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Positive jennib2774
(1 review)
On May 25, 2016, jennib2774 Upton, WY (Zone 4a) wrote:

I had a very large order with Stark it arrived on time and in mostly good condition. The kiwi I ordered looked awful but they replaced it quickly as well as the three blueberries that did not do well. So far everything is coming up nicely and they are relatively quick replying to my emails for any questions or concerns.

Positive ksguy
(1 review)
On May 11, 2016, ksguy Topeka, KS wrote:

I have been shopping for a weeping willow tree for a large area in my front yard that tends to stay really wet. Local nurseries wanted an arm and a leg, and I finally stumbled upon Stark Bros. My experience with them has been great.

I ordered my tree on Thursday, and they were having a 200th anniversary special on berry plants, so I had them toss 3 raspberry plants in there as well. The goods arrived at my door yesterday. All of the plants had very extensive, healthy looking root systems, and all plants seemed to be coming out of dormancy and had fresh growth on them. The root systems were packed well in damp shredded paper.

There was however a minor problem with the graft on the Willow tree. Unfortunately I got home after hours, so I could not speak with them, but I called left a message for their customer service team. This morning right after 8 AM they called me back and said they were sorry and would send a new tree out to me right away. Fantastic customer service. You hear that the true measure of a company's service is how well they respond to problems, and in this case I'd say they're great. I will not hesitate to do business with them again.

Positive rdhegge
(1 review)
On May 7, 2016, rdhegge Los Angeles,
United States wrote:

I ordered a cinnamon spice dwarf apple from Stark. I ordered on Sunday and had it on Thursday - very fast. It looked like a stick, but it also looked like the branches and roots were trimmed expertly. I stuck it in the ground according to instructions and hoped. It took almost a month, but a little green started showing and it has now burst out all over in beautiful green leaves. I think this will be a really nice tree and look forward to eating those apples. I'm quite happy with Stark.

Positive ljkewlj
(1 review)
On Apr 19, 2016, ljkewlj Norwich, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have been a buyer of Stark Bros. since 2012 and have generally been happy with what they have sent me until this fall. My order consisted of three trees, two apples and one asian pear. I emailed them that one of the supreme trees I was disappointed with and never heard back from them.

This spring I emailed them again as to my displeasure with the Hardy Giant Asian tree they sent me this fall and attached a pic showing that the tree did fall short of their own specifications for being a supreme tree. To their credit they did promptly email me back and set up a replacement tree to be sent to me.

The tree they sent me as a replacement really exceeded their specs. this time as it was a 1" caliper tree. I am very happy with the replacement tree they sent me and will continue to order from this company!

Positive Fishman1
(16 reviews)
On Apr 7, 2016, Fishman1 Selden, NY wrote:

Just received an order from Stark's for a Starkcrimson Red Delicious apple,(supreme dwarf), a Ultramac Spur-type Macintosh apple,(supreme dwarf) and a Stark Saturn peach,(Supreme dwarf XL). First off, the shipping took me by surprise, almost overnight...Very commendable. The two spur apples are kind of small for the money paid, but the varieties were not available elsewhere. The peach however was much smaller than anticipated, it barely squeaks in at 1 inch (no generosity here) and 5 foot. I am very concerned about a pruning cut made at the top of the tree, to a fairly thick branch, that appears to show that the branch was dead when pruned. Also, broken root sections were found in the bottom of the box, and the wrapping used over the roots was all over the box. Will plant the trees and update at a later time. Hopefully all will be fine.

Positive ChuckCrisler
(1 review)
On Apr 1, 2016, ChuckCrisler Windham, NH wrote:

After reading many of the comments here, I felt compelled to add mine. I have ordered from Stark about 5 times over 20-25 years. I think that my experiences and perspective are a more accurate reflection of the company.

I would rate them a 4.5 out of 5. Yes, I do have some tiny nits. Overall I think that they are excellent for the home gardener. This past year I decided to add apple trees to my orchard and decided to look elsewhere. After spending a good bit of time looking, I ordered (again) from Stark. Why? Because they have the selection/varieties and sizes that I want. I like to support as many different nurseries as possible, but Stark meets my needs.

I am a very serious home gardener. I have a large vegetable garden, a large (for a homeowner) orchard, a large (for a homeowner) vineyard (yes, I make wine) and am a beekeeper. I also have a greenhouse and grow orchids.

