Limb Spreader Collection

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The gardener’s limb-spreading tool kit. This money-saving collection contains three different sizes of limb spreaders, all handy in getting your tree’s canopy structure just right. Gently wedge these sturdy, lightweight plastic limb spreaders between a tree’s young, pliable branches and its trunk. Proper use helps encourage wider, stronger branch angles and improve fruit quantity and quality. Each collection includes 30 limb spreaders, 10 of each size.


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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I am beginning to "pay attention" to my orchard....
Judson S on Jun 15, 2020
I would like to train my trees without damaging the tree with methods I have tried in the past.
KATHRYN C on Apr 10, 2020
I am beginning to "pay attention" to my orchard....
Judson S on Jun 15, 2020
Need to make trees that I bought last year from you guys spread out properly
MinnCanoeGuy on May 31, 2020
I would like to train my trees without damaging the tree with methods I have tried in the past.
KATHRYN C on Apr 10, 2020
Help to shape our young trees
Rob F on Mar 26, 2020
need spreaders, bamboo is too hard to use
David S on Mar 25, 2019
i have 9 apple trees and 3 peach trees less than 2 years old.
Evan W on Mar 8, 2019
I'm training young fruit trees and I want nicely spread branches for a strong structure.
Brad C on Feb 9, 2019
Need to keep trees properly pruned and shaped to allow air & sun to reach all the branches.
William A on Jan 27, 2019
I have 2 young pear trees that need some correction. This looks like an awesome product.
Brian J F on Nov 9, 2018
I have four new fruit trees that need winter protection from sun scald and rabbit foraging
Theresa R on Nov 4, 2018
They have worked successfully in the past. New trees need some help in spreading their limbs.
SUZANNE K on Sep 12, 2018
To keep my apple and pear trees healthy and productive
Lyndell C on Sep 11, 2018
I???ve used the in the past and need more, they are fantastic.
James P on Aug 6, 2018
to help spread some of my dwarf tree limbs easier than what I have been trying to do
LINDA G on Aug 4, 2018
To prevent branch rubbing or crossing on young fruit trees.
Patricia S on Jul 20, 2018
Recommended by nurseryman who taught class on proper pruning and shaping of young pear trees. Just purchased a 2-yr pear tree.
Marnie A on Mar 2, 2018
Have used them for years and work well. With time they break however and need to replenish supply as well as for new plantings
Joel B on Feb 19, 2018
I have 200+ cider apples trees that are 2 years old and need training
Stephen R on Feb 10, 2018
Very easy to use and do the trick.
CHARLES W on Jan 25, 2018
Young trees need to be encouraged to grow properly.
ERIC E. on Jun 26, 2017
I have used this for many years to help shape my scaffold branches. The plastic ones work better in most situations than the metal ones, and don't bend, but degrade after many years in Texas sun.
Robert R on May 3, 2017
I like that these limb spreaders aren't metal. The metal ones I'm replacing cut the bark of my saplings. I have new trees coming and I want to treat them well.
Kimberly T S on Apr 18, 2017
Way easier to use and more precise than branch weights!
Megan H on Mar 27, 2017
To spread the limbs on my dwarf pear and dwarf apple trees.
JIM P on Mar 20, 2017
To optimize limb position.
drscot on Mar 4, 2017
Stark always has quality products. When searching for limb spreaders these were also the best priced option I could find.
Amos J on Feb 26, 2017
The size variety in these limb spreaders is helpful when training young trees. It lets you choose the appropriate distance between young limbs.
Debbie on Feb 18, 2017
One of our apple trees keeps reaching for the sky despite all of our pruning and staking efforts.
ROBERT H on Feb 9, 2017
I have used these for years to shape the trees. They are re-usable but can break in heavy winds.
Larry A on Jan 2, 2017
Have more time since retirement and would like to do some experimental work with fruit trees.
Floyd L. B on Nov 1, 2016
Need to train my fruit trees
Bryce S on Oct 6, 2016
Very useful in shaping scaffolding on young fruit frees.
shirley t on Aug 23, 2016
To train my new fruit and nut trees, so that they produce better fruit stock.
James S on Jul 17, 2016
New cherry tree needed to be properly trained and these spreaders were easy to use to spread the branches for better production
Trudy J on Jul 13, 2016
Quick and easy; time is money so don't have time to make my own. Have a great day. Would be nice to have one designed to slide outward to spread limbs for trees that have been miniaturized; pruned to have 5 limbs coming out and center cut out for prevention of mold.
Gary A on Jun 28, 2016
Good variety of sizes
Bart H on Jun 14, 2016
My apple tree branches are getting too close for comfort for ease of picking.
Kathy J on May 31, 2016
I have fruit trees that need limb spreading. Price was reasonable
Marilyn J on May 24, 2016
Best deal around
KEITH T on May 9, 2016
Used them in the past.
Gerald L on May 4, 2016
For Young Fruit trees
Richard A W on Apr 9, 2016
Used them a lot in the past. Needed more.
David P on Mar 22, 2016
Have a 20 tree orchard
GEORGE R on Mar 13, 2016
For young trees these limb spreader helps form the structure and shape of the tree without removing many branches
Paul Bryan J on Feb 22, 2016
To try to give my young fruit trees better shape along with pruning
Dave on Feb 18, 2016
Need to make trees that I bought last year from you guys spread out properly
MinnCanoeGuy on May 31, 2020
Help to shape our young trees
Rob F on Mar 26, 2020
Where are these made?
Martha K on May 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Each limb spreader has Traverse City, MI stamped into the plastic.
How long should limb spreaders be kept on the tree?
Brad C on Feb 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: As long as is needed to train the limbs. Here's a great article about how to use them: //
I bought a Lodi apple tree from you and planted it last year. Would it be good to start using limb spreaders this summer, or should I wait until the tree is larger? The tree is about 6 feet tall (I bought the larger, more mature bare root tree), and 2-3 inches in diameter at the base. Several of the branches are quite vertical. Thanks.
RICHARD P on Jun 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely use them now, while the branches are still pliable and easily trained. Plus, they keep the center of the tree open for air circulation and to allow light into the middle.
Are spreaders made of metal?
Larryg on Feb 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, they are made of plastic, but are durable. I am using them on my
cherry tees and plum tree.
can I purchase a combination of limb spreaders that include all three sizes for a total of 30 pc. :?
Melvin K on Apr 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: yes,it is a good combination of sizes.I see it is now out of stock.

