Plant Tissue Sampling Procedure

Plant Tissue Sampling Procedure

Collection and Preparation Samples

Be sure to use a clean con­tainer. Never use a metal container as the metal may contaminate the sample. Generally, two cups of lightly packed material provides a suffi­cient amount to conduct an analy­sis; one cup may be sufficient if gathering petioles. If plant samples have soil, dust, fertilizer, or spray residues on them, they will need a light washing, as follows: With aid of a plastic colan­der, immerse the sample in cool water containing a couple of drops of PHOSPHATE-FREE detergent, and gently agitate for no longer than about 10 seconds. Extended washing may damage the plant tissue and remove some of the soluble elements. Remove the colander and quickly rinse the sample under flowing pure water. Blot-dry with a clean towel. Either air-dry samples for one day (below 176° degrees F) or ship as soon as possible in perforated bags to allow air movement and a degree of drying in transit. Never send fresh samples in sealed plastic bags.

Source: Waypoint Analytical, Inc.

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