I ordered my apple trees back in the fall to insure selection and delivery scheduling. Recently, I changed my mind about my selection and called Stark. I quickly got through to a real person who was pleasant and helpful. I was able to change one variety and add another. I am confident that I will be receiving my proper order soon. I have never gotten the wrong trees, all of my trees have been the proper size (dwarf) and there have only been minor problems. Once I thought that they had root-pruned a tree too much and called to complain. They offered to replace the tree if it didn't grow. It grew well and is still growing well.

Nit #1 They claim that the fall is a good time to plant. Maybe in parts of the country, but not New England. The only trees that died or didn't grow well were planted in the fall. A Reliance peach barely survived and grew. It has been set back about 2 years over a spring planted tree. It lost all of it's limbs on one side. It is growing now and I just learned a trick to encourage new branches on the bare side, but I will never plant bare root trees in the fall again.

Nit #2 They claim that Fig trees can grow in New England. No they can not. I have tried with 3 trees twice, including a Chicago Hardy. I also planted that in the fall (with a Brown Turkey, second attempt) and neither grew in the spring. I should have known better myself.

Nit #3 Their shipping dates are too early, at least for New England. However, they are very happy to change if you ask for a later date, as I do.

Nit #4 I don't really know if this counts. At a pruning seminar last weekend, the extension agent said not to buy if the seller can't tell you the root stock. I don't think that Stark can supply that information. However, I also don't think that it is relevant to home growers. I am very serious yet don't know anything about rootstock selections (except that it is important). This may be important for commercial growers, but I don't think that it is for home owners. As I said earlier, all of my trees have been as advertised.

Nit #5 They sometimes hide the real name of the tree variety. For example, I have a Starking Delicious pear tree. I can't find out what it really is and would really like to know.

In conclusion, I have ordered many trees (~25) from Stark over many years. I have been happy with the trees I got. All have been healthy and grown well (except the figs and the fall peach). They have a great selection and the trees I have received as always been in great shape and exactly what I ordered. I really like that they are now offering larger trees that may cut a year off of when they start bearing. (Others are doing the same thing.) I continue to do business with them and do recommend them to others.

Chuck Crisler
New Hampshire

Positive clhtjh
(1 review)
On Feb 15, 2016, clhtjh Spring Lake, NC wrote:

Posted on February 15, 2016, updated February 15, 2016
While there are complaints about their shipping times, I have an entirely different experience.

When I ordered, I knew they\'d not only wait until they ship to charge me, but ship at a day that they felt was a good time to do so.

Knowing I needed to have the order charged right away (so I don\'t spend it first), I asked them to submit the charge. They did so on the day of asking.

I also know when my area is supposed to be frost free and that\'s when I need to plant. I asked them to change the shipping date to mid-April. What they did, was re-submit the order within their company and I got a new invoice that shows the shipping date of April 18th. That would be perfect for me.

For those who complain about shipping times, please look at your invoice. It DOES show when your plants are expected to ship.

You can either call or at the top of the page, there is a \"Chat Now\" button at the top of the page during the day (when the company is open).


On February 15th, 2016, clhtjh added the following:

I forgot to add....
This was no small order.
I ordered:

- Sweet & Tart Cherry Tree Collection Supreme Dwarf

- Mango Pawpaw (Grafted)

- Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro Asian Persimmon (Grafted)

- Sunflower Pawpaw (Grafted)

- NC-1 Pawpaw (Grafted)

- Sharpblue Blueberry

- 6 Kiowa Blackberry

- Robada Apricot Dwarf

- Celeste Fig Select

- LSU Purple Fig Select

- All-In-One Almond

- Blue Velvet & Blue Moon Honeyberry Plant Collection

- Big Lifeberry® & Sweet Lifeberry® Goji Berry Plant Collection

- Jubilee Blueberry

- O'Neal Blueberry
Positive oaksdancing
(3 reviews)
On Dec 2, 2015, oaksdancing Monmouth, OR wrote:

I ordered several trees from them last spring. Two trees failed to leaf out and perished. Once I informed them of the problem via US mail (no response to my email) they put me on order for replacements which arrived this fall. I know it will take several years for the trees to establish and bear fruit but I am appreciative that they did the right thing and replaced two of the trees.


On Dec 2, 2015, Stark Brothers Nurseries & Orchards Company responded with:

"On Jan 27, 2016 4:39 PM, Stark Brothers Nurseries & Orchards Company responded with:

We're glad you understand that weather and soil conditions have a lot to do with how well the trees will acclimate to your planting spot. Please do keep us posted and let us know how your trees are doing. We want you to succeed!

