PLANTIN – our eldest company (formerly Gospodarstwo Ogrodnicze [Horticulture Farm] Tadeusz Kusibab, originated in 1981, transformed into PLANTIN sp. z o.o. sp.k.[limited liability limited partnership] in 2018) deals with plant micropropagation (i.e. micropropagation of plants with the use of the in vitro cultures Plantin offers, most of all, plants in multiplats bought only in bulk for further nursery production and a small range of plants in p9 pots.
Gospodarstwo Ogrodnicze Aleksandra Kusibab-Wyka (established in 2007) and Gospodarstwo Ogrodnicze Waganowice (established in 2010) are sister companies which offer slightly older plants (sold in P9 to C3 pots).
All the plants offered by our nurseries originate from the in vitro laboratory in PLANTIN. We produce both fruit plants such as the Highbush Blueberry, Honeysuckle (Haskap), the Giant-fruit Blackberry, Raspberry, Serviceberry (Saskatoon) and Chokeberry, and ornamental plants, such as: rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmias, cherry trees and birch trees.
The quality of plants
the Blueberry tests conducted at the Horticulture Department of the University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland
the Blueberry tests conducted at the Institute of Horticulture in Skierniewice, Poland
regularly since 2007
the Blueberry tests conducted at the Agdia Incorporated, USA
the Blueberry tests conducted at the Centre for Certified Nursery Stock in Prusy, Poland
regularly since 2013
the Blueberry tests conducted at the Main Inspectorate of Plant Health and Seed Inspection in Krakow, Poland
The plant samples for tests are collected and marked by trained personnel.
We examine whether the Blueberry plant samples contain the following viruses:
Since 2014 we have also been examining mother plants of the raspberry and blackberry varieties originated from the PLANTIN insect proof tents. The Institute of Horticulture in Skierniewice, as ordered by our company, conducts the Elisa and RT-PCR tests to confirm the absence of viruses in our plants.
For years we have been producing the highest quality seedlings and since 2008 PLANTIN has regularly been awarded the GLOBALG.A.P.® certificates of Good Agricultural Practice.
GLOBALG.A.P.® is an independent, voluntary worldwide certification system consisting of mutual mechanisms of good agricultural and production practice. Especially it covers the issues of proper implementation of plant protection agents, fertilisation, cultivation techniques, irrigation, refuse and waste management, employees safety and environmental protection.
GLOBALG.A.P.® registration number TUV-PL494.
PLANTIN (formerly Gospodarstwo Ogrodnicze Tadeusz Kusibab) is the eldest in the in-vitro Kusibab Group and has been on the market since 1981!
The beginnings of the in vitro propagation go back to 1978 when Tadeusz Kusibab (PLANTIN co-owner) commenced the first attempts at propagating orchids. In 1981, the laboratory started propagating the Highbush Blueberry and later rhododendrons which became leading products for many consecutive years.
A thorough expertise and gaining new experience in the field of the in vitro propagation, plant nurturing, fertilization, irrigation, etc. and implementation of new technologies have allowed us to thrive on the market for almost 40 years now!
Gospodarstwo Ogrodnicze Aleksandra Kusibab-Wyka and Marcin Wyka, which most of all deals with the Highbush Blueberry in p9 to C3 pots, originated in 2007. Gospodarstwo Ogrodnicze Waganowice Paulina Kusibab-Popowicz and Mirosław Popowicz, which most of all deals with the sale of Blueberry in p9 pots, originated in 2010. From the very beginning all the three companies have been cooperating with one another and recently they have joined their marketing efforts and created a group of the in-vitro Kusibab producers.
We supplement one another (offering plants of different height) and are building a joint brand.
A many-year long expertise, presently handed over to a younger generation, is a guarantee of high quality of plants on our offer.
A wide range of products on offer
Presently the PLANTIN laboratory propagates 300–400 taxa.
The berry plants, especially the Highbush Blueberry and the Honeysuckle (Haskap), but also raspberries, serviceberries and chokeberries belong to the leading varieties. We also propagate ornamental varieties such as rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmias and cherry trees.
Based on a many-year long experience in numerous plant genera we are open to propagate new varieties entrusted to us by our clients.
The in vitro propagation - technology of contemporary times and the future.
The production of our plants begins in special, controlled conditions – in the in vitro cultures laboratory (i.e. on the glass). The in vitro process consists in accelerating the growth of plants in a controlled way. By implementing thoroughly selected growth regulators we appropriately stimulate plants to develop (e.g. their roots or side buds). Young plants growing in sterile conditions have optimal growth and development conditions. Ample lighting conditions, properly selected composition of the media, specific temperature and humidity make that it is possible to considerably accelerate the propagation process.
At the end of 2018, a new laboratory was opened at the Krakow head office of PLANTIN. Its surface area equals 625 m2 and it has 15 production stands equipped with new technology facilitating the production of plants. In our collection, we possess approximately 400 taxa of plants ready at any time to begin production anew. Every year we introduce about 30-40 new taxa and prepare them to a potential commercial use.
The next stage of our production consists in acclimatizing plants under covers and gradually hardening them off. During that stage, plants depending on their development, are replanted to multipots and then to greater containers.