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Posted by Stark Bro's on Feb 27, 2014
What is a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Dwarf fruit trees mature around 8 to 10 feet tall and wide. These small-sized trees will provide an abundance of full-sized fruit, but without requiring a large amount of room to grow. Benefits of a Dwarf Fruit Tree Remains a manageable size for growing in small spaces Allows for ...
Posted by Stark Bro's on Feb 27, 2014
Growing fruit trees is a new experience for many gardeners. The care and maintenance side may sound difficult, but it’s easier work than mowing the lawn — and you get fruit as a reward! Better still, there are fruit trees which are easy to grow and care for. That’s where Stark Picks come in. What ...
Posted by Sarah on Jan 31, 2014
When it’s been a cold winter… The best thing you can do to prepare your fruit trees for winter, even a harsh winter, is to plan ahead. There’s an old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure“, and I consider these words to live by, especially in the garden. If it’s ...
Posted on Jan 3, 2014
Elmer, Chief Production Officer at Stark Bro's, demonstrates how to apply Dormant Spray Oil in this quick, how-to video. The best time to spray your trees with a preventative dormant oil is in late winter or early spring. This is an important step to protect your trees from overwintering pests, giving you a head start to controlling pests during the growing season. Note: Before applying any sprays, be sure to read and follow the instructions on each product label.
In this video, Elmer shows you how to use Horticultural & Dormant Spray Oil [http://www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/pest-and-disease-control/bonide-all-seasons-horticultural-and-dormant-spray-oil]
Posted by Stark Bro's on Nov 20, 2013
Rhubarb is commonly known as a pie ingredient and it’s gaining popularity in other tasty recipes like salads, sauces, and juice. The rhubarb we eat is actually the green to reddish stalks of an attractive perennial garden plant with large, tropical-looking (inedible) leaves. When you receive rhubarb plants from Stark Bro’s* they will be bare-root, ...
Posted by Stark Bro's on Nov 6, 2013
Growing your own raspberries can be one of the easiest and most fruitful ventures you undertake in the garden. Raspberry plants are as simple to grow as garden veggies, like tomatoes and peppers, but they are perennials so they go dormant in the fall and winter and come back each spring to bloom and fruit ...
Posted by Stark Bro's on Jul 17, 2013
There is nothing quite like enjoying a freshly-picked peach from your own peach tree. Contrary to your average store-bought peach experience, a peach picked at its peak is one of the true “tastes of summer” and you will delight in the the challenge of keeping the juices from running down your arms to your elbows. ...
Posted by Stark Bro's on Jun 25, 2013
Everyone wants what’s best for their fruit trees, but sometimes the trees get a little unruly when left to their own devices. When it comes to the structural form of your fruit trees, they may need a gentle push in the right direction. That’s when tree limb spreaders come in handy. Using limb spreaders will ...
Posted by Stark Bro's on May 7, 2013
You might already be familiar with the rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers,” since April is traditionally a damp month of the growing season. In this article, we’re going to discuss things you should keep in mind if you’re growing trees during a wet spring and summer and the rain simply won’t go away. Things ...
Posted on Apr 9, 2013
By their third year your fruit trees will be well-established in their environment, and may even begin fruit production. Since their needs change as they reach fruiting maturity, you should fertilize your fruit trees, when necessary, during the growing season*. Fertilizing trees that are three years and older promotes vigorous growth, which, in turn, increases fruit size and regular bearing. Apply Stark® Orchard Fertilizer [http://ow.ly/jg8Hy] starting early in the growing season (2 weeks prior to bud break) and up until July. Avoid fertilizing too late in the season as this forces tender growth later in the year, which is more susceptible to winter injury.
*Always test your soil for nutrient excess or deficiencies before applying soil additives.
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.
Since 1816, Stark Bro's has promised to please customers with the very best fruit trees and landscaping products, no matter what. It's just that simple. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, let us know within a year of delivery and we will send you a free one-time replacement or refund your full purchase price if you don't want a replacement. To receive your replacement or refund, please call 800.325.4180. This warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state.