Sincerely,

Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.
http://www.starkbros.com
800.325.4180"


Positive jeremybro
(6 reviews)
On Sep 16, 2015, jeremybro Mulvane, KS (Zone 6b) wrote:

In the last year, I have received from Stark Bros: Jonathan apple (Fall '14), All-In-One Almond (Fall '14), Redhaven peach, Moorpark apricot, Santa Rosa plum, Kanza & Peruque pecans, 3 Boysenberries, 3 Jewel black raspberries, and 25 Eversweet strawberries. Now, at the end of the season, everything yet lives.

The fall-planted trees have had some trouble. The apple was debarked by deer over the winter, and the top 3/4 of the almond never leafed out, but both showed growth from the bottom, but above the graft. The apple is now taller that the original whip, but the almond had some insect pressure and isn't looking as good. So, the apple is not the fault of Stark Bros, but the almond is, at least partially.

Everything else looks great. Despite deer pressure in the spring, and a cool, wet May, the trees all are growing strong. The Boysenberries were potted, and slow to take off, but started putting on long canes in August. The raspberries actually put on a few berries, and have since put on many new canes, rooted at the tips, and grown more canes. I should have a pretty good crop next year. Likewise, the strawberries have taken over their bed and are still putting on a few berries.

I placed a few calls in to customer service regarding order details prior to shipment, and, in every case, I talked to a human who addressed my concerns quickly and professionally. One representative even pointed out that an item similar to the one I was requesting was on sale, and offered to change the order to the sale item, saving me money. Their website even allows you to go back and change orders that are waiting for spring to ship, so if you change your mind or want to add something between January and March, it is easily done without having to call customer service or deal with multiple orders and higher shipping costs.

All in all, I am impressed with the service and quality from this business, and will most likely continue to place orders from them in the future.

Positive RobertCrandall
(8 reviews)
On Sep 10, 2015, RobertCrandall Capac, MI wrote:

Posted on July 4, 2015, updated September 10, 2015
We have a small orchard (about 200 trees) and have been buying trees by Mail order and then online for about 45 years. I have gone through about every major nursery and learned a lot. I had not ordered from Starks for a long time so I thought I would try them again last year.
Just so everyone understands my unique situation. We had the coldest winter in our history two years ago and our coldest February in history this last winter along with cooler than normal summers so this has been very difficult on all orchards in Michigan. We also live in a strange Micro-Environment. We have a University of Michigan weather station 8 miles away and they have completely different weather than we do here in Capac.
I ordered a Spring Satin Plumcot, Green Gage Plum, Shiro Plum, Bubble Gum Plum and the Cream of the Crop Peach tree collection.
I was very disappointed when they arrived. The Plums were ok but the ‘Professional Pruning was just taking off every limb and cutting to 4’ so they fit in the box. The Peach collection had to have been a mistake. I only order Supreme so they were supposed to be 4’ tall with a minimum 5/8” trunk. They were about 3’ tall and the diameter of a pencil. Plus they were clearly in poor condition.
I planted them the day they arrived and the Green gage started growing within a week. The Shiro and Bubble Gum plum had very limited leave but no growth. The peaches were a total loss. Some had tiny hair-like leaves come out for about 3 days then turn jet black like they were burned by fire. The only one that had leaves was the Elberta Queen but it never leafed out this spring and it was past the warranty.
One the plus side they replaced all but the Elberta Queen without any hassle and the ones they replaced them with were in fact 4’ but still no limbs.
Due to the service I gave them another shot this year. I ordered a Golden Delicious, Candy Crisp apples, Harglow Apricot, Elberta Queen, Flamin’ Fury Jumbo Peaches, Royal Giant, Sunglow Nectarines, Elephant Heart Plum and six jewel Raspberries.
I have several Golden Delicious trees but know the only true ones come from StarkBros so you would think they would send out their best. In fact it was in the poorest condition and still has not started growing as of the 4th of July.
Most of the other trees are going well except for the Elberta Queen which has not produced a single leaf, the harglow Apricot, Sunglo Nectarine and the Burbank July Elberta Peach (replacement for last years).
I am still leaning toward Starks as my go-to but since I am in my 60s a lost year is annoying at best. I may upgrade this review depending on what happens next spring. I also use two other nurseries. They have different issues but I got 100% good trees from both of them this year.
One last note; That Green gage is a freak. It’s 6’ foot tall and has limbs growing 3’ out! It may become my favorite tree when it starts producing.


