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Stoney Tark edited on: November 30, 2023 7 minutes read

Autoflowering cannabis strains have gained immense popularity among growers for their quick turnaround and ease of cultivation. With a plethora of options available, selecting the right autoflower strain can be a daunting task. This guide aims to assist novice growers in navigating the diverse world of autoflowering strains by providing insights into crucial factors such as potency, flavor profiles, and growth characteristics.

Autoflowering Cannabis

Autoflowering cannabis differs from traditional photoperiod strains in that they automatically transition from the vegetative stage to flowering, regardless of light conditions. This unique characteristic allows for faster cultivation cycles and makes them an attractive choice for both indoor and outdoor growers.

During the early stages of growth, seedlings rely on the nutrients stored within the seed. As the roots develop, they can absorb water through their leaves. Once the seedlings have developed their first set of true leaves, they are considered to be in the vegetative stage.

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Autoflower Strain

THC and CBD levels vary among autoflower strains. Consider your tolerance and desired effects when choosing a strain. High-THC strains are ideal for recreational users seeking a euphoric experience, while high-CBD strains are more suitable for medicinal users looking for therapeutic benefits without the psychoactive effects.

Flavor Profiles:
Autoflower strains boast diverse flavor profiles, ranging from fruity and citrusy to earthy and spicy. Consider the terpene profile of each strain to find one that aligns with your taste preferences. Popular terpenes include myrcene, limonene, and pinene, each contributing unique aromas and flavors.

Growing Difficulty:
Some autoflower strains are more forgiving and suitable for beginners, while others may require more advanced cultivation skills. Consider factors such as resistance to pests, disease resilience, and nutrient requirements. Novice growers might want to start with strains known for their resilience and ease of cultivation.

Yield and Size:
The size of your growing space and desired yield play a crucial role in strain selection. Compact strains are suitable for small spaces, while larger strains may thrive in more extensive grow areas. Additionally, some strains naturally produce higher yields than others, which is an important consideration for commercial growers.

Life Cycle:
Autoflower strains typically have a shorter life cycle compared to photoperiod strains. However, variations exist, with some strains ready for harvest in as little as 8 weeks, while others may take up to 12 weeks. Consider your timeline and patience when selecting a strain.

Climate Considerations:
Different strains exhibit preferences for specific climates. Some thrive in warm, Mediterranean conditions, while others are better suited for cooler environments. Research the climate requirements of your chosen strains to optimize growth and maximize yields.


Selecting the right autoflower strain is a critical step in achieving a successful and enjoyable cannabis cultivation experience. By considering factors such as potency, flavor profiles, growing difficulty, yield, life cycle, and climate preferences, growers can make informed decisions that align with their preferences and cultivation goals. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned cultivator, this guide aims to empower you to pick the perfect autoflower strain for a successful and satisfying harvest. Furthermore, use the following code and receive a free gift with your order! Code: DVKI6SER. The code is valid until: December 13, 2023. Happy growing and harvesting!

Stoney Tark

Stoney Tark has been involved with cannabis for over 15 years. During this time, he has become head writer for the long-standing magazine; Soft Secrets, a position he has held for the last ten years, alongside writing for every other main publication.

Author of Stoney Tark’s Top Tips on Growing Cannabis, host of The Roll Models Podcast, breeder and sponsored by SANlight LED. Stoney is well versed in many systems and methods of growing, including, Organics, Hydroponics, Breeding, and Hash production. 

Well known in the public eye for his easy-to-understand and detailed breakdowns of all things related to cannabis. 

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