Houseplants forum: Mystery Spheres/Balls appeared in houseplant soil?

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thesuburbs0
Mar 13, 2017 5:39 AM CST
Hey there all!

Recently got a little potted palm style plant and this morning I noticed these spheres appearing at the top. Some lighter and some darker. and I'd say about 1/2 a CM or a little bigger?

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Does anyone have an idea what they could be? I am hoping not some kind of insect!


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Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
Mar 13, 2017 7:34 AM CST
Could be some sort of fungus. If so, they'll eventually open and release their spores. Before they mature and open they'll feel kind of spongy-like because they're filled with a gel-like substance, but as they mature they will dry out and the spores will be a very fine powdery substance that easily floats in they air (almost like smoke).
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purpleinopp
Mar 13, 2017 8:32 AM CST
Those look like the seeds from the palms, or, more specifically, the hulls from which the seeds sprouted.
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thesuburbs0
Mar 13, 2017 9:24 AM CST
Carter said:Could be some sort of fungus. If so, they'll eventually open and release their spores. Before they mature and open they'll feel kind of spongy-like because they're filled with a gel-like substance, but as they mature they will dry out and the spores will be a very fine powdery substance that easily floats in they air (almost like smoke).




Thanks Carter, possible!

If relevant, I am in the UK, London. These could have been imported from somewhere else though. Who knows where the plants come from! Smiling

This is the actual plant -
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cwhitt
Mar 13, 2017 9:57 AM CST
Probably a fungus, but I have also seen spider eggs that look like too.
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Hamwild
Mar 13, 2017 9:59 PM CST
Parlor palms sprout from seed hulls, which is what you're seeing, as purpleinopp noted. nodding I have some in my parlor palm pot and I've always seen them attached when I tried to separate the seedlings.
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thesuburbs0
Mar 14, 2017 6:36 AM CST
Hamwild said:Parlor palms sprout from seed hulls, which is what you're seeing, as purpleinopp noted. nodding I have some in my parlor palm pot and I've always seen them attached when I tried to separate the seedlings.


Ah okay, great, thank you! :)))
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purpleinopp
Mar 14, 2017 8:29 AM CST
Happy to suggest. Each stem is a separate individual, a tiny palm tree. Each sprouted from a separate seed.
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Hamwild
Mar 14, 2017 10:27 AM CST
I agree They plant a ton for the bushy effect.
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WillC
Mar 15, 2017 5:40 PM CST
They certainly look like a type of mushroom, which is a type of fungus. If it is soft, then it is a mushroom, not a seed hull. Fungi are harmless, but occur when the soil has been contaminated with spores and the soil is kept constantly damp. If you don't like them, just pull them out as they emerge. But don't eat them!
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