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stunted fiddleheads

Posted by pmalishka WA 9 (My Page) on
Mon, May 30, 05 at 13:40

Has anyone experienced stunted fiddleheads? I have a western sword and an autumn fern (new growth is copper colored) that both produced normal fiddleheads but after unfurling about halfway, they just stopped, leaving half of a leaf. The frond looks normal up to the point the where the tip withered away.

Could it be a drainage problem? Adding to the puzzle is that right next to the stunted sword fern is another sword which opened up perfectly this year.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.


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RE: stunted fiddleheads

Possibly voles have severed roots of some plants. Have you noticed any 'raised tunnels' in the vicinity?

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