Plant Clinic starts April 3rd. Do you need answers to your gardening questions? Whether it’s an insect pest infestation or an unknown pathogen destroying your beloved plants, certified Master Gardeners are available to answer your questions or provide advice. Plant Clinics are held at the Cupola House in Port Townsend Mondays from 1 – 4 p.m., April through the end of September, and at the Chimacum Farmer’s Market, Sundays 10-2 p.m., June through the end of October. Mark your calendars for Plant Clinic returns in April!
If you’re unable to make it to Plant Clinic, please email us at email@example.com
Master Gardeners can only make an accurate assessment of the client’s issue with a fresh specimen. For plant problem diagnosis we require a representative sample that clearly shows the demarcation between un-healthy and healthy tissue. Pick a fresh plant specimen, put the cut end of the stem in a moist paper towel, and then come to the Plant Clinic.
If cut plants are left in sunny or hot location they will wilt excessively thus making diagnosis very difficult.
For plant identification we need a representative sample that includes the vegetative portion of the plant (leaves, branches, stems), a portion of the fruiting or flowering structure, and a representative portion of the stem or bark. For insect identification we need an intact specimen brought into us in a small container soon after capture.
It is a rare occurrence when samples can not be identified at the WSU Jefferson County Extension Plant Clinic in Port Townsend. If there are instances where a specimen needs to go the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center Plant & Insect Diagnostic Laboratory there will be a modest charge for identification and further recommendations.