The Northern Lights Auto we all know is a product or 80% Afghani Indica (Landrace) and 20% Thai Sativa (Landrace) with a Ruderalis ancestor that introduced the auto flowering trait.
These may have started out as Northern Lights but after 4 generations, they are certainly NOT NL anymore. Since they're so different than a typical Northern Lights, I am hereby renaming them Boreal Lights.
The Thai in this strain is dominant (at least 70%) in leaf structure, height and high.
The Afghani is present (30%) in shape and yield with very heavy and sturdy short side branching that never break on it's own.
The Ruderalis ancestor is present. Some girls flower at 4 weeks from seed under 24/7 lights. Some males will flower at 3 weeks.
Trimmed bud structure is Sativish, but certainly not as loose as a Thai Landrace. I'd say half way between a tight Indica and loose Sativa so it has a generous bag appeal.
Height? They'll stretch and outrun anything you have next to it. 12 feet plus in corn with a single 4 foot cola. She'll grow 6-8 feet tall if you give it elbow room above and underground with many short side branching holding large colas.
Yield? 1 pound in the wild. Up to 5 pounds in the ground if you feed and water it regularly. It's pretty hard to overfeed her.
Harvest time? Assuming you start indoor for 4 weeks and put it out June 1st, expect it to be ready mid August to September. The lack of attention will speed them up so in the wild some will be ready as early as mid July.
Early Frost? Medium. Expect them to hurt with ground frost in May. But they'll pull through.
Late frost? Bring it on! They can take freezing temperatures. Fan leaves will take a beating after two sub zero nights, but the buds just tighten up a bit unharmed and begging to be harvested.
Mold? Never. 1 dry rot bud in 400 seed run full season plants next to a large algae filled pond. Season was rainy and cooler than normal with 2 week blasts of hot (28-30c) humid weather during flowering.
Smell? Young Males smell like Catnip plain and simple and moves to a slight pine and sickly fuel in maturity.
Female Smell is strong very sweet Pine with a note of pepper and fuel. (One person described it as Pine and Fruity Pepper dipped in gas. But he was very high.
Smoke reports I've received say it's an awakening Sativa smoke without any anxiety effects at all. Happy, euphoric, creative/analytical initial high that mellows to a more reasonable relaxed state. No real couch lock but not racing either. Certainly calming after the initial 15-20 minute rush. If you don't want your wife to talk your ears off, don't let her smoke this. lol
The Back Story:
The wife wanted to grow her own so she bought a 10 pack of Northern Lights Auto Female seeds from a counter top display in a dusty head shop. She rocks indoor household plants but can't grow a dandelion outdoor. Indoor she walks by with her watering can once a week and gives everyone a drink if she thinks they need it, gives them a shake and forgets about them. But she simply loved these to death. Literally. Autoflowers are highly susceptible to stress as it is, and she stressed them to the max. I mean in the extreme. She transplanted them 3 times, constantly moved them from window to window, inside-outside, sun burnt, missed watering them to the point of drooping, flooded them in the rain and over fed them when she did water them (did I miss anything? lol). Most of them died of course. There was 4 sorry looking tiny plants left when I took over and moved them to the garden next to the tomatoes for a 4th transplant. One gave up the ghost right away, but the 3 remaining started to recover and flower. 2 of the plants shot up to about 3 feet tall and exploded in pollen sacs. The remaining one was *very Indica looking but stunted and never broke 12 inches. The wife still thought they were hers and wouldn't let me pull the males/hermies out. The remaining dwarf was flowering normally. I pulled the two males when the wife wasn't there and a cloud yellow of pollen floated and hung in the air. I ended getting about 250-350(?) seeds from the dwarf. I planted them the next year because I was hoping for a crop of dwarf runts. 1/20-30 are runts with heavy Indica leaves just like mamma. The rest are giants with the Thai gene expressing and now dominant. They have also reverted to regular seeds so I let these open pollinate. At least they're still Autos.
While the large pheno is what everyone comments on, I'm really interested in the dwarf. With legalization rearing it's lovely head, I think it would make a killer balcony plant. Put the pot on the balcony June 1st, smoke it end of July because they finish in about 10 weeks from seed. My issue has been the lack of a male dwarf. They're all female. If growing weed has taught me anything, it's patience. So I'll be patient and will keep trying to find one. I have feminized one, but as you can imagine, you don't get a lot of seeds from a 12" plant. PLUS I still haven't tested the dwarf seed to see if it sticks so lots of work to do on the dwarf still.