Most people never stop to think about where their cannabis actually comes from. There is a long process before it hits the jar and gets in your hands. Genetics are a huge part of that process, and are a major factor in the quality of what goes into your lungs. This month I met up […]
Most people never stop to think about where their cannabis actually comes from. There is a long process before it hits the jar and gets in your hands. Genetics are a huge part of that process, and are a major factor in the quality of what goes into your lungs. This month I met up with Orion, of Desert Rose Nursery, and we dropped off racks and racks of their freshly cut, fully rooted clones to collectives and dispensaries around town. While we were on the road, I asked Orion to share with Coastal Cannabis readers what it is like to run a cannabis nursery, and why genetics are so important.
Hopper: How’s it goin’ brother?
Orion: Pretty good man. Just busy, busy. It’s springtime so we’re running around constantly.
Hopper: Right on. Let’s do this, and then get onto the next stop. Genetics are everything when it comes to growing. Explain to our readers why that is.
Orion: If you don’t get the right genetics, you’re just going to be wasting your time. There’s a lot of people out there who will sell you bunk stuff that might herm out and ruin your entire crop. That’s one of the reasons we started this, was to make sure that people were getting what they were supposed to have.
Hopper: Explain the advantages of growing from clone, rather than seed.
Orion: The seed thing is fun ‘cause you can get ten different varieties from one set of genetics. We do the best job of trying to pick out the best female, and we run with that. We save you anywhere from three months, or at least a month or so. If you get it rooted and ready to go, you can plug it right into your soil or any medium you’re using, and you’re off to the races. With seed, you have to wait for it to come out, germinate, see if it’s male or female. Sometimes you might get more males than females, and you just wasted all that time. We guarantee females, so when you buy ten, you have ten plants that are ready to go. You don’t have to waste the time.
Hopper: And it’s an identical genetic makeup of the mother.
Orion: Yes, exactly. It’s identical, every single one.
Hopper: Reputation is everything in this industry, and you have a great one. How long have you been doing this?
Orion: Thank you, I appreciate that. My partner Ron started this with another collective that he had about seven years ago, and then we teamed up in 2013 and started Desert Rose Nursery. We do our best to have a good reputation of having bug free, pest free genetics that you can count on.
Hopper: What are some of the hottest genetics out right now?
Orion: Man, everybody loves the Cookies, everybody loves OGs. Right now, Sunset Sherbet is doing really good. Everybody talks shit about Blue Dream, but everybody still wants it! Haha…they want those yields. All the classics are still around, and people are liking a lot of the exotics. My personal favorite is OG Kush.
Hopper: For me, Pre-98 Bubba never gets old.
Orion: Oh yeah, that was one of the first strains I came across and fell in love with.
Hopper: How many different strains do you typically have available?
Orion: It varies. We’re addicted to collecting genetics ourselves. We’ve got tons of packs of seeds we haven’t even started yet. When we find new strains, we grab them. Right now we have probably anywhere from sixty to seventy different strains. Some, we just got that we’re running to flower, to check and make sure they are what they say they are. That’s a process that we’re constantly doing, is making sure that we’re bringing the best genetics that we can to everybody. We want everyone to be able to grow whatever they want. If they see it in a shop, we want them to be able to get it from us and grow it themselves. We’re not hoarders, or anything like that, we’re out spreading the love.
Hopper: That’s awesome. How do you keep such a large scale operation going with so many moms, teens, and babies all at different stages?
Orion: A really, really good team of people. We’ve done a lot of work getting people from Cuyamaca College that are educated in horticulture, and other people we know that we can trust to bring into our own shop and make sure that they’re going to take the same care of the plants as we would ourselves. A good team is key. We couldn’t do it alone.
Hopper: That’s awesome. There’s no way to make it without people you can trust. Before we wrap it up, do you have any shout outs?
Orion: Yeah, all the collectives that have our racks. We’re grateful for them giving us a chance. Thank you Torrey Holistics, where we just came from. They’ve been great to us.
Hopper: I see you out at all the events, too.
Orion: Yeah, we’re at all the Cannabis Farmers Markets. We are gonna be at The Good Life Festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in September, just bringing plants, trying to get rid of the stigma by letting people see the plant. We get a little jaded to it, but there’s a lot of people who have never seen a cannabis plant before. It’s good to get out and talk to them and let them know that it’s just a plant, there’s nothing crazy about it. Grow it, dry it, smoke it, and you’ll appreciate it.
Desert Rose Nursery