Help Stop the Spread of Citrus Disease in Texas
The Texas citrus industry has a $200 million-dollar economic impact on our state. It brings wonderful fruit for consumption and beautiful plant-life for homeowner’s health & enjoyment. Texas Certified Citrus Nurseries go to extensive measures to start citrus trees from certified clean stock and grow them in clean environments.
That is why it falls to all of us to do our part and help slow the spread of citrus diseases. It’s simple: if you love your citrus, learn about how to keep it healthy by watching out for plants which aren’t.
We All Have a Role
Retail Nurseries & Garden Centers –
Monitor citrus plants for signs of citrus disease and report to TDA if plants are symptomatic. Educate your managers and employees to know the signs of infection. Make sure your plants have the appropriate tags and only buy from TDA certified citrus nurseries. Make sure to have a compliance agreement in place with TDA if your store is in a quarantine.
Landscapers & Arborists-
Monitor any citrus you install or maintain for signs of disease and report to TDA if plants are symptomatic. Inform the owners of the responsibilities of owning citrus and make sure to limit the mechanical spread of disease. Be sure to have a compliance agreement in place with TDA if your operate within the quarantines.
How to Love Your Citrus
Watch for signs of the disease and make sure to report symptomatic trees to the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Learn From The Best
Make sure to consult with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension experts to find out the latest on citrus health information. Buy from Texas certified professionals and use certified professional to maintain your plants.
Buy Texas Citrus. You Can’t Import.
Citrus cannot be brought in from other states. States like Florida and California have high levels of citrus disease and movement of infected plants is a danger to Texas citrus. Texas Certified Citrus Nurseries grow inspected and clean plants for consumers & landscapers.
Know the Movement Rules.
Citrus purchased in quarantine zones cannot leave the zone. Make sure you obey restrictions on movement of citrus plants from out of state and in areas where disease has been found. Retailers must obtain the proper certificates before moving plants.
Find the Citrus Canker Quarantine Boundaries HERE:
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