After germination, the seeds of Afghan Express will immediately start their vegetative growth. This stage typically lasts for around two weeks before automatically switching to flowering mode (with or without changes in the light cycle). The strain isn’t exactly a cookie-cutter type of Indica-leaning autoflower as she can grow up to 2-meter high under optimal outdoor conditions. Indoor cultivators shouldn’t worry, though, as she tends to stay within 70 to 100 cm tall in a controlled environment. Plus, low-stress training can keep her within a manageable height for stealth or space reasons. We recommend growing the plant in a 10-liter pot since she can get quite big.
Afghan Express produces a good number of long, sturdy branches and broad fan leaves. Despite being bushy, she’s an emerald, bud-loaded beauty with excellent mold resistance. Just provide some pruning in the lower foliage, and she’d pretty much grow on her own.
Thanks to her Afghan and Ruderalis genetics, the strain does well in higher latitudes and temperate climates. Her 10- to 11-week-long life cycle allows her to reach full maturity before the weather turns inclement. In warmer climates, growers can even achieve two to three harvests per year by starting another batch before the earlier bunch is ready to harvest. Planting season outdoors begins by may, and crops collected from July to October tend to be the heaviest at about 100 grams per plant since that it’s the sunniest and warmest period of the year.
Afghan Express may attract predators with her strong fragrance. Outdoor cultivators can help use companion plants like marigold, peppermint, lavender, and lemon balm to fend off pest attacks. These garden neighbors will throw unwanted insects off the aroma of your precious cannabis floras.
Indoors, it’s advisable to provide an 18/6 or 20/4 light cycle until the end of the flowering stage. You can harvest up to 100 grams of sticky buds per square meter in a Sea of Green (SOG) setup or if low-stress training is employed correctly.