The First Time Grower. A beginners guide to AutoFem’s

When Autoflowering marijuana varieties first appeared many were disappointed with poor yields and the potency of the weed - which was medium strength at best.  But over the last couple of years the best AutoFem varieties have changed out of all recognition.  Today AutoFem’s are delivering some amazing results especially for indoor growers.  The unique ability of AutoFem’s to use 20 hours of daily light has allowed some remarkable yields.  Thanks to refinements made to the breeding process the potency of the best AutoFem levels are now indistinguishable from traditional varieties.

Plenty of growers who have never grown AutoFem seeds before are now realising the benefits of these 70-day strains which allow an early summer crop for the outdoor/greenhouse growers and a fast production method with great yield potential for indoor growers.  If you have never grown AutoFem’s before, then this blog will explain all the main things you will need to know to get a great crop.

AutoFem’s – for indoors, outdoors or greenhouses?

AutoFem’s have been grown with great results in every location you can imagine.  In the Northern hemisphere they delivered decent harvests of quality pot in locations such as Scandinavia, Northern Russia and Canada.  In some of these locations growing AutoFem’s is the only alternative to indoor growing due to the short growing season.

Greenhouses growers like AutoFem’s as they take only 10 weeks, and often stay around (or below) a metre tall, making them both a fast and easy-to-hide crop.  In good conditions AutoFem’s can get over 1m tall.

Indoor growers get the biggest yields from AutoFem’s as they can take full advantage of the ability of AutoFem’s to absorb 20 hours of light each day.  We have seen numerous AutoFems deliver over 150g indoors, and the best growers have produced incredible specimens indoors.  

How do Auto’s feed compared to traditional varieties?

In hydro, Auto’s seem to do well on ‘veg’ nutrients for the first 3 or so weeks.  After that they like flowering nutrients all the way through to the end of their 10 week life.  Think Different has been known to take nutrient ec of 1.6 whereas AutoMazar has been a lighter feeder at ec1.0.  

In soil Auto’s may need flowering supplements near the end of their life depending on the size of the original container.  As with traditional marijuana varieties, the AutoFem’s should be flushed (fed with pure water) for the last week or so to obtain the best tasting bud.

Whilst Auto’s will survive in smaller plant pots, they will of course thrive given good quality soil and large containers.  Auto’s will also give good results planted directly into quality, fertilised garden soil for outdoor growers, remember that the more direct sun they receive the better the yield.

What is the main benefit of AutoFem’s?

Everyone has a slightly different answer! The outdoor or greenhouse grower will tell you that the chance to get a first harvest in before the summer is a real Think Different, hydro grow indoors under LED bonus.  Growers in extreme northern latitudes will tell you that Auto’s are their only outdoor option.  Indoor growers are beginning to say that AutoFem’s are a faster and more productive alternative to growing from clones.  People that have never grown their own pot before have grown some AutoFem’s behind the roses in their garden and have had a great crop without anyone knowing!

How good is the quality of the marijuana from AutoFem’s?

The first generation of AutoFem’s gave medium strength pot.  Nowadays the best seeds will give you pot which is so good that you could not tell it apart from traditionally grown marijuana.  Licensed growers of medical marijuana will tell you that their patients can’t tell the difference between marijuana from traditional varieties and AutoFem’s.  AutoFem’s really have improved that much.

Here at Dutch Passion we have seen AutoFems go from curiosities to genuine best sellers in just a few years.  Our highest profile AutoFem’s are Think Different, AutoBlueberry and AutoMazar.  These are outselling some of our most popular traditional varieties.  But all of our earlier AutoFem’s (SnowStorm #2, Taiga, Tundra and PolarLight #2) have now been improved to just the same standard as our best sellers.  

