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What to Choose: Autoflowering or Feminized Seeds?

What seeds you use when growing marijuana determines what crop you are going to receive in the end. And it is not only about picking the right strain, as you may have thought. It is about choosing the right type of seeds as well. WeedGrowHub will help you learn the difference between autoflowering and feminized cannabis seeds and figure out which type of seeds to use.

Understanding the basics

First, let us clarify the main difference between these two types of seeds. As it is clear from the name, feminized seeds produce female plants only. It solves one of the main problems facing marijuana growers: if there are no male plants in your garden, there is no risk your marijuana will be pollinated and start producing seeds instead of buds.

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Autoflowering seeds, on the other hand, help you solve a different problem: plants grown from autoflowering seeds are less dependent on the photoperiod and have a fixed grow cycle.

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Autoflowering vs. feminized: pros and cons

Of course, both feminized and autoflowering seeds have their benefits and drawbacks. And just like when choosing a certain strain, you need to consider a few things before making the final choice.

Autoflowering seeds would be a perfect choice for those who want to harvest more crops during one season. Usually, it takes from 60 to 70 days before the harvest, so you can grow two or three crops even if you grow weed outdoors. But you'd better not prune your marijuana plants because they won't have enough time to recover. If you grow weed indoors, you can control the size of your cannabis plants by choosing a certain size of pot: the larger the pot is, the bigger the plant will grow.

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Feminized seeds grow into plants that are very dependent on the photoperiod. And you can use it to your benefit, managing the lights and extending the vegetative stage as much as you want. Plus, in contrast to their autoflowering analogs, feminized seeds allow you to use different pruning techniques without risking to ruin your entire crop.

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While taste and flavor of cannabis mostly depend on the strain, feminized seeds are believed to produce larger higher quality crops. Cannabis plants grown from autoflowering seeds grow faster but produce more leaf material in their buds, usually have less intense flavor, and taste a bit worse.

And do not forget that before buying autoflowering or feminized seeds in the USA, you need to make sure you are not violating your local laws.

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