Pests and Diseases forum: Tiny white balls in soil?

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Oct 30, 2017 2:13 PM CST
I have a dracaena plant inside and it s out growing its pot. When watering today I noticed very tiny while balls. Could they be mold, eggs, or just some ingredient in the soil? If so, how can I stop it?! Picture included (I'm pretty sure those worm like things are just the roots outgrowing the pot I will be buying a new one soon)
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Name: Marilyn
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Nov 16, 2017 11:07 PM CST

I don't grow houseplants, but I saw your post. There is a Houseplants forum here why don't you try posting your questions and photos there.

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Name: Sue Taylor
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Nov 16, 2017 11:43 PM CST
As your plant is indoors it's unlikely to be something like snail eggs, could be a type of fungus or slime mould.

Maybe refreshing the entire compost is due. I'd take out the plant and wash off all the compost and repot it in some new stuff.

Good luck with it.
Name: Will Creed
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Dec 12, 2017 3:18 PM CST
It is a type of fungus that is harmless to the plant. Replacing the soil is a drastic step that may eradicate the fungus, but also kill the plant. I suggest that you scrape off as much of the loose soil as possible. The roots of the fungus look like fine white webs and should also be removed. Continue to remove any fungal growth as it appears. If you are persistent, it will eventually disappear.

For future reference, use only sterile potting mixes for your indoor plants.
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