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PoorSand

5 year old buck +
Attached is a photo I took yesterday of one of my Dolgo seedling trees. I think that about two-thirds of the apples have fallen off it since Thanksgiving. The apples are about the diameter of a nickel. There were plenty of deer tracks under the tree.
 

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Bowsnbucks

5 year old buck +
Attached is a photo I took yesterday of one of my Dolgo seedling trees. I think that about two-thirds of the apples have fallen off it since Thanksgiving. The apples are about the diameter of a nickel. There were plenty of deer tracks under the tree.
Deer won't stop to measure your apples on that Dolgo seedling before they scarf them down!! If they appeal to deer .................... down the hatch.
Nice tree. Is it me or do some of those apples look bigger than the others hanging nearby??
 

PoorSand

5 year old buck +
Well, some of the apples are penny sized and others are up to quarter size. Nickel size is a fair estimate of the average size. The bigger ones fall off the soonest is my recollection.
 

KickapooKid#1

5 year old buck +
I checked out my trees this weekend. Chestnut crab planted 2017 on b118. Wickson crab 2017 m111. Centennial crab 2018 on Ant. And a eadow crab I found in an apartment parking lot and grafted on b118 planted 2019. Wish I can show some hanging fruit, but my trees get robbed every mid July.
 

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Mortenson

5 year old buck +
What's that beast right behind the Centennial?
 

sandbur

5 year old buck +
I checked out my trees this weekend. Chestnut crab planted 2017 on b118. Wickson crab 2017 m111. Centennial crab 2018 on Ant. And a eadow crab I found in an apartment parking lot and grafted on b118 planted 2019. Wish I can show some hanging fruit, but my trees get robbed every mid July.

What steals your fruit in July?


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KickapooKid#1

5 year old buck +
Raccoons mostly
 

KickapooKid#1

5 year old buck +
I have a picture of 5 in my liberty late October. That explains my snapped top and other branches just below.
 

sandbur

5 year old buck +
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There are lots of fruit Spurs on this seedling crab from my grandma in law. The tree usually bears fruit every other year with very little pruning or care.

Some of the tag alders around it need to be cut back.

Memory tells me it drops early to mid season.


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Bowsnbucks

5 year old buck +
Serious amount of spurs!! ^^^^^ Some of our smaller, un-named "bird crabs" look like that.
 

sandbur

5 year old buck +
Serious amount of spurs!! ^^^^^ Some of our smaller, un-named "bird crabs" look like that.

I need to keep a closer eye on this tree, but it seems like the fruit is 1 1/4 inches or so. Bigger than dolgo.


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PoorSand

5 year old buck +
There was another crabapple tree beside the road that I scouted three weeks ago. At that time, it was loaded with quarter sized apples. I checked it again yesterday and it was bare. I snipped two 5/16" caliper scions off it.
 

PoorSand

5 year old buck +
And the landowner pointed me to yet another crab about 100 yards away. Photo attached. He said this one has been dropping slowly since September. Plenty of deer tracks under it. I snipped a couple 3/16" sticks off it while I was there.
 

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sandbur

5 year old buck +
And the landowner pointed me to yet another crab about 100 yards away. Photo attached. He said this one has been dropping slowly since September. Plenty of deer tracks under it. I snipped a couple 3/16" sticks off it while I was there.

I like those clusters of fruit. How big are the apples?


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Bowsnbucks

5 year old buck +
And the landowner pointed me to yet another crab about 100 yards away. Photo attached. He said this one has been dropping slowly since September. Plenty of deer tracks under it. I snipped a couple 3/16" sticks off it while I was there.
Sounds like a dandy find, Poor Sand. If you can graft & grow some duplicates of THAT tree, you should have years of winners!
 

Bowsnbucks

5 year old buck +
I need to keep a closer eye on this tree, but it seems like the fruit is 1 1/4 inches or so. Bigger than dolgo.
1 1/4" dia. is right up a deer's alley. Easy to eat. Must be a heavy producer with that many spurs.
 

PoorSand

5 year old buck +
Sandbur: About the size of a Susan B. Anthony dollar.
 

sandbur

5 year old buck +
Sandbur: About the size of a Susan B. Anthony dollar.

Nice!

Next you need to taste some for cider blends.


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PoorSand

5 year old buck +
Sandbur: Planting apple trees for deer has been, and continues to be, a multi-generational project for us. I don't actually know of anyone on our farms who has ever eaten an apple from one of our apple trees. Deer rule here! We make sure they have enough to eat.
 
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