Citrus Bloom Update

Tulare County is divided into 2 districts for the purpose of Citrus Bloom and Petal Fall.  District 1 is primarily the foothills area and south of Avenue 56.  District 2 is everything else.  The average declaration date for Citrus Bloom in District 1 is April 5.  District 2 bloom typically starts about 7 days after District 1.  The declared Citrus Bloom Period historically has ranged from 10 - 32 days.  Declaration of Bloom/Petal Fall is highly weather dependent so the dates of declaration and the time between districts can vary widely from year to year.  Please click the links below for additional information.

 

District 1 Bloom - Tuesday, March 28, 2017        District 2 Bloom - Monday, April 3, 2017
District 1 Petal Fall - Friday, April 21, 2017           District 2 Petal Fall - Saturday, April 29, 2017

Citrus Bloom Districts Map

 

Citrus Bloom Spray Restrictions - Summary of relevant definitions, which products are allowed, which products require a Notice of Intent, etc.

 

Bee Clearance online form - Please note that all fields must be completed using the format shown on the form.

 

Petal Fall/Bloom Waivers

Tulare County inspectors will inspect the field at the earliest opportunity,  time and staffing permitting, to determine if the site meets the Spray Waiver Criteria.  The Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner, Pesticide Use Enforcement Division strongly recommends that waivers be submitted only for locations with an economically urgent need to spray that cannot be delayed until Petal Fall has been declared.

Pest Control Advisors, please refer to the Letter to Pest Control Advisors for information regarding the requirements for Pest Control Recommendations for Petal Fall Spray Waivers. 

Requests for exceptions / waivers regarding Petal Fall must be submitted as follows: 

  • The Notice of Intent, Recommendation, and Bee Clearance must all be submitted before the Pesticide Division will evaluate the request.  (Bee Clearances must be submitted online at Bee Clearance Form.)
  • Please write:  "Waiver requested" on the Recommendation and Notice of Intent
  • The field must be physically evaluated by the PCA and the bloom status/condition as a percent of bloom/petal fall must be stated on the recommendation.
  • The recommendation must state either that the field does not meet the citrus bloom period criteria (i.e.: Field meets 75% petal fall on the north side of the trees) OR why alternatives not hazardous to bees would not be effective.
  • 48 hour notification to beekeepers is required.  The bee clearance will not be processed by the Pesticide Division until after the Pesticide Division has evaluated the field.  Therefore, please submit waiver requests at least 48 hours prior to the intended date of application.

 

Please note that bee clearances are NOT required for applications that are scheduled for 48 hours after Petal Fall has been declared if the products toxic to bees are being applied during the period of bee inactivity.