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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XXXV
Chapter 581
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F.S. 581.142
581.142 Viable nursery stock; requirements for sale.
(1) It shall be unlawful to sell or offer for sale any plant or nursery stock unless the plant or nursery stock is viable and meets the basic requirements of a viable plant or viable nursery stock, at the time and place of sale.
(2) The basic requirements of viable nursery stock or a viable plant are as follows:
(a) It must be capable of living and accomplishing the purpose for which it is grown, whether foliage, flowers, fruit, or special use.
(b) It must be free of physiological and pathological defects to the extent that all essential parts function normally.
(c) The root system must have adequate roots or the ability to produce them to support normal performance of the plant. The root system must be adequately protected to prevent excessive loss of moisture while in storage and transit.
(d) Trunk and branches must be capable of transporting fluids throughout the plant and be free from any infirmity of a permanent nature which would interfere with this function. Any damaged branches must be capable of being pruned without seriously deterring growth of the plant.
(e) Leaves must be capable of performing essential manufacturing functions, such as photosynthesis. Deciduous plants, when void of leaves, must have the ability to put out new leaves capable of functioning normally. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, ch. 63-260; ss. 14, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 599, ch. 71-136; s. 6, ch. 78-95; s. 11, ch. 79-158; s. 51, ch. 93-169.