Customer Reviews

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Hard plastic gouges limbs; they can't withstand heavy winds
The main problem with these limb spreaders is the plastic is hard/sharp and cuts into the tree branches -- especially with the pressure between limbs, and when the wind blows. I cut up a bunch of sponges and tried to create cushions between the plastic and the limb, but it made it slip more easily. After the first couple of big windy days last spring, most of them popped off. They'd work better if the ends were a little more cupped and were padded with something.
May 9, 2016
over 6 years ago
Invaluable to my home orchard!
These little red limb trainers have helped me get my 70+ fruit trees off to a running start. I love the variety of sizes. The biggest size has trained limbs on my largest peach tree out into a beautiful open vase shape. The small ones are great for small branches and spreading young twin-leader tops in some of my apples. These are versatile, bright red so they are easy to see if they fall out of the tree and the little pointy spikes in the crotch of the trainer really helps stick it into place. My one constructive criticism is that they could have a sharper angle to the ends to possibly stay in place better. They do fall out during high wind and i keep having to buy more (my trees are on top of a giant hill with constant high winds...)
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
Limb spreader
These seemed like a good idea, but they did more damage than good to the tree. Perhaps in a neighborhood where there is less wind they stay in place, but in an open setting the 'spike' in the center of the spreader tears deeply into the wood of the tree opening them up for further damage by insects, etc. They're a great concept, but I feel like my trees are healthier without them. I was hugely disappointed.
June 2, 2016
over 6 years ago
Save your money
They do not work well at all. When the wind came up most of them fell out of the trees.
November 2, 2016
Great Collection for Young Orchards
This collection is a great one while your orchard is young. The varying sizes help with the various limbs that are growing. If you have a more mature orchard then you may want to stick with specifically sized packs for your needs.
May 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
Neat & easy way to spread branches.
However, I wish the spreaders were green so they wouldn't show so much and I wish the spreaders had come with a short info sheet on best way to use so you don't hurt the tree branches; what to avoid, and how long usually needed to keep in place.
August 31, 2016
over 4 years ago
Work Great - Just One Minor Issue
These work great. I've purchased several batches and use them. The only problem I've found so far is one side of the little "Y" on each ends tends to break occasionally and the spreader will fall to ground. It's just happened a few times. If the ends were stronger that would be an improvement.
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Limb Spreader Collection
We've used the Limb Spreaders on our Cherries, Apples, Apricots, Prune and Pears. Apples seem to grow fast in girth, so we've removed most of them this month (July) because the bark seemed as though it may be in danger of growing over the forks of the spreader. This said, I believe that in the short time they were use on the apples;(last Fall to this Summer), their job was accomplished quite nicely; and they have a healthy, open conformation, Our cherries, though slower growing, are in good form as well. Pears seem trickier, as they are slow growing; but, keeping a careful watch to make sure the bark isn't compromised, and moving the spreaders a bit, we should have good success for open limbs that will afford the needed air & sunlight for productive, healthy trees.
Overall, these spreaders are a sturdy and useful tool. A very good investment
August 5, 2016
over 6 years ago
Fruit Tree Limb spreaders
The spreaders worked fine, but sometimes the tips broke off, so that I could not use the smaller ones other then that they worked fine.
Owen Hofer
March 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Limb spreader collection
Second time I have purchased limb spreaders from Stark Bro's. The collection of 3 sizes of spreaders is a great value.
April 4, 2016
over 5 years ago