Are you growing houseplants or mushrooms, why are my houseplants growing mushrooms is what we are going to discover. This will be interesting for advanced and beginner gardeners alike, gardening is one of my passions as a senior, and maybe one of yours as well.
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Learning About Mushrooms
Before you get too overwhelmed with this, you are doing nothing wrong. This is the natural process of organic matter decaying, you will find this often is a sign of extra moisture from watering.
- Even though this might upset some gardeners, you have nothing to fear they will not harm your plants.
- With children and pets they are toxic, so simply removing them is your best strategy.
- Leaving them to grow beside your houseplants is an option if children and pets are not a concern, as long as they don’t drive you crazy, they will not harm your plants in any way.
- Fungicides are an option to get rid of them, but I myself would rather just remove them by hand as they grow.
- Some people have attempted to replace the potting soil to only experience them returning once again, actually, this is a good sign you have a healthy potting mix for your plant to grow its best.
Really just removing them by hand is your best strategy if they bother you, this is what I do just because they get on my nerves having them growing in my planters. Often this is a sign you might be overwatering your houseplant, so this could actually be beneficial to learn how to water them more effectively.
Natural Solutions to Mushroom Problems
Just like my health solutions, I prefer to go with natural solutions with my houseplants as well. To help you with this, below are some things that you can use to rid yourself of them if they are driving you crazy.
- Use about two to three tablespoons of dish soap with two gallons of water. Poke holes into the soil around the mushrooms and fill them with soapy water.
- You should mix two tablespoons of baking soda per one gallon of water and stir until completely dissolved. Sprinkle the mixture over the mushrooms and surrounding soil.
- You can also sprinkle baking soda directly on the mushrooms and soil and water them.
- A nitrogen-rich fertilizer will go a long way in ridding a mushroom problem once and for all.
- Simply spraying the mushrooms with a vinegar solution will kill them. If you do this without much precision, you can kill the surrounding plants, so spray with caution.
- Avoid adding coffee grounds to your planters, as this can contribute to the growth of mushrooms.
- The fungus and mushrooms are harmless and can be ignored. Remove the mushrooms as they appear.
- Warm, damp weather triggers their sudden appearance, so maybe you are overwatering might be what the mushrooms are telling you.
- The easiest way to get rid of mushrooms is to move the planter box outdoors where there is bright sunlight.
You can dust sulfur powder on mushrooms because it works as a fungicide. The problem is sulfur can make your potting soil acidic. Neem oil is a natural fungicide that can get rid of several fungi, including mushrooms. Mix 1 tablespoon of neem oil and a tablespoon of dish soap with a gallon of water. Spray this solution on the mushrooms every few days.
Houseplant Growing Guide
Being a gardener since the age of four, I have learned a trick or two. How I got started was from my grandparents, and as the years went by my passion for gardening just grew much like the plants. Since you are reading this, I presume you are interested in learning more about this hobby, so that is what I have for you below.
- Top watering can help flush excess salts and mineral deposits to the bottom of the pot and eventually out of the drainage holes.
- Constantly bottom watering will keep these salts and minerals in the potting mix, so top watering can help keep the root system of your plants healthier.
- To lower the risk of harmful chemicals in your water, allow your tap water to sit out for at least 24 hours before using it to water your plants.
- I keep a gallon milk jug under my kitchen sink filled with water with the lid off, and when it is time to water my plants the chemicals have evaporated into the air.
- Leaf tips turn brown when lost water can’t be replaced for some reason.
- As for the leaves that still have brown tips, you can snip the dead parts away with a pair of scissors without hurting the plant.
- The best water temperature for plants is room temperature, from about 62 to 72 degrees. This is normally the average person’s home temperature, so allowing water to sit for 24 hours is what I recommend.
- Signs of root rot are slow growth, mushy stems, and wilting, yellow, distorted leaves.
Believe it or not, most of our houseplants that die are from overwatering them. This is most common during the winter months, cutting way back on watering during this time of the year is highly recommended.
Houseplants Easy to Grow
Many of us including myself have been frustrated with indoor gardening, and when I moved from my home to an apartment it was a big change. Outdoor gardening was always my cup of tea, but now that is not an option. For anyone struggling or just starting out, you are in luck today, I have the best easiest houseplants for you to grow.
