What's Wrong with My Plant? Questions to Answer before You Call Us.
Is your boxwood suddenly brown on one side? For no apparent reason does your hosta have holes? Is your lawn looking lousy? Help us diagnose your plant issue. Before you email, call, or visit us with a sample please take a look at these symptoms and descriptions and tell us what you are seeing. Providing the answers to these questions helps to narrow the field of possibilities during the diagnosis process.
Name of plant, if known.
If not, be prepared to describe it.
Where is the plant located?
- Annual or Perennial
- Deciduous or Evergreen
- Does it Flower? When? What color?
What is the sun exposure?
- Flower bed
- Vegetable bed/garden
- Full sun
- Partial shade
- Hand-held hose/watering can
Chemical applications (names and dates)
- Soil pH
- Soil drainage: Good, Moderate, Poor
When was it planted?
Are nearby plants also affected?
Scattered plants or groups?
When did you first notice the symptoms?
Parts affected and what percentage of entire plant
- Abnormal growth
- Flagging (reduced growth on one side)
- Frass (insect droppings)
- Holes in leaves
- Insect feeding
- Leaf drop
- Leaf spots
- Rot (fruit, leaves, roots, or stems)
- Tip dieback
Distribution of symptoms of trees and shrubs
- Entire plant
- New growth
Do you see any insects or signs of feeding damage on the affected plant? Look under leaves, on stems, and on branches or the trunk.
Despite good cultural practices, pests and diseases at times may appear. Chemical control should be used only after all other methods have failed. For pesticide information or other questions please call toll free: 877-486-6271.
- Inner canopy
- Lower canopy
- Outer canopy
- Upper canopy
UConn Home and Garden Education Center, 2019
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