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Fungus Takes Over Houseplants

This morning I glanced at one of the jade plants growing in our garden window, and immediately did a double-take, because there was something huge and puffy and yellow between the plant pot and the metal bowl it sits in. I looked closer, and holy crap it's two gigantic bright yellow mushrooms! Seriously, the cap of each one was probably five inches across, and they had sprung up overnight.

"Cut them up and put them on salad," my husband said. Ha ha.

Awash in paranoid thoughts about inhaling spores and contracting deadly lung disorders, I took the plant outside, dumped the soil (which, except for the top, was coated with yellow spots all over), bleached and washed the pot, and repotted the jade with fresh soil. I also vowed to myself not to water the plant so often. Fungi like it moist, and the jade, being a succulent, probably can handle dry soil.

Then later today I Googled "yellow mushroom houseplant". And...oops. No need to freak. Apparently the shrooms are harmless, cute, lovable, and probably even healthy for the soil. Sorry, mushrooms. I overreacted. Next time I'll let you stay.

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Jul. 15th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Oooh, mushrooms? ;-)

I'm glad that they turned out to be harmless!
Jul. 18th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
Yep, if I'd been thinking like a hobbit, I never would have panicked. ;)
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Jul. 18th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Hee hee. I *heart* Simpsons quotes.
Jul. 17th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
*cracks up* I probably would have done the same thing. Spores are scary. Run from the spooooores!

Of course Mr. Bill would probably have five books out and have looked the fungus and all its cousins up before I could get the pot outside, and would insist that I come look at the how cool it was.
Jul. 18th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Indeed--these are what our nerds are for. I'm surprised Steve didn't dissuade me, actually. What good is a river-and-wetland scientist if he doesn't defend innocent mushrooms, I ask you?
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