autoflowers from seed to harvest

How Long Do Autoflowers Take From Seed To Harvest?

Autoflowering cannabis plants are a fairly recent trend in the cannabis seed world. People have been growing auto seeds since the early 2000s, but they were mainly kept as an added novelty. Now, folks are discovering that growing auto-flowering cannabis means more consistency, less work, and, even more importantly, quality bud.

What Are Autoflowers?

Autoflowering cannabis plants are a fast-growing, short-statured strain that produces a very high yield of buds. This type of plant is known for its ability to flower in just 8-10 weeks and then produce the same amount of bud twice over.

Autoflowering cannabis plants are usually inherited from seeds, but some may be clones or hybrids. They are also known as “Auto” because they begin flowering after a few weeks without any input from the grower.

Autoflowering cannabis plants are a great choice for outdoor growing. They can be grown in containers or an outdoor garden and will flower within 4 to 5 weeks of being planted. Just like regular cannabis plants, autoflowers have different strains. You can get your different strains of high-quality autoflower seeds from Herbie’s online store. 

Seedling Stage

After planting, it is important to keep your cannabis seeds moist. You could run into germination or growth issues if they dry out at any point during germination. Keeping the soil moist will help prevent this, but you can also use a grow light or grow tent if you have one available to provide some extra light to help with nutrient uptake.

In this phase, your plants will begin to produce roots and leaves for photosynthesis and make up their internal systems to provide them with water and nutrients. This is when you should be feeding and watering your plants regularly.

Early Vegetative Stage

The early vegetative stage of auto-flowering plants will often last through the first week after the seedling stage. The plants in the early vegetative stage are still very small and need a lot of attention. They will grow quickly, but it can be difficult to keep them alive. To get your autoflower plant to mature into a flowering plant, you have to give it enough care. There are several different ways to do this:

Give your autoflower seeds more light than you would normally give a regular seedling, so they stay green longer. You can do this by placing them in a sunny window or outside at night.

Water your plants regularly and ensure they don’t get too dry. If you notice your leaves turning yellow and dropping, you may need to water more often than usual.

Ensure that your soil has enough nutrients so that the roots of your plant can survive without having to go out and find their food source like most other plants do when they’re growing naturally outdoors on land far away from any source of water or nutrients.

Late Vegetative Stage

This is where the plant starts to show signs of growth. This period can take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the strain, and is characterized by the appearance of new leaves and buds.

The first signs of growth are often quite subtle, with only the tips of your plants’ branches becoming visible. The buds may not appear until much later in this period, as they are still very small and delicate. As your plants continue growing throughout this stage, they will begin losing their remaining leaves and turning to flowers again.

Pre-flowering Stage

The pre-flowering stage is a critical time for growing auto-flowering seeds. During this period, the plant will begin to form its first set of leaves and begin to grow. This stage aims to get your plants ready for the flowering stage and get them ready to start producing buds.

To ensure that your plants are healthy and in good condition, before they start flowering, you should check their growth by checking the size of their leaves, the color and shape of their leaves, and the overall health of your plant.

You can do this by looking at the bottom section of your plant, where there are two sets of leaves: one set is above ground level, and the other is below ground level. You want to ensure that both sets are about equal in size and health so that your plant won’t suffer from any problems during its flowering stage.

Flowering Stage

The flowering stage is the growth stage of the plant that begins when the first flower blooms and ends when all flowers have opened or fallen off. In most cases, the flowering stage takes 4 to 5 weeks from seed germination to harvest. The bloom cycle can vary slightly based on cultivar and climate.


Most autoflower growers will harvest their marijuana in the 11th week. By this time, the pistils would have become more crimson and amber in hue. Furthermore, the majority of the trichomes would be hazy, with a considerable portion of them beginning to become amber. Wait until at least 70% of the trichomes are clouded if you have a jeweler’s loupe or a microscope. If there are too many clear trichomes, you should wait a few days until they become clouded.

After harvesting, you will still have to trim, dry, and cure. These procedures can be carried out in various ways, but they must be carried out if you want the greatest results, as they will improve not only the way your buds smoke but also the way they taste and smell.


Autoflowering marijuana seeds are becoming increasingly popular worldwide and for good reason. They’re easier to grow and produce a crop in just 10 to 12 weeks. Most grow cycles span from 60-70 days, so we recommend only starting an auto-flowering strain when you’re ready for harvest in about ten weeks. If you decide to start your auto-flowering plants, you can browse the Herbies head shop and choose the best autoflower seeds for your needs.

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