Droptine are my fastest growers / fruiters from Whitetail crabs. I believe they had had a few crabs apples the first year in the ground . Definitely the 2 nd year in the ground, and 3 rd year I had several dozen crabs. With that said several if not most of it's crabs are still hanging along with some 30-06 crabs and Crossbow crabs. My first batch was planted in 2020 . Terry said once the tree gets mature at about 5 years is when you should get a more consistent and regular drop for the fruit....I hope he is right. If anyone is reading this with Droptines,30-06 and Crossbows over 5 years old are you getting a consistent drop and are they a draw for deer or do they just mummify and hand on the tree ?
I planted a bunch of trees from Whitetail Crabs 2015-16.
DropTine is definitely the most precocious of them. Fruited fast and grows fast, almost too fast. I fertilized a little and had trouble with branches getting weepy looking from fruit load and cracking, then raccoons go after them and they either snapped or stayed looking like a weeping willow. The main leader even horse shoe’d over and trees where over 12’ tall at the time. Kind of the same with 30-06 but not as bad.
I was very happy with the upward growth and wanted to see them get nice and tall but it was a double edge sword.
My solution was to prune those back pretty hard to strengthen the branch’s and had to ad a tall conduit pole to support main leader. That did the trick and they are much beefier now.
Now when I plant those I prune branches back on them at year 3-4 and it is a non issue.
Fruit sets are always great with those and yes the older they get the better the fruit drops. GH is another crab like that.
Of all the varieties I put in the ground from WC I’m still waiting on the Gray Ghosts to put on fruit, they have grown great. I suspect that they are Antanocova or very similar?
Yes deer and all kinds of wildlife eat all of the WC varieties that I have in the ground that are fruiting.
They do what they are marketed to do, heavy fruit, hold late, drop slow. They are smaller fruit though even on my bigger trees the crabs are nickel to quarter size.