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Lowryder: The First True Autoflowering World-Star Weed

Today’s autoflowering hybrids rival the finest photoperiod varieties. Once upon a time, ruderalis was regarded as ropey, substandard sinsemilla. Then, along came Lowryder, which changed the game forever. This is the true story of the ruderalis hybrid that made autoflowering cannabis awesome.

THE ORIGINS OF LOWRYDER

The US breeder known as the Joint Doctor is credited as the creator of the first commercially successful 100% autoflowering cannabis strain. Lowrider Magazine was the good doctor’s favourite car-mag, and the inspiration for the strain name. Willy’s Automatic didn’t really capture the essence of this game-changing hybrid anyhow. Lowryder was the perfect name for the original cannabis bonsai.

Lowryder is a three-way crossing nearly thirty years in the making. Beginning with a cross of the legendary Northern Lights #2 with the mysterious Mexican Ruddy, they finally hit the jackpot with the introduction of William’s Wonder genetics into the mix.

NORTHERN LIGHTS #2

Northern Lights #2 was commonly known as “Closet Queen” during the 1980s, and until the end of the decade, was a pillar of pioneering Dutch seedbanks. Today, this prized breeding stock has been lost somewhere in time. “The Indian” is weeping. The plant was even more compact than the Northern Lights we know today, and therefore favoured by early indoor growers. This short and dank phenotype was crossed with virtually everything during the ‘80s to create faster-flowering, more potent hybrids for indoor cultivation. Northern Lights #2 played a big role in moving cannabis cultivation indoors.

MEXICAN RUDDY

Gifted to the Joint Doctor by a dreadlocked Mexican pal, the “Mexican Ruddy” is still an unsolved cannabis mystery. Eventually, this enigma will be unravelled as we already have the technology. Unfortunately, the genome mapping of cannabis hasn’t even begun. All we can say for sure about this cannabis curiosity is that this is where the autoflowering trait comes from. Some say it’s a cross of Mexican sativa and Siberian ruderalis engineered at the University of Mississippi in the early 1970s. Another version claims it’s the product of the University of Ottawa cannabis research. And we have a few more far-out myths to share a little later. For now, let’s settle on the fact that it’s definitely ruderalis of some sort, and the seeds came from a Mexican dude.

WILLIAM’S WONDER

William’s Wonder is a refined blend of old-school Afghan genetics, reputedly developed by legendary breeder Sam the Skunkman and Sacred Seeds during the 1970s. Ironically first appearing in the ‘87/’88 Super Sativa Seed Club catalogue, her heavy-indica charms found favour amongst the cult of indoor cannabis cultivators. William’s Wonder or Willy’s Wonder was the magic ingredient that turned a mediocre photoperiod mix of NL#2 and Mexican Ruddy into the fully automatic Lowryder. The F1 NL#2 x MR offspring still carried the dominant photoperiod trait. Only the triple-threat Lowryder is 100% Autoflowering.

CANNABIS MYTH-BUSTING

To the modern micro-grower or super-auto sybarite familiar with cultivating next-gen autoflowering strains, it’s difficult to imagine the ropey ruderalis of old. It’s sad but true that many now-world-famous US and European breeders had autoflowering genetics within their grasp as early as the ‘70s.

Regrettably, the vast majority of breeding projects were abandoned early, and the autoflowering trait was ruthlessly weeded out. Huge mistake! Back then, it seemed like the right move. Indica-sativa crosses were the focus, and nobody had the time to figure out the secret to unlocking the autoflowering trait from otherwise undesirable “ditch weed”.

FINOLA is autoflowering industrial hemp from Finland with negligible THC levels. Crazy as it seems, this variety has been suggested as the possible secret identity of Mexican Ruddy or a usurper. It’s true that quite a few seedbanks have dabbled with industrial hemp autos, but with limited success. For starters, the resulting progeny are not uniformly autoflowering; often, up to 50% will not inherit the trait.

Moreover, boosting the psychoactive power of a hemp hybrid even to a modest 10% THC is not really viable. Furthermore, FINOLA can grow as tall as 1.8m; that’s significantly larger than the pint-sized 30–50cm Lowryder. The evidence to support FINOLA as an ingredient is circumstantial at best. This myth is busted.

LOWRYDER’S DANK DESCENDANTS

The first Lowryder seeds became widely available around 2003. It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years, but that’s a long time in 21st century cannabis breeding. Lowryder has evolved and changed with the times. In fact, two of our own star auto strains share Lowryder genetics. Both Diesel Automatic and Quick One are dank descendants of Lowryder.

