How to get rid of mushrooms in houseplants

Have you ever found mushrooms 🍄 growing in your plant?

It can be surprising and a little freaky, right!? We usually expect to see mushrooms in the forest, not in our indoor plants. But don't worry, I will show you how to get rid of mushrooms and prevent them from growing back.

Why do houseplants get mushrooms?

Mushrooms can grow in your plant when the potting mix has spores or when they are introduced through the air.

Why do houseplants get mushrooms?

The main reason for mushrooms is overwatering your plant and lack of airflow in your space.

Mushrooms thrive in warm and humid environments.

When the soil is too moist, lacks air circulation, and is warm, it creates the perfect environment for fungus and mold growth.

Although a few mushrooms are not harmful to plants, they indicate that something is not right with your care routine.

If left untreated, the fungus can take over, rot the roots, and cause your plant to die.

Additionally, mushrooms can be toxic if eaten by your pets or yourself, so it's important to avoid contact with them.

How to treat houseplants from mushrooms:

The treatment for mushrooms is simple.

You will need gloves, chopsticks, fresh potting mix, and a positive attitude😀

  1. Start by removing the mushrooms and their roots by gently scooping them out.
  2. If you have many mushrooms, it's best to remove the top 2 inches of the potting mix and replace it with a fresh layer.
  3. Once the plant is free of mushrooms, use the chopsticks to aerate the soil. Stick the chopsticks deep into the potting mix and make a circular motion to help dry out the soil and improve oxygen circulation. Repeat this process once a week until the potting mix is dry.

Mushrooms growing in houseplants soil prevention tips:

  • Check the soil before watering: Always make sure the soil is dry enough before watering your plants. Test the soil in a few spots around the plant as deep as possible. A soil moisture meter is a helpful tool to determine the watering frequency based on the moisture levels recommended for different plant types.
  • Ensure proper drainage: It's crucial to have drainage holes in your plant's pot. This prevents root rot and allows for proper oxygen circulation. If your plant is potted in a pot without drainage, it's best to repot it in a proper pot with drainage.
  • Avoid standing water: Do not let your plants stand in water. If your plant has a drainage hole, keep the saucer clean and water-free. If your plant is in a cachepot, ensure there is no water standing at the pot's bottom. Remember, plants should be repotted into a larger pot with drainage, especially if they are currently in plastic nursery pots.

By following these tips and tricks, you can keep your plants healthy and free from mushrooms. Now you have all the knowledge to care for your plants and prevent mushrooms from growing back.

My City Plants is an online indoor plant shop - design studio located in New York. We specialize in indoor plants potted in stylish self-watering planters and helping homes and businesses to look and feel more peaceful, stylish and comfortable. 

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