Plant Troubleshooting Form:
This survey looks at all the major factors involved in plant health. The more thorough and accurate you can be, the better advice we can provide for your future success.
When in doubt, estimate.
Please send 3 in-focus pictures to email@example.com: an overall view of the plant in context, a close-up of any damage or stress, and a close-up of the base of the plant at the soil lin
If this is a non-annual plant purchased within 3 months, send a picture of the receipt as well.
For the form to be processed, all asterisked fields must be completed.
Indicates required field
List of plants affected:
I don't know
When does the sun shine directly on site?
Morning Sun (sunrise - noon)
Afternoon Sun (1 pm - 3 pm)
Evening Sun (4 pm - sunset)
How long do puddles last after a heavy (1"+) rain?
A few hours or less (quick drainage)
Around 12 hours (medium drainage)
More than a day (poor drainage)
Is the site windy?
Total estimated Sunshine hours:
Date of Purchase:
Date of Planting:
Size of planting hole? (in feet: width x depth)
State of the rootball at planting:
The rootball held soil together in shape
Rootbound (roots horizontally wrapped around the ball)
The rootball fell apart, leaving roots with little soil.
Level of the top of the original root ball after planting:
Root ball sticks out above the normal grade
Equal to normal grade
2" or less soil added to top of root ball
More than 2" of soil on top of root ball (ie below normal grade)
Mainly weeds/grass growing within 2' of plant
Black dirt only in a 2-3' circle
2"-3" of Woodchip mulch
2"-3" of Stone mulch
Other (describe in notes at end)
Did you build a watering ring (dike) around your plant?
No watering ring
Built a <3" tall or <3' diameter dike
Built a 3"+ tall and 3' diameter dike
It receives water every day (irrigate or rain)
Rain only (I rarely water)
I water once or twice per week when it hasn't rained
I water a few times per month
At least a gallon per soak (per gallon of root ball)
Less than a gallon per soak (per gallon of root ball)
I check the soil 3-4" deep before soaking: (as per the care sheet)
Has the plant received fertilizer?
Only bonemeal at planting
Yes (describe in Notes at end)
Have any herbicides been applied near the plant?
Yes, within 10'
Yes, within 50'
Symptoms & Other Factors
Describe timing: when the first symptoms were noticed, how long it took to progress:
Mention any possible animal/human-related damage, environmental factors (ie nearby downspouts, nearby construction over the past 5 years, chemical sprays/spills, etc):