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Fruit trees for deer

Postby mshunter77 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:10 pm

Thinking about investing in some fruit trees next year to plant for deer. Any of you done this? What did you have best luck with? Where did you buy them?
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Re: Fruit trees for deer

Postby stang67 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:44 am

I got some crabapples, "deer pear," and Chickasaw plums for Nativ Nurseries last year. I didn't have great survival, even with the plums, which was a surprise. Probably my fault. They were all seedlings, so investment was about $4 per tree. Also planted 10 dogwoods at the time. 1 survived til the Fall and has since died.
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Re: Fruit trees for deer

Postby mshunter77 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:47 pm

Yeah I was thinking of investing in some larger trees to get better survival and faster results. Crab apple was definetly on my list. Started doing some research and it's amazing the differences in the times different ones drop fruit. I am wanting something that drops as late as possible or maybe plant a few different to cover more of the season.
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Re: Fruit trees for deer

Postby stang67 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:48 am

The mature ones get expensive. My dad kept saying he was going to get some bigger pear trees but he hasn't yet. Probably a good thing with the droughts we've had.

The Wildlife Group and Bass Pecan are folks I can think of at the moment that sell the larger trees.
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Re: Fruit trees for deer

Postby DoublePslayer » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:53 pm

I planted a bunch a persimmons a few years back into a big planter and let them go for a couple years before I set them out this spring. Out of about 3 dozen that i transplanted, only about 15 made it into the ground. Part of the reason was i should have set them out last year, but waited too late, and couldn't keep enough water on them last summer. I've got a bunch of those giant acorns that i planted last year that will be next year before if put them in. It takes a little work, but I'm looking forward to get some benefit out of them in the future.
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Re: Fruit trees for deer

Postby Hayes » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:35 pm

I planted 15 mexican plumbs in february of 2016 as seedlings, the drought got half of them this summer.

I planted 6 crab apples and 6 american plumbs along with 25 saw tooth in march. This time I went all out and bought the tree protectors and even mulched around the tree protector. Maybe its just luck but they are growing wild right now. Eliminating the weed competition and having the tree tube around them it seems makes a little green house. I will not plant another tree with out them. I ordered my tree tubes from a tree company online for under $2.00 a piece. I made my own stakes out of anything I could find. I also prepped my holes with peet moss.
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Re: Fruit trees for deer

Postby DoublePslayer » Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:17 am

Hayes wrote:I planted 15 mexican plumbs in february of 2016 as seedlings, the drought got half of them this summer.

I planted 6 crab apples and 6 american plumbs along with 25 saw tooth in march. This time I went all out and bought the tree protectors and even mulched around the tree protector. Maybe its just luck but they are growing wild right now. Eliminating the weed competition and having the tree tube around them it seems makes a little green house. I will not plant another tree with out them. I ordered my tree tubes from a tree company online for under $2.00 a piece. I made my own stakes out of anything I could find. I also prepped my holes with peet moss.


Do you happen to remember the website for those tree protectors? I planted some Muscadines a few weeks ago that came with some, but have been trying to figure out how to make some for my Persimmons.
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Re: Fruit trees for deer

Postby Hayes » Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:03 am

treeprotectionssupply.com
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Re: Fruit trees for deer

Postby DoublePslayer » Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:18 am

Thanks.
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Re: Fruit trees for deer

Postby JLT » Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:23 am

I planted 40 deer pear and crabapple from Nativ nurseries last year as seedlings and I might have lost 2 or 3, but overall they are doing great. I tubed them all with tubes from Nativ as well.
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Re: Fruit trees for deer

Postby jtdumallard » Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:46 am

You can also get all of the tree tubes locally at Forestry Suppliers.
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Re: Fruit trees for deer

Postby bustercat64 » Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:33 pm

What I have used in the past was a split water-hose for the small plants and vines and flex pipe for larger trees split so there is some give in it.

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