- Spider Plant
- Wandering Jew
- Cast Iron Plant
- Fiddle Leaf Fig
- Dragon Tree
- ZZ Plant
- Moth Orchid
- Chinese Money Tree
- Lucky Bamboo
- Money Tree
- Zebra Plant
- Air Plants
- Boston Fern
- Peace Lily
- English Ivy
- Aloe Vera
- Jade Plant
- Rubber Plant
- Hindu Rope Plant
- Ponytail Palm
- Arrowhead Plant
The plants on the list above are super easy to grow, I have many of them in my apartment right now. You might be surprised your options are so many, that is why this was included since many people lack the knowledge of just how many of them there really are.
Houseplant Shopping Guide
In some of my guides, you will find that I provide you with places to shop, this information is from Google. If you have faith in this search engine as most people do, you will trust what online stores are recommended below.
- Hirt’s Gardens
- Home Depot
- Fast Growing Trees
- Winter Greenhouse
- Holland Bulb Farms
- Succulent Depot
- Mountain Crest Gardens
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Best Houseplant Books for Beginners
In this paragraph, we are going to learn the better houseplant books for beginners. This will help you get started by knowing which ones are your best choices, which will be a great time-saver.
- Houseplants for Beginners
- Houseplants for All
- Houseplants for a Healthy Home
- How Not To Kill Your Houseplant
- Plant Parenting
- The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual
- Indoor Plants for Beginners
- Growing Healthy Houseplants
- Top 50 Indoor Plants
- The Encyclopedia of Houseplants
Beginner gardeners, you now have a nice variety of books written for you. Books are such an inexpensive investment to learn just about anything, if you happen to have any to mention, please share them in my comments for us all to know.
Advanced Gardener Books
For those of you who are more experienced, we have some books written to expand your skills as well. Love to hear any tips you might have to share, we can all be more successful in everything we do by learning from one another.
- Expert Advice for Success
- The Modern Gardener
- Houseplant Warrior
- The Houseplant Expert
- The Houseplants Bible
- The Month-to-Month Gardening Plan
- Dr. Houseplant
- The Houseplant Care Manual
- Welcome to the Jungle
- Propagating Plants
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Another way to learn is from audiobooks, you can sit in your favorite comfy chair and learn from them. We are going to get some ideas of what is in this format as well, below are a few which I have found for you on Google.
- All About Gardening
- My Garden World
- Greenhouse Gardening for Beginners
- The Joyful Gardener
- Raised Bed Gardening
- Aquaponic Gardening
- Mind on Plants
- The Ultimate Gardening Book
- Garden Maker Bundle
- Companion Gardening Secrets
By now you can tell Gizmo is big into books, I acquired many of my skills in my hobbies simply by shopping for books. That was before the internet was around, now many of you get your information from websites like this one.
Since resources are important to me, we are going to find out what are some of the best ones that are absolutely free. Anything that I am able to find that costs you nothing is worth sharing in my guides, now let us see how many of these appeal to you.
- Annie’s Annuals
- Territorial Seed Company
- Gardens Alive
- RH Shumway
- Burgess Seed Company
- Park Seed
- Prairie Nursery
- Pine Tree Garden
- Bountiful Gardens
- The Online Greenhouse
- Raintree Nursery
- Sow True Seed
- Rare Exotic Seeds
How many of these are brand new to you, even I must admit there are a few that are new to me. Do you have any garden catalogs that are free and not on the list, we would love to hear from you if you wish to share them.
Houseplant Gardening Experts
Would you enjoy watching some videos for free, we have just that from another friend of mine, YouTube. You can never go wrong with tips from experts in anything you wish to know more about, so this is yet another free way for us to gain the skills that we need.
- Rare Houseplant Care
- Seven Things Experts Do That You Probably Don’t
- How to Choose a Houseplant
- How to Shop for Houseplants
- Plant Expert Answers Houseplant Questions from Twitter
The videos above sounded extremely interesting and helpful, so that is the reason I choose to include them in this guide. Many of your questions might be answered simply by watching these videos, and possibly you will learn more about being more successful in growing houseplants.
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