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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/
Posted by Stark Bro's on Sep 12, 2014
Nut trees are multi-purpose additions to the landscape. They provide shade, which is helpful in cutting cooling costs, they increase property value and, of course, they yield edible nuts. Many nut trees also continue to bear for decades, so the fruits of your labor can be enjoyed for generations. However, one of the most common […]
Posted by Stark Bro's on Aug 19, 2014
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 […]
Posted by Stark Bro's on Jul 9, 2014
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 […]
Posted by Stark Bro's on Jun 25, 2014
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 […]
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.