How to submit a sample

Watch this video for collecting and submitting a sample.

Before you submit a sample, consider contacting your County Agent or a Master Gardener. He or she can diagnose many common plant disease and insect problems. If necessary, the agent or gardener can help you properly collect a submit a sample to the WVU-PDC. After the diagnosis, they can recommend control methods that are suitable to your location and situation.

How to collect a sample

  • Collect the whole diseased plants, plus healthy plant, if possible, include the roots. If a plant showing a systemic decline, the problem is likely originated from the root and root sample is a must. Collect more than one plant if they show various stages of decline.
  • Do not collect sample from a plant that has been dead for a while, dying or declining plants or plants parts make a good sample.
  • For plant identification, collect the whole plant, if possible, including flowers and fruit.

How to ship samples:

  • Do not allow specimens to dry out or get too hot. Send specimens as soon as possible after collecting by placing in a plastic bag (sealed or zip-locked) and shipped immediately in a mailing tube or strong carton. Do not add moist paper or toweling in the plastic bag.
  • Refrigerate any specimens that cannot be shipped immediately.
  • Enclose the completed sample form and place them in a plastic bag to protect them from moisture and soil.
  • To ensure timely delivery, send samples early in the week.