On September 10th, 2015, RobertCrandall changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

Well another summer is coming to an end and we had some of the wettest conditions in years along with a cool summer.

I am upgrading my review to 'Positive'. I placed a large order of Apples, Peaches, Nectarines and Apricots this year.
I had 5 trees never break dormancy by June so I cut them in half. Two of them (Golden Delicious and Reliance Peach) took off after that. 3 did not but one was a replacement so I did not ask for a second replacement. I did report the Sun Glo Nectarine and the Stark Elberta Queen did not pass the scratch test and they promptly place the order for the replacements.
They would send them this fall but I find my success in better in the spring so she placed it to arrive in March.
The ones I have seen the most growth on are the Green Gage from last year which is about 9' tall and branched nicely. The CandyCrisp apple grew about two foot this summer and the FlaminFury Jumbo has so many braches, I had to thin them by 50%.
I am already starting to get my order ready for next spring for Stark Bros.
BTW I only order the Standard Supreme if they are available.
Positive alexleroc
(1 review)
On Aug 31, 2015, alexleroc Mansfield, GA wrote:

I've been gardening for three years and over this period have purchased a variety of products from Stark Bros, as well as from other online sellers. Some of what I planted from SB has died, but not after having responded positively to my garden environment. In most cases death was due to a late frost. In another instance I may have overwatered.

In addition to their products having faired well in my garden, I appreciate the expert advice their call center folks offer and info on their website (e.g., espalier instructions seem far more logical to me than what has been recommended by others).

Upon recently phoning to understand possible causes for two rhubarb-plant deaths, I was (pleasantly) surprised when SB offered to replace the two crowns (I was going to order two replacements).

Across my online purchases from all sellers, I haven't yet received a plant, or seeds, different from what I ordered and only once did a plant prove to be weak (one doorman red raspberry plant grew weakly whereas the companion plant in the same mailing put out so much fruit that the county agent said it was the most robust doorman red he had seen that season). The raspberry plants were not from SB...just checked and they don't offer that variety.

Positive Annakari
(2 reviews)
On Aug 23, 2015, Annakari Campbell, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have bought quite a few trees and other plants. I won't lie, I am absolutely not the best gardener... if it isn't pests, vermin, or just some failure on my part, it is a miracle.

In the past, I have bought plants from many many many places, but not online, except Burpee and Stark Bros.

I am going to leave feedback for both of these.

Yes, I have plants I bought from Stark die...some my fault, some maybe not so much.

I didn't complain much if I KNEW it was probably my fault. But this year, I didn't see my Paw Paws coming up, and I lost a pineberry strawberry, and then all the Kiwis went "blahhhhhuugggg" and tried to die.

Ok, I know I don't suck this bad this year, because look, that apple tree is still alive, so are all those plants, and I even figured out how to successfully move plants and my seedlings are doing amazing... plus, all the other plants in the order and overwinter plants had done well.

So, I complained. Technically, they didn't have to replace the Paw Paws, but they offered to if they were dead. She told me how to conduct the scratch test they were alive (the puppies didn't agree and pulled them out a month later).

The Kiwis... well all but the male were dead, except this one, it showed dead wood but it had a leaf on it. I was baffled, but she said it was dead. They sent me all new kiwis, but the male, because he was still alive.

So, I have had very good experiences with Stark. IF you have problems, you really really should call and talk to them and try the things they suggest if you can. I don't kill most of their plants without help from the pups, I cannot always say that about my local nurseries.

Positive eldonk
(6 reviews)
On Jul 7, 2015, eldonk Glencoe, MN wrote:

Ordered several trees over a year ago and one peach tree did not survive. I waited till other trees leafed to be sure it was dead and that made it a couple months past their 12 month warranty. Based on other comments I was afraid they would not want to honor the warranty but I had no problem. Since they were busy during the spring it took a while to get a response but then they processed a replacement order with no problem.

Positive gardenkarma
(9 reviews)
On Jul 3, 2015, gardenkarma Allston, MA wrote:

Gardening requires faith and responsibility. Stark has both, especially with their product and customer service. I urge you negative "gardeners" to exercise a little faith and responsibility, for your own good. This site isn't the place to debate your issue with the company. Pick up the phone and call or move along.