Everything we learned about AutoFem yield optimisation and growth potential has been put to good effect with the improved Taiga, Tundra, Polar Light #2 and SnowStorm#2.  And we continue to work really hard on future AutoFem’s – there are some real treats in store for the AutoFem fans, and we hope to have perhaps one more new variety in 2012.  So keep checking our weekly blog for the latest news. If you are new to AutoFem’s there is a lot you have been missing out on.  They are better than ever and are really worth checking out in 2012.    If you have never grown your own marijuana before then AutoFem’s have made it quicker and simpler than you ever imagined.  

Even if you plant AutoFem seeds in very small containers and put them near your window you will still get some decent quality weed, even if it isn’t the large quantities which can be achieved in optimum conditions.  Different AutoFem varieties will have different average sizes.  The bigger AutoFem’s grown in large containers in optimized conditions may take a little more time, but will produce more pot than smaller plants grown in smaller containers.  The following pictures showed some AutoMazar planted by a hobby urban grower in tiny pots, but the plants delivered some potent buds at the end.  AutoFem’s are definitely a fast, easy and convenient way to grow your own weed.  

Perhaps the simplest way to start is to plant them outdoors in good soil when the weather gets warm and wait 70 days.  If you can dig plenty of quality compost into the soil and get a sunny location then even a new grower could be looking at a harvest of 50-100 grams of quality marijuana, maybe even more in Mediterranean climates.  If you are an experienced grower then even higher yields are now easily achievable, especially indoors.  3 seeds will cost you around €25. What are you waiting for?

Dutch Joe

February 12th 2012

Recent comments (54)

On 21-02-2012 at 17:56u Thib wrote:
Hi dutch passion ! I've just buy Think different seeds and i would like to know how they grow outdoors? Are they massive? Cut in really 9 weeks? In south belgium what is the best period for starting? Thank you and sorry for my english!:)

On 22-02-2012 at 15:58u Tony, Dutch Passion wrote:
Hi Thib. Yes, AutoFem's really do need just 9-10 weeks. They like the maximum anount of sun, please get them a nice sunny place to grow. You may want to start the seeds indoors or in a warm place like a greenhouse for the first 2 weeks. Maybe plant the seeds in mid-May Then plant them outside perhaps around the beginning of June. You should be harvesting in late July. Get them some nice quality soil to grow in. Think Different normally grow to around 1 metre tall. Once you get your harvest around the end of July you still have time to plant some more. Good luck, Think Different gives great quality marijuana

On 22-02-2012 at 17:04u Tommy wrote:
i am a first time grower indoor any tips on wot stran to start with

On 22-02-2012 at 18:30u Tracey wrote:
bought a 100 think-different seeds, eny tips on growing them in central canada? we have big light here, fall frost hardyness? i have read some auto strains dont like to dry out, this strain like that? iam exp. grower, but eny tips on this stain would help. thanx tracey

On 26-02-2012 at 10:35u Fez wrote:
About to start ak47 autoflower, just not sure if I should germinate the seeds or if I should just plant the beasts???? Lots of feedback would be much appreciated!

On 29-02-2012 at 16:26u Tony Dutch Passion wrote:
Tommy, a good strain to start with indoors would be something like Skunk #11. It is easy to grow, forgiving and produces great results. Good luck

On 29-02-2012 at 16:39u Tony | Dutch Passion wrote:
Fez, for best results start the seeds indoors, on a windowsill or in a greenhouse. Once they are a week or two old you can put them outside. You can plant them directly outside but perhaps you will have better chances to start them in small pots and transplant them outside later. Think Different will take 9-10 weeks. Just put it in good quality soil and put it in a position with lots of sun

On 08-03-2012 at 23:42u Atanas wrote:
Hi Dutch passion I want to buy Think Different seed's but i'm from Bulgaria . Can you send me the seeds in Bulgaria ? And what special compost or preparation need to buy ? Thank you and sorry for my english !

On 14-03-2012 at 13:33u Tony | Dutch Passion wrote:
Hi Atanas, yes we send seeds to Bulgaria. To find out more about growing them please read our blog 'A beginners guide to AutoFems's' Good Luck !!

