The Morris Arboretum Plant Clinic is your free resource for a variety of services including horticulture and gardening guidelines, plant culture, and identification of plants, pests, or diseases.
Plant, pest, or disease identification
Drop off sample at the Widener Visitor Center front desk
- Physical submissions may be plant clippings, pests bagged in a well sealed container, entire small plants, or other similar specimens.
- Fill out the Plant Clinic Form (copies available at front desk) as thoroughly as possible.
- if the sample is small, include multiple samples.
- Proper diagnosis can almost never be made for samples of a few leaves, one bare branch, etc.
- The sealable bags the Clinic provides are nine inches in length. Larger samples are welcome, but please bring them in your own container.
- For problems affecting a large portion of the plant, send an email with labelled pictures of (1.) the entire plant, (2.) healthy portions of the plant, and (3.) other afflicted portions of the plant.
- The plant clinic is unable to process soil or tissue samples.
If you are unable to deliver a sample to the visitor center, send a thorough email to the Clinic following the instructions below.
Questions of horticulture, gardening, and general plant health
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are inquiring about the health of a specific plant, fill out the Plant Clinic Form and attach it to your email.
- Feel free to send an email even if your question does not fit the above categories. If we don’t know the answer to your question, we may be able to direct you to someone who does.
Diagnosis and response can take up to two weeks depending on the depth of the concern being handled.
The purpose of the Morris Arboretum Plant Clinic is to provide general information and advice about plants to the general public. This service is not intended to provide technical expertise to be used for legal or commercial purposes. The Morris Arboretum cannot endorse any third party or external agency unaffiliated with the University of Pennsylvania; please do not call to ask for recommendations for nurseries, arborists, products, etc.