University of Florida

The Neighborhood Gardener –
Save Our Citrus

This page previously included information about budding citrus, which is a form of propagation. Due to the spread of citrus disease, the entire state of Florida is under quarantine for citrus greening disease, Asian citrus psyllid, citrus canker and sweet orange scab.

As part of the quarantine, it is unlawful for homeowners to propagate (raise) citrus plants.

Information about residential citrus in Florida

  • Purchase certified nursery plants from nurseries registered with the state. If you purchase plants from a mobile vendor or flea market, ask to see their license. Report any questionable operations to the Division of Plant Industry Helpline 1-800-282-5153. Your cooperation is need to help stop the spread of citrus pests and diseases.
  • Movement of citrus plants or plant parts into or out of Florida is prohibited. You may move certified citrus plants within Florida if purchased at a registered nursery except in citrus black spot quarantine areas.
  • It is unlawful for homeowners to propagate (raise) citrus plants.
  • Be aware there are quarantines in place for citrus canker and citrus greening

The Citrus Health Response Program (CHRP) is designed to detect and mitigate the impact of serious citrus pests and diseases by combining the resources of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

The program seeks to involve citrus nurseries, growers, packers, shippers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers in a collective effort to identify and control pests and diseases. The CHRP is guided by a working group that includes representatives and scientists of USDA, FDACS/DPI and UF/IFAS, along with the citrus industry. Extensive research is being conducted to address pests and diseases of Florida citrus.

For more information on how you can help, visit the Save Our Citrus page at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website.

Florida Master Garden logo

Florida-friendly Landscaping(TM) Program logo

The Florida Master Gardener Program is on Facebook