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#3007232 - 10/30/12 10:09 AM Crab Apples
4 Point

Registered: 04/27/11
Posts: 190
Loc: Lebanon, Tn

When do deer start to eat them? I have a tree that I didn't even know was there until this year. I brought in some other apple trees and put them about 50 feet from my food plot and a few months later I notice a tree on the edge of my food plot with apples on it. I am just lucky it wasn't cut when clearing my food plot. Anyway the deer don't seem to be eating the apples.
#3007336 - 10/30/12 11:17 AM Re: Crab Apples [Re: Obsession]
16 Point

Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 16954
Loc: Allardt, TN

Impossible to say what deer at a particular location will do. What sort of crabapples? Still hanging, on the ground, half and half? My Transcendents and Brandywines have all been eaten already.
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#3007374 - 10/30/12 11:49 AM Re: Crab Apples [Re: smstone22]
4 Point

Registered: 04/27/11
Posts: 190
Loc: Lebanon, Tn

I have no idea what kind it is, the tree must have been there for years. I assume when I brought the other apple trees in the tree was able to be cross pollenated, it was definitely a surprise to me. There are some apples on the ground and in the tree.
#3007424 - 10/30/12 12:26 PM Re: Crab Apples [Re: Obsession]
16 Point

Registered: 07/17/03
Posts: 12784
Loc: Middle, Tn

My deer haven't started eating mine on my place. I'm sure once they start they will like them, until then I will keep eating them.
#3019293 - 11/06/12 03:40 PM Re: Crab Apples [Re: richmanbarbeque]
4 Point

Registered: 07/11/11
Posts: 394
Loc: Humphreys County, TN

I have numerous wild apple trees on my property that produce huge amounts of 1" apples the deer have never eaten. They rot in the spring. I planted 100 crab apple trees that produce the 1/4" fruit and they go uneaten except for a few years probably when the birds eat them. I do have a southern crab apple that drops 1" fruit that disappears quickly so I think those work on my property and am planting more. Each property is different when it comes to preferred food sources. Experiment to see what works for you.
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