In Indian English, the expression mushroom growth is quite common, some sample constructions

There has been a mushroom growth in organic fruits shops in this area.

Advancements in the telecommunications industry explain the mushroom growth in the streaming providers in India.

I have never heard this phrase in American English. Could somebody please suggest an alternative phrase/or alternative sentence construction, which would convey the same meaning.

Population explosion would fit, but it sounds very awkward to my ears.

  • Not unknown. Did you do a web search? "The mushroom growth in popularity for online video platforms like Vine and YouTube have proven consumers are in love with video." - Artisan.com (an American company). Commented May 28, 2022 at 13:47
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    "mushroom growth in organic fruit" sounds like something completely different.
    – James K
    Commented May 28, 2022 at 17:12

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The terms exponential growth and explosive growth would be more common, at least in American English. The term mushroom growth would be readily understood, but you would never expect to hear it used here.

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    That's right, but you do get the verb "mushrooming" used sometimes "Costs are mushrooming and we need to make savings"
    – James K
    Commented May 28, 2022 at 17:13

I did a little more research after posting the question, I think the word "rise" fits my requirements.

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    That fits, but is probably less dramatic than "mushroom growth." You might also consider "boom": investopedia.com/terms/b/….
    – Katy
    Commented May 28, 2022 at 16:19

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