Everyday I see new threads started by new members who are having growth problems and deficiencies, and they are using autos. The problem is not the autos. Everybody was new at one point, and I would say that with few exceptions, most people including myself have had problems when starting out and had to go through a learning curve. I like to ask the OP's why they used autos on their first grow and the answer is always pretty much the same - they either thought or were told that growing autos is a lot easier and less work. Nothing could be further from the truth. I would hardly consider having to switch your light schedule to 12/12 as work. I'm not saying autos are bad - there are good reasons for growing autos but it requires experienced growers with the ability to maintain a healthy plant and grow problem-free from start to finish. Autos have a very short and uncontrollable life span - any interruptions in the growth cycle due to slow growth or deficiencies will result in a very poor and disappointing yield. It might only take 10 weeks from start to finish, but if you only yield a few grams it's hardly worth it. My suggestion to all beginners is to start with photos, so should you develop any problems (and I assure you that you will) you will have time to work through it and not have it effect the end result. Do autos after you become proficient at growing. Good Luck to All.