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Fiddlehead Stat Summary

Plant Spacing: 24-36" (609-914 mm)
Row Spacing: 24-36" (609-914 mm)
Planting Depth: 1/4" (6 mm)
Plants Per Person: 1
Soil Temperature: °F (°C)
Days to Emergence:
Recommended Soil PH: 5.5-6.0
Earliest Outdoor Planting: Around Last Frost

Planting Fiddlehead

Thrive in rich organic soil with a slightly acidic soil pH of 5.5 to 6.0. Prepare the soil by adding equal parts soil and compost directly into the planting hole. Select plants healthy young plants from a nursery or friend's garden. Fiddlehead ferns spread by underground runners so plant 2 to 3 feet apart. Fiddlehead ferns do not like to be transplanted; in addition to not disturbing the soil around the roots, do it when the plant is young and very early in the season. If fronds are partially uncurled, they will take longer to recover from the transplant.

Growing Fiddlehead

Moisture is critical for this fern; do not allow it to dry out. During warm periods it may need water every day; a simple drip system on a timer works great. The hardest maintenance they require is keeping them confined to their designated area.

Harvesting and Storing Fiddlehead

Pick fiddlehead ferns just before they start to uncurl, or at least just as this begins. The papery, brown covering needs to be washed off. Do not eat raw; simply saute them in butter for 5 minutes. Fiddlehead ferns have a flavor similar to asparagus, so sauces like hollandaise and bearnaise are a good bet.

Fiddlehead Insect and Disease Information

Fiddlehead Yield Information

No yield information for Fiddlehead.
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