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Johnafree Apple Trees

Discussion in 'Fruits & Vegetables' started by ducks4you, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. Apr 21, 2019
    flowerbug

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    i don't see any indication that crabapples are poisonous to horses:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_plants_poisonous_to_equines


    but these are the type i was thinking of:

    https://luv2garden.com/crabapple_edible.html
     
  2. Apr 21, 2019
    thistlebloom

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    They are not poisonous, but the quantity consumed can cause colic. Apple seeds also contain cyanide, but a lot would have to be consumed to be fatal. A crab apple is just an apple tree, so not toxic. But a horses intestine is long and convoluted so you want to avoid feeding anything gassy.

    As @ducks4you knows, there are trees that are toxic and should not be in a pasture with horses. I commend her for her caution.

    http://veterinaryteam.dvm360.com/top-5-trees-poisonous-large-animals?pageID=5
     
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  3. Apr 22, 2019
    ducks4you

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    Shame, but I think my DH's may be planting a non fruiting crabapple bc she wants spring flowering. Crabapples are native, so they are pretty hardy.
     
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  4. May 11, 2019
    ducks4you

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    Finally got pictures of my caged trees. I have secured the chicken wire to the ground in 3 spots for each tree AND they have survived one "inner sanctum horse mowing", so far.
    Johnagold apple trees caged, #1.jpg Johnagold apple trees caged, #2.jpg
     
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  5. May 11, 2019
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    Fruit tree report:
    My old apple tree has NO flowers. Some time this year I will be chopping it down.
    My two Montmorency Tart Cherry Trees were aGAIN covered with blossoms and I should get aNOTHER bumper crop in June.
    The horses' GD apple tree had a quite a few blossoms. I did some late winter pruning, but it needs more.
    My survivor pear tree had a bunch of blossoms, so we will see which ones survive to fruit.
    I was upset that my peach tree had no blossoms. It is a beautiful tree, but has been a disappointment. I pruned it in March and may have pruned off the few blossoms for 2019, but I let it get tall and gangly, so I took as much as I could, opened up the middle more and will take more next March to try to prune it back to manageable.
     
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