Homeowner Plant Diagnostic Clinic
For residents of northwest Orange County, a plant clinic is provided by the University of Florida - IFAS / Orange County Extension Service Master Gardeners and/or Urban Horticulturalists. The plant clinic is available:
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
- Plant Material Samples - should include flowers, live leaves, and roots if possible. Bring a sample that includes as many features of the plant you want to identify or issues that need to be diagnosed. Use a plastic bag to maintain the moisture of the tissues. Do not add a wet paper towel or water to the plastic bag. Bring it to the clinic the day you collect it, otherwise keep it refrigerated until it can be brought to MREC.
- Sod Samples - should be about one foot square with mostly green turf and some brown turf to determine what pest(s) may be attacking your yard. Use a plastic or paper bag, shoebox, or any suitable container to bring the sample to the clinic. The fresher the material is the easier it will be to diagnose any problems
- Soil Samples - should be removed from several locations in your planting bed or area of concern at a depth of six inches. Mix all samples from that area in a bucket and bring a pint of soil for a free pH analysis.
- Insect Samples - should be placed in a jar or other suitable container. Collect more than one specimen if possible. Insects may be dead or alive.
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