Florida Grades and Standards 2015
The Florida Grades and Standards for Nursery Plants is a document used by nurserymen, landscape architects, landscape project contractors, and others.This document provides the means and language for the evaluation and description of the wares of our trade. The Florida Grades and Standards for Nursery Plants help ensure high quality trees with good structure and greater longevity are used in Florida landscapes. One of the greatest benefits to the Grades and Standards is the nursery and landscape industry now enjoys universal specification and shares common terminology. This common terminology has proven to be a tremendous benefit since it now fosters better communication between buyers and sellers and offers confidence when discussing similar products and their quality. Education and training will make grading less subjective, which, in turn, results in consistency of grading from job to job. This grading consistency only happens when buyers and sellers embrace a working knowledge of the Grades and Standards.
The Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry began the process of reviewing and updating the Florida Grades and Standards Manual in October 2013. Subcommittees were formed for Trees, Palms, Shrubs and Wetland Plants with the goal of updating, streamlining and converting the Florida Grades and Standards Manual into an electronic online format. The Florida Grades and Standards for Nursery Plants 5th Edition is completed and now ready to be viewed and downloaded. The manual can be accessed at the Division of Plant Industry’s home page under Hot Topics: Florida Grades and Standards for Nursery plants.
The manual’s electronic online format will allow The Division of Plant Industry the ability to correct and add minor corrections and additions when needed. The Division will convene an ad-hoc working group to again review the manual in five years. The 5th Edition of the Florida Grades and Standards for Nursery Plants will go into effect September 2015.