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May 21, 2020 7:47 AM CST

Sup people,

I purchased two months ago few plants from a online shop in my country.
I realised pretty late that on my japanese tassel fern some brown hairy bushes started to grow. The fern also did not grow one bit since i received it.
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Im new to gardening and wanted to know if its supposed to grow like that or whether its a pest?

On another note there is also a Clematis montana 'Broughton Star' which has a holes in their leaves and a sticky liquid on the leaves. I could not find any parasites on a first inspection.
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And lastly a Hedera helix 'Goldheart'. When I replanted the plant, I realised some balls in the soil and crushed one, it was empty. Was it an egg for larves or those balls for keep the soil fertile?
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Thanks in advance
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May 21, 2020 9:51 AM CST
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Hi Avaju, Welcome!

What you see on your Japanese Lace Fern (Polystichum polyblepharum) is likely new emerging growth, in the process of unfurling.


The sticky residue on your Clematis (Clematis montana 'Broughton Star') may be caused by aphids and the holes in the leaves may be caused by a nocturnal insect. You might want to take a flashlight and check at night when it's dark to see if any pests are present.

I think the little beads you are seeing in the soil of your English Ivy (Hedera helix 'Oro di Bogliasco') are likely fertilizer pellets.
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May 21, 2020 10:48 AM CST

Oh I see thanks, I was actually scared to throw them away.

The clemantis has -all- leaves covered with this residue. If there are actually parasites around, shouldnt I suppose to find at least one of them? I see sometimes some variety of flies sitting on the back of the leaves.
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