Ask a Question forum: What are these weird yellow-green balls in soil?

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Los Angeles
Nov 1, 2016 7:31 PM CST
I have these super weird yellow-green balls in my soil. Zoom in to see the detail. At first, it was a cluster here and there on top of the soil. After digging deeper, I discovered it the tiny green ALL OVER the sides and in the dirt.

It's a Dragon Tree in high quality soil (with organic matter). I use a nice fertilizer. I water once a week and the plant looks healthy.

HELP! What is it??? What should I do???

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Nov 1, 2016 7:50 PM CST

Its a fungus that is busy breaking down the organic matter in your soil. You should water only when the top 2 inches or so of soil feels dry.
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Los Angeles
Nov 1, 2016 7:56 PM CST
How should I get rid of the current fungus? I've removed the majority of the soil, but there still seems to be fungus trapped in between the roots. Should I use a special solution?

Also, do I need to quarantine the plant so that it doesn't pass it along to my other ones?
Name: Elaine
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Nov 1, 2016 7:57 PM CST
I agree Probably nothing to worry about. Just about all soil in house plants as well as in the garden has lots of fungi and other micro-organisms in it. That's what healthy soil is all about. Once it's used up all the stuff it's feeding on, it will disappear magically.

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