Paddenstoelen in de potgrond

It's often a bit of a shock for an unwitting plant owner when a mushroom spontaneously grows in the potting soil of a houseplant. The first reaction many plant owners have is to remove the mushroom. After all, there are warnings everywhere that fungi are dangerous to houseplants. But did you know that you can actually leave this fungus in place? We'll explain why.

How does mushroom get into potting soil?

A mushroom develops when there is enough moisture and shade. The conditions under which a mushroom develops are different for each mushroom species. So it may happen that you water a certain plant once every 2 weeks, but the plant gets mushrooms for example.

In particular Philodendrons, Monsteras and Anthuriums often have a potting soil that can be attractive for mushrooms to grow on!

Can I remove the mushroom?

It is possible to remove the mushroom, but we do not recommend it unless you have pets or children who may eat the mushroom. This is because a mushroom converts certain substances in the potting soil into ideal nutrients for your green friend. So your plant will be very happy with such a crazy gnome house. Only when they start to droop can you remove them. Isn't nature something special?

Don't you have a mushroom that provides extra nutrients? Sanium Sticks or Undergreen Jungle Fever can provide a solution!

Look here for more accessories that can perfectly help you encourage the growth of your green friends!

Also, does Claessen Orchids and Plants ever have mushrooms in the potting soil?

Yes we do! We also sometimes have mushrooms in the potting soil of our indoor plants. They get very happy here. So we leave them there until the plants are shipped. Then we can be sure that the shipped plant will not be damaged and the customer will not be startled by a gnome house in the pot. Mushrooms, in fact, quickly become loose from the potting soil. Therefore, we remove the mushroom from the pot before shipping, otherwise the fungus might cause damage to the tropical plant anyway. 

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