To create Auto Duck, the Dutch Passion team crossed ducksfoot genetics from their Frisian Duck stealth variety with proven THC-rich genetics from White Widow
Auto Duck is a unique new feminized outdoor auto from Dutch Passion. The leaves have a stabilized natural leaf deformity meaning that, until late in bloom, you would never guess that this is cannabis.
The autoflowering feminized Auto Duck hybrid has retained the webbed leaf natural stealth alongside a high THC and good outdoor growing characteristics. The inclusion of White Widow genetics make Auto Duck a stronger smoke than Frisian Duck. It’s fast too: Auto Duck grows from seed to harvest in around 75 days indoors and 85-90 days outdoors (the longer auto harvest cycle outdoors is due to cooler night time temperatures).
It’s in the world of the outdoor and greenhouse growers that allow Auto Duck to show her unique talent. In the first 5-6 weeks of growth Auto Duck looks more like a member of the Nettle or Mint family, it’s ideal if you like to have complete anonymity for your cannabis plants as this unusual leaf shape is one you would walk straight past without giving a second glance. It makes Auto Duck ideal for growing in urban areas, back gardens, river banks and the great outdoors. You could walk straight past this plant without realizing it is cannabis and most of the plants tend to finish between knee-height and waist high. During the first month Auto Duck grows steadily upwards, and the duck-foot shaped leaves will not attract any attention. Outdoors, flowering begins after 5 weeks or so. During early bloom the aroma is very light and Auto Duck still retains its anonymous and entirely innocent appearance.
Developed by the Dutch Passion team, which offers some great advantages for the urban cannabis grower. Without the iconic traditional cannabis leaf shape this plant simply blends into the background. In addition, Auto Duck tends to stay around (or below) 75-100cm, and it’s only during the last 2-3 weeks of bloom that this variety becomes recognizable as cannabis. But by then it’s almost time to harvest and the Auto Duck should still blend in well with any other natural vegetation or garden shrubs that happen to be growing nearby.
Growers in Mediterranean climates nowadays often get 3 successive auto harvests – one each in spring, summer and autumn. In central Europe many growers can get two consecutive auto harvests. Even in the coolest and greyest of northern European climates you can get an auto harvest from your sunniest 3 months. One good tip for outdoor growers in cooler climates is to give autos 2-3 weeks of indoor 24-hour light to give them the best possible start before planting them outdoors.
Auto Duck produces cannabis in above-average quantities, and this variety grows with low smell levels making her a convenient option for outdoor growers, and back garden/patio/greenhouse growers too. The smoke is a good quality sativa dominant high. As many home growers already know, autos from the better seed companies have been great quality for several years now.
Greenhouses and polytunnels keep the worst of the wind and rain off your cannabis plants, and the warmth they provide mitigates the worst of the early and late season cool weather. Greenhouses and polytunnels also act as a privacy screen to hide your cannabis plants, which is why many European greenhouse growers have been growing an auto or two for several years now. Because they grow so quickly and stay relatively small, autos are becoming more and more popular with growers who live in and around the cities. With the benefit of their stealthy characteristics for most of their lives, Auto Ducks will also probably find their way into the seed collections of many urban cannabis growers. The Auto Duck genetics are tough and need no maintenance, just plant them in decent quality moist soil in a sunny spot and let nature take care of the rest. But a few slug pellets are always a good help. Autos are easy to grow just about anywhere outdoors these days, in the countryside, river banks, on unused urban and industrial land and the unusual leaf shape allows Auto Duck to hide herself naturally better than any other auto.
Without a doubt, Auto Duck is a highly unusual auto. Dutch Passion have put some real thought and effort into the breeding, and as a result Auto Duck offers real convenience to the grower. It’s an auto that has been designed specifically for the home growers that want extra privacy and anonymity for their cannabis growing. The breeding process has taken several years but the result allows Auto Duck to stand out from the crowd. Any growers that have been cautious about growing cannabis outdoors before should take a look at Auto Duck, perhaps it will allow you to grow an outdoor cannabis crop in places where you never could before.
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Originally published in weed world magazine 129