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|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.
|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.
|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.
|On Feb 15, 2016, clhtjh Spring Lake, NC wrote:
Posted on February 15, 2016, updated February 15, 2016
On February 15th, 2016, clhtjh added the following:
I forgot to add....
This was no small order.
- 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
|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!
|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.
|On Sep 10, 2015, RobertCrandall Capac, MI wrote:
Posted on July 4, 2015, updated September 10, 2015
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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!
|On Jun 8, 2015, MeganRoseMcLain La Crosse, WI wrote:
Posted on June 8, 2015, updated June 8, 2015
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!!
|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 .
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|On Mar 14, 2015, cjparker Kennewick, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on April 11, 2013, updated March 14, 2015
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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|On Jun 30, 2014, iculov Meriden, CT wrote:
Posted on June 24, 2014, updated June 30, 2014
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.
|On Jun 16, 2014, bookworm07 Pacifica, CA wrote:
Purchased the 2-in-one Cherry tree, 25 pack of strawberries and a bareroot raspberry.
|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.
|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 !
|On May 29, 2014, littlebunnyfufu South Sumter, SC wrote:
I have a very large acreage property with five separate fruit orchards with over 150 trees, a half acre blueberry patch, a half acre strawberry patch, and several acres for general vegetable gardening/extensive corn patches.
|On May 24, 2014, Kbearda Oak Harbor, WA wrote:
Posted on April 21, 2014, updated May 24, 2014
On May 24th, 2014, Kbearda changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
After this review, within hours actually, StarkBros responded here, and sent me an email apologizing for the issues and sent a $25 gift certificate. On top of that my other plants shipped almost immediately.
Once everything arrived a few days later I must say I was rather unimpressed with the packaging. The elder berries and gooseberries were stuffed into a bag with a few damp newspaper clippings around the roots and were looking fairly dried out, the boysenberries looked sick, and the strawberries had nothing protecting their roots. I planted them all anyway since upon scrapping them I could see there was still green.
And oh my, the transformation. I am still in shock at how quickly all the berries took off! The elderberries especially are looking gorgeous! The boysenberries needed some love and serious tlc, but they're also looking fabulous now. I truly expected this to be a total bust and an expensive learning experience, and now I am very happy I ordered from here. I'm fairly convinced the issue I had over the phone was an anomaly, admittedly a very rude and upsetting one, but none-the-less an anomaly. And while I wasn't impressed with the packaging, I cannot in any way argue with the health and vigor of the plants I received!
After seeing how well the rest of my berries were doing, combined with the very kind help after my review here I decided to go ahead and try ordering some honey berries. After all, they were nearly free. This time, everything shipped right on time, no hiccups, and the plants arrived looking fabulous. Can't wait to see how well these babies grow up! (and to make some honey berry wine.)9
On May 24, 2014, Stark Brothers Nurseries & Orchards Company responded with:
"On Apr 21, 2014 4:57 PM, Stark Brothers Nurseries & Orchards Company responded with:
Thank you for your feedback and for sharing your experience here. We dedicate ourselves to providing quality product and service to all of our customers, and it is something we take seriously. It is our goal not only to meet, but to exceed your expectations, and we would like to sincerely apologize that this did not happen.
|On May 7, 2014, ndboy Bellwood, NE wrote:
I ordered a Cherry Tree, A shade tree and 6 raspberries from them. The trees were packed well, although some of the papers surrounding the roots was off. I liked that they pruned my Cherry tree so I didnt have too. It was a good size, with buds swelling. The shade tree was in a container with a bamboo shoot holding it straight. The tree doesnt show really any life, but it might be just trying to come out for spring. The raspberries seem to also be alive. The roots on them were very long and thick. Customer service has always treated me very well anytime I called. I hope everything I planted survives, I am not sure what kind of guarantee they have?? If everything survives I will definitely order again from them. First time ordering here. I also ordered from Gurney's and their trees died on me and were not half as nice as these.