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thesuburbs0
Mar 13, 2017 6:08 AM CST
(I asked this in house plants but I thought here may be a good place to ask)

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?

(see attached photo)

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

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greene
Mar 13, 2017 7:41 AM CST
Looks like Carter gave you the answer over on your other thread. Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Mar 13, 2017 8:44 AM CST
Have you touched one to see what it feels like? Is it soft like a mushroom or more the feel of an egg shell? My first thought was possibly Anole lizard eggs: http://www.anoleannals.org/201... but I've never seen a bunch at one time like that; I usually find just one here and there in mulch or in the soil of my potted plants.

They could be slow release fertilizer pellets and if so would have a liquid inside. Here's an image for comparison: http://www.appalachianfeet.com...

Another possibility/probability as previously suggested is some sort of puffball fungi/mushrooms which can appear in wet soil. Photos for comparison:
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plantladylin
Mar 13, 2017 8:56 AM CST
They also could very well be seed pods from your palm as @purpleinopp/Tiffany mentioned on your other thread.

Do you know what type of Palms you have? Those little things resemble the hulls/pods of Chamaedorea Palm: https://garden.org/plants/brow...

A photo of seed pods here: http://www.bing.com/images/sea...
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purpleinopp
Mar 13, 2017 9:10 AM CST


It takes a couple years for the seed hull to decompose. Every time I uproot/repot a baby palm, I find the seed. Sometimes attached to the roots like this or on the surface like those in your pic.


Are they crumbly & hollow?
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thesuburbs0
Mar 13, 2017 9:20 AM CST
Hey all!

I doubt it will be eggs from a lizard as here in London we don't have many :D Also, they are spherical balls, like circle not oval. Smiling

I touched the white ones on top and it was brittle and broke. I didn't touch the brown/dark ones and to be honest was kind of nervous incase something blooming crawled out of it!

Also, I should say, I only bought this palm a week ago, if this is relevant.

Here is a picture of the palm -

Thank you so much for the help/suggestions.
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thesuburbs0
Mar 13, 2017 9:20 AM CST
Also as you can see, it was about 8 or more balls, so that wouldn't be a seed pod, right?

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