Make Your Own Autoflowering Seeds – Royal Queen Seeds “Royal Automatic” Autoflowering x White Label “Double Gum”
I’ve been curious as to what kind of plants we’ll get if we cross an autoflowering strain with one of my favorite standard plant, White Label’s “Double Gum” (see our earlier posts for Double Gum info).We had an extra “Royal Automatic” seed from Royal Queen Seeds that we started on a windowsill, just to see how it would turn out without extra lighting.
The plant flowered after about 3 1/2 weeks, and after flowering was underway for 2-3 weeks, I simply sprinkled the flowers with pollen from a male “Double Gum” plant using a dry paintbrush dipped into the pollen. It’s really easy to make your own seeds. Here’s a picture of the plant after about 5 weeks of flowering:
The plant is a mere 15 inches tall, due to the relatively meager light that it received during vegetation on a simple windowsill. These plants can grow quite a bit larger if you give ’em full sun, but we wanted just a small plant for trying out a homespun autoflower strain. I’m expecting that the offspring from this cross may not all be 100% autoflowering, but we’ll try them outdoors in the spring and see what happens.
Here’s a photo right before cutting the plant down to dry and harvest the seeds (about 8 weeks of flowering):
You can see that we waited for the plant to show full ripeness; chlorosis in the fan leaves, loss of some fans leaves, and the “disappearing pistils” indicating full, ripe buds (calyxes).
I should note that although the mother seed (RQS Royal Automatic) was an autoflowering feminized seeds, the father plant was a standard male, and will have fertilized the buds with both male and female pollen, so the offspring won’t be “autofem” seeds, but rather both male and female. And as I mentioned before, may not be entirely auto! If the quality is good, they could be selected in a next generation and further refined/female pollen produced for feminized seeds.
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