Bring us your samples
How to Choose and Package Specimens
Submit specimens in a clear bag or container.
Do not add water to any specimen bag or container.
For Plant Problems: It's ideal for the specimen to be collected just before it is brought into the helpline. If that's not possible, store the specimen in the refrigerator until you can bring it in.
Select a specimen showing distinct disease or insect symptoms. Include plant parts to show various stages of the problem with diseased and healthy plant tissue for comparison.
For Plant Identification: Collect as many parts of the plant including flowers and leaves attached to the stems, and any fruit or berries. Flowers are especially crucial in plant and weed identification. If submitting a root specimen, place it in a paper bag separate from any other plant specimens. Dig roots carefully; don't pull as diseased roots are fragile.
For Pest Identification: Handle the insects gently as to not damage them. Also include any leaves with evidence of damage caused by the insect.