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Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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IJsbrandtGA
Aug 3, 2017 9:54 AM CST
What is this growth that is coming up all over my mulch? I think it is having a bad effect on my hydrangeas and roses. I don't know if it is a plant or a fungus or a mushroom or what? But you might be able to see in the pictures that they are like little cups with little gray balls inside of them. I have found these little gray balls on the underside of some of my plant leaves. So some how they do travel and a fix themselves to other plant material. I'm not very happy with them and would like to know how to get rid of this problem. Should I spray the whole mulched area with Daconil? Thank you
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Aug 3, 2017 1:00 PM CST
Think its Birds Nest Fungus
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 3, 2017 1:37 PM CST
The bird's nest fungus is not harmful. You could try watering less but you should not need to resort to fungicides.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 3, 2017 2:20 PM CST
When the Bird's Nest Fungus "eggs" are ripe, they explode and fly everywhere. That's why you see them on the bottoms of leaves. Wash them off.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Aug 3, 2017 3:49 PM CST
Artillery/shotgun fungus does that, but birdnest fungus does not.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 3, 2017 4:36 PM CST
Tiffany, you are right about not exploding but I found this on Wikipedia:

"Spore dispersal
The nests are "splash-cups".[8] When a raindrop hits one at the right angle, the walls are shaped such that the eggs are expelled to about 1 m away from the cup in some species. Some species have a sticky trailing thread, a funicular cord, attached to the peridiole. If that thread encounters a twig on its flight, the peridiole will swing around and wrap itself around the twig. The spores are thought to be ingested by herbivores and grow in their droppings to continue the life cycle.[9]"
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Aug 4, 2017 11:54 AM CST
TY. That may be a similar or same mechanism. I guess what I meant to say was that birdnest fungus does not pose a threat to structures or vehicles. The spores do not adhere permanently.
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