Help! I Have Mushrooms growing in my Christmas Cactus

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Jamie_Dog_Trainer, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    Washington State
    Yeah, just like the title says....I have never ever had this problem before with any of my plants. I've had this plant for about six years, it's quite large and I had repotted it last year. I have mushrooms growing on the top and up from the holes in the bottom of the plant. It's pretty gross and I don't know what to do.
     
  2. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    take it out of the current soil, rinse the roots off and repot it with new soil. Dont forget to wash the pot out really well too.
     
  3. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    Washington State
    Thanks! I googled about this and apparently this is very common with Christmas Cactus because there was one whole page specifically for this problem LOL! Basically it sounds like my potting soil isn't very good and I am watering it too much. No wonder the poor thing has been looking so droopy.
     
  4. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    i had mushrooms growing on my mulch that family housing put out before we moved in. I was very very angry that they use low quality stuff with allthe money they take.
    When i pot stuff espec house plants i use the high quality soil in the smaller bags
     
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Yes i would say to much water ,Cactus don't need much water, also potting soil add about 1 part sand to 4 parts soil..will help water to drain better. that will also help keep mushrooms from growing ,they like it damp.
     
  6. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    Washington State
    Thanks everyone. I have a lot of house plants that I really love. This is one of my favorites. It started looking not so healthy a few months ago, coupled with a very humid summer and fall (so far) and me over watering because it wasn't looking good I caused this problem. I usually my cacti about twice a month. I sat it outside for the day and I am going to go take it out of the pot and clean the pot with bleach and rinse the affected soil off the plant and start over. [​IMG]
     
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    WAIT! Before you toss them..are they the "good" kind of 'shrooms? [​IMG]
     
  8. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    Washington State
    Quote:Thats what my husband asked. [​IMG] I have no idea, but I did have a friend who tried her best to grow some kind (?? [​IMG]) of mushroom when she was in her early 20's...she failed miserably several times. I grew these without even wanting them. Maybe I have a new business venture to start. [​IMG]
     
  9. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Interesting.. I had no idea that Christmas Cactus had mushroom problems. My mom has had hers for absolute years, and it was her mom's before that, and it's never had that kind of problem. The only thing that goes wrong with it is when you move it from its spot by the window. It doesn't like that, and won't produce flowers. [​IMG]
     
  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Quote:The "good" kind of shrooms don't grow on living material like that.
     

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