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How to stop foxes and deer from raiding your apple trees

A reader and customer wrote to Dan a few days ago, about the first crop on his two new trees. The trees supplied by Suffolk Fruit & Trees are always 2-3 years old and so they dutifully flowered in the first season after fruiting. Dan advised to grow just two apples on each tree for their first crop in the garden, and so the owner removed all surplus fruitlets towards the end of May. His first two Cox apples grew to maturity, but the Fiesta apples were raided by foxes. And so what will happen in subsequent seasons when the Fiesta tree is in full production?

Dan said, “In the next and following seasons, when the fruit is beginning to ripen, you could try this method. It is often effective to hang a small, highly scented piece of soap using a metal S-hook. This often deters foxes and deer. Once the piece of soap loses its scent, it is no longer effective. Check and replace it if this is the case.”

Fox in a garden, photo Mike Holloway/

Fox in a garden, photo courtesy of Mike Holloway/


Also known as Red Pippin. We have a lot of experience in growing this apple variety. I even remember the time when it was first introduced. This is one of the apples which is greatly undervalued. It was introduced in 1972 by Dr. Alston, at that time the breeder at East Malling Research Station in Kent. The mark that I would give to this apple is 9 out of 10. It eats well, it keeps well and it looks attractive. It doesn’t shrivel easily. The fruit is crisp and of decent size. One of the parents is Cox’s Orange Pippin. Irrespective of weather conditions it crops every year. It is a partially self-fertile diploid variety, so it will produce a crop as a single tree, though it benefits from a pollination partner. It is very easy to grow, and it is suitable for all parts of the UK. It is a super pollinator and does not need a lot of room. By January it still has a very good flavour. Primarily an eating apple, it also produces an excellent apple juice.The perfect apple to train as an espalier or grow on M26 as a cordon.

Click here to go to the Tree Varieties page, where you can select this and other varieties with a provisional order

Fiesta, photo courtesy of Bob Franklin/

Fiesta, photo courtesy of Bob Franklin/