What are indica autoflowers?

Indica refers to one of the two main subtypes of cannabis plants, along with Sativa. Indica-dominant cultivars are known to offer a more relaxing and calming effect with heavy body sensations. Autoflowering, on the other hand, refers to a particular type of cannabis plant that automatically transitions from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage without any need for special light cycles. Combined together, indica autoflowers are essentially Indica-dominant cannabis plants that flower automatically, no matter how many hours of light they are exposed to each day.

Genetically, Indica autoflowers are bred by crossing an Indica dominant strain with a Ruderalis cultivar. Ruderalis strains are native to colder regions (Siberia, Russia, Scandinavia, etc.) and have adapted to shorter summers, hence their ability to flower automatically, unlike the vast majority of cannabis strains that require a specific light cycle of around 12 hour of sun exposure each day to kick off the flowering growth period.

How do Indica autoflowering strains grow?

In terms of growth, Indica dominant autos are usually pretty easy to cultivate, making them a great choice for those among us just starting out on their cultivation journey, as well as for those with limited time and resources.

They typically have a shorter growth cycle compared to regular cannabis strains, often maturing in 8 to 12 weeks from germination. This makes them ideal for growers looking for a quick turnaround or those with limited space, as they can be grown in smaller indoor setups. Most Indica autos have a vegetative growth cycle that lasts 3 to 4 weeks, at which point the auto genes take over and force the plant to start flowering. As the vegetative cycle is restricted, it is best to always plant them in the pot you intend to finish them in, and you should be pretty careful with plant training and feeding.

This not only cuts out any transplant shock that may occur when repotting but also allows the plant to focus all its energy on growing and flowering, resulting in a higher final yield.

Keep in mind that Indica autoflowering strains tend to stay on the smaller side when compared to other cannabis varieties, making them perfect for stealth grows or for those looking to keep their cultivation lowkey.

How much do Indica autoflowers yield?

On average, indica autoflowering strains tend to produce moderate yields. Indoors, growers can expect anywhere from 350 to 450 grams per square meter when grown in optimal conditions. Outdoors, the yield per plant can vary greatly, but a healthy, robust plant can produce up to 150 to 200 grams per plant.

If you are looking to squeeze every last drop of sticky-icky out of your indica autos, its best to grow them indoors in a hydroponic setup.

What are the effects of indica autoflower strains?

Indica autoflower strains generally offer effects typical of Indica varieties, which are predominantly relaxing and sedative. They are often sought after for their ability to reduce stress and anxiety, promote relaxation, and aid in sleep.

These strains can also have pain-relieving properties, making them popular among medicinal cannabis users. Due to their relaxing nature, they are more suitable for evening or nighttime use.

What is the fastest-growing indica autoflower?

With the crazy amount of new strains hitting the shelves each and every month, its kind of difficult to crown a specific strain as the “fastest-growing” indica autoflower. However, one strain does stand out for its rapid growth cycle and impressive yields.

Pink Runtz is among the fastest finishers in our entire back catalogue. With an average seed to harvest cycle of about 65 days, this strain offers growers a surprisingly heavy yield full of dank, dense, resin-covered nugs. It is truly the perfect strain for those looking for a quick turnaround without sacrificing quality.

For our absolute fastest growing auto, check out Berry Rider. Sometimes finishing in less than 60 days so long as it gets enough light, the correct nutrition, and the right growing conditions. It may not be our highest yielding auto, but the buds produced are hard to fault, totally covered with a terpy, sticky, thick old layer of frost.

Growing tips for indica autoflowering strains

  • Low-Stress Training (LST): Indica autoflowers respond well to LST, a technique that involves gently bending and tying down plant branches to create a more even canopy and promote better light penetration. If you are considering LST for your Indica autos, make sure you don’t go overboard or even try to LST the whole plant at once. Autos respond best to gradual, gentle training, so take it slow and steady.
  • Suitable for SCROG or SOG: These strains excel in Sea of Green (SOG) or Screen of Green (SCROG) setups due to their compact size and uniform growth pattern.
  • Perfect for Small Indoor Setups: Indica autoflowers are an excellent choice for growers with limited space, such as small indoor grow tents or rooms, thanks to their petite stature.
  • Moderate Nutrient Requirements: Autoflowers generally have lower nutrient demands compared to regular strains. It’s crucial to avoid overfeeding, especially during the seedling and early vegetative stages, to prevent any harm to these plants.

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