Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Fungus in my pots

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twitcher
Aug 28, 2010 10:32 PM CST
With all the rain and heat this summer, I've had various kinds of mushrooms and fungus growing in my pots, including some of the semrpervivum and jovibarba. I thought I'd share a pic of one of the fungus colonies of interest that showed up in one of my small fruit pots. I realize this is a bit off topic, but its a really neat fungus.

This is called "Birds Nest Fungus" and growing in a pine bark mulch.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 29, 2010 1:51 PM CST

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Fungus among us is a good things in most cases. Rolling on the floor laughing
That is such a cool picture twit. Are those little seeds in the pods?

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twitcher
Aug 29, 2010 4:23 PM CST
I'm told they are containers of spores - want some? I forget the exact terminology, but I thought they were seeds initially, too.
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valleylynn
Aug 29, 2010 6:41 PM CST

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Would love some. I have a decaying tree stump that could be a new home for some of them. They are so fascinating.
Name: BlueFox
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BlueFox
Aug 30, 2010 5:11 PM CST
If you don't want any fungus growing in the pots use a mulch of either lava rock or small gravel like turkey grit.

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twitcher
Aug 30, 2010 8:14 PM CST
Jacki,

I don't have an issue with fungus in my small fruit pots, such as blueberries, currant, gooseberries, cherries, etc. I am very pleased with the results I get from using pine bark as a mulch and will continue with it. It suppresses weeds, helps maintain a slight soil acidity and looks nice.

However, I do not want it growing in semp and jovi pots. So I use fired Fuller's Earth, chicken grit or decorative gravel in semp and jovi pots as a top coat and try to keep a fast draining mix. However, it has been so unusually wet/humid this summer that I have had various types of mushrooms pot up in some of the semp/jovi pots. I take that as a sign to move the pot to an area where it can thoroughly dry out. Unfortunately, the winters here can be very drying. Lately, if you ignore last winter, we've been having winters with little or no snow cover. That makes the semps and jovi's dry out too much, and some winters I've had losses due to drying. As such, I'm a little reluctant to make the soil mixes be any faster draining than they are. This winter, I'm going to move some of my plants into one of the hoop house rows, and cover with plastic. Since the plants will be shielded from the wind as well as the snow, and will be in contact with the ground, I hoping that the drying out issue will be resolved.

I had not thought of using lava rock. Around here, it is available as pumice, which would be too fine or chunks about 1-2", which would be too large. However, I'll check around to see if there is a size in between. I may also try crushing some and screening.

Thanks for the suggestion. I'm always willing to give new ideas a try. Thumbs up

-t
Name: BlueFox
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BlueFox
Aug 31, 2010 4:15 PM CST
I'll be waiting for your comments after you try some different mulches.

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twitcher
Aug 31, 2010 9:33 PM CST
Jacki, I don't understand your last post. I already use FE, chicken grit or gravel as mulches for my semps.
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BlueFox
Sep 1, 2010 6:07 PM CST
Oh sorry T, I was referring to your comment about crushing the lava rock mostly, as that's my all time fave mulch. It is too big for some things, especially seedlings, so if it works using it crushed that would be fabulous. It would be interesting to do a trial with several different ones, on similar plants just to see if there was one that stands out as more successful.

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twitcher
Sep 1, 2010 7:26 PM CST
Ok, now I understand. Hurray! I'll put some crushed lava rock on my list to try as a semp mulch. May take a while, as most of my semp work is done for the year. I don't like to fuss with them much with winter around the corner and 90+ temperatures at the moment. I'm mostly playing human statue in front of the AC unit the past few days anyway. No snide comments about how I'm dressed, please! *Blush*
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 2, 2010 1:17 PM CST

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Wow, you are still having weather that hot twit? Is the hurricane suppose to affect your area?
Name: BlueFox
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BlueFox
Sep 2, 2010 1:19 PM CST
...and here I am, contemplating (and resisting) putting the woodstove on! You just can't win!

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twitcher
Sep 2, 2010 1:35 PM CST
Jacki, that is why your semps are so beautiful. Those cooler temps work well for them (as you know).

Lynn, Yes, its still that hot here. Saturday is supposed to bring a break in the heat, with the highs only getting to about 70 for a few days after the change (20+ degrees in a few hours). I imagine that the hurricane will probably send us a lot of rain, but that will depend on how big the storm remains by the time it gets here and how far out to sea. Our weather is typically dominated by what happens to the west, so it might not be much of an issue. I've been watering the garden for the past two weeks, even giving the semps and jovis some, since we finally dried out. Really weird summer here - hope the winter remains boringly mild.
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valleylynn
Sep 2, 2010 1:50 PM CST

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VERY weird summer here also. Everything feels so upside down in the weather department.
Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
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LuvNature
Sep 2, 2010 8:32 PM CST
I'm so excited about the weekend. We're suppose to have a high of 78 degrees on Sat. After the 100's and 90's, that sounds fantastic to me. I'm not a lover of real hot weather....I love the 50's and 60's..... Rolling my eyes.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 2, 2010 9:32 PM CST

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Hurray! Wow, I am excited for you Linda. All that heat and high humidity is tough to live in, for both people and plants. Rolling my eyes.
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BlueFox
Sep 3, 2010 10:34 AM CST
I don't hold out much hope that our winter will be boring Sad

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