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Old 04-12-2013, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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I usually buy Miracle Grow potting mix, but the Hyponex was a bit cheaper so I went with that. Now I have mushrooms growing in all the plants I repotted! Anyone else have that experience or did I just get a few "bad" bags? Wondering if this will hurt any of my plants?
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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it usually means you have too much moisture in your pots. Mushrooms won't hurt-just pull them out and sweeten up your soil a bit and don't overwater.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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They sure won't hurt anything. Their presence means your soil is high in organicmatter, which is a good thing. I like to amend soil with mushroom compost, and it isn't unusual to see mushrooms growing in the garden where I put it.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:56 AM
 
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I usually buy Miracle Grow potting mix, but the Hyponex was a bit cheaper so I went with that. Now I have mushrooms growing in all the plants I repotted! Anyone else have that experience or did I just get a few "bad" bags? Wondering if this will hurt any of my plants?
Your fun-guys are just enjoying their new habitat. Read more about mushrooms in your potting soil.
Mushrooms: A Product of Overwatering
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:22 AM
 
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Interesting. I think the bags of potting soil were infected with spores, as the plants I repotted in MiracleGrow are watered the same and have no mushrooms. Glad to know it won't hurt my plants. Thanks for the replies.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:28 AM
 
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"Infected" implies this is a bad thing, and it isn't. Mushrooms growing in anything indicates the soil is good.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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"Infected" implies this is a bad thing, and it isn't. Mushrooms growing in anything indicates the soil is good.
Not really-
Mushrooms can grow in highly contaminated soil.
But that's a good thing.

Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world - YouTube
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:27 PM
 
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Interesting. I think the bags of potting soil were infected with spores, as the plants I repotted in MiracleGrow are watered the same and have no mushrooms. Glad to know it won't hurt my plants. Thanks for the replies.
Mushrooms can't hurt living plants. Fungi break down dead plant tissue.

Plenty of people pay for the spent soil or compost from mushroom farms to add to their garden soil as an amendment. Commercial soil makers often use the same compost as one of the ingredients in their soil. Most often composting will kill of most of the mushroom spores but a few can survive. As everyone has said it isn't a big deal and certainly is not an "infection" of any kind. Often they show up when soil stays constantly wet on the upper surface and is sometimes a sign of over watering. All you need to do is remove the mushrooms before they create new spores and gradually they will disappear. The potting soil that is mushroom free was either not made with that kind of compost or it was baked (composting properly or in a special oven) or it was treated with chemicals before bagging.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:55 PM
 
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I usually buy Miracle Grow potting mix, but the Hyponex was a bit cheaper so I went with that. Now I have mushrooms growing in all the plants I repotted! Anyone else have that experience or did I just get a few "bad" bags? Wondering if this will hurt any of my plants?
oh, I thought you were going to suggest we put mushrooms in our potting soil and I was thinking: I bought a huge basket of them at Sam's the other day and don't know what to do with them. I was about to put them in my freshly potted plants. Now you ruined it for me..
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:07 PM
 
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What kinds of mushrooms? If they're commercial (there are 29 different kinds) your potting mix could have some spent greenhouse mushroom spawn. Due to the dark and heat in the mushroom grow room it's usually inert and without issues.

Peat does hold way too much water for most plants, though.
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