They say good things come to those who wait, but were “they” living through a pandemic? Were “they” not lucky enough to live in a legal weed state where the dispensaries have been declared “essential services?”

If you’re like the rest of us, with finite weed reserves and nowhere reliable to re-up any time soon, then this world-changing event might be the best excuse you’ve had in years to start growing your very own home marijuana garden. (No, “Shark Week” and “the Y2K Virus” don’t count, but who said you need an excuse anyway?) Also, if there’s a full-scale lockdown in effect, the police are probably less likely to come knocking on your door looking for a plant anyway. That means it’s the perfect time to pick one of these fast-growing autoflower strains and start growing your own cannabis.

Why chose an autoflower strain?

When things are uncertain and time is of the essence (they could develop a vaccine, and we’ll have to go back to work!), you want to go for a sure thing. If you’re on lockdown and looking to grow your own garden, stick with an autoflower strain – they are easy enough for a beginner to grow with ease, and they usually flower far quicker than other strains – sometimes reaching harvest size buds in as little as 6 weeks. 

Autoflowering strains also don’t require a strict light schedule and they are more resistant to the many pitfalls of growing – including pests, mold, and over and underfeeding. And since they’re (usually) feminized, you don’t need to worry about removing the males (take that, patriarchy!).

On the other hand, there are some drawbacks. Since they grow very quickly, autoflowering strains typically produce lower yields and they also don’t produce seeds and can’t be cloned. These are one-time plants, like firing a flare into the sky during a pandemic. You got one shot, but luckily, it just might be easier than you think. 

So without further ado, here are the top 10 fastest-growing autoflower strains to keep you flush throughout the pandemic:

1. Cheese Auto

Cheese Autoflower Strain by I Love Growing Marijuana

Indica or Sativa: 60%:40% hybrid
Size: Compact
Yield: 4 to 6 oz per 3x3ft
Flowering time:  8 weeks
Average THC: Up to 14%
Price: 5 seeds for $89.00, 10 seeds for $119.00, 20 seeds for $179.00

Growing this classic strain just got easier. Aromatic (stanky), Indica dominant, and with a happy, relaxing high, Cheese has been a popular strain for decades, even though it doesn’t have the jaw-dropping levels of THC boasted by some of today’s top strains. These auto-flowering cheese seeds should flower in about eight weeks, so by mid-June, you can change your LinkedIn page to read “dairy farmer.”

 

2. Gelato Auto

Seedsman Gelato Autoflower seeds

 

Indica or Sativa: 55%:45% hybrid
Size: Compact
Yield: High
Flowering time: 8 weeks
Average THC: Up to 24%
Price: 1 seed for $14.13, 5 seeds for $59.77, 10 seeds for $107.58

If you’ve listened to hip hop at all in the past year or two then you’re probably wondering why so many rappers are talking about dessert. Gelato auto is the fast-growing autoflower strain version of the extremely popular strain Gelato, which is really having a moment right now. With Gelato auto, in two months you should see thick, potent buds that produce a strong body and mental high. 

3. Girl Scout Cookies Extreme Auto (10+10 free deal) 

Girl Scout Cookies Extreme Autoflower Seeds

 

Indica or Sativa: 80%:20% hybrid
Size: Compact
Yield: 4 to 6 oz per 3x3ft
Flowering time: 8 weeks
Average THC: Up to 21%
Price: 5 seeds for $109, 10 seeds for $149, 20 seeds for $149(!)

Before you ever heard Gelato on a trap beat, “Girl Scout” or “Cookies” was in a million hooks – and for good reason. This Girl Scout Cookies Extreme hybrid is a cross of two phenotypes of the original Girl Scout Cookies strain, producing an Indica-dominant hybrid that should flower within two months. Does it taste like cookies? It tastes sweet, earthy, and sure makes cookies – any cookie – taste a lot better. Among fast-growing autoflower strains, GSC Extreme is a king.

4. Sour Diesel Autoflower (10+10 free deal)

Sour Diesel Autoflower Seeds

 

Indica or Sativa: 40%:60% hybrid
Size: Compact
Yield: 4 to 6 oz per 3x3ft
Flowering time: 8 weeks
Average THC: Up to 20%
Price: 5 seeds for $89, 10 seeds for $119, 20 seeds for $119 (!)

“Gas,” “Sour,” “Gasoline,” – Sour Diesel needs no introduction. This is a dank, powerful, world-famous Sativa-heavy hybrid that produces a strong, energetic high. This strain got its name for its sour flavor and pungent, almost diesel fuel-like aroma that might just make you want to buy an SUV – or at least hotbox one. 

