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#6162187 - 01/30/16 11:41 AM Fruit trees?
Dbax Offline
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Registered: 12/30/15
Posts: 33
Loc: Kingwood...Sonora Tx
Do any of you have or have planted fruit tress for whitetail?
Will they grow in Sonora?

I'm thinking about getting a couple of pear trees to try. I know they will not start producing for a couple years.

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#6162463 - 01/30/16 04:26 PM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Dbax]
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Registered: 02/18/09
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I have often wondered the same thing thought about planting a pakistan mulberry

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#6162469 - 01/30/16 04:34 PM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Dbax]
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Registered: 08/19/06
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Loc: bastrop county
you would have to protect for the first couple of yrs at least, the deer will eat the bark, don't think you would have much luck in your area.
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#6162476 - 01/30/16 04:41 PM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Dbax]
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Unless you have a way to water them I don't think most fruit trees will work. The only fruit tree that I am sure will work is a pomegranate. I don't think the pomegranates will help with wildlife.

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#6163168 - 01/31/16 10:03 AM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Erny]
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Originally Posted By: Erny
Unless you have a way to water them I don't think most fruit trees will work. The only fruit tree that I am sure will work is a pomegranate. I don't think the pomegranates will help with wildlife.
pomegranates will not produce without abundant water, I have one in my back yard
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#6163446 - 01/31/16 03:24 PM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Dbax]
Dbax Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/30/15
Posts: 33
Loc: Kingwood...Sonora Tx
Thanks guys. I'll keep researching as well.
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#6175406 - 02/08/16 10:25 PM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Dbax]
TigerCobra Offline
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Registered: 07/27/11
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Loc: Ft.worth
I have Pear and Peach trees for my eating and the deer eat them up every summer I also make pear jams and freeze the extra pears for bait. Deer will eat every peach off the trees lol and then eat pears. Pears last a long time and they make good bait for Archery season in fall.

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#6175520 - 02/09/16 07:00 AM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Dbax]
Dbax Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/30/15
Posts: 33
Loc: Kingwood...Sonora Tx
Very nice. I read the deer love them.
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#6175531 - 02/09/16 07:15 AM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Dbax]
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Registered: 08/27/08
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I have about i5 pear trees that are very mature. I may get a pear crop every 4 or 5 years. The trees are in a valley not the rock. They don't get pears either because they bloom then it freezes again and the blooms drop. They get blooms and it hails and the blooms drop. They get blooms and pears start to grow and it turns off dry and the pears fall off before it is time. Not trying to discourage you just telling you reality.
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#6175658 - 02/09/16 08:49 AM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Dbax]
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Cant hurt, but it will be a struggle to get them established.
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#6175750 - 02/09/16 09:39 AM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Dbax]
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Registered: 09/10/12
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
we had a lease years ago in western Llano county with an old homestead that was surrounded with about a dozen large pear trees. This was before anyone had "feeders" and the deer were thick around those pear trees when the pears started to fall. My dad had a couple of pear trees at his shop and he would pick up the bad fruit off the ground and put in a 5 gallon bucket to take to our ranch to dump out, they were usually gone within a day. We tried planting pear and fig trees at the ranch, but the deer kept them nipped off at the ground. We took some re-mesh (like you put in concrete) and made a 6-8 cage to allow the trees to grow for a couple of years to get established. We still have several fig trees down by the artisan springs where they got water during the drought years.
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#6175758 - 02/09/16 09:42 AM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Dbax]
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i have 5 pear trees on my land, keep deer coming from all over

if you can plant fruit trees, that's one of the best attractants

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#6177465 - 02/10/16 10:00 AM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Dbax]
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Registered: 12/30/12
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We have wild plums and persimmon trees on our place in Lee county. No idea if they would grow out at Sonora but the deer eat every fruit they can reach.

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#6177527 - 02/10/16 10:37 AM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: Dbax]
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Pear trees are pretty hardy. The best is native persimmon and wild plum, they are very drought tolerant and deer love them. Plant persimmon on the banks of wet creek or around stock tanks. Wild plums grow very well in draws.


Edited by huntwest (02/10/16 10:40 AM)

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#6177598 - 02/10/16 11:18 AM Re: Fruit trees? [Re: huntwest]
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Originally Posted By: huntwest
Pear trees are pretty hardy. The best is native persimmon and wild plum, they are very drought tolerant and deer love them. Plant persimmon on the banks of wet creek or around stock tanks. Wild plums grow very well in draws.


where can I buy sappling native persimmon and wild plum?

I am putting in a bunch of grapes this year, would like to add the 2 above

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