I have several years, past and recent, of positive experiences ordering with this company. Sure, their boxes don't say THIS END UP, but our friends in the delivery trucks don't mind that anyway do they? Sure, much of their product is pruned prior to shipping. It can't be to fit in those (spacious) boxes, but it is to balance the tree tops with the disturbed root system. Any gardener who isn't blinded by victim-rage knows this is important. It doesn't hinder growth and performance in the least.

If you have 100% mortality rate on anything, it's time to take responsibility and call a spade a spade. If you can manage to receive plants with dry roots in a package with wet paper inside, consider that you might be a wizard. If you wait for a clearance sale and complain about availability, I want to meet you because you make me laugh. If real-life gardening is too real for you, they have an app for that.

Just so I don't seem like a Stark BRO, I will say Stark could improve in their communications to customers when things are not going to ship as planned. I am a gardener, which means I'm the most patient person on the planet next to a mortician, but it's easier to rest easy if I know about the occasional delay or unexpected change to my order.

Stark, you have always been a pleasure to work with even when things don't go perfectly. It's gardening. Anyone who expects perfection has got the wrong idea in the first place.

Positive HamletAdams
(1 review)
On Jun 24, 2015, HamletAdams Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

We ordered a set of 10 asparagus roots. After following the enclosed directions, only 4 sprouts had emerged after 3.5 weeks. Since those that had emerged were a 1 foot or taller, we had concerns that the rest were not viable. I contacted Stark Bros. via their online chat at their website. We had the problem solved and a new set of 10 roots on the way in less than 30 minutes. The roots arrived on schedule, and after soaking and planting almost all of the new 10 roots have sent up stalks. We are very happy with their customer service! Prompt, friendly and helpful.

Positive scottPi
(7 reviews)
On Jun 19, 2015, scottPi Milwaukee, WI wrote:

I ordered 3 of their All In One Almond trees last year. They shipped right out, and arrived looking good. All three started leafing, but then 2 just shut down. Sad. I let them know, and they scheduled me 2 replacements for this year.
This year, the one from last year woke up fine, and the 2 replacements arrived, leafed out, and look good. Very happy.

Positive kkennard
(1 review)
On Jun 13, 2015, kkennard Hamlin, NY wrote:

Ordered multiple varieties of strawberry plants (150 plants total) that were received promptly. Within one week, all 150 bare root plants had leaves and several weeks later all 150 are doing well and growing vigorously. Very happy with the quality of the plants so far, the ease of ordering, and prompt delivery.

Positive harryliu
(2 reviews)
On Jun 10, 2015, harryliu wrote:

I highly recommend this company: great products and great customer service. Last year I bought 3 trees there and 2 are doing very well. The 3rd one was not. When I called in, the rep was very nice to talk to and quickly set up a replacement. I supposed to received the replacement yesterday. Unfortunately, FedEx lost my replacement. I called in this morning, the rep checked and set up 2nd replacement!! What a great company!

Positive MeganRoseMcLain
(1 review)
On Jun 8, 2015, MeganRoseMcLain La Crosse, WI wrote:

Posted on June 8, 2015, updated June 8, 2015
Posted on June 8, 2015, updated June 8, 2015
I absolutely LOVE Stark Bro\\\'s!! So far I\\\'ve ordered 20 berry plants and seven fruit trees and will definitely be ordering more in future years. This is my go-to nursery and I only buy from others if they don\\\'t have something I\\\'m looking for. I would definitely recommend this nursery, the costumer service is outstanding and the website is VERY well organized and easy to navigate.


On June 8th, 2015, MeganRoseMcLain added the following:

I should also add that the shipping is very fast and all my plants are thriving!!
On June 8th, 2015, MeganRoseMcLain added the following:

I should also add that the shipping is very fast and all my plants are thriving!!
Positive Feodosia
(3 reviews)
On May 24, 2015, Feodosia Versailles, MO wrote:

I've been ordering from Stark Bros. for a few years now ... Ive had more success with their plants then most other mail order places I've tried ...and I gave up on Walmart , big box store trees long ago ( all diseased ) .... I can't afford Stark's cherry trees but I have gotten nice peach and apple trees from them ... I have bought " blight resistant " pear trees from them but they have all succumbed to fire blight here in MO. I didn't write to them about the 2 Maxine "stark delicious " pear trees dieing on me because I reckon that this area might just be a bad place to try and grow pears . I don't think the fire blight was Stark's fault .. . I bought a Carpathian walnut tree from them that never sproated a single leaf , and a plum tree died on me this year but Stark replaced them without a problem ..... their replacement policy is trouble free and makes them a safe bet to buy from ...... yes, their pruning is extreme , to fit it in a long rectangle box but I'd rather start out with a nice straight , solid-trunked tree right at the get-go instead of dealing with some crooked twisted spindly thing that some other places send you .... all of my Stark trees have grown nice branches in no time and have become attractive trees that didn't need too much in the way of staking or corrective action . I like Stark Bros. and I'll keep buying from them for sure .

