Lee County Extension
Horticulture Help Desk
Lee County IFAS Horticulture Help Desk
3410 Palm Beach Blvd..
Ft. Myers, FL 33916
Office Closed for Holiday Observances 2014:
|Monday||May 26, 2014||Memorial Day|
|Thursday||July 4, 2014||Independent Day|
|Monday||September 1, 2014||Labor Day|
|Monday||November 11, 2014||Veteran's Day|
|Thursday/Friday||November 27-28, 2014||Thanksgiving|
|Tuesday/Wednesday||December 25-26, 2014||Christmas|
For plant disease/problem diagnosis: If possible provide a sample showing both diseased and healthy tissue on the same sample. Samples should have stems or branches 6” long or longer. Please provide a fresh sample. If a sample needs to be sent to the University of Florida Diagnostic Lab the charge is $40 per sample.
For plant identification: Provide as many parts of the plant including (if possible): flowers, fruit, leaves. Provide a 6”-12” or larger freshly collected sample. If we are not able to identify your sample in our office we will send it to the University of Florida Herbarium at no charge to our customer.
For insects: Collect one or more complete insect specimen(s) and place in a container or plastic bag. With the use of a microscope we can display the enlarged insect on a computer screen to help us with identification. If you are unable to bring insects samples to our office, you can send undamaged (live or dead) insects in a crush-proof container such as a pill bottle or film canister taping the top onto the container. Mail them in a padded envelope or box with a brief note explaining where you found the insects. Do not tape insects to paper or place them loose in envelopes. Insect fragments or crushed insect samples are almost impossible to identify. If we are unable to make a positive identification of the insect in our office we will send a sample to the University of Florida Entomology Department at no charge to our customer.
Soil and water
testing are preformed in our office.
Soil pH and
water salinity are
tested once weekly. A one cup sample of soil or water is needed for
each test. Please bring your sample(s) in a disposable container. You
may drop off 1-6 samples, but no more than 6. Clearly mark each sample
location so you will know where the sample came from in your
landscape. Example, sample A, sample B, sample C etc. The sample needs
to be received at our office by 5:00pm on Wednesday to be tested for
that week. Soil and water test results will be available after
9am the next day.
Please fill out
only one form for the sample(s) you are dropping off for testing. If a
more extensive test is needed the University of Florida will perform a
more analytical test for a minimal fee.
IFAS Analytical Services Laboratories Extension Soil Testing Laboratory - Landscape and Vegetable Gardens
IFAS Analytical Services Laboratories Extension Soil Testing Laboratory - Water Test Information Sheet
Personally guided garden tours are given every Tuesday morning by
Master Gardeners tending the
gardens. The Master Gardeners are here from 10am until noon working in
the gardens. For large groups please contact the Horticulture Help
Desk to schedule a tour.
Citrus Home Advisors Program: Oranges, grapefruits, limes and lemons are important fruit trees for most of southwest Florida.
Along with lawns and palms, the care of citrus trees dominates much of the questions coming across the Horticulture Advisory Desk. For this reason, we’ve given Master Gardeners additional intensive training to become Citrus Home Advisors.
A Citrus Home Advisor can come to your yard, identify your citrus problem and write a prescription for your citrus problem.
Consider your Citrus Home Advisor your citrus doctor who makes yard calls.
To scheduled your citrus home visit, call the Extension Office at (239) 533-7504 or (239) 533-7505 or email your request along with your name, address, phone number and email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We need about two weeks notice to arrange the date of a visit.
Frequently asked questions:
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