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Can Nematodes Be Seen With The Eye?

Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:26 am
by Decado
Because I think I just saw a nematode, it was an extremely tiny translucent worm like thing. If it is a nematode I saw, is it possible it got into the indoor pots soil through compost tea? If so that's pretty awesome, I'll be getting my soil built up much faster. I used worm castings, a handful of this organic potting soil, molasses and kelp meal, could any of these things have nematodes in them?

Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:41 pm
by Ozark Lady
It seems that it is possible:

Nematodes are slender, worm-like animals, typically less than 2.5 millimetres (0.10 in) long. The smallest nematodes are microscopic, while free-living species can reach as much as 5 centimetres (2.0 in) and some parasitic species are larger still. The body is often ornamented with ridges, rings, warts, bristles or other distinctive structures.

The above was from Wikki. And the accompanying photos they were clear looking.

Now the question would be... good nematode or bad guy?

Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:44 pm
by applestar
I believe the bigger ones are predators and will eat the bad ones.
Also check out [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=77380]this thread on horsehair worms[/url].

Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:09 pm
by Decado
Well that's interesting, could they have been in the potting soil or worm castings?

Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:12 pm
by garden5
Decado wrote:Well that's interesting, could they have been in the potting soil or worm castings?
If it's store-bought potting soil, I kind of doubt it. Most of the store-bought stuff is sterilized. Now, it definitely could have been in the castings.