Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Growing Citrus in Approved Structures

Rule Chapter 5B-63, F.A.C., prohibits the propagation of all citrus greening host plants, including citrus, orange jasmine (Murraya paniculata), boxthorn, and curry-leaf unless the citrus greening host plants are produced in an approved structure designed to exclude the Asian citrus psyllid. The Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, is the vector of citrus greening pathogens in Florida. On Jan. 1, 2007: All propagations of citrus greening host plants, which includes all varieties of citrus and all cultivars of orange jasmine, must be produced within a structure and on a site that are both approved by the FDACS/DPI. All existing inventories of citrus greening host plants that were not produced in an approved structure must be sold by Dec. 31, 2007. Beginning Jan. 1, 2008, all citrus greening host material, including citrus and orange jasmine that were not produced in an approved structure will be prohibited from movement.

These regulations apply to all citrus propagations and host plants of citrus greening.

This web page is extremely important to the ornamental plant industry and those nurseries that currently have orange jasmine in their inventory. It is intended to assist the nursery industry in meeting the requirements of Rule Chapter 5B-63, F.A.C., by showing examples of approved structures and providing contact information for vendors and suppliers.

List of Affected Plants - The following list of plants, as listed in Rule Chapter 5B-63 F.A.C., have been determined to be hosts of citrus greening and the movement and planting are prohibited unless produced in compliance with Rule Chapter 5B-62, F.A.C.

New Requirements - For propogation of citrus, orange jasmine, and host plants of citrus greening.

Examples of Structures - Photos of approved structures and their elements.

Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 581 Rule 5B-62 - This is where all of the requirements for the new citrus nursery certification program will be discussed.