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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-10-04 05:25 PM
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Mushrooms growing in soil in house plants. Problem or not
My wife is freaked out over them, and I think it is not that big a problem and can be fixed. She wants to pitch the plants.

Your help would be appreciated.
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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-10-04 05:29 PM
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1. problem?
if you pinch the mushrooms and they bruise blue, i'd say no problem at all.
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BBradley Donating Member (645 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-10-04 05:34 PM
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4. That's not enough of an indicator....
but I digress
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-10-04 05:30 PM
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2. "Magic" mushroom? n/t
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Mr. McD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-10-04 05:32 PM
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3. The mushroom's are not a problem
Edited on Wed Mar-10-04 05:39 PM by mrmcd
I just means that conditions are right for mushroom growth. I am always pulling mushrooms out of my several terrariums.

on edit: Depending on the type of plant those conditions could be a problem (to much moisture).
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-10-04 05:56 PM
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6. That's what I was thinking.
Too much moisture, and maybe not enough light.
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chimpy the poopthrower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-10-04 05:51 PM
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5. Do you have pets or children?
Mushrooms could be a problem in that regard, if they're poisonous.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-10-04 10:40 PM
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7. it's not uncommon for mushroom spores to end up in...
Edited on Wed Mar-10-04 10:42 PM by mike_c
...the compost mixes being added to organic potting soils. They're just decomposing the organic material in the soil mix. Remember too that the mushrooms are just the fruiting bodies-- if you have mushroms, the fungal hyphae have been there for much longer, and have done no damage. Some might even be mychorhizal and beneficial.

If they bother you, pick 'em and throw them away. Otherwise, enjoy the free bonus growth in your potted plants!
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 01:13 PM
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9. One bag of potting soil was full of gnats
It has made homelife interesting, never knowing what will drop by for dinner.

I'd rather have the mushrooms.


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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-10-04 11:00 PM
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8. Gee, I buy forest floor mushroom compost to enrich my soil.
Just dig them back into the dirt, so pets or kids don't eat them and enjoy the free fertilizer.
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