Apple trees... ???

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Apple trees... ???

Unread postby B B » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:26 pm

In the very near future I'm planning on planting at least two apple trees in my back yard. The location I would like to plant them will have partial sun and the soil is a little on the sandy side. I was thinking something along the lines of a crabapple tree, but not really sure and of course want it to be the most attractive to deer. Can anyone suggest a low maintenance apple tree that can survive in not so perfect conditions/soil? On the good side I can fertilize and water when needed, but I'm concerned about the partial sun. Thanks for any info!

In late fall I planted this 12' persimmon tree so hopefully it to will take and produce some good fruit.

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Unread postby Cricker » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:35 pm

Suns gonna be your biggest concern. Liberty is a good low maintenance apple tree. I have some in a somewhat shaded plot and they seem to do pretty well. As far as crab apples dolgo is a very good one if you can find it. Doesnt hurt to try either. When feeding use 10-10-10 and only twice a year. Once around easter and once around thanksgiving. If you feed during summer you will burn them out.
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Unread postby bigcitybowhunter » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:48 pm

I like crab apples. They hold their fruit longer than apple trees. I've seen some crab apples hold their fruit into January. The deer love them too!
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Unread postby 55project » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:01 pm

I heard that about the crab apple trees also. Andwhen the others drop all their fruit, the crab apples will still draw them in. 8-)
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Unread postby powerstroke250 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:24 pm

bees love them too. plus they stink when they fall. i just cut one down last spring that was in my back yard.
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Unread postby biggamecameraman » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:23 pm

hey BB keep this in mind all fruit trees need plenty of sunshine to do well :D
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Unread postby Phillyarcher » Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:05 pm

Hey BB,
The apples that I would plant are the ones Cricker mentioned. The Liberty apple is a good one and it very good against a lot of the apple diseases. The crab apple that I did a lot of research on the Dolgo is a good one the fruit gets about 1-1/2 inches in size. Here are a couple of other crabs that have larger fruit too, Callaway, Chestnut and Transcendant. Also use the 10-10-10 fertilizer. One method a friend told me is he uses a piece of re-bar and drives in around the drip line and he fills the hole with the fertilizer and his apples produce nice fruit. The liberty apple is a hard one to find in 1-1/2 or bigger diameter around here. Also the crabs are though to get that size too. I heard that Ty Ty nursery has them in that size or bigger. Check there web site out. I have a guy looking for me for these apples. When I hear back from him I will let you know. Also I planted some pears and I know the deer love them,when we were aloud to bait in Pa. We would put them out and they went crazy over them.
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Unread postby B B » Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:00 pm

Thanks guys!

PhillyArcher, Thanks!!!! Hope he finds them. I'll be searching also.
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Unread postby Cricker » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:50 pm

I have 10 dolgos in 15 gallon pots. If you cant fjnd them i can spare a few
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Unread postby B B » Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:17 pm

Thanks Cricker! PM sent.
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