Tree Fruit

Tree fruit can include apples, peaches, pears, and cherries.

Fruit Samples:

  1. Pick multiple symptomatic fruit that is not completely rotten. 
  2. Wrap each fruit in newspaper or paper towels so that any excess moisture will be absorbed and will not contaminate the sample.
  3. Pack the wrapped fruit in a sturdy box.  If shipping fruit along with a branch sample, box the fruit separately so that the fruit will not suffer additional bruising.
  4. Samples should be carefully packaged and shipped early in the week to avoid weekend layovers during which the sample will deteriorate.
  5. Include a completed General Form.
  6. Pictures of the problem in the field are always helpful.

Sampling Hints:

  • Samples should be fresh.
  • Samples should represent the early to middle stages of the development of the problem.  A completely dead and decaying sample cannot be reliably diagnosed.
  • Samples should be carefully packaged and shipped early in the week to avoid weekend layovers during which the sample will deteriorate.
  • Be sure to include sample documentation and background information.  The specimen form can be downloaded from:  General Form
  • Pictures of the problem in the field are always helpful.