I touched one and it sort of disintegrated into goo. Ah! This is a perennial question raised on more Gardening sites than almost any other question. I have found small yellowish balls in the soil around what appears to be a dying clematis - is it the result of a pest? Root nodules on Boston ferns aren’t harmful. I found them in the majority of potting mix commercially available. I happen to have some of those in my other pots, and they look quite different. If there is vast decaying organic matter in your compound, this will bore fruit to fungus balls. Indeed, this is the most common form to add fertilizer. If theres a black dot within the squashed liquid its likely snail or slug eggs. If the spheres are more white or colorless balls that you can pop, then they are most likely snail eggs. Boston fern nodules help the plant take up moisture and nutrients in the soil. Hello my dears. 23 Feb, 2012; Answers. The yellow, sometimes orange balls you have discovered in the soil, or growing medium around your plants are likely to be slow-release/ controlled-release fertilizer. Since mold is delicate, these structures should be easy to crush and identify as mold. Soil near decaying compost is particularly likely to contain mould. Can this be that they winter place. I have found small yellowish balls in the soil around what appears to be a dying clematis - is it the result of a pest? Soil near decaying compost is particularly likely to contain mold. These ones are a lot smaller, and a much brighter yellow. Yellow/Orange Balls: Very Likely To Be Fertilizer. Those round yellow balls you see when planting a new plant and  throw them out because they look like pest eggs and then discover they are slow release fertilizer pellets. Please advise? In the first picture you can find my fingers, a ladybug and small yellow balls. What to do? Log in or register to join the conversation. Some mold can look like small yellow balls. Bamboo . The outer shell breaks down, with moisture and warmth, to release the food inside. Hopefully just a different kind of fertiliser? If you have yellow balls of mould in your soil, mix it into the ground. When I dug it up, there were tons of small yellow to very pale yellow (almost white) eggs. I buy it made up by my local garden center but I'm just worried in case these are insect eggs or weeds etc. Why Are There Fungus Balls In The Soil? Propagating Boston Fern Nodules Mold can be toxic. I freaked out and have asked a few people. B3 has given the answer. Really hoping someone can help with id'ing what type of insect lays yellow eggs underground. As already stated it is not probable that they are any type of insect egg due to you been able to view them clearly in the soil. I was getting ready my small balcony garden to put flowers in. Various types of mold and fungus can cause yellow growth on top of your soil. Now to really confuse folks the slow release stuff I have been adding to compost to day has balls of almost every colour in the rainbow. These ones are a lot smaller, and a much brighter yellow. All squirted liquid out when squashed. Decaying Organic Matter. Replace soil? I too have some yellow balls in my soil, but I don't think they're the same as the fertiliser balls? I wouldn't expect any clematis to look great right now, unless its an evergreen species. Where they coming from? Some mould can look like small yellow balls. Although the yellow growth usually won't harm the plant, it gives the soil an unhealthy appearance. If you have yellow balls of mold in your soil, mix it into the ground. I wouldn't expect any clematis to look great right now, unless its an evergreen species. Hi, probably a stupid question but what are the yellow ball shaped bits in my potting compost? I touched one and it sort of disintegrated into goo. They are a natural adaptation that ensures the plant’s survival. I bought 5 plants from Ikea last month and found yellow or white or green balls on the soil. If you should need further help on this question, please reply to this post. Are Balls on Boston Fern Roots Harmful? And I too have yellow balls in  the soil. 1. I happen to have some of those in my other pots, and they look quite different. If not, its likely perlite (white) or osmocote (yellow). They usually appear as rounded cream-colored balls. Without seeing a photo, I would suggest osmocote feeding balls. The yellow balls of mold are typically slime molds and despite their name are very interesting and quite compatible with plants, feeding off some of the decaying matter in soil or wood (if you have orchids). Since mould is delicate, these structures should be easy to crush and identify as mould. Hi. The above link will show you a picture of the little yellow mushrooms that are fairly common in houseplants. You don't mention the size of these balls. 23 Feb, 2012; Answers. We get asked this frequently - no need to worry Grace. Osamocote does have a liquid centre when in damp soil. If, however, the balls are much smaller, about 1/16th of an inch, and rolling around free in the soil, not attached to anything, they are probably slow-release fertilizer pellets. Bamboo . Last year I had red small spiders eating my flowers and now this. I too have some yellow balls in my soil, but I don't think they're the same as the fertiliser balls? Last year I planted a butterfly bush, which thrived then, but did not come back this spring. If you don’t take care, they can even grow to the size of a tennis ball if you neglect your environment. Mould can be toxic. My assumption is that you are seeing time-release fertilizer that was pre-mixed into your soil; they can have a yellow sphere shape with white fluid inside. They are important because they store water for the plant during periods of drought. This is downtown Toronto. The compost is a non peat based one and looks mainly like coconut husks.

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