What's your question? Ask

Soil Fungi

Q.What Are These Clusters?

Zone Hyde Park NY 12538 | greene34 added on July 5, 2020 | Answered

These are sprouting up in clusters on the mulch I spread last season, around a small pond, under a flowering crabapple tree. They are adhered to the mulch, not loose orbs. Color ‘beige’, @ 1/4″ or less in diameter and some are opened. The ‘filling’ is a creamy white goo. Have you any idea what they are?

A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on July 6, 2020

That is one of many bird's nest fungi. Those "eggs" you see are the spore bearing surface.

These guys are very beneficial to soil, as they break down organic material into nutrients very fast.

If any fungi were to be considered a garden friend... these would be it. Please do not take steps to remove them, as they are difficult to rid, and doing so will, effectively, will cause harm to your plant.

I have found one of our articles pertaining to this little garden friend. This will give you a good read:


Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.

Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Soil Fungi
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert