Buying citrus trees from a nursery in or near Miami, Florida.?
I know I can buy them from Home Depot but they are expensive. Would like to know where I could buy citrus trees near Miami, Homestead, or North of Miami like Broward.
1. I'd buy from a reputable local nursery. You will get a superior tree and you can be assured the variety will be correctly labeled. The price might b cheaper than Home Depot.
2. Unfortunately finding a nursery with citrus trees will be difficult. There is a new citrus disease (greening) in Florida, and new regulations, which go into effect January 1, 2008, dictate that citrus trees have to be propagated by an approved nursery which grows their trees in a greenhouse designed to exclude Asian citrus psyllids (which spread the disease). Last I heard, there were only two nurseries in Florida growing dooryard citrus (trees for home owners, as opposed to trees for groves), and both of them are located in central Florida. Those nurseries are where the Home Depot trees are coming from. Other people, or nurseries, can sell the same trees of course, but prices are generally high right now due to a supply shortage.
Contact the Fruit and Spice park or the local Rare fruit Council (see links below). They have annual fruit tree sales, and you might find better prices at one of those. Beware of people growing and selling trees "in their back yard". I was recently on the east coast, and every dooryard citrus tree that I saw had greening disease, citrus canker, or both. It is very discouraging to put the time and effort into growing a fruit tree, only to find out it has a debilitating disease. Good luck.