DIESEL AUTOMATIC

Diesel Automatic brings together the connoisseur darling head stash NYC Diesel with the upgraded Lowryder #2. Compact, low-maintenance, and a real mix of the best attributes from both parent strains, Diesel Automatic is already a favourite with microgrowers and outdoor growers farming in cooler climates. 14% THC flowers release a familiar flavour-blast of fuel upon combustion. Diesel Automatic delivers a clear, uplifting high. 50–70cm tall plants with an impressive flower-to-leaf ratio can yield as much as 110g/plant in 8 weeks from seed.

Diesel Automatic
Diesel x Ruderalis
325 – 375 g/m 2
40 – 70 cm
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 14% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
40% Sativa, 30% Indica, 30% Ruderalis
60 – 110 g/per plant (dried)
60 – 110 cm
8 – 9 weeks after germination
A clean and clear high without euphoria
Diesel Automatic
Diesel x Ruderalis
325 – 375 g/m 2
40 – 70 cm
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 14% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
40% Sativa, 30% Indica, 30% Ruderalis
60 – 110 g/per plant (dried)
60 – 110 cm
8 -9 weeks after germination
A clean and clear high without euphoria

QUICK ONE

Quick One is our homage to Lowryder. The breeders at RQS fine-tuned the classic line to create a fast and furious autoflowering strain to meet the demands of the modern grower. Squat, 50–60cm plants will explode with bud sites and will be ready for harvest in 8–9 weeks post-germination. A blistering pace and bumper yields of up to 150g/plant are possible after a Royal renovation. Quick One is not too heavy or overwhelming. Rather, her fruity citrus nugs are a relaxing chill-out stash with a respectable 13% THC.

Autoflowering cannabis has been on a wild ruderalis ride. Let’s go back to the beginning and find out how it all got started with a strain called Lowryder.

how much will lowryder#2 yield under good conditions?

NoobRyder
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i had 4 out of 5 turn out to be female. They started getting nice nugz on them about 12 days ago

anyway, what will i yield off each one dry, they have been under a 400watt hps 18/6, and look quite healthy.

im more interested in dried/cured weight, rather than wet.

i did try to search “lowryder yield” but only came back with 2 results.

NoobRyder
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basically this is what im worried about aftr seeing some of the none auto-flowering plants on here, which have monsterous buds.

If you think it through, well first off its a small plant, secondly it finishes quickly.
You can work it out really, wheres even close to an ounce gonna come from? They dont really start to develop buds until about week 4 (females show sex at week 3 but dont really bud up till week 4), there aren’t many budding sites as the size of the plant more or less dictates that, so you have 4 weeks for a 12 inch plant to whack on an ounce from very few budding sites.

NewGrowth
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NoobRyder
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over 1/2lb off lowryder? for real?

what was it dry though, i find no point in talking wet. ever.

NewGrowth
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over 1/2lb off lowryder? for real?

what was it dry though, i find no point in talking wet. ever.

NoobRyder
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i thought lowryder original, was supposed to yield about about 18g dry, not 80+.

but yeah, id be happy with 40g dry off each plant.

NewGrowth
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i thought lowryder original, was supposed to yield about about 18g dry, not 80+.

but yeah, id be happy with 40g dry off each plant.

NoobRyder
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jrh72582
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dude – are you seriously saying that you got 80 grams per plant? even 40 is damn near impossible with my experience. i’ve grown Lowryder #2 twice and have seen it grown three other times and between the two of us, we averaged maybe 20 grams/plant. I use cfl’s and he uses 600 watt HPS. He gets more than I do, but I will never grow an autoflower again based on the weak yields. to me, it’s simple logic – autoflowers are quicker and yield twice less than normal strains whereas for a month longer, I can get MUCH more bud. I will NEVER grow an autoflower again, but to each his own.

i’m not judging the strain as a whole – if you’re informed and decide to pick the autoflower, then that’s fine. the only advantage I could perceive is that it finishes a month earlier. if a month is a big deal to you, then pick the lowryder, but if you can wait, you’ll get much more bud.

I will say that I enjoyed the lowryder smoke however. it was nice, but again – everything i’ve grown since the lowryder has been infinitely better. take what you will from my comments. i’d expect 20 grams or so from your plants.

NewGrowth
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dude – are you seriously saying that you got 80 grams per plant? even 40 is damn near impossible with my experience. i’ve grown Lowryder #2 twice and have seen it grown three other times and between the two of us, we averaged maybe 20 grams/plant. I use cfl’s and he uses 600 watt HPS. He gets more than I do, but I will never grow an autoflower again based on the weak yields. to me, it’s simple logic – autoflowers are quicker and yield twice less than normal strains whereas for a month longer, I can get MUCH more bud. I will NEVER grow an autoflower again, but to each his own.

i’m not judging the strain as a whole – if you’re informed and decide to pick the autoflower, then that’s fine. the only advantage I could perceive is that it finishes a month earlier. if a month is a big deal to you, then pick the lowryder, but if you can wait, you’ll get much more bud.

