Autoflowering seeds are a pretty new innovation in the world of cannabis cultivation. It’s roots are taken from Type C ruderalis genetics, native to Russia and Central Asia. Autoflowering plants are not dependent to changes in light cycle to begin flowering; instead, they depend on a different set of triggers, and flower according to age and size.
What is C. ruderalis?
Cannabis ruderalis is a putative third species (or subspecies) of cannabis and is found in northerly latitudes of the northern hemisphere, particularly in Russia. C. ruderalis is notable for its small stature, low cannabinoid levels, hardiness and cold-resistance and the tendency to flower regardless of light cycles once a certain age and size has been reached.
Due to the extreme climate and short growing season of its natural habitat, it has evolved to grow, flower and seed in a short period of time, and does not wait until the light levels drop at the end of summer to begin flowering.