Srange balls found in potted plants!
August 22, 2007 11:04 AM Subscribe
What are these weird little balls magically appearing in my potted plant's soil?
posted by missmle to Home & Garden (14 answers total)
A little while ago I noticed 2 or 3 tiny little balls in the soil of my potted plant (a money tree). I took them out and they seemed to be organic, but I had never seen them before and I've had the plant nearly a year. They were firm to the touch but when I squeezed them a bit some sort of liquid came out. The outside of the little balls was thin and almost papery.
2 nights ago I repotted some old plants and prepared a pot of lavender seeds. The very next day 2 of the little balls showed up in the pot of seeds! I know they weren't there the night before because I was very carefully layering the soil over the seeds and misting it to ensure good germination. This time I took some pictures.
One is of the balls in the pot, I circled one of them. One is of one of them in the hand to show size. You can’t quite tell from the pics but they are a pale greenish colour.
What are these things? How do they just appear? Are they in the potting soil? I used the same bag for many plants and they only appeared in two. They appeared in two different plants, months apart, in one case the day after potting and in the other case some time after.