3 German plant breeders join ThinkPlants

Jul 10, 2024
3 German plant breeders join ThinkPlants

ThinkPlants announced three well-known plant breeders have joined the marketing platform of breeders, growers and suppliers.

“These new members of the ThinkPlants family continue to expand our growing portfolio of genetics while broadening our reach suppliers have for customers in the North American Market,” said Joey Wiseman, director of ThinkPlants.

New member Kientzler company, located in Gensingen Germany, has been part of the European horticultural industry for more than 100 years and has extensive experience in breeding and developing innovative ornamental plants. Additionally, as part of the Kientzler group, Innovaplant de Costa Rica is a reliable source for high quality unrooted cuttings for worldwide supply. Innovaplant is also involved in elite TC production, R&D, and laboratory services.

“I am thrilled to be working more closely with Kientzler,” said Wiseman. “Kientzler has some fantastic perennial breeding, and I cannot wait to work with them in promoting these genetics in North America. Our first perennial plants we will support for Kientzler are the Ajuga Best Buddies Series and the Heliopsis Sole, both exciting new additions to the ThinkPlants portfolio.”

Bull Gartenbau has been an integral part of horticulture in northern Germany since 2009. In Schleswig Holstein, in Gönnebek, Hartwig Bull turned his passion into a breeding profession. Together with his wife Ulrike and a strong team, Bull Plant Genetics have built a strong following for superior genetic performance beyond Germany and into the North American market.

“We look forward to working with the Bull Team to bring their Echinacea SunMagic series to North American growers,“ said Zoltan Kovacs, grower support for ThinkPlants. “I have seen some of these Echinacea in recent grower trials, and they really are something special, very different from other breeding I have seen.”

Heuger, located in and around the town of Glandorf in North-Western Germany, produces young plants, pre-finished and finished plants, and is a well-known plant breeder. The company has more than 200 plant variety rights and plant patents under the Heuger name. The company, founded in 1950 by Paul Heuger, has the company motto of “No compromise in quality.”

ThinkPlants will be helping the Heuger team in North America with the promotion of the HGC Ice N’ Roses Helleborus series. “Hellebore has long been one of my favorite perennials, so I am really excited to work with such an amazing Hellebore breeding company,” Wiseman said.

“ThinkPlants is now 20 members strong and growing,” she said. “We set out to build a portfolio of outstanding genetics, but we also knew a strong supply chain was equally important for perennial growers in North America. We continue to add a diversity of genetics in our drive to make a more consolidated process for our growers and retailers.”