Mystery globules in soil


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Hello All.

Forgive me for displaying my ignorance, but what are these globules I keep seeing in my potting soil (see attached photo), about 1/8 inch / 3mm in diameter?

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At first I thought they might be pest eggs of some kind, but i isolated one a few weeks back in a sealed jar (on soil), kept it warm, and nothing happened.

I see them all over the place on my houseplants's soil. They are water-filled sacs, almost perfectly spherical, glossy and translucent. Mysterious.
 
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Hello All.

Forgive me for displaying my ignorance, but what are these globules I keep seeing in my potting soil (see attached photo), about 1/8 inch / 3mm in diameter?

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At first I thought they might be pest eggs of some kind, but i isolated one a few weeks back in a sealed jar (on soil), kept it warm, and nothing happened.

I see them all over the place on my houseplants's soil. They are water-filled sacs, almost perfectly spherical, glossy and translucent. Mysterious.
Looks like water retention granules that is added to the potting soil.
 
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Thank you! I did some quick research. 'Hydrogels'. Yuk, frankly. I should change my potting soil supplier. Thanks v much again for the info - mystery solved.
 

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