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Name: PrairieGirl
Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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prairiegirl
Oct 22, 2013 9:15 PM CST
I have two rows of fruit trees (12 total) in zone 5a that attract countless deer. Can I under-plant these trees with daffodil? Anyone have luck deterring wildlife from their orchard?
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Oct 23, 2013 6:48 AM CST

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I grow daffodils around all my fruit trees. It's a recommended approach. They do say that the daffodils deter the deer but I never noticed any difference. The deer just walk right past it and keep going. The daffodils do help keep grass away from the trunk of your trees, though, and they are pretty in the spring.
Name: PrairieGirl
Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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prairiegirl
Oct 23, 2013 7:50 AM CST
Dave, i envision these fruit trees in a sea of daffodils. Is that what you guys hav done? Any recommendations on where i could find bulk blubs?
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Oct 23, 2013 9:37 AM CST
Here is one place for wholesale bulbs:

http://www.vanengelen.com
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Oct 23, 2013 9:42 AM CST

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Search this page for bulbs:

http://garden.org/reviews/

I like Old House Gardens and Brent & Becky's. Both are friends of ATP and sponsor raffles here.

Also, we occasionally buy those big bags of daffodils that sam's club sells. They are just normal bulbs and nothing special but they work for what we're wanting.

Here's a picture of one of our plum trees from last spring:

Thumb of 2013-10-23/dave/d9333b

Name: PrairieGirl
Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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prairiegirl
Oct 23, 2013 1:22 PM CST
Thank you both!
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Oct 24, 2013 9:24 AM CST
A sea of daffodils would be cool, for sure. But it can't be exclusively daffs everywhere. When the daffs die back, what will grow there? Weeds. The best use of daffs in an orchard or a yard with fruit trees is under the fruit tree canopies and nearer to the trunks.

That daffodils deter deer is an erroneous inference from the true fact that deer and other animals don't eat them.

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