dense buds with a strong Indica effect and yields that can’t be beat. Check out a grow journal featuring a single Wonder Woman plant that produced over 12 oz of bud! A single Wonder Woman plant can yield over 12 oz under the right conditions!