How to Get Rid of Mushrooms in Houseplants

Share this post...

Mushrooms in houseplants are an unpleasant sight and not what we anticipate when we attempt to bring the outdoors inside. Unless you’re a smurf, then mushrooms are not a desirable indoor fungus to live with growing in your potted plants.

While unpleasant, mushrooms in houseplants are easy to rid.

What Type of Mushroom Grows Indoors?

Mushrooms growing in potted indoor plants are actually more common than you think. Mushrooms that grow indoors are typically Leucocoprinus Birnbaumii, light yellow in color with slightly balled or flat tops depending on maturity. Outdoor mushrooms prefer cool, moist conditions, but indoor mushrooms are usually found sprouting mid-summer, opting for warm and humid air.

What Causes Mushrooms in Potted Plants

Most potted plants present mushrooms due to the soil that is added to the plant. Unpredictable and unfortunate to purchase a potting mix bag containing fungus spores, but it does happen. Fungal spores not only travel through soil. They can occur from overwatering your plant or also be airborne, traveling indoors on animals and clothing.

On a positive note, while mushrooms are unsightly, they do not usually harm the potted plant. Mushrooms feed on dead organic material in the soil, not the live plant. To avoid your plant being overtaken with mushrooms, it is best to remove them and treat them as needed.

Why Mushroom Removal is Necessary

Even though mushrooms will not harm your plant, they can become unruly and overtake the pot quickly. Aside from being overwhelmed with mushrooms, it is necessary to remove them because humans could be allergic, and mushrooms are toxic to pets.

Removing mushrooms is the best way to keep your family and pets safe and healthy.

How To Rid Mushrooms from Houseplants for Good?

Removing the mushrooms themselves will not treat the remaining fungal spores in the soil. Proper treatment is essential to prevent resurgent infestations soon after initial removal.

It is recommended to wear gloves during mushroom eradication and treatment. Always remove mushrooms by picking them out of the soil from the base of the stem; removing mushrooms by grabbing the caps can cause the caps to burst, resulting in more fungal spread.

After removing mushrooms, scrape off the top 2 inches of soil and apply fungicides to the soil to effectively treat remaining spores before adding new soil to the surface.

If removing the mushrooms and treating the soil does not remedy your plant’s fungus issue at this point, it may be best to repot your plant in fresh new soil, shaking and removing as much of the old soil from the plant roots as possible. 

How to Prevent Mushrooms from Reoccurring

Preventing mushrooms is as easy as one, two, three.

First, ensure your plant’s pot has holes to allow proper drainage and always avoid overwatering. Allowing your plant’s soil to dry out a bit between watering’s can prevent a fungal breeding ground.

Second, provide optimal temperature and humidity levels for your plants. Keeping your plant at the temperatures it needs and preventing excessive moisture in the air will keep your plant happy and healthy.

Third, remove dead foliage. As plant leaves fall, remove them instead of allowing them to sit in the bottom of the pot. Dead foliage will lead to root rot and fungi if not removed.

How to Get Rid of Mushrooms in Houseplants – The Wrap-up

Mushrooms are no fun to deal with invading your indoor plants, but they are manageable, treatable, and preventable when you know the proper steps to take.

FAQ

Share this post...

Recent Posts

Ad

Indoor Gardening Guides

Indoor Tropical Plants

Humidity Hacks: Guide to Creating the Perfect Microclimate for Indoor Tropical Plants

The vibrant greens, exotic shapes, and refreshing ambiance of indoor tropical plants can transform any indoor space into a slice of paradise.
Read More →
Creeping Charlie Houseplant

Creeping Charlie Houseplant Care: An Indoor Gardening Guide

Creeping Charlie houseplant, also known as Swedish Ivy, is a versatile and easy-to-care-for plant that makes a wonderful addition to any indoor garden.
Read More →
Ixora Plant Care Guide

Your Complete Ixora Plant Care Guide: Tips for Thriving Blooms

This complete Ixora plant care guide will provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to ensure your Ixora plants flourish.
Read More →
Sustainable Indoor Gardening

Sustainable Indoor Gardening: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Practices for Your Home

Indoor gardening is a popular hobby and a practical solution for urban dwellers who lack outdoor space. However, with growing concerns about climate change and environmental sustainability, it’s essential to adopt eco-friendly practices in our indoor ...
Read More →
Croton Houseplant Care Guide

Croton Houseplant Care: Your Complete Guide for 9 Varieties

Croton plants, scientifically known as Codiaeum variegatum, are renowned for their stunning, colorful foliage. These tropical plants boast a striking array of leaf colors, including vibrant reds, yellows, oranges, and greens, making them a popular choice ...
Read More →
The Ultimate Guide to Growing Gourmet Mushrooms at Home

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Gourmet Mushrooms at Home

In this guide, we'll explore why you might want to start growing gourmet mushrooms and provide step-by-step instructions to help you succeed.
Read More →

Guide to the Best Versatile Plants for Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

Incorporating greenery into our living spaces brings numerous benefits, from enhancing air quality to adding a touch of nature’s beauty. However, finding plants that thrive both indoors and outdoors can be a bit challenging. That’s where ...
Read More →
Gardening Inside without Soil

Gardening Inside without Soil: Your Complete Guide

The desire for fresh, homegrown produce has never been stronger, even among those living in urban areas or with limited outdoor space. Fortunately, gardening inside without soil offers a viable and efficient solution. Soilless gardening, also ...
Read More →

Join Our Garden Club!

Useful information delivered weekly. Unsubscribe anytime. We’ll never rent, sell, or share your email address.

Recent Posts

Ad

Indoor Gardening Guides

Indoor Tropical Plants

Humidity Hacks: Guide to Creating the Perfect Microclimate for Indoor Tropical Plants

The vibrant greens, exotic shapes, and refreshing ambiance of indoor tropical plants can transform any indoor space into a slice of paradise.
Read More →
Creeping Charlie Houseplant

Creeping Charlie Houseplant Care: An Indoor Gardening Guide

Creeping Charlie houseplant, also known as Swedish Ivy, is a versatile and easy-to-care-for plant that makes a wonderful addition to any indoor garden.
Read More →
Ixora Plant Care Guide

Your Complete Ixora Plant Care Guide: Tips for Thriving Blooms

This complete Ixora plant care guide will provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to ensure your Ixora plants flourish.
Read More →
Sustainable Indoor Gardening

Sustainable Indoor Gardening: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Practices for Your Home

Indoor gardening is a popular hobby and a practical solution for urban dwellers who lack outdoor space. However, with growing concerns about climate change and environmental sustainability, it’s essential to ...
Read More →
Croton Houseplant Care Guide

Croton Houseplant Care: Your Complete Guide for 9 Varieties

Croton plants, scientifically known as Codiaeum variegatum, are renowned for their stunning, colorful foliage. These tropical plants boast a striking array of leaf colors, including vibrant reds, yellows, oranges, and ...
Read More →
Scroll to Top