Texas Citrus Trees Are At Risk!

Citrus Greening Disease is SPREADING in Texas! But you can help...

WHAT IS CITRUS GREENING?

by U.S. Department of Agriculture/CC BY
by U.S. Department of Agriculture/CC BY

Citrus greening is the most destructive disease of citrus trees, such as orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, kumquat, tangerine, orange jasmine, etc.  Once a tree is infected, there is NO CURE.  Fruit infected with citrus greening makes the juice bitter, so the fruit isn’t even suitable for juicing, let alone the fresh market!

HOW DOES THE DISEASE SPREAD?

This disease is easily spread by moving infected plants (including infected trees from nurseries) and by a small insect called the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP).

DON'T MOVE CITRUS PLANTS

Be aware of quarantines.  Don’t transport citrus out of quarantined areas or across state lines without a federal certificate!

CitrusGreeningQuarantine
CitrusGreeningQuarantine

HOW DOES IT AFFECT US ALL?

The Texas citrus industry is at great risk of losing its trees, which could negatively affect our job force, economy and culture.  Growers are diligently working to slow the spread of this disease, but they cannot do this without your help.  If your citrus tree has this disease and is not removed, psyllids can continue to spread citrus greening to other citrus trees, including your neighbor’s trees as well as local citrus groves.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS TO LOOK FOR?

by U.S. Department of Agriculture/CC BY
by U.S. Department of Agriculture/CC BY
  • Visible Asian Citrus Psyllids (ACP)
  • Asymmetrical blotchy mottling of leaves
  • Raised, thickened, or corky veins
  • Lopsided, bitter, hard fruit with small, dark aborted seeds

Click HERE to see photos of these symptoms.

WHAT IF MY CITRUS TREE HAS CITRUS GREENING DISEASE?

The only way to verify that your tree is infected with citrus greening disease is to have it professionally tested.  If your tree tests positive, you will be notified immediately.  Once a tree has citrus greening, there is no cure.  Over time, your tree will deteriorate and the disease will ultimately destroy the tree.

It is incredibly important to remove trees that have citrus greening disease.  Every tree that has citrus greening has the potential to spread the disease to healthy trees, increasing the spread of the disease across Texas.

WHAT IF MY CITRUS TREE IS HEALTHY?

Photo courtesy of MorgueFile.com
Photo courtesy of MorgueFile.com

Because your tree does not have the disease NOW does not mean that your tree will not get the disease in the future. It is important that you take proper care of your tree to protect it by doing the following:

  1. Inspect your citrus trees regularly for symptoms of citrus greening disease.
  2. Treat citrus trees for Asian citrus psyllids, the insect that spreads citrus greening disease, by using recommended treatments. ClickHERE for a list of treatments.

Source: http://www.citrusalert.com/about-citrus-greening/citrus-greening-qa/