Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Division of Plant Industry regulates the planting of cotton in Florida due to boll weevil. These regulations prohibit the noncommercial propagation, planting and growing of any species of Gossypium in Florida except under FDACS special permit (this includes wild cotton). In addition, wild cotton is listed as an endangered plant in Florida and should not be removed from the wild.
The honey bee industry of Florida is of major importance in the pollination of various agricultural crops and in the production of high quality honey and honeybee products. Honey bee pests and unwanted types of honey bees that threaten this important industry must be regulated. The state registers and inspects honey bee colonies in order to certify them as free from pests and unwanted types of honey bees.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services requires the registration of all nurseries (as well as nursery stock dealers, agents, and plant brokers) and conducts inspections of nursery stock throughout the year. Inspections of plants in nurseries substantially increases the probability of intercepting or detecting a serious pest before it becomes established or widely distributed. Learn more about registering or renewing nursery registrations here.
List of Florida nurseries currently under compliance for imported fire ants.
To ship nursery stock to the Cayman Islands, nurseries must have a signed compliance agreement the department for pink hibiscus mealybug. The list of currently approved nursuries can be found on this page.
Looking for plants in Florida? Find a list of registered nurseries and stock dealers here.
The movement of commercial shipments of firewood, unprocessed wood products and other regulated articles into the state is prohibited unless the shipper has entered into a signed compliance agreement with the state of origin under a master permit that has been issued to the state of origin by the Director. Locally produced or harvested firewood and unprocessed wood products are exempt from this rule provided they are not moved 50 miles from the distribution point.
This page contains information about nurseries who have current nematode certificates for Arizona, California, Louisiana and Texas. The information displayed here ONLY covers nematode certifications. Other certifications or inspections may be required to ship to Arizona, California, Louisiana or Texas. Please contact your Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspector and discuss your shipping needs.
Find information about the Mississippi Emergency Apple Snail Regulation.
The Caribbean Fruit Fly-Free Protocol is a body of regulations under which fresh Florida citrus fruit may be certified free of the Caribbean fruit fly and shipped to those domestic and foreign markets that have established regulations for this pest. Japan, Bermuda, and the states of California, Hawaii, and Texas have accepted this certification protocol, thereby eliminating the need for post-harvest treatments of citrus fruits.
This page offers information on the list of the rules, codes, affected plants, new requirements, examples of structure and vendor information for growing citrus in approved structures.
Aquatic plants are considered nursery stock and have the same requirements for registration and inspection. Certain Florida aquatic plants are prohibited and are restricted in movement within the state or to other states.