On 05-04-2012 at 12:52u Kane wrote:
hey I want to know if you grow autofems indoors n organic using foxfarms ocean blend, do you still need exttra nutrients or just the organicsoil...thnx

On 05-04-2012 at 16:37u Tony| Dutch Passion wrote:
Hi Kane, it depends on the size of your plant pot. With a smaller container you will need extra nutrients for sure. With a big container the Autofems may get all the necessary nutrients from the soil. Good luck

On 10-04-2012 at 16:30u Sam wrote:
as a first time grower, i am really struggling with compost. i have no idea what compost would be best suited to autofem seeds. any help with what i should be looking for in different compost choices? thanks

On 11-04-2012 at 09:21u Tony | Dutch Passion wrote:
Hi Sam. For compost, the easiest thing to do is buy pre-mixed compost from one of the bigger suppliers such as Canna, Plant Magic or one of the other companies you will see stocked in your local hydroponic store. Good luck !

On 01-10-2012 at 10:02u Raven wrote:
I started with the new Autofem Strain "StarRyder" about a week ago under HPS Lights, doing amazing so far, unbelievable how fast they germinated and how quick they grow :) Another amazing strain by an amazing breeder! I´d love to share the results with you all - i´m pretty convinced its going to be a great grow anyway :) Ciao from bella Italia :)

On 02-10-2012 at 18:34u Ricky wrote:
hi iv just got a batch of seeds autofem star ryder & auto mazar & auto blueberry,im growin indoors & only in my 1st week iv got them under my T5 floresent lamp for now & was plannin to move them under 600w green power lampwhen they are at 2 weeks,,my pot size is 6.5lt. is this ok? is the T5 lights ok? some feed back would be great. thanks.

On 26-11-2012 at 23:18u Jeff wrote:
Hi, I'm attempting to grow for the first time next summer. Going to be growing outdoors in Atlantic Canada between April-September. Any recommendations on what strain to start out on? And how do I know when to harvest if the plant takes a little longer in my conditions? Any extra feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

On 24-01-2013 at 18:13u Medicine Man wrote:
Yo, Joe! What's the maximum sized Smart Pot you would chose for an autofem which reaches 2-3 ft. in height, potentially? I don't want to limit it's growth by going too small; but neither do I want to give it more than it can use in a short growing cycle. What do you think? Thanks, and best wishes to all who share the passion!

On 25-01-2013 at 09:56u Eddy | Dutch Passion wrote:
hi Medicine man, the bigger the plant pot, the better the root system which results in bigger plants

On 25-01-2013 at 19:08u Medicine Man wrote:
Eddy, Thanks for your quick response. I understand the correlation between bigger pots and bigger plants. My question is, How big would be overkill? I don't want to buy a bazooka to do the work of a BB gun. In 60-70 day, grow cycles, outdoors, the autofems cannot grow as big as full-season, photoperiod strains. So, at some point, it's a waste of money to go with a larger pot. What would be the largest, reasonably-sized, Smart Pot to choose for an autofem? 5 gallons? 7? 10? Thanks! MM

On 26-01-2013 at 04:46u Medicine Man wrote:
Yo, Joe! What's the maximum sized Smart Pot you would chose for an autofem which reaches 2-3 ft. in height, potentially? I don't want to limit it's growth by going too small; but neither do I want to give it more than it can use in a short growing cycle. What do you think? Thanks, and best wishes to all who share the passion!

On 10-02-2013 at 01:44u Smoky wrote:
Hey Ricky, how did those T5 lamps work with the blueberry auto? I'm curious if 2 full spectrum 6400K FL's would do well with autos? What's the best lighting for autos to get a decent yield?

On 17-05-2013 at 00:55u Potty wrote:
how much do you recommend the ec for auto-mazaar?

On 22-05-2013 at 02:02u Digital Grow wrote:
Potty: Around 1.0-1.2 worked well for me.

On 27-05-2013 at 19:45u Zech wrote:
Started some blueberry autofem any advice

On 12-06-2013 at 12:03u Amir wrote:
Hi,im from iran.Do you send seeds to here?

