The unusual heat dome we have been experiencing will have caused damage that generally we aren't familiar with. Perhaps a review of the problems that are created by abnormal heat, dry winds and low soil moisture would be a good scenario to review.
condition caused by the extreme heat and dry conditions. referred to as leaf scorch. I'll remove the leaves and all will be well. The condition of spotting on the leaves to the client could spark the thought that maybe it's a terrible fungus. This is when all the basic questions are asked as to the culture provided-plant location, watering, fertilizing, what should the plant look like. In the case of the leaf scorch, it is pretty straight-forward as to what it was, but if it would have had a few other problems, the answer might have been different. You never really know until you fit all the pieces of the puzzle together, (then sometimes, you still have to call for help from Toni!)
It will be interesting to track the problems that do come into plant clinic this year. Probably with the heat and no rain there will be concerns over the tips of evergreens turning brown or conifers suffering from needle drop.
I kept a copy of a report in response to a problem and samples that were sent to the Plant Pathology Lab in 2014. Plant clinic number: E14-2089 to be exact.
The client who lived on Wells Acre Rd. came in with some "white worms found on her driveway next to lawn in a rain puddle on 9/26/2014". They were a total mystery to everyone so it was decided to send them off to OSU.
The Faculty Research Assistant identified the worms as Enchytraeid worms, also called pot worms. The researcher wrote, "Enchytraeid worms are small, white worms that most often live in soil with a lot of organic matter. They feed on bacteria, fungi, and decaying organic matter and are perfectly harmless. They may have washed or crawled out of the lawn and ended up in the rain puddle on your driveway."
I am planning that the subject of my next article for the Bulletin will be on utilizing the services of the OSU Master Gardeners Plant Clinic. I plan to emphasize the importance of providing complete information and what that info should include.
Be sure to listen to the Gardening: Get Good at It "Clematis" segment on Tues. July 20, on KPOV 88.9FM between 9-9:30 am