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Kevin Hahn

Food Plotting

Fall Fruit Tree Plantings

Mon, September 09, 2013

A Stark Bro’s catalog came in today’s mail with an offer of free shipping on all fall orders of $85 or more.  This caught my interest as I have been making plans for some fall plantings of apples to add to my wildlife food plot orchards.  Early spring and late fall are great times to plant fruit trees and there is plenty time to place an order for fall plantings. Fruit tree suppliers will ship your trees for the appropriate planting time for your location based on the zip code you provide.  My apple tree order that I placed with Stark’s today will arrive around November 4th. 

My number one suggestion for planting a wildlife fruit tree orchard is to plant the best disease resistant varieties available.  This will make your orchard a much lower maintenance orchard.  Along with disease resistant variety selections, I also recommend the following:

• Avoid planting dwarf trees and thus plant only semi dwarf or standard size apple trees
• Protect your fruit tree plantings against rodent and deer damage with wire cages
• Chose a selection of apple varieties that will ripen over an extended period to ensure available fruit throughout the hunting season.

Some very good apple selections in Stark Bro’s fall catalogue  that meet the above criteria are:

• Whitney and Chestnut crabapples
• Jonafree
• Enterprize
• Goldrush
• Crimsoncrisp

For more detailed information about growing fruit trees for wildlife food plots, variety selections, and fruit tree suppliers, visit my January 17, 2013 blog post: “Orchards Catering to a Deer’s Sweet Tooth”