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My friend has recently been plagued by insect infestations in her house plants. Many of them are producing small flies, a rose had what looked to be spider mixed and then this evening she has sent my the attached photo, which looks like eggs in the soil of her Devil's Ivy. 

I have recommended that she repot her plants, using fresh soil which she has done to all except the Devil's Ivy. I've also recommended that she only water once every 2 weeks but I'm not sure if I'm giving her rubbish advice! 

Can anyone advise as to the best course of action and perhaps identify if these are eggs?

Thank you


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,781
    Those look like spider’s eggs to me, though I could be wrong.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • On Gardeners Question Time yesterday thay had winter indoor plant advice with Alec Young.
    One was about watering.
    You can listen again at about 19 mins in.

    The eggs? Could they be snails?

  • Look a bit dry for snail eggs.
    Easiest way to find out is to scoop them up with a bit of the soil, put them in a tub ( with a perforated lid ) somewhere cool, dry and light and then wait and see what happens.  You can learn quite a lot that way ;)
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 968
    I don't think that's eggs I think it's a fungus of some sort.
  • As above - one way to find out ;)
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