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CDFA Plant Health

Nursery Services Program


The MISSION of the Nursery Program is to prevent the introduction and spread of agricultural pests through nursery stock and protect agriculture and the consumer against economic losses resulting from the sale of inferior, defective, or pest-infested nursery stock.

ROLES:

  • License sellers of nursery stock in California.
  • Coordinate the nursery regulatory and inspection activities performed by the county agricultural commissioners.
  • Provide the agricultural industry with registration and certification services for plant materials.

License to Sell Nursery Stock


A License to Sell Nursery Stock is required for any person who sells plants for planting, propagation, or ornamentation in California. The sale of nursery stock without a valid license is a violation of California Food and Agricultural Code § 6721. To find out more information, please contact the Nursery, Seed, & Cotton Program or your local County Agricultural Commissioner.

Nursery Regulatory and Inspection Activities


Supported by nursery license and acreage fees, nursery regulatory activities conducted by the county agricultural commissioners and their staffs are an integral part of the State's agricultural pest prevention system. Nursery stock is the highest risk pathway for the movement of plant pests worldwide. Maintaining a system of clean, healthy nursery stock is essential to the protection of California's agriculture and environment.

Plant Registration and Certification Services


The Nursery, Seed, & Cotton Program provides voluntary registration and certification services for the following: avocado, deciduous fruit and nut trees, seed garlic, grapevines, pome fruit trees, and strawberry nursery stock.

Participation in the Citrus Nursery Stock Pest Cleanliness Program is mandatory for anyone who wishes to collect and use citrus propagative materials such as budwood and seed.

Nursery stock intended for farm planting must meet the Nematode Certification requirements in order to be considered commercially clean and eligible for sale and planting in California.

Directory of Nurserymen and Others Licensed to Sell Nursery Stock in California


This directory lists all currently licensed nurseries and nursery stock dealers in California.

To view the Directory online for free, click on the image below.

Directory of Licensed Nurseries

For more information on Nursery Licensing, please contact us at:

Nursery, Seed, and Cotton Program
1220 N Street, Room 344
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654-0435
nurseryservices@cdfa.ca.gov