Autoflowering cannabis seeds have come a long way in the past decade. When the Lowryder seed company first germinated their Auto-Fem program (approximately 2003) the world of autoflowering was still virginal, vague – an unknown entity. There were very few actual 100% auto flowering seed varieties yet in existence, and the concept was only just then beginning to take form.
Historical point – the Mighty Might cannabis seed, a stocky, genetically predisposed early flowering strain from British Columbia, had garnered limited underground notoriety in the great White North, known for its ability to finish by the end of August. While it performed the basic functions of an autoflowering strain – the word had yet to evolve within the 420 world.
On the Dutch side of the equation, Sensi seeds had begun firing up their experimentation and production of ruderalis skunk, along with ruderalis Indica seeds for its online bean catalog. At one point during the crossbreeding experiments one of the breeders made a notation…
“around 50% of the ruderalis skunk plants will auto flower. As for the ruderalis Indica, blooming starts at the fifth and sixth set of branches, typically within 5 to 10 weeks of germination, depending on how quickly plants are available to vegetate in a given climate. The other 50% of plants grown from seed will react to photoperiod, and will be triggered to flower around the same time as strains such as early girl and early skunk. This makes it possible for garden growers to have a double harvest each season with ruderalis skunk.”
So, according to their early experimental observations – ruderalis skunk only autoflowered a fraction of the time. Frustrated by the spotty results the breeders threw her hands up in disgust, as they were either unable, or unwilling to stabilize that genetic trait.
An article that was published in cannabis culture magazine back in 2003 titled “The Return of Ruderalis” by DMT. Sure, Lowryder seeds may have “been there, done that” first, while suffering silently in obscurity they received no recognition in the 2003 article as it focused on an interesting discussion regarding the potential benefits that ruderalis hybrids might possess heading into the future. In their article they theorized that…
“Deep in the North American woods lurks a recent addition to the marijuana gene pool: ruderalis hybrids!” The writer of that article goes on to conclude that “a couple of autoflowers on the back deck will likely fit the lifestyle of many more folks, than would an ordinary grow room.”
Little did the marijuana cultivation community understand at the time – without the semi-wild cannabis ruderalis, the necessary autoflowering traits for today’s chronic autofem seeds would never have been discovered.