Food Plot Plants

Food Plot Plants

Food plot plants help attract deer to your property. The goal of the food plot plants is to keep deer, squirrels, turkeys, and other wildlife coming to your property for hunting or well-fed and healthy Options from TN Nursery like berry bushes serve a dual purpose—they are nutritious for deer, and the food they enjoy eating. Buy plants from our nursery. They have different blooming seasons and are hardy in regions across the United States.

1. Black Raspberry

2. Dewberry

3. Low Bush Blueberry

4. White Baneberry

5. Pokeberry

Food Plot Plants Are Great For Animal Lovers, Hunters and Reforestation

The plants from TN Nursery will provide widescale coverage for gamekeepers. Large amounts of deer will appear on your property to forage on plants that appeal to them the most. Choices from TN Nursey include berry bushes, such as blackberry, raspberry, red chokeberry, and mulberry. Berry bushes promise exceptional coverage for feeding deer. For instance, the red chokeberry has eight feet and a width of five feet. The hardy plant thrives in drought conditions.

Unlike black chokeberry, which tends to be deer-resistant, red chokeberry will attract deer. Notably, hunters prefer black raspberries over red raspberries. Black raspberries tend to have a higher yield. Plant the black raspberry bush in full sun to produce the most fruit. Oats and rye are also ideal choices for attracting deer to your property. Consider river oats for the deer, especially in areas with limited annual rainfall. Wild oats are annual plants that grow to about one to three feet. Wild oats produce seeds that promote more plant growth—expanding coverage areas for deer.

Rye food plot plants from TN Nursery can act as an attractant to deer on your property.

Rye is a large plant with stalks reaching up to six feet. Wide rye varieties thrive in moist conditions, so nearby water sources for optimal growth are best. Deer eat most of the plant but will not consume the seed heads.

Attracting Deer and More

TN Nursery retails plants that attract more than just deer to your properties. Certain plants, including wild rice, entice waterfowl to your area. Ducks and geese will come to feast on your wild rice during the spring. Along with feeding native animals, you can harvest wild rice for human consumption. Another type of plant to use is prairie dropseed. Each plant will cover about three feet high and three feet wide of space. The grass attracts birds, waterfowl, deer, and more because of its fragrant scent. Hard seeds grow off the plant and drop to the ground at maturity.

Birds and other animals enjoy consuming the dropped seeds. With full sun and adequate drainage, prairie dropseed grows exceptionally well.

Caring for Foot Plot Plants

Most TN Nursery plants are relatively maintenance-free and will attract deer for miles. To promote plant growth, follow all instructions. Most bare-root plants require a stable temperature to prevent freezing or drying out. Plants should go into the ground within a couple of days of receipt. Soak roots in the hole before planting and then water after soil cover. They are very stable and usually only require watering for the first five days after planting. 

According to Outdoor Life Magazine, the best place to put down these plants are spots with low human traffic and where deer have access to escape cover. Examples of locations include nearby thickets or a few rows of tall crops. The plantings should not be visible from roadways or neighboring homes. The most successful plantings have an "L" shape or hourglass formation. Prep the selected spot by removing all vegetation. You should select a variety of food plot plants instead of a single one to improve the chances of the deer foraging.

Most plants, including the berry bushes, last for years. You could rely on the same plants for five years or more to give area deer the most nutritious blend of food available. When deer regularly feed these crops, body mass can increase by 20 percent. These plants won't take much work to establish as long as you grow in the right conditions. Before selecting a plant from TN Nursery, confirm that the shrub will grow in your zone. These plants, including berry bushes, grow in zones 3 through 9 in the United States.

Give plants nutritious soil too. Always perform a soil test before planting to evaluate pH and fertility levels. You may need to lime the planting area to get the pH level required for successful food plots.

Food Plot Plants available at TN Nursery

Specialty plants - Food Plot Plants

They are an efficient approach to enhancing whitetail hunting in a region by increasing deer body conditions and attracting deer. They are generally planted to provide deer with more food; however, they are also a food source for other wildlife. Plant species ideal for food plots differs depending on geography and soil type. Choosing the correct plant species is critical if the plant is used as part of a deer management strategy. With suitable food plots, you may improve each area of deer hunting land during hunting season. Even minor enhancements to the variety of food readily accessible in your hunting region will bear a reward.  

Better nutrition will produce a healthier herd. In locations where food is scarce, such an endeavor may significantly impact. Even in the wealthiest agricultural land, where deer seldom starve for a considerable time, a well-chosen and well-placed plant may attract and draw deer to one location, making them simpler to hunt. It is not essential if you wish to hunt. However, if you want to boost your chances of spotting animals, these plants will undoubtedly help.

If the native forage isn't perfect in your location, building a plot might help the herd achieve its full potential. Depending on what you grow, the plot may assist the herd cope throughout the winter when forage is sparse. Reducing stress and having a constant food supply help prevent illness or improve survival chances if one is contracted. These plots may be split into two categories based on growing seasons: warm-season and cool-season plants. In most cases, warm-season plants are grown in the spring and flourish during the summer until autumn.

On the other hand, cool-season plants are sown in the autumn or early spring and may thrive throughout the year, depending on the species. Generally, warm-season forages are annual plants, but fall and winter forages may be annual or perennial.

Types of warm-season food plots

Barnyard Grass: It is a natural warm-season grass that grows up to three feet tall in the open. It is ideal for troubled regions as a self-seeding annual that enjoys damp to wet conditions and full sunlight. Ducks and some other waterfowl find this a handy natural food source, and it is often planted to draw them in.

Black Raspberry: Berry bushes provide excellent shelter for deer foraging. Hunters favor black raspberries for food plot plants since they generate more fruit. Please place it in full sunlight to get the maximum fruit from your black raspberry bush.

Blackberry Plant: Besides providing food for game birds such as quail and pheasant in early spring, blackberry plants also provide shelter and protection from predators. Blackberry bushes are a personal favorite hiding place for quail.

Blue Grama Grass: It is a warm-season native grass with strong animal palatability, making it an excellent food plant. It provides ideal autumn and winter forage since it effectively cures on the ground and retains about half its nutritional content. It is also resistant to grazing.

Broom Sedge: It is a native warm-season grass that may grow 18 inches or 3 feet tall. It is helpful for soil stabilization on recently burnt lands. It provides security for birds and little animals while allowing them to recover their locations, and the fresh blades nourish animals.

Other warm-season food plot plant examples include Bushy Bluestem, Running Bamboo, Red Chokeberry, Prairie Dropseed, Mountain Sedge, Mountain Mint, Indian Grass, Goldenseal, Switchgrass, and Cherokee Sedge.

Types of cool-season food plots

Persimmon tree: Its orange, oval fruit is the tree's most significant advantage to deer and other animals. This brightly colored quarter-sized fruit is abundant in carbs, starch, iron, potassium, sugar, and vitamin C. After the first frost, the fruit on the tree begins to mature, making it an excellent nutrition source for deer as they prepare for the winter.

Riverbank Wild Rye: It is a cool-season bunchgrass with a short lifespan that is utilized to stabilize soil and offers food and shelter for animals. It is a short-lived cool-season bunchgrass that serves as a source of food and shelter for animals. As a cool-season grass species, it will thrive mainly during spring and autumn, when the soil temperature is also excellent.

Wild Oats: While wild oats are an excellent source of nutrients for deer throughout the harsh winter months, they also help rejuvenate the soil and prepare it for spring planting.

Wild Rice: Waterfowl are drawn to your region by various plants, including wild rice. Throughout the springtime, wild rice attracts ducks and geese. It is possible to gather wild rice for human food and use it to feed local animals.

Willow Oak Tree: The tiny red oak acorns borne on willow oak trees usually fall among all other categories. Since they are the sole source of forage at that moment, animals devour them up. They are excellent at hiding beneath the leaf litter until late winter or early spring when the turkeys eat them. Willow oaks are ideal for waterfowl and may withstand minor flooding.

Other examples of cold-season food plot plants include White Oak Trees, River Oats, Pin Oak Trees, Tussock Sedge, Soft Rush Grass, Paw Paw Trees, Palm Sedge, Mulberry Trees, Elderberry Trees, and Crabapple Trees.

The function of your food plot will assist you in deciding which species to grow in. Creating a warm-season food plot might be beneficial if you seek an earlier seasonal kill plot or supply nourishment when bucks are actively developing antlers.

A cool-season food plot may be preferable if you need a kill plot further in the year or to give excellent food plot forage throughout the nutritionally brutal winter and early spring. If you wish for the perfect blend and the ability to supply year-round nourishment to the deer herd, you should plant some of each.