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Upland ca
Karen_c
May 24, 2020 7:12 PM CST
This type of mold looking thing started growing throughout my pathos, areca palm and spider plants. I changed the potting on those that are affected and some of them came back and some didnt. This particular one in my photo is by far the most serious. Anyone know what this is? I hope this isnt the disease i googled online. How do i remove it?
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Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
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sumire
May 24, 2020 10:37 PM CST
Yellow houseplant mushrooms. The flat scaly is the fungus, the little spears are the fruiting bodies (the part we think of as mushrooms). Pick them off and dust the surface of the soil with cinnamon. You will need to do it repeatedly to get rid of the mushrooms.
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Upland ca
Karen_c
May 25, 2020 2:09 AM CST
sumire said:Yellow houseplant mushrooms. The flat scaly is the fungus, the little spears are the fruiting bodies (the part we think of as mushrooms). Pick them off and dust the surface of the soil with cinnamon. You will need to do it repeatedly to get rid of the mushrooms.


Should i re-pot and change out the soil?
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 25, 2020 9:39 AM CST
Using contaminated potting soil is just one of many problems that can occur when plants are taken out of their nursery pots and repotted unnecessarily.

The potting mix you used was contaminated with fungus spores. That is not as bad as it seems because the fungus is harmless to the plants.

I do suggest that you gently scrape off the surface layer of soil and that will remove much of the visible fungus. Then keep your plants as dry as possible to discourage more fungal growth. Keeping the soil too damp is a greater threat to your plants and their roots than the fungus.

Trying to replace the soil you used would probably cause more harm than good. For future reference, avoid repotting and replacing/adding soil; double-potting is fine.
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