Stinkhorn fungus .... - Knowledgebase Question

Naples, FL
Question by RManton
November 30, 1998
Not sure "Pest Control" is correct category ... but we have identified a horrible fungus growing out from some egg sized stones we have as a ground cover ... as "Stinkhorn".

Is there anyway to control this? The stench is beyond description.

If this is not within your area of expertise, where would you suggest we further research?

Answer from NGA
November 30, 1998


Stinkhorns are stinky indeed! They grow on decomposing organic matter and like many fungi, tend to send up their gross, stinky "mushrooms" with a change in the weather as cool temps and fall rains arrive. There is not a control per se but they tend to go away on their own. You can also chop off the tops when they appear to avoid some of the stink!

Thanks for the question!

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