January 18, 2019

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic: What We Were Up To in 2018

2018 sample type distribution

Sample Summary

The PIDC staff processed a total of 1,521 samples and had a total of 3,21 client contacts in 2018.  Although diagnosis of physical samples is the primary mission of the clinic we also help clients via phone and e-mail.  Often these contacts help us determine what sort of sample is needed for us to diagnose a problem.  

Type of Client Contact


Yard and Garden: Brighten Winter with a Clivia Plant

Flowers are one of the best antidotes to the icy winds of winter, and growing a houseplant that buds and blooms inside while all is dormant outside is particularly satisfying. This winter, as an alternative to the brightly blooming azaleas, chrysanthemums or traditional holiday plants, consider growing a clivia plant. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to grow this less common plant. To have more questions answered contact Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

Yard and Garden: Grow a Moth Orchid

Orchid flowers are unrivaled in the plant world for their beauty, complexity and incredible diversity. Orchids can be found in the equatorial tropics, the arctic tundra and everywhere in between because of their amazing ability to adapt to their given environment. The moth orchid (Phalaenopsis spp.) is considered by many to be the easiest orchid to grow indoors.

Winter Webcasts Are Educational Opportunity for Master Gardeners

he Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will host three webcasts this winter. Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about managing vegetable pests, engaging with new audiences and gardening in containers.