MBI has a smoking deal on bare root crab apple trees
For the land stewards among us who love to plant for wildlife, MBI has organized a bulk buy on bare root apple trees. We have selected 3 proven Minnesota tough crab varieties that the deer love to eat. These trees are all zone 3 hardy so they can be planted anywhere in Minnesota. MBI president Johnson suggests wrapping the bottom of the trees in screen to keep hungry rabbits and mice from girdling them, and caging the young trees as deer love to browse and rub the young trees.
Crab apples trees for deer
It takes 4 to 8 years for an apple tree to produce significant fruit, so 10 years ago was the best time to plant your mini orchard, but this spring is your second best time. Many of these apple trees will blossom heavily this spring, but I encourage you to pinch off all the flowers to let your tree focus on its root system the first couple years. Deer crabs do not require the shaping and pruning that the heavier human apple trees do, and require almost no maintenance. Space them 15 feet apart, mulch the ground to help reduce weed competition, and you are in business.
Your apple trees require lots of sunlight, especially early morning light to burn the dew off, and make sure the soil is well drained to keep their feet watered, by not sitting in pooled water. I have planted 28 apple trees on my farm in the last 4 years, and am excited as I can see many of them are ready to have their first big fruit year next fall. These are trees my family will enjoy for many, many years.
Dolgo Crab Apple
Dolgo Crab is a great edible crab apple tree. It produces nice sized crabapples that are a pleasant tart flavor. These are an old time favorite that aren’t seen that much anymore. They can be eaten fresh, made into jelly, used in pies, or added to cider to give an excellent flavor. They are also self pollinating and make an excellent pollinator for other crabapples as well as apples. Many times a crabapple is planted in the middle of an apple orchard and the resulting crops are often heavier due the crabapples excellent pollination abilities. In the crabapple world, Dolgo produces a large crabapple that is a favorite of deer and other wildlife. Probably the best crabapple for deer plantings as well as been quite useful to people. 4′ tall.
MBI price $13.85
Produces 1.75-2 inch fruit ripening in mid/late August, with the fruit often hanging through the early bow season. ‘Centenial’ is commonly planted as a pollinator in orchards or in deer plots. Fruit is red over orange with an excellent flavor for eating, apple butter or spiced apples. Fruit has storage life. Trees are large and very hardy. Large producer that is a favorite in food plots for deer. 9/16 trunk diameter.
MBI price $11.95
A vigorous, hardy crabapple that makes pleasant “chestnut” flavored jam. Large 2″ reddish yellow fruit. Often used as a disease resistant pollinator for apples. Produces lots of apples. Often a longer holding tree dropping fruit throughout September. 9/16 trunk diameter.
MBI price $11.95
The crabs will come bare root straight from the warehouse so they will be in premium condition. Keep the roots moist and covered until you get them in the ground for best results. Below is a list of dates and locations you can pick up your trees. We will be mailing the list to the pick up locations. You can add a drop spot if you get an order for 100 trees together. Place your order and we will add the drop spot. Pay for the trees in advance, and bring a drivers license so they can find your order. Happy planting!
Archery Headquarters Rochester MN April
Midwest Archery St Michael
We will be adding spots in St Cloud, Lakeville,