Ficus Benjamina mushroom problems 2
RE FICUS BENJAMINA
Thanks very much for your advise. The plant is in my office, I used a decent compost from a garden centre. As I am sure you know they do not like being disturbed and it is the height of the growing season now, I usually top dress or repot in spring and I am reluctant to try changing a large amount of soil right now, unless the mushrooms are life thretening. Also strongly suspect that the mycelium will have spread and be present around the root ball, which I would be very reluctant to disturb. Do you think a fungicide would A) effect the Ficus B) Be of any benefit?I live in London and have a 2 metre high Ficus Benjamina that is out of direct sunlight but a bright enough position away from drafts. It is in a pot (30 cm or 1 foot) high and in diameter which I top dress and feed every week or two in the summer and water when the top 4 cm (2 inches) are dry. It does not grow much and drops 4 or 5 leaves a day which worries me. But the main concern is that it is growing mushrooms in the soil, which are about 4 cm high with a small brown cap and whiteish thin hollow stipe, and has black spores (I think it is too small to get a clear spore print). Should I worry about the mushrooms and if so is there anything I can do, such as water less (which makes it drop even more leaves) or apply a fungicide. I am really attached to the plant and would really appreciate anyones help.
- 18 Aug, 2009