On 12-06-2013 at 13:51u JimBo wrote:
Hi Amir, DP only send to European countries and most of latin america. But in their dealer list you can find many companies that send DP seeds world wide. (click on official dealers on top of the page)

On 14-08-2013 at 21:40u Fredie 1 wrote:
hi what soil would you say for think different indoors with gavita lights

On 03-09-2013 at 01:07u Bigal wrote:
Hi, just got my self some automazar, auto white widow seeds. With it being my fist grow using autos I'm unsure what to do with veg/bloom nutrients, at how many weeks would i stop veg and give it bloom. I will be using terra soil in 11litre pots, any advice you's have would be appreciated?

On 03-09-2013 at 07:54u Eddy, Dutch Passion wrote:
Bigal, in 11 litres of soil they won;t need any nutrients for the first 3-4 weeks. After 4 weeks start with weak bloom nutrients and increase concentrations slowly. Enjoy!

On 05-09-2013 at 21:25u Bigal wrote:
Cheers eddy. Also, I tend to stick with dutch pro nutrients so would you recommend me using there auto nutes as I've seen they sell it? or just stick with the normal bloom that they do? And thanks again

On 12-09-2013 at 14:52u Hope wrote:
After nine days I'm getting yellow spots and some shrivelling of leaves...I have 1000 wt bulbs. What am I doing wrong?

On 16-09-2013 at 23:16u Virgingrower wrote:
Hi I was looking for some advice. Ima first time grower and I have 16 autos in 11ltr pots sitting under 4 x 400w lamps ( would the lighting be sufficient?). Currently I am only using 1 lamp as I only planted the seeds 11 days ago they seeds I'm using are mixed. At what stages should I be using full lighting and when do I add nutrients and how much should I use. Any advice would be greatly appreciated thanks.

On 18-12-2013 at 02:59u Neilly wrote:
Can you recommend feed for outdoor think different grow in Scotland ?

On 23-01-2014 at 23:55u Mitchell Cain wrote:
Hi there, just bought my first pack of think different autofem and i am going to grow it hydro and was just wondering is there any specific nutrients you would recommend for veg and flowering.

On 30-01-2014 at 18:50u Spungus wrote:
am growing autoblue mystic and auto northernlights could someday tell me how far my 250hps lite should be from the plants and whtz ur opinion on using biobizz n biobloom n allmix as my soil

On 26-04-2014 at 18:44u Joseph james wrote:
Hi Spungus.. just planted the same 10 days ago love to hear results. any problems yeild etc

On 18-05-2014 at 17:42u Taff wrote:
hi, im a first time grower and i got an autofem plant 5 weeks old in my greenhouse but was wondering when does she start to flower? as im told it only takes 9 weeks from seed to harvest.

On 12-07-2014 at 15:11u Bob wrote:
Hello good folk at Dutch Passion, I'm a first grower in NE Scotland and am currently growing one of your autoflowering strains Taiga #2 which germinated and grown for a few weeks in a greenhouse and was trance planted into a bigger pot (3-4 gallon garden plant pot) which is in the upper branches of a pine tree where it gets plenty of sunlight. At moment the plant is in a stage where it's first 3 fingered fan leave are out and the next set of fan leaves are developing. The medium it is in is a mixture of good soil and compost (both from a bag and compost bin) and I wondering if I need to give it any extra nutrients as I read that the Taiga #2 does not need that many nutrients. I do have some spare all purpose plant food which has P K & N in it. And I was also wondering how much bud can I expect to get from her? with her obviously not getting any near as much light as it would if grown under 20 hrs. of artificial light indoors. Thanks for your time

On 02-08-2014 at 06:50u Rama wrote:
nice reliable post

On 26-02-2015 at 02:59u Justin wrote:
im A first time grower and was wondering if the nutrients during the blooming stage absolutely necessary? I plan on having 5 auto purple and 2 silver widows outside but not sure about the nutrients thing? Also would a 5 gallon bucket for each plant be too big ?

