Mushrooms near my prized plant - Should I be worried?

tomahtohsJune 29, 2013

Hey, all!

So I have a healthy plant growing in a half-wine barrel in our front yard. The location in which it stands gets about 6 hours of sun a day. This is usually enough to dry it out nicely after a rain, but in the last few days we've just gotten Slammed by storm after storm. (we've picked up about 6 inches of rain in two days)

As a result, the barrel hasn't had a good chance to dry off in about four days. This morning, I noticed some nicely developed mushrooms popping up at the very edge of the barrel. This is about a foot away from the main stem of the plant. I know that fungus usually doesn't mix with tomato plants, but I'm not sure if these 'shrooms pose a threat since they're not actually touching the plant in any way.

I'm also a little nervous to move them, as I definitely do not want to unwittingly spread spores from them in the process and hurt my plant. The mushrooms are about an inch wide at the cap, and are a lovely reddish brown color, if that matters at all. Any suggestions on what to do?

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Not a threat. If you don't want them there, remove and compost them.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 5:34PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Many of us consider them a sign of healthy soil. Toadstools are just a fungus and a beneficial one at that that usually signifies a healthy organic matter level in the soil. Soil dries out and they disappear back into the soil. Sure aren't anything to fear.

Dave

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 7:01PM
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