Stark® Tre-Pep® Fertilizer

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One fertilizer for trees, shrubs and flowers. This concentrated 22-24-12 tree and plant food is the best way to ensure successful growth for nearly every plant in your yard or garden. Trees bear sooner, and plants are more lush when you start them off right. Mix with water: one tablespoon per gallon. Use 1-2 gallons for shrubs and trees; 1-2 quarts for roses.

  • 13 oz. package makes 21 gallons
  • 5 lb. package makes approximately 129 gallons

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Why did you choose this?
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Recommended by Stark Bros.
Louis L on Apr 15, 2021
Have to feed every thing right.
Connie S on Apr 10, 2021
Recommended by Stark Bros.
Louis L on Apr 15, 2021
I want my trees to be in the best of health.
David H on Apr 11, 2021
Have to feed every thing right.
Connie S on Apr 10, 2021
To plant with 3 new trees and get them off to a good start.
Theresa S on Apr 9, 2021
To get good start for plants
Joy N on Mar 29, 2021
Used in the past, works great! A bit pricey, but, you get what you pay for.
Brian D on Mar 28, 2021
saw the comments written
Cynthia M on Mar 19, 2021
pawpaw tree seedlings
Andrew B on Mar 17, 2021
It was recommended in your newsletter.
Mary C on Mar 15, 2021
New to this product. Hoping it will help our trees be healthy.
Shelli R on Mar 12, 2021
Use the product before on 2 dying trees and brought them back
Michael P on Mar 10, 2021
to give my plants a chance to live
Katheryn K on Mar 9, 2021
because it works. this is my 3rd season using it on my fruit trees and star jasmine.
dale M on Mar 1, 2021
got us free shipping
BS Walks on Feb 24, 2021
It's the best that we've ever used.
Cindy T on Feb 23, 2021
wanted to support new plants
Raymond J on Feb 13, 2021
To help start my new fruit trees off right
Karen H. on Feb 5, 2021
hope this helps
RAY P on Feb 3, 2021
for the fruit trees ordered!
Mike L on Jan 27, 2021
Tree starter
BILL D on Jan 24, 2021
Good reviews and it want hurt to try myself.
Ron on Jan 24, 2021
Read about the product,seemed suitable
Andy on Jan 21, 2021
Sounds like a good product.
Linda E on Jan 18, 2021
to help my trees
robert k on Dec 15, 2020
Need it to grow
Michael R on Dec 4, 2020
Bare root apple trees ordered
Susan M on Nov 28, 2020
it will get to the roots quicker than dry fertilizer
Courtney P on Nov 27, 2020
Thought it was a good price for the 5 lbs. & wanted to give my new planted trees a better start.
Kevin M on Nov 27, 2020
Seems to Help !
Goobus on Nov 23, 2020
I think that???s gonna help a lot !
Hristo H on Oct 20, 2020
Hoping my tree will bear fruits early
Helen S on Oct 18, 2020
To try it.
ANTHONY P on Oct 17, 2020
Will help my new fruit trees
Susan T on Oct 13, 2020
It's hard to find a fertilizer with a high content of nitrogen,phosphate and potassium nutrients as what your product contains
Michael S on Oct 8, 2020
Following Stark guidelines for healthy trees.
Deb S on Sep 29, 2020
To get a better start on my vines and trees
Terry G on Sep 23, 2020
soil might need complimented
Henry K on Sep 2, 2020
I hoped that this is what you recommend for the tree!
Donald R on Aug 8, 2020
We used our own fertilizer previously but I thought maybe it would be a good idea to try out yours since you guys are the experts.
Tessa F on Aug 5, 2020
It made our apple trees so healthy!
LAURA W on Jul 16, 2020
Want to start off on the right foot. Give them what they need to grow big & strong.
Jane D on Jul 8, 2020
It was this or pay for shipping. I need fertilizer, and this one looks pretty good.
Josie M on Jun 26, 2020
used before. great starter!
packrat1 on Jun 25, 2020
I want the best outcome for my trees and quicker fruiting.
Amy M on Jun 24, 2020
I'll give it a try,
Larraine P on Jun 22, 2020
this fertilizer works on everything!! It's unbelievable for getting plants and trees to grow!
Steve J on Jun 21, 2020
Enrique L on Jun 19, 2020
I have used it before and it works well.
Mike A on Jun 14, 2020
To get my trees going before the hot and dry season starts.
Farnklin Y on Jun 12, 2020
positive ratings!
Meghan P on Jun 9, 2020
I want my trees to be in the best of health.
David H on Apr 11, 2021
To plant with 3 new trees and get them off to a good start.
Theresa S on Apr 9, 2021
I have young paw paw trees that have been planted for 2 years now but not growing much..... they leaf out and look good during the season but are not growing "up" much at all. Any recommendation on how much and how often I should put this on my trees? I presume I would just soil drench the root ball with the mixed solution?
PawPawLover on Mar 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My pawpaws stayed tiny for years as well. It required a lot of patience, I don't think we got any fruit until year six. Planted along with a Wells Pawpaw tree, now I have a gigantic harvest (I'm guessing we're at year eight or nine now). I think the trees spend the first few years working on the root system, so I wouldn't worry if your trees look dinky. When they finally take off, you'll be amazed at how fast they shoot up. The branches bend under the weight of all that fruit!
How often should you use this on new trees? Older trees?
Irish17 on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The fertilizer can be applied every 10 days beginning in early spring up until June 30. We recommend a high nitrogen fertilizer once the tree reaches bearing age.
what spray products and schedule should I use on some freshly planted semi dwarf, bare root, apple trees?
Ray H on May 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Do not spray until apple is size of tip of finger then 6 weeks
I just planted my dwarf apple tree, can I use this product now or should I wait a year or two to use this product?
Evelyn R on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Dear Evelyn, I use the Stark TrePep Fertilizer as part of the planting process. It gives the new tree a "pep". I plant the young tree and water well. Then about 1 week later, I feed the tree with TrePep. If you wait a year or two, you will have missed giving the plant the food that it needs to grow large and strong. Good Luck. Sharon
I am looking for an organic fertilizer to use on Apple trees at planting, any suggestions?
Joanna G on Apr 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I use the stark tre pep fertilizer it works great and easy to use
is tree pep fertilizer organic?
David C on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It would be considered a synthetic fertilizer.
Hi. Can you use this on a October Glory Red Maple transplant? About 6 feet tall. Thank you in advance.
Chris T on Sep 2, 2018
We planted dwarf fruit trees last spring, and now I am wondering if this fertilizer would be a good choice? It sounds like it is too late to use for this year, is there anything that we could use now or should we wait until spring?
