Ask a Question forum: Yellow Fungus (?) at base of my Mother-in-Law's Tongue Plant...What is it?

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Jun 14, 2016 6:10 PM CST
Hi all,

As you can see from the attach pictures, there's some sort of yellow fungus like thing growing at the base of my Mother-in-Law's Tongue/Viper's Bowstring Hemp plant. I rescued this plant from my gf (now fiance), who pretty much killed it, about 2 years ago, so I'd really like to keep it healthy. What is this? Is this normal? What do I do?

I'd appreciate any help you guys can provide.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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Jun 14, 2016 7:29 PM CST
Welcome! !

There are a number of different fungi that grow in the organic matter of potting soil. I suspect this is one. I have a bright yellow one that grows in my Ficus plant. I pull them and spray with fungicide, sprinkle with cinnamon... and they grow back. Sighing! They will not harm your plant but if you have pets (my main concern), keep them pulled. Mine smell so mushroomy, I am tempted to eat them myself! I can't imagine what my cat would think (Yumm-Yumm!).

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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