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Posted by Stark Bro's on Feb 17, 2015
Most apple trees are diploids, which means they have two sets of chromosomes; however, there are a few apple varieties that are triploids – with three sets of chromosomes. These trees are often referred to as “pollen sterile”. Without getting too into the nitty-gritty science of it, what’s important to remember is that triploid apple trees […]
Posted by Stark Bro's on Feb 10, 2015
Garlic originated in central Asia dating back thousands of years. Humans have long since been enjoying garlic as a staple food ingredient as well as medicinal remedy with many uses — from fighting infection to improving digestion. Garlic is a member of the Allium genus, which includes onions, leeks, and shallots. There are a few things to keep […]
Posted by Stark Bro's on Feb 9, 2015
Shallots: the “gourmet onion”. They’re like garlic dressed up as an onion with all the flavor of both worlds wrapped up in a humble little package. You may be familiar with shallots by the name “multiplier onions”, and you may have had them roasted or sautéed in your favorite restaurant meals — they’re a popular […]
Posted by Stark Bro's on Feb 2, 2015
Sweet potatoes are nutritious, starchy root vegetables. Sweet potato plants are in the same family as morning glories (Convolvulaceae), and are only distantly related to potatoes. Since they are not in the nightshade family (Solanaceae) with potatoes, sweet potatoes are a dietary alternative for people who are sensitive to nightshades. Sweet potato plants are heat-loving, low-maintenance […]
Posted by Stark Bro's on Jan 19, 2015
There are different pruning and training structures for different types of fruit trees. The central leader, or main leader, structure is recommended for fruit trees whose branches naturally have more of an upright growth habit, rather than a spreading nature. This structure calls for a single trunk with scaffold limbs (think like a Christmas tree form), which […]
Posted by Stark Bro's on Jan 19, 2015
Different types of fruit trees benefit from pruning and training to the structures that suit them. Open center pruning is recommended forthose naturally vigorous and highly productive stone-fruit trees. An open-center structure keeps the tree’s canopy open to light, which is necessary for the development of quality fruit. It is beneficial in supporting the heavy fruit crops of certain stone-fruit […]
Posted by Stark Bro's on Jan 12, 2015
Pineberries are relatively new to the fruit scene, but they are becoming increasingly popular in Europe and North America – especially in farmer’s markets and specialty food stores. These plants are a perfect addition to an existing strawberry patch, or to alternate with new red strawberry plantings for landscape interest. These berries are easy to grow […]
Posted by Stark Bro's on Dec 1, 2014
When it comes to encouraging a healthy and productive fruit tree, there are two big things you can do to help. One is to select and maintain a clean and ideal growing site. Remove any weeds and debris regularly to avoid nutrient competition and contamination of pests and diseases. Another way is to provide proactive […]
Posted by Stark Bro's on Nov 10, 2014
Winter can seem like a tough time of year for fruit trees, with its bitter-cold, freezing, and sub-zero temperaturesabound; however, as long as fruit trees are growing within their recommended hardiness zone, they are heartier than you might think. Trees planted in the ground spend all of their time outdoors, so what might appear as […]
Posted on Oct 3, 2014
Some fruit and nut trees are not ideal for bare-root transplants. These trees tend to have large taproots with few feeder roots, which can be challenging to get started. That's why our experts have selected certain varieties to be grown and shipped in 4x4x10-inch pots, forming our Stark® EZ Start® System.
In this video, Elmer shares the benefits of trees grown in our Stark® EZ Start® Program. Find out more on our blog: http://www.starkbros.com/blog/an-ez-start-to-growing-trees/
Trees that are shipped without soil to ensure good contact with soil in your yard. When shipped, they are about 3-4' tall with 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. When they mature, they will be one of three sizes*:
Matures to be about 8-10' tall and wide. Provides an abundance of full-size fruit.
Matures to be about 12-15' tall and wide. Gives maximum fruit yield per square foot.
Matures to be about 15-25' tall and 20' wide. A multi-purpose fruit and shade tree.
Top-grade, bare-root trees that give you a head start on growing. When shipped, they are about 4-5' tall with 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
Trees in bottomless pots that allow some roots to be air pruned, so that a dense mass of productive, feeder roots can grow within the pot to make transplanting easier. Mature sizes vary. When shipped, they are about 1-2' tall.
Top-grade, potted trees chosen to give you a head start on growing. When shipped to you, they are about 3-4' tall.
*Tree sizes may vary by variety. See our Growing Guide for details.