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WipeOutSpiderMites
Jul 28, 2021 12:07 PM CST
I bought a satin pothos at a farmer's market a few months back. I noticed that clover was growing on the soil but left it there because I thought it was cute. Recently, I started noticing tiny red things sprinkled all over my plants (which I keep altogether in a corner). I suspected they were bugs and used a mild herbal repellant on them but they didn't go away. Then I noticed that they were coming from inside the clover buds (they're semi transparent and I could see the red things lined up inside). This makes me wonder if they are seeds or little baby bugs lying in wait to come out.

Additional info: I have never seen the red things move. The red things look somewhat striped (very hard to see because they are tiny). Also, when I nudged the clover bud, it popped and sent the red things flying.

Are they seeds??? Or bugs???
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Name: Amber
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sunniekid
Jul 29, 2021 7:23 AM CST
When I googled 'clover seed pod' it showed me exactly like what your picture shows, so I wouldn't be worried but you might have some more clover sprouting 😊
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plantladylin
Jul 30, 2021 3:19 PM CST
I agree, those are Oxalis seeds and the Oxalis growing in the pot may be Creeping Wood Sorrel (Oxalis corniculata) which is a North American native. I often see it growing in nursery pots with other plants at garden centers. The seedpods/capsules split open to disperse seeds everywhere.

Photos of seed pods and seeds on this page: http://idtools.org/id/table_gr...

More information and photos on this page: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/publ...
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purpleinopp
Jul 30, 2021 6:06 PM CST
Agree, they don't just split, they disburse by employing explosive dehiscence. It's fun to gently pinch a ripe seed pod and feel the seeds fling everywhere... as long as you're not in your yard, where those seeds will sprout and you'll have a bunch of them next year. The cuteness pulls you in...
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Jul 30, 2021 6:15 PM CST
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Jul 30, 2021 6:16 PM CST
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