 

5. SweetBerry Cough Auto

Seedsman Sweetberry Cough Auto seeds

 

Indica or Sativa: Mostly indica
Size: Compact
Yield: 4-6 oz per 3×3 ft
Flowering time: 8 weeks
Average THC: 20%
Price: 1 seed: $9.78, 5 seeds: $38.03, 10 seeds: $70.64

SweetBerry Cough is a mostly Indica couch-lock strain that is perfect for winding down after another long day going from the couch to the fridge and back. It produces big, aromatic buds within about two months – so June is looking better already. Spicy, sweet, and fruity, it gives a deeply relaxing high that can also be effective for stress and insomnia. 

6. Amnesia Haze Autoflower 

Amnesia Haze Autoflower

 

Indica or Sativa: 20%:80% hybrid
Size: Compact
Yield: 4 to 6 oz per 3x3ft
Flowering time: 9-12 weeks
Average THC: Up to 18%
Price: 5 seeds for $89,
10 seeds for $119, 20 seeds for $189

A lot of strains just sound like what they do. That’s definitely the case for Amnesia Haze, which won the 2004 Cannabis Cup and the 2012 Sativa Cup. It’s a powerful strain that produces an energetic and cerebral high, with a chaser of giggles and moments of insight you’ll forget about a second later. It also has that sweet, smooth, citrusy taste we love.  

 

7. Purple Lemonade Autoflower

Purple Lemonade Autoflower

 

Indica or Sativa: 70%:30% hybrid
Size: Compact
Yield: 4-6 oz per 3×3 ft
Flowering time: 8-9 weeks
Average THC: 22%
Price: 3 seeds for $39.12, 5 seeds for $59.77, 10 seeds for $107.58

Strong, purple, stoney – and did we mention the buds are purple? With a harvest time of about 8-9 weeks, this mainly Indica strain is easy to grow and flourishes with little work. It produces very aromatic, citrusy buds that pack about 22% THC and dark green leaves coated in trichomes. And did we mention the buds are purple?

8. Gorilla Glue Autoflower (10+10 free deal)

Gorilla Glue

 

Indica or Sativa: 50%:50 hybrid
Size: Compact
Yield: 4 to 6 oz per 3x3ft
Flowering time: 7-9 weeks
Average THC: Up to 26%
Price: 5 seeds for $109, 10 seeds for $129, 20 seeds for $129 (!)

This perfectly even India-Sativa hybrid will give you a great relaxing, late-night high and thanks to its high THC levels, is also a favorite of medical marijuana patients. Gorilla Glue auto flowers in just 7-9 weeks and is a true pleasure to smoke with a rich flavor profile ranging from cheesy earthiness to sweet and sour. 

9. Bergman’s Gold Leaf Autoflower

Bergmans Gold Leaf Autoflower

Indica or Sativa: 60%:40% hybrid
Size: Compact
Yield: 4 to 6 oz per 3x3ft
Flowering time: 8 weeks
Average THC: Up to 21%
Price: 5 seeds for $109, 10 seeds for $129, 20 seeds for $199

Created by Robert Bergman, owner of ILGM and professional marijuana grower, Bergman’s Gold Leaf Autoflower delivers a powerful that puts you in a relaxed, euphoric mood. This strain is easy to grow both indoors and outdoors and gives off a very distinct pungent aroma and leaves a sweet taste in your mouth.

10. Blueberry Autoflower

Blueberry Autoflower

Indica or Sativa: 80%:20% hybrid
Size: Compact
Yield: 4 to 6 oz per 3x3ft
Flowering time: 8 weeks
Average THC: Up to 14%
Price: 5 seeds for $89, 10 seeds for $119, 20 seeds for $189

Blueberry has been around for a while and even won the ‘Best Indica’ award in the High Times ‘Cannabis Cup’ in 2000 — and for good reason. This plant looks amazing and is very forgiving for beginners. It smokes with a deliciously sweet berry taste and will put you in a euphoric and yet relaxed mood. Perfect for a chill day or a relaxed evening at home.

Time to find your green thumb

If you’ve ever wanted to grow your own weed but it seemed too complicated, then these fast-growing autoflower strains might be just the ticket for you. And with all of us stuck around the house for now, the time is right to get in touch with your inner farmer, and your outer (and inner) pothead.