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pest eggs, I'd like to identify them?

Norfolk, United Kingdom Gb

Years ago, a neighbour told me to destroy those round orange balls often found in pots bought from GC. Does anyone know what they actually are? Also, I dug up some clear round balls, which were clumped together, what eggs were they? Thanks! This will help my dd too, as I tend to tell her allsorts of stuff, whether she wants to know or not, giggles!



The orange balls could be the leftover from slow release fertilisers.

The clear round balls could be slug eggs.

28 Feb, 2009


Thanks fourseasons! Ahhh, then I don't need to worry about squashing the orange balls then? Why did the neighbour tell me to destroy them then? I've been going frantic over the alliums I got recently, they had tons of the orange balls in them!

28 Feb, 2009


This is one of the most frequently asked questions on Gardening boards. People even have been known to go as far as complaining to Trading Standards about companies supplying goods with insect eggs in them. Your neighbour is probably one of those well intentioned folks who have more opinions than facts.
The clumped together eggs are almost certainly mollusc egg clusters, feed them to the birds.

28 Feb, 2009


I think the manufacturers must have a good laugh, they probably made them that shape on purpose!!

28 Feb, 2009


i cant think of any insect/molusc eggs that are round and orangy yellow so if i find them i feel 100% confident that they are slow release fertilizer. i feed other eggs to the fish in the pond. they love them.

28 Feb, 2009


Chickens are partial to them as well!

28 Feb, 2009


By the time you find these 'eggs' in the compost you are, presumably, repotting the plant or putting it out in the garden. The eggs are most likely slow release fertiliser but if you are uncertain why take chances. Ditch the compost and eggs in the bin and use fresh.

28 Feb, 2009


The clear round balls are usually slug eggs.

Does anyone know what the larger translucent eggs are that are connected together in a string? I found a couple of them last year.

28 Feb, 2009


Thanks so much! I think you're right. I think I will chuck the soil that's got all the orange balls in, there seem to be so many and I don't want to risk putting extra pests in my garden, after having spent all that money on new plants. I don't have fish in my garden, but will put the clear slug eggs in the garden bin (which gets taken away once a month by the council) if I come across any more!

2 Mar, 2009


The orange balls are slow-release fertilizer balls and nearly every plant you buy at a garden centre will have them in. Some of the more expensive bags of compost contain these too, I think Miracle Gro compost has them in but they're blue.

Look for Osmocote next time you're in a garden centre and compare them.

3 Mar, 2009


Rydeboyz, thanks sooooo much for putting my mind at rest!!! It was driving me crazy!!! Phew!! I can stop destroying all my plants now!! I will look up osmocote too, thanks so much again!

3 Mar, 2009


So, now what are you going to do when you find similar sized green ones?

3 Mar, 2009


No problem.. It was one of the first questions I asked when I started work. :-)

3 Mar, 2009


well done Rydeboyz... Trolled through lots of rubbish, i thought it was a simple question.

Orange balls, not egss just mass produced slow release ferts!! Genius answer "Osmocote" - i too can now relax!

12 May, 2010


i can see why everybody says that orange balls are osmacote but all the "orange balls" i find are hollow and have clear liquid in them is this really osmacote?

30 Sep, 2010


the orange balls in my last years baskets etc are also hollow with clear liquid content. Surely osmocate balls are solid which disperse ipon contact with water ???

26 Feb, 2011

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