On 28-02-2015 at 09:17u Eddy - Dutch Passion wrote:
Justin, in a big enough container it is not absolutely necessary to add bloom nutrients. A 5 gall bucket sounds good to us :-)

On 07-03-2015 at 00:32u Tyrone gwinn wrote:
i would like to know if biobizz light mix soil is a good choice for autos, im using three gallon pots and i plan on just using (advanced nutrients mother earth super tea,and organic b also from advance nutrients) my plants 6 of them are under 400 watt hps lamps im using the grow and bloom teas.

On 22-04-2015 at 19:07u Johnny Stewart wrote:
First time grower and don't know anything.What size pots how much lighting etc. Any help would be appreciated

On 28-04-2015 at 16:18u Fairly new wrote:
I have three think differents and one auto extreme going. The one TD is acting like it should at day 43 well into bud but the other two TD just keep getting bigger and bigger and at day 43 no formation of a flower it looks like they want to go into flower but just cannot the same with the one auto extreme. I bought seven TD and three auto extreme the first round they all ended at day 85 with a 10 day flush at this rate these will not be done until day 110 if they go into bud today. Why is it three out of seven act like this and one out of three on the auto extreme? How long should i wait before ditching them. I feel like I am waisting time and energy on something that will never flower

On 30-04-2015 at 07:45u Eddy - Dutch Passion wrote:
Fairly New, you have a couple of phenotypes that are late to flower, you will find the plants will offer larger eventual harvests. Don't worry , they will start to bloom but they will take a little longer than the other plants

On 01-05-2015 at 14:16u Zebadee wrote:
hi,i have packs of TD and blackberry kush auto if im bottom feeding can I grow these 2 types side by side?

On 04-05-2015 at 10:22u Eddy - Dutch Passion wrote:
Zebadee, yes you should be ok with Think Different and AutoBlackberry Kush side by side. Good luck

On 06-05-2015 at 08:58u Kevin skender wrote:
Thank you for all your help any and all info would be greatly appreciated recently. bought auto white widow seeds all tips and hints to get superior results would be appreciated peace and god bless

On 06-05-2015 at 14:54u Kevin skender wrote:
Would like to receive info on growing dutch passion auto white widow peace thank you

On 12-05-2015 at 11:13u Eddy - Dutch Passion wrote:
Kevin Skender. There are 3 complete customer grow reviews in the 'more info' section of the following page

On 16-06-2015 at 18:52u Joe wrote:
High this is my first grow and I bought the polar light#3 there in 5 gallon pots in a light soil mix and wanted to know what kind of nutrient schedule I should do. Thank you so much! joe

On 07-07-2015 at 21:01u Graham wrote:
This is my second go at Autos. The first was in a tent and useless. I have a green house and thought i'd give it another chance. I got 3 auto mazer, 3 think different, 3 durban poison and 3 auto ultimate. I have not topped them due to space, the mazers are giants all over 1.5 m and one is 1.70m. this is at week 8/9. everything is doing well except the Durban poison which to be honest is at the back and shaded. I have just planted them in the ground with compost added and am feeding with tomato feed along with tomatoes. I am really impressed so far. should i be using a different feed now that they are 4 weeks off being done? I know i should have done this a few weeks back but I would love to boost the colas. I bought 20 seeds altogether and all have come up and are doing well. Many thanks Dutch Passion

On 17-12-2015 at 03:16u Greegus wrote:
Excuse me Dutch I have a question? Autofem seeds I purchased say 70-75 days from germination to flowering ok, But is it at any point normal for them to start the flowering stage at 3-3/12 weeks? And should light be changed from mh to hps? Now from what I read from your site you guys have a decent knowledge base on these plants, where as I am people don't seem to want to touch them or know about them. Some advice would be very appreciated thank you.

On 17-12-2015 at 14:41u Eddy - Dutch Passion wrote:
Greegus - 17th Dec 2015. Its normal for auto's to start blooming at around 3-4 weeks old. No need to change light, no need to change light cycle. Just keep the plant healthy and watch the genetics do the work

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