Fungi and it's Benefits in Plant Soil

Fungi and it's Benefits in Plant Soil

You may have come across articles discussing "eliminating mushrooms in your houseplant soil" or the "common problem of mushrooms growing with houseplants." But guess what? We don't see it as a problem. Instead, it's a sign that your plant is thriving in a healthy, miniature ecosystem!

Mushrooms don't pose any harm to plants. However, we must emphasise that these mushrooms can be toxic to humans and animals. So, please refrain from consuming them, and if you have furry friends or young children, make sure to keep the mushrooms out of their reach.

All our blends are based on Coco Coir, which is enriched with Mycelium. Mycelium is the vegetative part of any fungus, while the mushroom itself is simply the fruiting body. The mycelium quietly spreads its micro-fibrous structure underground, digesting sugars and plant waste. Once it has sufficiently grown and the soil is enriched by its digestive byproducts, it produces a fruiting body—aka a mushroom! Mushrooms only appear when the soil (and hence the plant) is content. So, it's normal to see occasional mushrooms popping up. On a side note, mycelium can take various forms, so if you have any concerns, feel free to reach out to us for assistance.

But how else does mycelium benefit our plants? It creates a network of fibres that interconnects the entire mini ecosystem within your plant pot, forming a larger network. This network diligently absorbs water, facilitates the exchange of minerals and nutrients, and enhances your plant's immunity. In the wild, this network takes it to another level by allowing plants to communicate with each other. If one plant is battling pesky bugs, it can communicate with nearby plants, providing support through nutrient exchange, helping them fortify their defence systems. Pretty amazing, right?

If you ever feel worried or have concerns about mushrooms, please don't hesitate to contact us. There are various methods to keep them in check, but they often involve using fungicides and multiple treatments. If mushrooms aren't your cup of tea, we highly recommend watching the documentary "Fantastic Fungi" on Netflix. It will undoubtedly show you just how incredibly fascinating mushrooms are. So, the next time you spot a mushroom, take a moment to appreciate its beauty and remember that it's a natural occurrence. Soon enough, that little cutie will be gone.

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