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Old 01-02-2005, 08:27 PM
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Hello folks,

Im looking to plant some apple trees in the corner of my plots, maybe 2 or 3 of them, what kinda nutritional value will the apples have, and which variety should i plant (in TN.)? The deer here crave apples, so i thought i would plant a few trees in my plot. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-02-2005, 09:11 PM
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CHECK NURSERIES ON-LINE AND REQUEST A PRODUCT CATALOG. TWO I HAVE USED ARE MUSSER NURSERIES AND STARK BROS. THE CATALOG WILL DISPLAY A U.S PLANTING ZONE GUIDE AS WELL AS TELL YOU WHAT TIME OF YEAR EACH APPLE WILL RIPEN. YOU CAN ORDER DIFFERENT VARIETIES THAT WILL RIPEN AT DIFFERENT TIMES FROM LATE AUGUST THROUGH NOVEMBER TO COINCIDE WITH YOUR HUNTING. I DON'T THINK YOU WILL WANT TO COUNT ON APPLES FOR DEER NUTRITION. YOU WOULD BE MUCH BETTER OFF WITH CLOVER AND OTHER SEED BLENDS.
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Old 01-02-2005, 09:13 PM
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you usually need to plant different varieties since they are not self pollinating.
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:10 PM
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Thanks for the repies, i will check to see which trees produce apples when. I have some great plots but want that added attraction that the apple trees give.
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If you are trying to provide food other than grasses, forbs etc. have you thought of shrubs and bushes?They will provide food and cover a lot quicker than apple trees. I am not suggesting that you don't plant apple trees, just that you consider also planting shrubs/bushes to provide much of the same benefits while you are waiting for the apple trees to mature and produce fruit.
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:21 PM
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Try www.wildlifegroup.com it is a nursury in Tuskegee, AL. I have bought 250+ tree and have had great success
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Old 01-03-2005, 11:18 PM
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What shrubs and bushes do you suggest jfwalker? I am TN, so what would u suggest? Thanks
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Old 01-04-2005, 12:10 AM
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Consider: Aromatic Sumac 8', Blackberry 5', False Indigo 12' (and is a legume), Roughleaf Dogwood 20' (and good on poor soil), and Wild Plum 25'. All make good windbreaks, erosion control, food and cover.
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Old 01-04-2005, 12:40 AM
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This is just what i like the sound of, persimmons,variety or apple trees, variety of oaks, and honey suckle along the fence row of my plots. Do you think this would make a good attraction, and good nutrition for the deer, and also cover? Thanks
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Old 01-04-2005, 02:15 AM
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How about throwing in a few Black Walnuts for yourself?
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persimmon trees are a great addition--it might take 5 to 7 years before they start making fruit though. Only female trees produce fruit---if you can find some small runners off a female tree and dig those runners up and replant that will help.

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I read to plant most fruit bearing trees on the south facing side of a field so they get the most possible sunlight. Makes perfect sense. My ten year old sawtooths that are open to the south are way ahead of the others. I have noticed the same on wild persimmons.
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Mississippi State has some great info on their www.msucares.com websight!
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