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About Us

Welcome to Star Nursery

We starts with a certified seed and ends with a certified tree.

Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Location Sign
Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Overhead Property

Our family-owned business has been growing the best in edible fruit trees for five generations. You can find our products in regional nurseries and garden centers across the south.

Systemic Drenching is required by Federal and Louisiana State regulation, which we follow. Drenching is not harmful to humans and makes our fruit trees healthier.

We frequently spray our trees to prevent insects and other pests, as well as fungal issues that might harm the plants.

Our nursery has been inspected and is a USDA-APHIS-PPQ approved facility.

We follow Texas guidelines for deep pathology testing.

We ship to non-citrus producing states.

Our nursery uses the clean budwood program.

Screened In Greenhouses

Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Screened In Greenhouses
Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Greenhouse Disinfecting Area
Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Greenhouse Positive Pressure Entrance

We have positive pressure decontamination rooms on all green house entrances to keep diseases from entering.

Rootstock Seedling

Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Greenhouse Rootstock Seedling Closeup

The growing process begins with planting certified rootstock seed.

Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Greenhouse Rootstock Seedling
Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Greenhouse Rootstock Seedling Growing

Mature Rootstock / Early Growing Stage

Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Greenhouse Mature Rootstock Trees
Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Greenhouse Early Growing Stage

Once the rootstock trees have matured the citrus trees are grafted onto the rootstock.

Newly Transplanted

Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Greenhouse Newly Transplanted
Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Greenhouse Newly Transplanted

Citrus trees take 18 – 24 months to mature into a sellable tree.

Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Greenhouse Mature Trees
Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Greenhouse Mature Trees
Star Nursery Belle Chasse - Greenhouse Mature Trees

Most citrus trees take 3 years before it can produce fruit.

Frequently Asked Questions

3.5 to 4 feet

Dwarf trees – up to 8 feet in the ground, less if kept in pot.

All others – up to 12 to 15 feet in the ground

Citrus trees can be planted throughout the year, provided the tree is not going through shock.

GROUND PLANTING – Pick a location with 50% or more sun on well-drained soil, which is usually the West or Southwest part of your property. Preferably where it will have protection in winter from cold north and west winds. Avoid septic tanks and drain lines.

Clear away any weeds and grass. Dig a hole wider but not deeper than the dirt ball on the tree. Remove plastic container. Shave away fiber roots from the sides of root ball (Important).

Make sure to stimulate roots by cutting off an inch or more of the legs of the roots. Place tree in hole so that the top of the ball is level with the ground (Important).

Fill hole with soil until half full. Water until soil is saturated. Finish filling hole with remaining soil and saturate with water again. Pack soil to remove air pockets. NEVER COVER BUD UNION where the tree was “Grafted” about 2-6″ above the root ball. Do not fertilize at the time of planting, wait about six weeks until the tree show’s signs of new growth.



POT PLANTING
– When picking out a plastic container, slowly bump up the tree to a larger container. Don’t automatically transplant into a 25 gal or larger pot. As the tree out grows the existing pot transplant into a larger pot. Follow the above instructions starting with remove plastic container . . . . . .

CONTAINERIZE CITRUS TREES MAY GO THROUGH A SHOCK PROCESS & LOSE LEAVES WHEN CHANGED FROM OUTDOOR TO INDOOR OR THE REVERSED.

When indoors try to keep tree as close to its outdoor environment. Avoid placing near heater.



SPRAYING
– Use the following chemicals when experiencing these symptoms:

Curly leaves – caused by aphids, Malathion

Spots on leaves – caused by white fly, mixture of Malathion and Oil-O-Cide

Holes in leaves – caused by orange dog, Malathion

Yellow spots on leaves – caused by red spider, use Kelthane or Oil-O-Cide

Stink bugs – use SEVIN by Garden Tech

Asian citrus psyllid – use MISTURE OF 55% Malathion Spray by Hi-Yield and Pest Out by Safegro

Citrus leaf miner – use Pest Out by Safegro

Spiderweb’s – caused by spider mite – Dawn dish soap and rise or Pest Out by Safegro

All citrus trees must be treated with a systemic drench prior to being sold. This is to prevent the Asian citrus psyllid from spreading that could turn into citrus greening. This treatment also kills any insect that feeds on the leaves (aphids, white flies, leaf miner).

These are just suggested pesticides and insecticides. Other brands can also be used: Bonide-All Season Horticultural & Dormant Spray Oil, Bonide Fruit Spray, Bonide Copper Fungicide, Monterey Citrus Leafminer Trap & Lure, Hi Yield Slug & Snail Bait, Fertilome Tree & Shrub Systemic Insect Drench

**USE ALL CHEMICALS ACCORDING TO PACKAGE INSTRUCTIONS**



COLD WEATHER CARE

IN CASE OF FROST OR FREEZE WARNINGS – Plants can be covered with regular blankets.

Soil can be banked up to bottom limbs prior to winter in December and removed March 1st.

Plants in containers should be brought indoors

PLANTS AFFECTED BY A FREEZE – Some leaf drop can be expected. This should be temporary. Never prune trees until new growth starts back in late spring (April). At that time all cuts should be made at least 1/2″ below damage wood.

Approximately twice a week, depending on rainfall.

Our trees will bear fruit within 2 – 3 years after planting. Each year, the amount of yield will increase. However, we suggest you cut fruit off for the first 2 years to get the tree stronger to handle future fruit production.

Prune trees before blooms appear on the tree. The best time is after winter is over.