The reason legal cannabis costs so much at the dispensary is the amount of time that goes into cultivating and processing the plant for consumers. Consider every duty, start to finish, from seed to trimming and cure. With most strains needing 10-12 weeks for harvest, it’s no wonder a new strain might take 4 months, at the least, before it can legally hit the shelves. This is not the case with all strains, however. When it comes to the fastest strains to grow, most enthusiasts will tell you to work with autoflower strains. Autoflower strains originated from Northern latitudes with short growing seasons. These plants were a sub-species of cannabis called Ruderalis. Most commonly found in Russia and Siberia, the plants could be exposed to up to nineteen hours of light in June. They adapted to grow straight through the never ending sun rays, from seed to flower, in eight to ten weeks.
Why Choose Autoflower?
The shortest answer is speed and resiliency. But how did that happen?
The Fastest Strains to Grow
From the good people at Royal Queen Seeds, this 6 week flower strain is roughly 50% sativa, 40% indica and 10% ruderalis. Strainwise, this is a cross of Cheese, Ruderalis, and Juanita la Lagrimosa, a legendary CBD strain that comes in at 22% total cannabinoids. The flowering time, aka the reason you’re here, is about 6-7 weeks. Then, you can chop her down and cure it up. One takeaway about Fast Eddy, along with many fastest strains to grow, is the output. The THC potency rarely tops 10% but the CBD is averaging around 15%. The almost 1:1 THC to CBD ratio makes this strain ideal for medical patients seeking relief versus the high. This will smoke with the full entourage effect.
Easy Bud is a great place for newbies to begin. Although the genetics are mostly unknown, there are a lot of Ruderalis genetics in its DNA, therefore it is resilient. Growers can expect to see these short, bushy plants flowering in as little as 6 weeks. On average, it can yield about 100 grams with THC content anywhere from 10-17%.
With a flowering time of only 7-8 weeks, the folks at Royal Queen Seeds have outdone themselves with Royal Cheese. This strain is a cross between Old School Skunk and Afghani. Although this strain can be harvested sooner, the breeder claims it can go longer if one is seeking more potency. The classic cheese aroma is strong and would highly recommend carbon filters if you are growing this indoors.
Combining genetics from an OG, Lowryder, Quick One ranks as one of the fastest autoflower strains available. It is engineered with around 30% ruderalis genetics and therefore incredibly resilient. Flowering time takes about 8 weeks and can yield over 300 grams if grown indoors. Quick One runs about 60cm tall and comes in at about 10-13% THC content. Like the many other ruderalis plants, there is less time for THC production. Regardless, consumers can find medicinal relief any time of day with this strain in their cupboard.
Presenting the next 6-7 week flowering strain is Blueberry Muffin. Crossing Blueberry and Afghani, the talented growers of Humboldt Seed Co. created an indica-dominant barn burner. Due to the indica-dominant Blueberry cross, this one is best smoked near the end of your day. Although the THC content is only 19%, the terpenes in Blueberry Muffin will do their job. Users will feel a cerebral relaxation from the tips of their toes to the end of their nose. The terpene, Myrcene, is responsible for this feeling of sedation. The best place to grow this 6 week flower strain is indoors.
The name says it all. This girl finishes her harvest earlier than most strains out there. Early Girl finishes flowering at around the 7 week mark. The buds will be very sticky with THC content between 12-20%. This strain is said to include less paranoia effects thanks to its indica dominant genetics, which is great for those who fly off the handle with certain sativa strains.
Further Advice for Growers
Consider your grow environment before you decide which plants to use. Here in Denver, indoor grows are best for the arid climate. Take these factors into mind when choosing which strain to grow. Some of them might do better indoors and vice versa, especially when it comes to dealing with the fastest strains to grow like autoflowers.