The Citrus Greening Quarantine has extended beyond the citrus growing region in the Rio Grande Valley. It is important for every nursery and citrus tree owner to be aware of this important situation. Below is some information specifically for nurseries selling citrus.
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOUR NURSERY?
1. CHECK TO SEE IF YOU ARE UNDER QUARANTINE
CLICK HERE to see the quarantined areas. Do not move citrus plants out of the Citrus Greening quarantine area. Contact the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) about shipping requirements.
2. LABEL ALL CITRUS
All citrus plants sold or distributed in a Citrus Greening Quarantine area must have a label or a tag with the wording, “Prohibited for Movement Outside of Quarantine Area. Penalty for Violation. Texas Department of Agriculture. www.TexasAgriculture.gov”
3. INFORM CUSTOMERS
Tell your customers about the Citrus Greening Quarantine boundaries and restrictions. If you would like information to give customers, complete THIS FORM to receive FREE brochures.
INSPECT YOUR PLANTS OFTEN
Look for Asian citrus psyllids (ACP) on young leaves and new flush. Also look for symptoms of Citrus Greening which include asymmetrical blotchy mottling of leaves, raised corky veins or misshapen fruit. Click HERE to view photos of citrus greening symptoms.
CONTROL ASIAN CITRUS PSYLLID (ACP) POPULATIONS
The only way to protect trees is to prevent spread of Citrus Greening disease by controlling psyllid populations. Biological, chemical and organic options are available to control ACP. For more information on ACP control in Home Landscapes, Gardens and Non-Commercial Groves click HERE.
REPORT PLANTS THAT APPEAR TO BE INFECTED
If you observe symptoms of Citrus Greening, contact The Texas Department of Agriculture:
1-800-TELL TDA (1-800-835-5832)
Homeowners Outside of the Rio Grande Valley
Report symptomatic plants at www.saveourcitrus.org