2.5 Months to Harvest
I started a grow a few auto-flowering plants under this 250W HPS grow light in mid-October and the plants were ready to harvest around New Years.
I was able to accomplish such a quick timeline by using auto-flowering strains, which automatically grow from seed to harvest in just 2-3 months. Learn more about auto-flowering cannabis strains.
When I harvested these plants around New Years, I found that I'd been able to grow nearly 7 oz of bud in less than 3 months under this small light!
Auto-Flowering Strains in This Grow Journal
(including EVERYTHING I used in the entire grow, from plant containers to rope ratchets - if you get the stuff on the list you can do this grow exactly how I did)
Oct 14, 2014 - Grow Started
Dec 31, 2014 - First Plant Harvested
Jan 9, 2015 - Last Plant Harvested
Start of grow
End of Week 3
( the "Jack 47" plant has been removed from the lower right since it didn't start making buds with the rest of the plants)
Week 12 - just before first harvest
Auto-Flowering Strain Reviews (short version)
Blue AutoMazar by Dutch Passion
Here's what the Blue AutoMazar plant looked like at harvest
Critical Jack Auto by Dinafem
Here's what the Critical Jack plant looked like at harvest:
Sour Diesel Auto by Dinafem
Here's what the Sour Diesel plant looked like at harvest:
Final Yield: 6.7 oz
Between the 3 plants I harvested 190.4 grams, or about 6.7 ounces
Overall I'm really glad I did this grow and got a chance to try growing auto-flowering cannabis strains.
They impressed me with their quick time-to-harvest and yields. Their medicinal qualities were better than nearly all the buds I run into, even some of the high-CBD medicinal strains like Harlequin (which never really did anything for me).
I was initially worried the buds wouldn't be as strong, and I was very pleased to find out the potency of the two Dinafem auto strains were as good as the photoperiod strains we have in the house. Auto-flowering strains have really come a long way from the original "Lowrider" strains!
I think auto-flowering strains are the perfect choice for a lot of people, especially medical marijuana patients, people who don't have time to train their plants, or those who need a harvest soon. But for me the downsides outweighed the upsides, and although I'll probably visit autos again in the future, I'll be a growing a photoperiod plant for my next grow!