Horticulture agent leaves list of resources before moving on

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 01:27 PM.

If you have a plant or bug you would like identified or a problem you would like diagnosed, call or stop by the Extension office in your county. Pender, Onslow, New Hanover and Brunswick County have trained, experienced Extension Master Gardener volunteers available to answer your gardening questions. To contact them in Pender County, call 910-259-1238; in New Hanover County, call 910-798-7680; in Brunswick County call 910-253-2610; in Onlsow County call 910-455-5873.

When you call or stop by, be prepared to describe the problem, including when it started, if it is spreading and what the symptoms look like. For the best diagnosis, bring a sample that includes several leaves attached to the stem, or the whole plant or insect if possible. Samples should be taken from plants that are still living rather than those that have already died. Collect samples just before you plan to visit the Extension office. Wrap the sample in a slightly moist paper towel or place it in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out, but do not leave it inside a hot car to bake for hours.

If your local Extension center cannot identify your insect or plant disease sample, they will offer to send it to the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic (PDIC) at NC State University. For a charge of $30 per sample, the PDIC’s staff of entomologists and plant pathologists can diagnose and recommend treatment options for a wide range of plant and turf problems.

If you prefer to submit your questions to be answered online, use Extension’s Ask an Expert widget, ces.ncsu.edu/ask-an-expert/. The widget even allows you upload pictures of the plant or pest you need help with and usually provides an answer from an Extension horticulture agent within 24 hours.

Learn more!

Visit ces.ncsu.edu to find your local North Carolina Cooperative Extension center. Visit your county Extension center’s website to learn about upcoming classes and events in your area.

 



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