Positive douglk74
(1 review)
On May 24, 2015, douglk74 Buffalo, NY wrote:

I ordered a contender peach tree and some guards from stark bros after some hesitation from reading reviews over the web. However, since most of their competitors had a deadline for spring ordering (that i had missed by less than a week) I decided to roll the dice.

I received my order a few days later with everything I ordered in the box and alive. I tested my soil's moisture level and pH level based on their instructions (and the instructions on almanac.com) and planted my tree. It's been a few weeks now and the tree is doing great! It's budding well and quickly. Now, I really can't tell you if it's what I ordered until it grows a peach, but I am very happy so far.

If I did have some constructive criticism, I would encourage Stark Bros to add a 'this side up' arrow to their boxes, when I received my box it was upside down and all the wet shredded papers were everywhere but around the roots. If I had to guess, I would think bags aren't sealed to prevent plant suffocation, So I think an arrow would help a lot.

But all in all, it was a great experience and I would definitely order any plants I can't get locally from them!

Positive tallenmorgan
(1 review)
On May 16, 2015, tallenmorgan Mount Juliet, TN wrote:

I ordered from Stark Bros. because of the generally positive reviews here on Dave's Garden. I have had many bad experiences with mail order garden suppliers and am very leery of ordering by mail.

So far, I'm impressed. When I got the plants, I had the same reaction as many others. I ordered 50 bare-root strawberry plants and 5 bare-root raspberry canes. The strawberries looked barely alive and the raspberries looked completely dead. I'm not new to this, so I was mildly concerned, but not alarmed. I know life can spring from dead-looking things.

The plants came well packaged, with good instructions on how to prepare and plant them. Unfortunately, life intervened and I was not able to plant them until nearly two week later. I was sure I would lose most if not all of them.

That's not what happened. Everyone single one of those plants has not just survived, but thrived. The strawberries were sending out leaves less than 48 hours after I put them in the ground! The raspberries, which were just little sticks with dry looking roots, are growing so vigorously, I may have a small crop of raspberries THIS season!

Moreover, I find their website to be one the best, most information resources on the internet. They are constantly updating it with useful information. I will definitely be ordering from this company again. Thanks to the other Dave's Garden readers that took the time to share their experiences.

Positive lwbuchholz
(6 reviews)
On May 15, 2015, lwbuchholz Manhattan, MT wrote:

I ordered from Stark last year and the trees came through wonderfully. However they didn't make it through the winter and I contacted them and they promptly sent replacements! I will continue to order from them and recommend them to anyone else who wants what they offer.

Positive elizabeth976
(1 review)
On May 7, 2015, elizabeth976 Chilton, WI wrote:

I ordered plants from Exciting Gardens on April 11, and I ordered from Burpee and Stark on April 24th. Stark promptly shipped my order (within three days), and the plants arrived packed nicely, and looking quite healthy. Was able to get everything in the ground right away, just in time for warmer weather and a rainy week. Buds are developing on my trees, and strawberries are leafing out nicely, already. Quite pleased with both the shipping speed, and condition of the plants/trees. Have also ordered in the past from Stark, with no problems. (True that trees' branches are mostly removed; but they seem to branch out just fine afterward.) My orders from the other two companies still haven't shipped--I'm hoping they decide to before we start getting hot, dry weather. I will order from Stark again, in the future.

Positive bckkiller1
(3 reviews)
On Apr 20, 2015, bckkiller1 Lexington, VA wrote:

I have no problem with this company who ships appropriately sized bare root product and anyone who calls them a stick thinks that's Lowes root bound trees are a good product.
Stark ships timely and provides a good product and I have never had a problem with their one year gurantee. I have had great experience with customer service and good luck with their online question forum.
If I had to list one negative is that once I ordered a thornless boysenberry to get one with thorns and then have their customer support tell me they didn't sell a thornless one until I had them google it and there name was first in the product line. Other than that beautiful experience witll well packed and dampened trees. I have only ever ordered fruit trees from them and I have 41 standard fruit trees of which they make up about half as they have a decent selection

Positive RichfromNH
(4 reviews)
On Apr 15, 2015, RichfromNH Nashua, NH wrote:

I've had nothing but great experiences with Stark Brothers. My great grandfather planted the old family orchard through them almost 100 years ago and today I'm proud to use them for the vast majority of my trees and plants.

