Are Mushrooms in Houseplants Bad?

I found mushrooms with my plants

I get asked this question pretty frequently and I was given the answer by one of my local nurseries, The North Park Nursery. Essentially, you have living soil!

What is living soil?

Living soil means your soil has an active microbiology and biodiversity. This can include: worms and their castings, protozoa, healthy bacteria, amoebas, kelp extracts and even glacial rock dust.

You probably didn’t add any of those things and your soil can still be doing fantastic!

How are mushrooms beneficial for plants?

One word, mycelium.

Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus or fungus-like bacterial colony, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. The mass of hyphae is sometimes called shiro, especially within the fairy ring fungi. Fungal colonies composed of mycelium are found in and on soil and many other substrates.*


How does it help? Well, mycelium will entangle the roots of plants and trees and will nourish the plant life. Mycelium will help plants absorb water and nutrients, and build up the immunity of plants. … Either one creates direct connection with the roots to exchange nutrients.

So if you’re wondering if mushrooms are bad for your houseplants, the answer is a resounding no! However, if you are concern about the spores, then you can absolutely remove the mushrooms. You will not be destroying the mycelium network if you do.

I personally just leave them alone. They come and then they go and it’s not a big deal. Remember to allow your soil to dry in-between waterings, otherwise the mushrooms can stick around for a long time! Especially if the right environment exists for it to thrive.

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