The international demand for autoflower hemp varietals is skyrocketing the more countries
legalize hemp and jump into the emerging global market for cannabinoid-rich hemp products.
U.S. hemp breeders like Trilogene Seeds are rising to the challenge, pushing to breed new
autoflower hemp varietals appropriate for international (and domestic) growing conditions, says
Matt Haddad, Trilogene Seed’s CEO and a hemp-breeding expert.
Trilogene quickly sold out on their available 2020 autoflower seed to mostly international
growers. Trilogene expects to have much more autoflower hemp seed available — plus hopefully
new varietals grown specifically for global regions — in 2021.
The worldwide demand for CBD and CBD oil is projected to be worth $123.2 billion (USD) by
2027, expanding at a compound annual growth rate of more than 25 percent over the next six-
plus years. Autoflower hemp varietals offer many unique advantages for cannabinoid-rich hemp
production but have not yet been widely available.
Experienced hemp breeders like Trilogene are working quickly to select and breed a much wider
array of autoflower hemp varietals giving hemp growers around the world more selection in
reliable, cannabinoid-rich autoflower cultivars.
Autoflower Hemp Offers Many Advantages to International Hemp Growers
Autoflower hemp, aka Cannabis ruderalis, is a wild variety of cannabis that originated in the
harsh north conditions of Asia, Russia and Eastern Europe. It is a different species than the
traditionally dominant hemp species Cannabis sativa (indica) and offers unique advantages.
Autoflower hemp is “day-neutral” — aka not affected by how many hours of daylight there are.
Common hemp cultivars are “photoperiodic” and only flower when days start to grow short
(typically under 14 hours of sunlight). Photoperiodic hemp typically requires 100 to 120 days to
harvest and must be planted at the right time to take advantage of shifting daylight hours.
Autoflower hemp varietals, on the other hand, don’t care how long (or short) the days are. These
plants mature and flower within the same time-frame and do so quickly, typically starting to
flower 21 to 30 days after vegetation and ready to harvest at 65 to 70 days.
This reliable, speedy plant-to-harvest time frame plus no limits on day length is advantageous to
international growers near the equator where photoperiod hemp varietals typically run into
trouble. Autoflower hemp is also attractive for growers with short seasons, growers battling
harsh climatic conditions or farmers who want to diversify their operations by adding a quick-to-
mature hemp crop following (or before) another planting a crop of something else, says Haddad.
The faster a hemp grower can get a crop into the field and out, the less likely they are to run into
an adverse weather event, insect outbreak or some other cataclysmic experience. A quick hemp
crop means more farmers can hedge their bets against risk, with better options for subsequent
plantings or diversify their operations with other crops.
But, there are currently only a few reliable autoflower hemp varietals — less than five — on the
market and only a handful of hemp breeders that have put in the time to breed productive
autoflower strains, Haddad says. Breeding autoflower hemp cultivars requires more time,
attention to detail and is “finicky” as compared to traditional hemp cultivars.
Trilogene Seeds first began breeding for autoflower in 2017, with our first autoflower released in
2018. For more information on our autoflower offerings for 2021 or to work with us to develop a
new strain appropriate for your region— we are actively pursuing international partnerships
producing regionally-specific autoflower hemp varietals — visit our website
at www.trilogeneseeds.com. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (630) 605-1707.