Tissue Testing and Interpretation for Florida Turfgrasses
Emergent growth of East Indian hygrophila. Figure 1 from publication SS-AGR-411/AG413: East Indian Hygrophila: Hygrophila polysperma (Roxb.) T. Anderson. Credit: Lyn Gettys, UF/IFAS.
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Plant Tissue Analysis

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Shaddox, Travis W., and Jerry B. Sartain. 2017. “Tissue Testing and Interpretation for Florida Turfgrasses: SL181-B/EP539, Rev. 3/2017”. EDIS 2017 (2). Gainesville, FL:3. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-ep539-2017.


Tissue analysis offers a precise estimate of a plant’s nutritional status at the time of sampling. Nutrient deficiencies can be detected with tissue analysis before visual symptoms appear. This revised 3-page fact sheet describes the importance of tissue testing and how to interpret the results. Written by T. W. Shaddox and published by the Environmental Horticulture Department, March 2017.

SL181-B/EP539: Tissue Testing and Interpretation for Florida Turfgrasses (ufl.edu)

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