I've had issues getting many things to take root and survive and without even an ounce of doubt, they quickly ship replacements for me. There have been times, while frustrating, that orders have been delayed due to weather or inventory issues, but they always have the best interests of the plant at heart. Sometimes I get impatient but they are delaying it to make certain I have the best chance of the plant surviving. As I write this I'm looking forward to receiving more plants form them this wekeend and planting those.

Stark Brothers is reliable and stand by their products. Every single time I've had them not survive within that first year, they are happy to send a replacement no questions asked. Their customer support and guidance is top notch as well.

Also check out their blog as it has lots of cool articles in it.

Positive Dsnider2006
(2 reviews)
On Mar 27, 2015, Dsnider2006 Grant City, MO wrote:

I've ordered from Stark's 3 times now, once back when it was Miller Nursery. I've had really good communication and good to excellent quality plants each time.
I've had two problems with them: shipping, which as another reviewer mentioned, you can simply request for them to ship later and they will, and raspberry canes.
I ordered raspberries last year, and as dormant plants do, they looked like dead sticks. Planted them, got a few leaves, and then really heavy rain. I have clay soil...They drowned. I called and Stark's sent me more. I attempted again, and dug them all up after 6 weeks. In my terrible soil, the roots had turned to mush. Lesson learned: select plants suitable to your soil type! The only raspberries I have success with here is potted ones.
However, roses are notably finicky and I ordered a Peace Rose off my first order (2011). She is still with me, through TWO replantings due to moving. Bloomed nonstop from May til October this past year. I ordered more roses last year, and despite my dog digging them up and shaking them all over the yard, they went crazy and took off upon replanting.
My new order was a Key Lime Tree, two Cranberry bushes, and a Forest Pansy Redbud. The Lime is way bigger than I expected, and thorned me good getting out of the package. I had no idea it would have thorns, but it looks awesome. The cranberries are potted nicely and seem vigorous. The Redbud is 4' tall but not overly leggy like Big Box store plants. I cannot wait to see it bloom. It is starting to bud already and I hope a late frost doesn't do in the beautiful flowers it is promising.

Positive fred40
(5 reviews)
On Mar 15, 2015, fred40 Middletown, NY wrote:

Stark is now the my preferred company to order from, it just makes life easier. Here's what I've experienced- they have a great variety, their prices are reasonable, the quality is exceptional, and their service is amazing. Almost everything I've ordered from them was healthy and sprung to life after planting, and those that didn't- just give them a call and they'll send a replacement without any hassle. Last year a dwarf peach tree didn't make it, I called and they said a new one would be shipped next season- but they only had that version in standard this year, and Brenda sent me an email about it, and without any fuss added a different variety dwarf (that I liked) to my incoming order this year.

Also, I still have 10" of snow on my property, (plus my land is prone to flooding in early March) so I emailed them and asked to push the shipment date later- again, Brenda responded and pushed the date to April without any hassle. To the complainers here- they can't know your local conditions all over the country- talk to them, believe me, I have, and they have NEVER given me a problem. Again, these are living products, if some die, TALK TO THEM before getting angry, my experience is they want to help.

Positive cjparker
(11 reviews)
On Mar 14, 2015, cjparker Kennewick, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Posted on April 11, 2013, updated March 14, 2015
I have ordered twice a year now from Stark for the past 3 years. Each item I\'ve received is doing fine! I got raspberries the first year I planted the canes, the peach trees are full of blossoms, the Honeycrisp apple tree is growing like mad, the blackberries have come up strong and healthy, and the 2 in 1 plum and 2 in 1 cherry have grown more than expected. I am delighted with the quality of my plants and look forward to reaping the harvest when the trees are mature enough to set fruit. My plants have all arrived in excellent condition, healthy and strong.


On March 14th, 2015, cjparker added the following:

As always, another great experience ordering from Stark Bros. My mini-orchard is in full bud, and all trees are beautiful and healthy. Great communications.
Positive Javerezii
(3 reviews)
On Feb 28, 2015, Javerezii Lady Lake, FL wrote:

Nice people. Wonderful trees. Good service. Fair price. What else could I ask for. Thanks, J.A.jr

Positive BeamonHill
(1 review)
On Jan 5, 2015, BeamonHill Ozark, AL wrote:

I've never had one second's trouble from Stark Brothers. I have had a couple of trees that didn't make it and both times they sent replacements without any trouble at all, shipped free.
I recommend Stark Brothers nursery without reservation.

