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  • How to Tell When Figs Are Ripe

    Posted by Stark Bro's on Aug 19, 2014

    How to Tell When Figs Are Ripe

    Common figs are fruits that are enjoyed fresh or dried, and they are also easy to grow. Figs can be easy to harvest, too, although “When are figs ripe?” may be a question on your mind — especially if your fig trees are developing their first fruit crops. It would be disappointing to find out your ...

  • Fruit Tree Care: Summer Pruning

    Posted by Stark Bro's on Jul 9, 2014

    Fruit Tree Care: Summer Pruning

    Despite being considered “off-season pruning”, summer pruning of fruit trees has its place in the home orchard. For example, summer pruning may be necessary to repair damaged tree limbs. If a branch is broken by the wind or by a heavy load of fruit, then prune back the ragged edges, making a smooth cut that ...

  • When to Stop Fertilizing & Why

    Posted by Stark Bro's on Jun 25, 2014

    When to Stop Fertilizing & Why

    When it comes to fertilizing plants and trees, the package label is a wealth of information for application rates and frequencies. Most water-soluble packaged fertilizers recommend that the first application be made around bud-break in the spring, once the ground has thawed. Subsequent applications can vary based on the growing season. Recommendations also differ depending on ...

  • 4 Benefits of Thinning Fruit Trees

    Posted by Stark Bro's on Jun 3, 2014

    4 Benefits of Thinning Fruit Trees

    As a fruit-tree grower, you will become familiar with the concept of thinning fruit trees. Thinning is the process of removing a selection of fruit from your trees while the fruit is still small. Now, it may seem counterintuitive to be instructed to pluck some of the newly developing fruit before it is ripe, but ...

  • Growing Organic Fruit Trees

    Posted by Stark Bro's on May 29, 2014

    Growing Organic Fruit Trees

    Although there are several ways to grow fruit organically, organic fruit growers share this concept: don’t expect “perfect-looking” fruit! The photo at right is of organically grown Jonathan apples. The average consumer likes “perfect-looking fruit”, which is often achieved in grocery stores at the expense of flavor and nutrients, so don’t let a few spots ...

  • How to Fertilize Mature Fruit Trees

    Posted by Stark Bro's on May 14, 2014

    How to Fertilize Mature Fruit Trees

    Well-established mature fruit trees that are in good health tend to thrive regardless of the season. Regular care and maintenance isn’t time consuming, but it truly makes a difference in the life and longevity of a fruit tree. Even though they’re already established, mature fruit trees may require additional nutrients than what the native soil ...

  • How to Fertilize New Fruit Trees

    Posted by Stark Bro's on May 13, 2014

    How to Fertilize New Fruit Trees

    One of the most important things you can do for new fruit trees is help them to become established in their environment. Once established, fruit trees are practically self-reliant! The first thing you can do to get your new trees off to the right start is choose the proper planting site. During the growing season, ...

  • How To Plant a Rose Bush

    Posted by Stark Bro's on May 6, 2014

    How To Plant a Rose Bush

    Traditionally, roses are symbolic of beauty and love. Rose bushes are attractive additions to any landscape and their blooms come in a wide range of colors. Roses are often pleasantly scented, attracting bees and other wildlife. They can develop nutritious and harvest-worthy rose hips, the petals can be used to make herbal teas, and of ...

  • How to Do a Scratch Test on Trees & Plants

    Posted by Stark Bro's on Apr 29, 2014

    How to Do a Scratch Test on Trees & Plants

    When spring finally arrives, plants and trees start to wake up, and the gardening world gets exciting! It is also the time of year to evaluate what survived the winter. One common misconception this time of year is that all trees and plants wake at the same time. When we compare dormant plants and trees ...

  • Acclimating New Plants and Trees

    Posted by Stark Bro's on Mar 31, 2014

    Acclimating New Plants and Trees

    Acclimate (ac·cli·mate): “To become accustomed to a new climate or to new conditions. Also to ‘harden off’ a plant.” Acclimating a plant or tree helps to avoid  stress in new transplants that may not be in a dormant state when you receive them. Some plants and trees, like our potted berry plants and Stark® EZ ...

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Bare-root 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*:

Dwarf

Matures to be about 8-10' tall and wide. Provides an abundance of full-size fruit.

Semi-Dwarf

Matures to be about 12-15' tall and wide. Gives maximum fruit yield per square foot.

Standard

Matures to be about 15-25' tall and 20' wide. A multi-purpose fruit and shade tree.

Stark Supreme 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.

EZ Start® Potted Trees

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.

Select EZ Start® Potted Trees

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.