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Mushroom and oncidium

This is a discussion on Mushroom and oncidium within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I found a mushroom growing in my little oncidium's pot. Does that mean that the ...

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    I found a mushroom growing in my little oncidium's pot.
    Does that mean that the bark is too wet? What does it mean?
    My oncidium seems happy enough, bringing lots of new shoots all the times.
    It was a small brown and yellow mushroom about 2cm in height. (I took the mushroom out).
    Anything I'm doing wrong?

    Arkic ps I'm hoping I'm putting this in the right section (this forum is huge).

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    hehe, nothing to worry about, as long as the plant is happy!

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    I would be concerned that the medium might be breaking down if you are getting mushrooms. How old is the potting medium? If it is fresh, then no worries.

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    When I repotted it to a larger pot the mixture looked ok so I reused it and added some fresh bark and some styrofoam peanuts (i read that i should somewhere, it worked with my other orchids). Not sure how old the original potting mixture is. How can you tell?

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    When a potting mix is rotting, it is a good place for mushrooms to grow. That is why I asked.

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    A sign of rotting?! Well....in that case is it ok to re-pot an orchid twice in the same summer???!!? I reckon I should change that potting mix just in case....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkic View Post
    A sign of rotting?! Well....in that case is it ok to re-pot an orchid twice in the same summer???!!? I reckon I should change that potting mix just in case....
    The mix should not be rotting if you changed it that recently. Can you take a photograph and let the members here take a look. If you used fresh potting media this summer, it should last for up to two years. hmm?

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    can I ask a related question? In my case, my dancing lady is tied on a tree bark, and that tree bark got mushrooms, thou the plant looks healthy... should i worry about it? thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukejenn View Post
    can I ask a related question? In my case, my dancing lady is tied on a tree bark, and that tree bark got mushrooms, thou the plant looks healthy... should i worry about it? thanks!
    hi jenn,
    i wouldnt worry about it, i've had several mushrooms growing on mounts, who knows they might serve as a fertilizer?

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    If you reused the old medium and added to it then it is probably the old part that is breaking down and rotting. I don't think it would hurt to repot again.

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