Positive josh72
(1 review)
On Dec 20, 2014, josh72 Three Rivers, MI wrote:

I was a little surprised to see the number of negative reviews for Stark Bros given my extremely positive experience. I have tried ordering from several nurseries thinking I could get as good of quality at a lower price and ended up coming back to Stark Bros every time. I have ordered everything from blueberries, grapes, and raspberries, to fruit, nut, and flowering landscape trees. I can't say that I have had one bad experience and have been delighted with the quality of product I received. I don't waste my time with other nurseries anymore.

Positive genbap
(1 review)
On Dec 1, 2014, genbap Risco, MO wrote:

I have purchased many plants from Stark Brothers nursery with great satisfaction. I would recommend them to anyone. Plants are always well packed and delivered in a timely manner by FedEx. I have been very pleased with the instructions and the results. They are without a doubt my go to plant company.

Positive rayerne
(4 reviews)
On Jul 9, 2014, rayerne Newfane, VT wrote:

We love Stark Brothers! Great products, great customer service, and they do honor refunds. My go-to plant nursery company.

Positive firehawkv
(1 review)
On Jul 5, 2014, firehawkv Mc Arthur, OH wrote:

I have ordered many plants from many companies. After several years and probably a couple thousand dollars spent, I'd say that stark bros plants are the most consistently healthy when they arrive and the healthiest as they grow. They also arrive at the correct time to be planted (which has been a problem for me with a few other nurseries). They tend to be a bit higher priced than other nurseries. But in exchange you get better customer service, plants sent more reliably at the time they should be planted and healthier plants.

Positive iculov
(1 review)
On Jun 30, 2014, iculov Meriden, CT wrote:

Posted on June 24, 2014, updated June 30, 2014
I placed my first order 06/06/14 and the trees were very nice, well wrapped and in excellent condition when they arrived. I was so impressed I ordered three more order#1175958 and when they arrived I was shocked. The trees were not well wrapped, the first set had wet paper wrapped around the roots that was still damp when I received them This shipment did not, no feeder roots like the first set, just a stump root, and very few buds,The trees seemed to be dead but planted them and hoped for the best.. I emailed customer care twice, but still no response. They talk up a good game saying they want you completely satisfied.....well I am not!


On June 30th, 2014, iculov changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

They answered my emails after a few days and refunded the total amount. They wanted me completely happy with my purchase. I would order from them again.
Positive bookworm07
(2 reviews)
On Jun 16, 2014, bookworm07 Pacifica, CA wrote:

Purchased the 2-in-one Cherry tree, 25 pack of strawberries and a bareroot raspberry.

LOVE LOVE this nursery. The cherry tree showed up in amazing shape. Had a bit of a back slide since I over-watered it by accident but its really taken off now. The raspberry is leafing out very nicely now and the strawberries look amazing. With the strawberries it only took a few days after planting for them to start growing new leaves.

My only sad bit is that I don't have enough space to plant their amazing plants.

Positive JanetLNC
(2 reviews)
On Jun 15, 2014, JanetLNC Charlotte, NC wrote:

I recently purchased two fruit trees (2 on 1 plum, 4 on 1 antique apple) from Stark Bros and so far I am fairly pleased with both specimens. Both trees have started leafing out and seem to be doing well. I do have a few minor complaints, mostly slow response to email (usually 3-4 days, however they did send a coupon as an apology), and the fact that the grafted varieties on my plants were not labeled. In addition, the company was not able to tell me definitively what type of rootstock my trees are on (i.e. my apple could be m7 or bud118). However, the price and quality of their products are great. Overall, I've had a pretty good experience with Stark Bros and I will probably be purchasing some berry plants from them in the future.

Positive Johnaw
(3 reviews)
On May 30, 2014, Johnaw Princeton Junction, NJ wrote:

excellent plants and service. I have ordered, apples, peachs,.grapes,blueberries, and pawpaw. They seem to arrive on Sat. for some reason when I' m home to plant !
Every plant ordered has"taken off" when planted which is a testiment to how they were grown before I recieved them.
Having a mail order plant company can't be easy, they must always balance their time to produce saleable plants,size of plants to ship, and trying to pack oversized trees etc so they arrive in good condition Three stars on all fronts!

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