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South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Jun 14, 2015 7:13 AM CST
I planted three Japanese ferns this year and two of them have developed brown spots on their fronds. Is this sunburn?
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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Jun 14, 2015 8:25 AM CST
Certainly looks like it. Are they in a spot where they get direct sun?
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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
Jun 14, 2015 8:46 AM CST
That browning could be something left over from the nursery you got them from. im more inclined to think its a disease/fungal issue. we have several Japanese ferns that have the same, or very similar looking brown patches, always get a little bit each year, and they're in deep full shade. I wouldn't get too worried about it just yet, since you just planted them. Smiling give them until next year to unfurl new fronds, than take it from there. unless you do in fact have them in full sun...
South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Jun 14, 2015 10:27 AM CST
Thanks very much. They do get some afternoon sun. I'm going to let them stay put for now and see what happens. Thanks again.

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