B. Rosie Lerner, Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist
Occasionally, we get frantic calls from folks
wondering what creature laid these eggs in the soil of their
houseplants! Not to worry – these
beneficial eggs will hatch into fertilizer!
The fertilizer product is coated to allow slow release of the
nutrients into the soil. There are numerous brands of such slow-release
fertilizers, so the exact size and color may vary, but they are
often somewhat of a transparent, pale yellow about 1/8th inch or
so in diameter. Plant producers will either blend the fertilizer
pellets into the potting mix or in some cases, the pellets may
be applied to surface of the soil.