Banana Kush Autoflower seeds produce plants that have simple requirements and a fast turnover. With a maximum height of only 3.5 feet, they can be grown in any setting, from the tiniest closest to the great outdoors. You will have no trouble growing discreetly due to their short and compact size. Their life cycle is brief as well, and they bloom automatically in 8 short weeks no matter the conditions. Given their advantages, they make the perfect grow for first-timers.
Unlike the photoperiod version, this autoflowering strain does not depend on shorter daylight hours to switch to the flowering stage. This means you will not have to switch your light settings from seed to harvest. Leave your grow lights on for 18 hours a day constantly, or even 24 hours if you like. That is possible because it has been crossbred with Cannabis ruderalis, a species of marijuana that flourishes in the tough environment of Central and Eastern Europe. As a result, the auto plant will flower depending on its age, not on the amount of light and darkness it receives. It also tends to stay small, making it more manageable. Although it has a lighter yield, Banana Kush Auto still has a formidable THC level of 24%. In fact, there is virtually no difference between this miniaturized plant’s therapeutic effects and the original’s.
The only thing you have to watch out for is the relative humidity (RH). Banana Kush is naturally prone to powdery mildew infestations. This fungus likes shady and damp areas, so preventing it is as simple as keeping your grow room dry and well-ventilated. Should you notice the telltale white powder on the leaves and stems, spray them with a solution of baking powder and water. Hydrogen peroxide is another cheap and accessible way to treat this disease.
To maximize your yield up to 23 ounces per square yard (650 grams per square meter), we suggest you use the Sea of Green (SOG) technique. In plain language, all this entails is putting many plants close together, about one foot apart. Autos are especially suited to this method, by virtue of their compact stature. Indoors, they usually do not grow taller than 2.5 feet. Just remember to monitor your RH, maintaining it around 55 to 60% during the vegetative stage. By the time the buds emerge, it should not be higher than 40%. Invest in a digital hygrometer so that you can check the moisture level regularly.
On the other hand, you can grow Banana Kush Autoflower outdoors if your location is dry and sunny. Under optimal conditions, a 3.5- foot tall plant could give you a 4 to 7-ounce yield (120 to 200 grams). You might encounter problems, however, if the surroundings get too wet. For this reason, not to mention the strong odor that inevitably wafts all over the place, you will better off growing indoors.
Your auto plants’ buds will be vividly neon green with streaks of fluorescent yellow. They will be coated with thick, frosty trichomes that are a sign of high THC content. These sticky mushroom-shaped glands will tell you when it is time to harvest. If they are still transparent and look like tiny crystals, you must be patient. Soon they will turn milky-white and make your plants seem covered in snow. In addition, the yellow pistils will darken to brassy orange. These are the indications that the buds are at their peak. For more harvesting tips, check out our blog.