Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Results 1 to 10 of 10
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By tucker85

Eggs or fungus?

This is a discussion on Eggs or fungus? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi, I've just noticed these little white 'egg' like clusters amongst the potting mix of ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Phal_Pal is offline Junior Member
    Real Name
    Steph
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Leicester, UK
    Posts
    8
    Member's Country Flag

    Question Eggs or fungus?

    Hi,

    I've just noticed these little white 'egg' like clusters amongst the potting mix of one of my Phals, I've only had this one about 2 weeks and they were not there (or at least not so i could see) when i last watered, which was about 6/7 days ago - it gets the same treatment as my other 2 who don't have any problems. The plant itself looks ok and does not show any signs of being 'sick' but I have no clue what it is or what to do
    Really hoping they are not eggs - the thought of them hatching.........

    Name:  SAM_0864.JPG
Views: 473
Size:  201.1 KB

    Name:  SAM_0870.JPG
Views: 429
Size:  169.9 KB

    Any help and advise would be very much appreciated!!

    Thanks!

  2. #2
    Dazed's Avatar
    Dazed is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Tamara
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    The ones that are alive
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Barbados, West Indies
    Posts
    737
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Hi ya, that looks like fungus but just to be sure maybe you can get a skewer an give em a little poke before you unpot it. The bark (that's what it is right?) may be staying moist in that spot longer. Add a fungicide plus a dash of pesticide to the next watering just incase, if that doesn't help then you'll have to repot and mix in something like lava rock or packing peanuts or hydroton (clay balls) to give it a bit more air flow. Hope that helps.

  3. #3
    cakedaddy's Avatar
    cakedaddy is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    jason
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Florida Panhandle
    Posts
    2,021

    Default

    It looks like fungus to me as well. Maybe allow it to dry out a bit then adjust your watering routine.
    Posted via Mobile Device

  4. #4
    Susie11's Avatar
    Susie11 is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phragmipediums, paphiopedilums
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    London U.K
    Posts
    679
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I think they look like spider eggs? I don't know. Good luck finding out.
    Posted via Mobile Device

  5. #5
    tucker85's Avatar
    tucker85 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Jeff Tucker
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, Vanda
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Plantation, Florida
    Posts
    2,446
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    It's hard to tell what it is. The media looks like it might be breaking down. You may want to consider repotting in some fresh media. Good luck.

  6. #6
    Gurj's Avatar
    Gurj is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Gurjeet
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Whatever I can grow/care for.
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    England
    Posts
    380
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Susie11 View Post
    I think they look like spider eggs? I don't know. Good luck finding out.
    Posted via Mobile Device
    Ditto Susie

  7. #7
    coeruleo's Avatar
    coeruleo is offline Night Bloomer
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Vanda
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    1,302

    Default

    that looks like a fungus to me, it even has the little thready looking roots. the bark is breaking down, so time to repot! the fungus may be harmless, but it could also damage the plant eventually. i have some oyster mushrooms growing in my cymbidium, and so far they have not hurt anything, but some fungi make chemicals while breaking down bark that can burn plant roots.

  8. #8
    Phal_Pal is offline Junior Member
    Real Name
    Steph
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Leicester, UK
    Posts
    8
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Thank you for all the help - Think i will re-pot then it will give me a chance to see what the rest of the roots look like!

  9. #9
    Real Name
    Zainal Abidin Bin Othman
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Huntleya, Bollea, Cochleanthes
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Melaka, West Malaysia
    Posts
    12,761
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Its fungus take care.

  10. #10
    Desdinova is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Julie
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    150

    Default

    Fungus. The bark is breaking down, and the white thready stuff is mycelia. Time to repot!

Similar Threads

  1. What kind of eggs are these?
    By ctb in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: September 8th, 2011, 08:10 PM
  2. Appetizer Scottish Eggs
    By Ron-NY in forum The 'NEW' Kitchen - off the Outback Terrace Bar
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: December 2nd, 2010, 09:55 PM
  3. Paph. (Eggs and Bacon x S. Gratrix)
    By Sue in forum Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: August 2nd, 2010, 12:00 AM
  4. What are those? Eggs?
    By Lambert in forum Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: November 16th, 2008, 12:48 AM
  5. Turtle Eggs
    By Molly Taco in forum A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants...
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: November 19th, 2007, 10:22 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.