EZ-XY Sample Collection Kit - 5 Plants/Kits.
Testing and Results are included in the Kit Price.
Plant sex testing. Know the sex of your plant at just 7 days old. Test a plant any time before flowering to save your grow time and money! Nationwide and international shipping available.
Samples do not need to be returned all at once. Return samples and receive results in any increment you like. Samples must be free of dirt and chemicals (i.e. take your samples before applying any foliar sprays).
Each Kit includes an Envelope for tissue or sample storage, and a Tag for your plant. Kits and samples must be returned to the lab for analysis. Results sent via e-mail typically within 1-2 business days after lab receipt.
DNA "Smash" Collection Cards (Smash Cards) are optional.
Most customers submit a 1 cm to 1 inch cut of a healthy leaf tip or similar plant tissue. Alternatively, smash cards may be used instead of testing the leaf sample directly. The smash cards are an optional step in the sample collection process. To use the smash cards, a piece of plant material is smashed into the paper, transferring the DNA. Excess leaf or plant material is then scraped off and discarded. Smash cards require more work to process in the lab, therefore, we ask if they are necessary.
What is considered a good sample?
Samples should be 1/2 to 1 inch of a healthy leaf. We accept samples as early as 7-10 days (cotyledons). Please do not include more than the requested amount of the sample (i.e. do not send a whole leaf or multiple leaves). Leaf samples should be dry, free of dirt, and taken before any foliar sprays have been applied. Please also remove the seed caps and stems.
Can I send in a whole leaf?
You do not need to include more than the requested amount. Samples should be 1/2 to 1 inch. Whole leaves tend to take longer to dry and therefore may cause a delay in your results.
How should I seal the samples in the envelopes?
Please do not use water, glue, tape or any other materials to seal the envelopes. The green dot sticker should be sufficient. Sample envelopes should also not be wrapped in plastic bags as they are designed to dry the sample, preventing rot and protecting the DNA for analysis.
How do I send samples using my own materials?
If you do not have kits or otherwise need to submit samples using your own materials, please contact us.
What should I do if my samples are sprayed?
Regardless of the source, chemical contamination on the leaves may negatively affect the test. To remedy this, we will typically run an alternative method that offers the same accuracy results, but takes a few extra days to process. Please clearly indicate on the sample envelopes or with a note in the package that the samples have been sprayed. You may also try collecting the leaf tip samples from new growth areas that have not been sprayed or wash the plant with distilled/pure water prior to sampling.
What are smash cards?
The smash cards are an optional step in the sample collection process. Most customers submit a 1 cm to 1 inch cut of a healthy leaf tip or similar plant tissue. Alternatively, special paper known as "smash cards" may be used instead of testing the leaf sample directly. To use the smash cards, a piece of plant material is smashed into the paper, transferring the DNA. Excess leaf or plant material is then scraped off and discarded. This allows only the DNA to be submitted to the lab. The smash cards are useful for situations in which you cannot or do not want to submit plant material. Smash cards require more work to process in the lab, therefore, we ask if they are necessary. *Tips for successful smash card collection:
- Be sure the leaf isn't too dry. If you have watered the plant recently, the leaf should produce an appropriate amount of juice.
- Try rolling the leaf into a ball before smashing against the card.
- If you have smashed the card correctly, juice from the leaf will have sunk through the card and be visible on the back.
- Use the plastic cover slip over the leaf to prevent contamination of the tool.
+ Submitting Samples
Where do I return my samples to?
Return your kits to Farmer Freeman at:
4121 W St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Please keep your tracking number to be able to check when your samples arrive at the lab.
What happens when my test kits never arrive?
It is important to keep your tracking information on hand at all times. However, sometimes it really is out of our hands when there are delays with our packages. We offer a few options: (1) We can send you replacement kits to be used now or later (2) You can send samples using your own labeled envelopes. If you choose this option, please make sure to include your email address for your results!
Should I ask for signature confirmation?
Please DO NOT select 'Signature Required' as we may not be able to sign during the time of arrival. If this is selected, results may be delayed.
Do I have to use all the test kits when I order them?
Samples do not need to be returned all at once. You may return samples and receive results in any increment you would like. All your sample numbers will be associated with the email the kits were purchased with.
When can I get my results?
Allow 1-2 business days for testing after your samples have been received by the lab. Results will be emailed to the address used to place the order.
What does it mean when my results say 'UNDER ANALYSIS'?
Samples marked "UNDER ANALYSIS" should be ready in the next one or two business days. If samples were sprayed with any kind of foliar nutrient or additive, it may cause issues with the results.
Do you test for Hermies?
Unfortunately the tests do not directly tell you if your samples are hermies. We have found that both male and female plants display hermie issues later during their growth cycles. That being said, knowing what to expect from your plants (e.g. 10 males, 10 females) will help you notice if things are looking off sooner than later.
+ Privacy and Security
The kits are sent in a discreet mailer (kraft envelope with no company names). If purchasing the 2-way shipping option, please know the return label will have your address on it. Payments can be made via cryptocurrency for extra security. There is no need to tell us what type of plant you are testing. We offer "smash cards" which are a specialty paper that the leaf can be smashed into, transferring the DNA if you do not wish to test actual leaf or plant tissue.