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Micro balls in the mix

This is a discussion on Micro balls in the mix within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I observe years ago some micro balls in the mix when I carry out a ...

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    I observe years ago some micro balls in the mix when I carry out a transplant. Normally they are in the substrate of the better and but healthy plants. They have 0'2 to 0'5 mm of diameter, yellow clear almost white. They are round and with micro hairs appear always in mix of bark they seemed to mycelia.
    It can be a good mushroom that favors the good development of the plant?
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    I have never seen orchid mycorhyza (the fungus that helps nourish especially young seedlings) form little balls. I have only seen the very thin threads they send out from the plant's roots. The little balls sound to me like a type of timed release fertilizer which may have been breaking down--Osmocote can go from pale yellow to transluscent as it ages.

    Here is a photograph of orchid mycorhyza under cultivation in a petri dish:

    Did that look a little bit like the tiny filaments that were coming out?

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