Sample Submission Forms

Shipping Requirements

In order for diagnosis of your sample to be effective and accurate, please carefully follow the below shipping requirements.

1. Always select fresh plant material that is symptomatic but not dried out, dead, or decaying. We are unable to diagnose plants that are already dead.

2. Do not ship live insects or arthropods. Crushed insects and insects stuck to clear tape are unidentifiable. Place insects in freezer to kill them. Preserve soft-bodied insects in a leak-proof vial of alcohol.

3. Separate soil from plant material. If the root system is included, place a plastic bag around it and secure with a twist tie or rubber band to keep soil from contaminating leaves/stems.Place the entire sample into a sealed plastic bag. A dry paper towel can be wrapped around the plant to absorb excess moisture and prevent the plant from sticking to the plastic.

4. Never add water to the sample for shipment--water will degrade the sample and prevent an accurate diagnosis.

5. Ship in a crush-proof container such as a box. A box helps protect the sample and helps us provide an accurate diagnosis.

6. Mail to the UConn Plant Diagnostic Lab:

UConn Plant Diagnostic Lab
1380 Storrs Rd., Unit 4115
Storrs, CT 06269-4115

7. Email the tracking information to so we know when to expect the package.

Fee Structure & Payment Options

All plant or insect samples for diagnosis or identification: $20

Methods of payment accepted: Due to COVID-19 related closures on campus, Credit/debit card payments online are the only method of payment accepted at this time.

To pay by credit/debit card: visit