stephanie h on Aug 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I used Stark Tre-Pep as directed until July 1, and plan to wait till spring to use it again for the semi-dwarf apple trees I planted this past spring and a semi-dwarf peach planted in 2015.. Before I moved to my current location, I had older fruit trees and I would fertilize them each fall with a slow-release fertilizer that I sprinkled in a circle near the outside edges of the branches, where I've been told the roots will have reached. Once these trees are a bit larger, I will likely do that again.
when is the best time to fertilize a dwarf peach tree ??
Silveraggie on May 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Peaches like good fertilizer and respond well to good stuff. Watch the color of the leaves. I like to use it every 2 weeks to keep the color a good green and not a light color.
Can this be used on grape vines ?
Bulldog on Jun 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is good for everything.
Is this for 18 year established grapes?
Fritz H on Feb 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: On the back of the product it states the following: "Later Applications:
May be applied at 10 day intervals at any time during the growing season for a quick feeding of trees and other outdoor plants."
So I would say yes it would be fine for feeding your mature grape vines. It is 22-24-12 so it is high in nitrogen and phosphate, so it would be a quick 'pick me up' for a nutrient starved outdoor plant. This would be good to use for an established plant before putting out some compost for an immediate feeding to the plant roots, allowing time for the compost to feed.
Is the tree Prep Fertilizer recommended for Hydrangea plants?
Louis on Jun 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is an excellent all-purpose fertilizer, but it does not address the pH needs of plants like hydrangeas, which like acidic soil in order for the flowers to be blue. If you like pink flowers, Tre-Pep is perfect. If you like blue flowers, you need to add some soil acidifier: //
Can Tree Prep fertilizer be applied via a hose end sparyer to established plants, or will it burn foilage?
Lane B on May 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it works great in a sprayer. I've never had any issues with StarkTrePrep Fertilizer burning any of the trees, bushes or flowers I've used it on.
can product be purchased locally ?
Ray H on Apr 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have only bought this through Starks nursery via the web. I live in Chesapeake Virginia and have limited number of nurseries.
Is this fertilizer good for Avocado tree?
WALLY M on Apr 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We recommend Jack's Citrus Food, which is really great for avocados, too: //
when do I cut back my purple Raspberries ?
Elaine B on Apr 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Sometimes I cut mine in late fall after leaf drop
Can this be used on blue berry bushes?
Carolyn W on Feb 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have used it on new blueberry plants that I got from Starks however Stark's sells blueberry fertilizer that is made specifically for mature blueberry bushes and I have used that also with great results!
How can I raise the PH level in the soil ? Can wood ashes from a fireplace help ?
ROBERT W on Jan 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If your soil is already low/acidic, then you should be able to raise your soil pH using a garden lime or similar type product. Wood ash is also used as a liming agent (to raise soil pH) due to its high calcium content.
If i use this product do I have to use calcum or potassium in addition for my garden?
Ali ha on Apr 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello, If the soil is acid ,lime then calcium fertilizer as calcium nitrate should be added,and potassium fertilizer as potassium sulfate or nitrate in the late season of fertilization if crops with high demand of potassium such fruit trees or oil,tuber and some leaf crops are growing .
Best wishes . Falah
What are the ingredients in Starks Tre-Pep fertilizer?
Sara G on Nov 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The Fertilizers ingredients include 22% Nitrogen, 24% Phosphate and 12% Potash.
I planted 7 young apple trees last spring. How many seasons can I use this before I need to use a different blend?
Rick B on Mar 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. We say this formula is good to use on trees up to 5 years of age then switch over to the orchard fertilizer 45-0-0
Its Aug 31st do I fertilize it zero when I receive peach tree?
Marilyn M on Aug 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Now is not a good time to fertilize, because you'll encourage tender young growth that will be damaged by frost/winter conditions. It's best to wait until bud break next spring.
Is Tre-pep good for strawberries or rhubarb?
Susan J on Jun 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's fine, but it's not nearly as good for strawberries as the Strawberry Food, which really focuses on developing the fruit. It really does make a noticeable difference in the size and number of berries you get. Here's a link to that if you're interested:
Should Tree Prep fertilizer be used if tree is planted in the autumn?
HollyB on Sep 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's really better to wait until spring. You don't want to encourage tender new growth that will get frostbitten and stress/damage the tree.
Can the tree pep be used on citrus trees?
snowbird on Feb 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: yes, treepep can be used on citrus trees
whats the best product for newly planted fruit and nut trees?
Lewis on Mar 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I use Trepep at planting time and about every 2 weeks until mid-summer. I
I use it on my grape vines also.. I have even used it to bring back sick tomato plants. My wife uses it for her flowers and large potted plants... great stuff!
Is this product for newly planted fruit trees?
Melissa F on Mar 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I would think so. The instructions are thorough and the fertilizer is mild
meant to improve the soil so the trees can pick up the nutrients. It is not a harsh chemical fertilizer.
is this appropriate to use on apple and pear trees also?
john D on Apr 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes - this fertilizer was recommended for the apple and pear trees I purchased from Stark Bros. Follow directions regarding timing for use. Hope this is helpful.
Does this work on blue, black, and raspberry's? Thanks
Michael L on Mar 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is effective on berry plants, but you may want to take a look at the comments/reviews about the specialized berry fertilizers we have. They are specially formulated just for blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and will give you really premium fruit and lots of it. If you're interested, here is a link to a page with all of our specialty fertilizers: //

