Friday, September 23, 2022

Create a Honey Hole With Chestnut Hill Outdoors

Alachua, FL - Ever wonder what makes specific locations more attractive to deer? Perhaps it's an abundance of food to meet their nutritional requirements or cover where deer and other wildlife feel more secure. Maybe it's some combination of both, not just any food but the right food at the right time and in or near protective cover. The more attractive habitat components present in one location, the more effective it will be at attracting and holding deer. Chestnut Hill Outdoors offers a powerful pair of persimmons, each specially selected for their abundant fruit production and capability of creating a thicket of cover.

Few soft mast species are more attractive to deer than ripe persimmons, and Early Drop Deer Candy Persimmons kick off the attraction calendar, bearing fruit from late August through October. These grafted American female persimmons will bear fruit in 2-3 years, depending on climate and the care they receive. The Deer Candy collection includes three varieties, and Chestnut Hill Outdoors will select the best variety for success in their designated destination.

Cover may still hold deer after the food runs out, but the dual action can continue by adding Late Drop Deer Magnet Persimmons to the mix. This variety, also of grafted female American persimmons, was selected and perfected by Chestnut Hill Outdoors to drop fruit later, from October through November and even into December, considerably widening the window of attractiveness. And both will eventually create a thicket of cover where deer will feel more comfortable feeding and therefore linger longer.


  • Height at Maturity: 30'-50'
  • Spread: 20'-35'
  • Tree Form: Central Leader
  • USDA Zone: 6-9
  • Foliage: Beautiful red-purple color in fall
  • Bloom: May - June in most locations
  • Fruit: Orange (when ripe) 1-1.5" fruit with 4-6 large flat seeds
  • Light requirements: Full sun

Soil type: Adapted to upland, wet if only seasonal and well drained or sandy clay or loam; Ph 6.0-7.0

Fertilization: New trees planted in the winter won't need fertilizer (balanced time released 10-10-10 fertilizer or Espoma Tree Tone Organic) until April or May.

Pollination: Requires Pollinator. Plant at least two trees for pollination; however, each additional tree will increase pollination for better mast production.

Pruning: Most persimmon trees require little pruning, especially when bearing fruits. Pruning is usually restricted to controlling the tree's size or removing dead, diseased, and damaged branches. Prune any suckers that develop.

As their respective names imply, Early Drop Persimmons draw deer in early in the fall, and Late Drop Persimmons keep them there well into winter. By providing food and cover over a longer period, the effect of the whole becomes more significant than the sum of its parts. The result is a honey hole where deer will feel more comfortable feeding and loafing in leisure.

Chestnut Hill Outdoors is the best place for you to purchase your food plot and deer attractant plants because they offer a large selection. Their plants are specifically bred to attract deer, and they offer customers different-sized plants at different levels of growth. To ensure you receive the maximum benefit from their products, they also provide sound advice and instruction on proper planting and care. For more on Chestnut Hill Outdoors products and how to care for them, visit, or call (855) 386-7826.

Chestnut Hill is the best place for you to purchase your food plot and deer attractant plants because they offer a large selection, their plants are specifically bred to attract deer, and they offer customers different sized plants at different levels of growth.

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