Vitro Westland is a specialist in tissue culture. Tissue culture is a method to rapidly propagate plants under sterile conditions. This technique is used to quickly produce large numbers of plants of both new and existing varieties.
The tissue culture process
Tissue culture is basically a form of ‘cutting’, except that all factors are manually stimulated. For example, only the growing point of the plants is planted and the conditions under which the plants are planted are artificially optimized. The plants are grown in a laboratory in containers with specially prepared nutrient-rich soil and are subsequently stored in an optimal environment. The propagation is stimulated through this artificial influence. New ‘cuttings’ are continuously generated, can be split every 4-8 weeks and subsequently planted as a new growing points. Through this method the number of plants increases exponentially and forms Vitro Westland’s end product; the young plants are purchased by nurseries in plastic containers with 20 plants, for example. The plants are acclimatized and hardened at the nursery , after which the final perennial plants, potted plants, cut flowers, or bulbous plants are grown.
There are different methods of tissue culture (for example the auxiliary method, the somatic embryogenesis, and the meristem culture) and we use the most fitting method dependent on the type of crop.