Customer Reviews

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Tre-pep and then some!
Soaked those bare roots and planted in big hole with top soil peat with coco-fiber and topped off with TRE-PEP twice a month until the 4th of July and those trees grew like crazy! I had a Red Haven crop the second year. Time for a big five pound bag!
March 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
This stuff really really works.
I can not be more than satisfied, its not everyday that I give a thumbs up to products unless they truly work. I have to tell you that i have use this product on every thing in my garden and orchard with truly amazing results. This product really work. Do not over do it follow the recommended recommendation on the use of this product and you to will have truly amazing results.
May 7, 2016
over 5 years ago
Better than Miracle Grow
Been using this fertilizer for years and it's the best all-around fertilizer I've ever used. Every tree that I've planted using this fertilizer has not only survived but thrived. We live in Colorado and the climate here can be hard on plants and trees. One of the most difficult things to do is transplant wild Aspen trees from the mountains and successfully get them to grow in the city. We bought 10 Aspen trees from the Forest service that were 8 to 12 feet tall and planted them in Denver using Stark TrePep. They all survived the move and became beautiful mature trees! Also have used TrePep on all our houseplants with the same amazing results. Highly recommended!
April 19, 2016
over 5 years ago
Great stuff!
I used TrePep on our new peach trees and by the third year we harvested just under 100 peaches from each tree. I also use this on our Heritage red raspberries and the yield has been tremendous.

I dissolve TrePep in five gallon buckets and then pour it around our young fruit trees and into our berry patches. Easy and efficient this way.
March 7, 2016
over 6 years ago
Wonderful for apple trees
I purchased 4 apple trees, 2 years ago. 3 Fuji and 1 Gala. I used this fertilizer every 10 days, from the first week in April until the end of June. Within 1 year, 2 of the 4 trees had apples and all grew very well. This year (the third year), every tree has apples starting to grow.
I've used the fertilizer on 2 transplant trees and 2 ginkgo trees. It really does the job. I plan on purchasing it again next year when I run low. The 5 pound bag has lasted a long time and I'm very happy with my purchases from Starks.
June 5, 2016
Stark TrePep Fertilizer
I used this product to fertilize my fruit trees - Apples, Apricot and Santa Rosa Plum. The trees are doing well, and are nice and green. I like that I am able to mix the product with water and pour it around the trees rather than having to get down on my hands and knees to work it into the soil around the trees.
April 9, 2016
over 5 years ago
Good Product
We have been using TrePep for several years with favorable results. We will continue to use it now living in a different state.
February 19, 2016
over 5 years ago
Hands down the best
It's the best product hands down! We use on all outdoor plants and veggies !! Been using the fertilizer for about four years now!
April 18, 2016
over 5 years ago
Tim young Bedford Iowa
Fertilizer is great product ,my pears have really taken off since using this product
March 9, 2016
over 5 years ago
This fertilizer is the only one I have used and needed for several years, as it has met all of my fruit tree's nutritional needs during some highly variable weather, including four years of annual drought, when I used it sparingly to prevent burning.
June 13, 2016
over 6 years ago