GSC Extreme Rookie First Grow

Hello all! I’ve been reading so much information, my brain hurts. So much info!

I’m a chef by trade and I believe in keeping things as simple as possible.

After deciding to try my first grow, I said I would keep it as possible.

I bought a Vivosun tent kit. It came with everything. 2’x2’x4’ tent, light, vent, glasses, clippers, and some accessories.

I started out by getting the GSC Auto Extreme seeds from ILGM. I started them in starter pads in a cut water bottle, and kept them in an old casserole dish with a reptile heat mat, and an old light from an aquarium I used to have. The seeds sprouted in no time. Maybe a few days.

It worked very well! The only thing I bought was the small reptile heat mat. Had the rest on hand.

I then transplanted into 5 gallon buckets once they were about 2" tall.

The buckets are set up with empty water bottles with holes at the bottom and top, then a watering pipe down the side. Then filled with Miracle-Gro potting soil.

I watered lightly from the top for the first week, with some in the bottom to keep the soil moist. Then watered via the pipe to water from bottom up. The buckets have a hole drilled into them about 3" up for overflow. The bottles act as small reservoirs.

The fan/exhaust runs 24/7 to maintain a somewhat consistent environment.

I use a SwitchBot temp/humidity tracker. It’s bluetooth and takes several readings and sends them to the app. You can track hourly, daily, monthly, and yearly. It was really cheap and I think a great investment.

Yesterday was about 16 days since breaking out of the soil. I started with two seeds. One didn’t sprout. So one plant is a week ahead of the other. Both seem to be doing good so far.

I’m just using a little Superthrive and liquid Miracle-Gro, and the soil has fertilizer in it.

I’m growing in a rather cold basement room so I have an automatic heater that kicks on to maintain temps. Humidity stays pretty consistent.

Small swings from day to night. Running the light 18/6. The exhaust fan 24/7.

The only concern I have right now is when the plants get taller, where do I put the light? It seems that I’ll run out of vertical room to raise it.

First post here. Hopefully its in the right spot and the pictures are good.

I enjoy reading and seeing others grow projects!


Welcome to the community. Yes it is a concern of many growers, where do I put the light. You can train your plants ie;; top, lst training. There are many more experienced growers than myself that could answer questions. Ask any question and I am sure than someone can help you. happy growing check the grow bible associated with this site :rofl: :bat:


Welcome to the site and nice detail on your first post. If your worried about the height of the plant you can start to LST (low stress train) them when they start to get a little bigger. I do have a couple concerns. The soil you are using is not great for cannabis. The time release nutrients don’t play nice with these plants. It is recommended that MG not be used. MG likes to hold moisture and it looks like you soil is wet. Cannabis does not like wet feet (roots) and this will cause issues. I’d also recommend putting drain holes on the bottom of the bucket and more on the sides to allow air into the roots.


I agree 100% with @Bubblehead ! Your in good hands :sunglasses::v::call_me_hand: And welcome to the best place you can possibly be!


@CCXIX I did low stress training and it worked wonders in my limited space. I have fabric pots and used yarn and safety pins to pull down the tall growth and make a more uniform canopy. Now I have a lot more potential bud sites.


ordered the switchbot thanks

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Welcome! Best of

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