The lack of control and my own personal skill set led me to the same thought on autos.
I'll quote myself from last year for those who did not read my thread and final thoughts on autos.
I grew them outdoors in NYS in an open greenhouse with photos. These guys were never even exposed to rain!
My thoughts on autos outdoors;
NEVER AGAIN ! I have never had bud rot until autos.
I guess that is what happens when plants flower in the most humid time of year.
The photos in the greenhouse are all unaffected by pest or bud rot.
Remember when many grow their autos outdoors that when they flower will be the most humid time of the year for us up here.
Waiting longer to start them makes them the same effort as photos as the season declines IMO.
I am sure much like anything else there is a learning curve we could both overcome. Others have.
I have learned to be happy to if I can manage a grow with out all the drama.