I will say that I enjoyed the lowryder smoke however. it was nice, but again – everything i’ve grown since the lowryder has been infinitely better. take what you will from my comments. i’d expect 20 grams or so from your plants.

NoobRyder
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dude – are you seriously saying that you got 80 grams per plant? even 40 is damn near impossible with my experience. i’ve grown Lowryder #2 twice and have seen it grown three other times and between the two of us, we averaged maybe 20 grams/plant. I use cfl’s and he uses 600 watt HPS. He gets more than I do, but I will never grow an autoflower again based on the weak yields. to me, it’s simple logic – autoflowers are quicker and yield twice less than normal strains whereas for a month longer, I can get MUCH more bud. I will NEVER grow an autoflower again, but to each his own.

i’m not judging the strain as a whole – if you’re informed and decide to pick the autoflower, then that’s fine. the only advantage I could perceive is that it finishes a month earlier. if a month is a big deal to you, then pick the lowryder, but if you can wait, you’ll get much more bud.

I will say that I enjoyed the lowryder smoke however. it was nice, but again – everything i’ve grown since the lowryder has been infinitely better. take what you will from my comments. i’d expect 20 grams or so from your plants.

jrh72582
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fr33zy
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NoobRyder
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a plant that you dont need to change light cycles to flower.

its ready to harverst in 60 days from seed, grows no higher then 16″

checkout my journal

AKDrifter
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I have been reaserching the shit out of these autos and those yeilds are CRAZY, with those yeilds you have broken records for the strain if it was Lowryder. That is awesome.

LR II is from the Joint DR and is a much bigger plant thanb the original. I have some growing right now and they are packing on the bud for tiny little plants. I have two phenotypes growing , one is 14″ tall and buds all over with a strong smell, the other is a 7″ tall frosty bud from dirt to the top, it looks like it should be dripping resin and smells like pine needles. I grew them as a tester to see if I like them. The good thing is you can do a seed run and end up with hundreds of beans, then a batch of 20 or so in 1 gal pots from seed will net you a decent bag of buds in 2 months.

For larger yeilds as far as autos go the auto AK47 or a cross will out produce the LRs, they grow much larger than the originals. check out the auto board on planet ganja, lots of info. There really are some good crosses. I have auto white russian, and ak47xblueberry on the way, and three of the AK47 autos just breaking the soil in my grow.

They are testers for now, I have four 12/12 strains growing which will go to flower in two weeks, so the autos will just hang out and do their thing, 1 gal pots fill the spaces nicely between my others. I am real curious about them and wanted to see for myself. From all the grows I read about over on PG those guys are growing some great bud.

They seem to be very popular with the UK guys there, with short grow seasons they can get get multiple harvests.

Boneman
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fr33zy
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AKDrifter
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Unfortunately my low ryders are low priority in the pecking order of my cab. I am vegging some Blue moonshine, skunk #1, and white Russan, the cab is 24/0 right now, I will go to 12/12 in two weeks and the LRs are along for the ride. The LRIIs will be almost done by then, and the LRxAK47s (3)will just grow at 12/12 until the others finish.

I know this is not optimum, but the 12/12 strains are my primary focus. My next grow will be all autos, just to try. I will have a good med supply so they are more for fun than anything else, but if its good bud all the better.

NewGrowth
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I have been reaserching the shit out of these autos and those yeilds are CRAZY, with those yeilds you have broken records for the strain if it was Lowryder. That is awesome.

LR II is from the Joint DR and is a much bigger plant thanb the original. I have some growing right now and they are packing on the bud for tiny little plants. I have two phenotypes growing , one is 14″ tall and buds all over with a strong smell, the other is a 7″ tall frosty bud from dirt to the top, it looks like it should be dripping resin and smells like pine needles. I grew them as a tester to see if I like them. The good thing is you can do a seed run and end up with hundreds of beans, then a batch of 20 or so in 1 gal pots from seed will net you a decent bag of buds in 2 months.

For larger yeilds as far as autos go the auto AK47 or a cross will out produce the LRs, they grow much larger than the originals. check out the auto board on planet ganja, lots of info. There really are some good crosses. I have auto white russian, and ak47xblueberry on the way, and three of the AK47 autos just breaking the soil in my grow.

They are testers for now, I have four 12/12 strains growing which will go to flower in two weeks, so the autos will just hang out and do their thing, 1 gal pots fill the spaces nicely between my others. I am real curious about them and wanted to see for myself. From all the grows I read about over on PG those guys are growing some great bud.

They seem to be very popular with the UK guys there, with short grow seasons they can get get multiple harvests.

i had 4 out of 5 turn out to be female. They started getting nice nugz on them about 12 days ago :weed: anyway, what will i yield off each one dry, they…