Why Do Mushrooms Grow In Random Places?

Why do mushrooms pop up in random places, and are they harmful to other plants?" writes Harmony Gayle of Portsmouth, Virginia.

Myers: Mushroom fungi feed on and decompose old tree roots, stumps, leaves and other organic matter.

Some species of Armillaria mushrooms are the fruiting body of a root rot fungal disease that attacks susceptible trees and shrubs

Clusters of honey-colored mushrooms may appear at the base of an infected plant.

What’s sticking out of the bottom of my hanging plant [above]?" writes Nancy Tibbitts of Parrott, Virginia.

This could be a mushroom. Your potting mix may contain bark, a potential food source for the fungi

It won’t hurt your plant, but you could see new mushrooms sporadically appear when the weather conditions are right.




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