Waimea Nurseries

Plant Lab

Waimea Plant Laboratories Ltd

NEWS - 14 September 2020

Waimea Group has secured the purchase of Hastings-based business Plant Propagation Laboratories Ltd (PPL).  Set to be rebranded as Waimea Plant Laboratories Ltd (WPL), the tissue culture laboratory was bought from Peter Bennet this week.

Waimea Group director Bruno Simpson said the opportunity to purchase PPL came at a time when Waimea Nurseries was requiring an increased quantity of tissue culture propagated apple rootstocks and other plants.

"This is to meet the demands generated by the growth in horticulture and the garden industry," he said.  

"We identified that tissue culture production is a successful method of bulking up plant material, as well as being easier to produce virus and pathogen free plant material."

All 16 staff at PPL will be retained, while Bennet will also remain as part of the business for 18 months.

Simpson said the labs will continue to produce the current product range, with a focus on introducing Geneva series rootstocks into tissue culture production to allow the rapid increase in production quantities.

This will aim to support the apple industry's access to new rootstocks, that will assist with improved productivity and pest and disease management.   In addition to a focus on apple rootstocks, WPL will also be extending the product range to include blueberries, strawberries and hops among other products.

The WPL are set to invest in the modernisation of the laboratory facilities, improve and digitise the business systems and build and develop the working team, with the goal to become New Zealand's leading tissue culture laboratory in the coming years.


For all Tissue Culture Sales Enquiries please contact: 

Kate Marshall sales@waimeaplantlab.co.nz   Mob: 0274 201 033