When most people talk about the types of cannabis, they usually refer to photoperiod sativa and indica cannabis. Indica and sativa plants differ botanically (in appearance) but are very similar genetically.
However, there is a third type of cannabis that is often overlooked – Cannabis ruderalis. Ruderalis, aka autoflowering cannabis, is a shorter, stockier type of cannabis that originates from the harsh Siberian climates in Northern Russia. Unlike photoperiod cannabis plants, autoflowering cannabis plants don’t rely on changing light cycles to begin flowering.
Autoflowers have come a long way in the last five or so years, as seed breeders have increased potency and yields through extensive breeding. One autoflower seed bank that offers exceptional autoflower seeds is Fastbuds.
Fastbuds is one of the few autoflower seed banks at the forefront of the autoflower space race. Below you’ll find three top-notch strains bred by Fastbuds that offer growers something unique, but all have one thing in common – stable, high-end genetics. These autoflowers are sure to give you fantastic weed in a relatively short amount of time.
What Are Autoflower Seeds?
Photoperiod plants need a change in light cycles to start flowering. If you grow photoperiod cannabis under grow lights, you control the light cycles and can flip your plants to flower whenever you want – easy enough.
When growing photoperiod cannabis plants outside, you need specific daylight hours for your plants to start flowering. Photoperiod plants will begin flowering when the daylight hours become shorter than nighttime hours. This makes growing cannabis outside a seasonal activity.
However, when growing autoflowers, you don’t need to fret over light cycles. Ruderalis cannabis has evolved to live in harsh, cold climates that receive more than twenty hours of light in the summer and less than four hours of daylight during winter. As the name suggests, autoflowers start flowering once they reach a specific biological age – usually around one month.
Autoflowers have much shorter lifespans than photoperiod cannabis plants, and most autoflowers’ seed to harvest timeline is about ten weeks. Autoflowers are perfect for those that want an easy cannabis plant to grow in their garden or balcony at any time during the year.
They’re an excellent choice for indoor growers because you can grow your autos and vegging photoperiod plants in the same tent without impacting the life cycle of either. Another benefit is their short lifespans, which gives you harvests sooner than photoperiod plants.
If space is an issue, then autoflowers are your saviour. They are usually short and stocky, perfect for small areas in your home. So, what’s not to like? If this sounds enticing, then continue reading because we will break down 3 Fastbuds autoflower strains that are next-level.
Autoflowering Seeds in SA
When buying autoflowering seeds, SA seed banks have got you covered. To streamline your purchase decision, we’ve selected three Fastbuds strains that will blow your socks off.
Each autoflower seed on this list has something unique, and depending on what you’re looking for; we’re sure you’ll find an autoflower strain that tickles your fancy.
Gorilla Cookies Auto
- Seed to harvest: 10 weeks
- Yield: 50 – 300 g/plant
- Plant height: 90 – 100 cm
- THC: up to 27%
- CBD: <1%
This strain delivers heavy yields that are complemented by its high THC production, making this one of the best autoflower seeds. A well-balanced hybrid, it was created by crossing the two famous strains, Gorilla Glue #4 and Girl Scout Cookies.
An easy choice for both indoors and outdoors, Gorilla Cookies is a squat and bushy plant that will reach a maximum height of about 1 metre. Low-stress training will increase yields come harvest time. We also recommend light leaf pruning to ensure better light penetration.
The buds are bright and colourful that smell like cookies and fuel. Expect sweet flavours when inhaling, with notes of fuel and citrus on the exhale. This strain will give you a euphoric high and put you in a giggly mood which is followed by a strong body high.Check Price
Strawberry Pie Auto
- Seed to harvest: 9 weeks
- Yield: 70 – 160 g/plant
- Plant height: 60 – 100 cm
- THC: up to 26%
- CBD: <1%
Strawberry Pie Auto is an indica dominant strain that boasts high yields of colourful buds. This strain is compact and grows in the typical indica manner with the large central cola surrounded by symmetrical satellite colas.
It’s an excellent choice for both indoor and outdoor growers that want a quick harvest. Expect this strain to be ready for harvest after about nine weeks. The buds are light green with pink undertones that ooze trichomes.
Strawberry Pie has a sweet and fruity scent, and when dried, you’ll notice distinct aromas of strawberry, cream and a sprinkle of fuel. In terms of flavour, this strain tastes like red berry and fuel when inhaling and cookie dough, cinnamon and pine on the exhale.
After smoking this strain, you’ll be put in a very relaxed state without the couch lock effect. This is an excellent strain to smoke during the day whilst you’re out and about doing things.Check Price
Wedding Cheesecake Auto
- Seed to harvest: 8 – 9 weeks
- Yield: 60 – 300 g/plant
- Plant height: 90 – 130 cm
- THC: up to 24%
- CBD: <1%
This strain is a balanced hybrid with a short flowering time. Yet another easy-to-grow strain that is suitable for outdoor and indoor cultivation. You’ll enjoy high yields and strong buds after growing Wedding Cheesecake Auto.
This fast-flowering autoflower strain is also resistant to cold temperatures, making it a good choice for outdoor growers who live in areas of South Africa that get very cold at night.
It performs just as well indoors and can reach a maximum height of 1.3 metres, making it quite a large autoflower variety. Expect buds to be terpene-rich and display hints of magenta, purple and lime green.
When inhaling your first toke, you’ll notice a cookie dough flavour with supplementary notes of earth and sweet fruit on the exhale. You’ll enjoy a well-balanced mind and body high that is great for smoking at any time of the day.Check Price
Final Thoughts on Autoflower Seeds in SA
For those that grow marijuana indoors, autoflowers are perfect for maximising limited indoor space. They’re also suitable for growers that want to grow autos with their vegging photoperiod cannabis plants. In terms of outdoors, autoflowers can be grown year-round, are quick and easy to grow and give you a smokable bud in a shorter time than any photoperiod strain can.
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When on the hunt for autoflowering seeds in South Africa, you really can’t go wrong with choosing any of the strains mentioned above. Each autoflower strain has unique traits, so it’s up to you to pick the strain that interests you most. So, go on and choose one (or all of them), you won’t regret it!