The majority of trees in Georgia’s young citrus industry have come from other states, Citrus Industry reports. “That statistic could soon be changing, meaning that the majority of trees could come from nurseries within the state,” said Lindy Savelle, president of the Georgia Citrus Association.
Savelle reported that three greenhouses in Georgia have been inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) for compliance with plant protection and quarantine requirements. The most recent nursery to be inspected was Camilla Citrus Tree Source, in late May.
To pass the USDA and GDA inspection, a nursery must enter into a compliance agreement and build a USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service structure, “among many other things,” Savelle said. Triple B Nursery and Mill Creek Nursery previously went through the inspection process, and Savelle said at least two other Georgia nurseries are working toward certification.