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CrossDuClaire added on September 4, 2020 | Answered

I have an indoor split leaf philodendron and all of a sudden this morning some white things poked out of the soil, and now later in the day I can distinctly say they are mushrooms. I’m completely baffled as to where they came from and am unsure on if they could be poisonous or harmful to my plant. Does anyone know why they have shown up, what type they are, and how to deal with this? Thank you in advance

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Answered on September 4, 2020

Unfortunately, without gill, stipe, and more detailed photos of the mushroom, it will be impossible to pin down the ID for these.

The important thing, here, is that the mushroom itself will not harm your plant. Some mushrooms do attack living plants, but this does not resemble any of the plant killing fruiting bodies.

My best educated guess will be an Agaricus (Some are edible and some are poisonous.) but that is just a guess based on what I see. Without knowing the gill color, spore color, and other detailed factors I will not be able to say that this is the ID with any sort of confidence. Once it opens, we can get much closer on ID.

If this is Agaricus, then the mycelium produces antibiotic chemicals that will help clean your soil. There is no real reason to kill them, or get rid of them, and doing so will pose more harm to your plant than good. Plucking the fruiting bodies will only remove the fruiting bodies temporarily. The rest of that mushroom is under the soil as a network of mycelium.

If you would like an identification, it would be good to post back once you can see the gills. I will be more than glad to help.

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