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The 100-year-old story of one truly delicious apple
Now over a century old, the Golden Delicious Apple has a special place in Stark Bro's history. From 1914, here is the story of how it was discovered.
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It's summer, which means – for vigorous fruit trees like peaches and plums – it's time to think about a quick, growing-season clip »
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A great approach to having healthy trees is to fertilize — responsibly. Learn when to stop fertilizing & why »
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Brown rot is a fungal disease that commonly affects stone #fruittrees like peaches and cherries. Learn how to control brown rot in your fruit garden »
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I think I may have lost a cherry tree, but for a different reason. 
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Winemakers rejoice! There are so many alternatives to grapes for homemade garden wines »
You don’t have to grow grapes to make wonderful wines at home. Here are some tips and tools to make your own garden wines, from author Nan K. Chase.
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When we recommend "best pollinators" for your apple trees — varieties to plant together to cross pollinate for fruit — they're not the "only pollinators". Learn more about apple tree pollination »
Apple tree pollination is the key to successful fruit production. There are a few factors to keep in mind, and here we focus on apple bloom times.
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"When you are a part of a company that has been around for just about 200 years, every once in a while you come into contact with a piece of its history that makes you stop and say, “Wow.”"

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Birds, squirrels, and big bugs like Japanese beetles become problematic pests in the fruit garden as fruit grows and ripens. Garden netting is a great defense when applied sooner than later. Learn more »
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Even if you already thinned your tree's fruit earlier in the season, you may notice things getting a bit crowded as the remaining fruit gets larger. Here's a reminder – how & why – to thin your fruit »
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When you grow plants that look good AND taste good, you'll see why edibles are an obvious choice to include in your landscape »
Don’t let a lack of space or time stop you from growing your own edible landscape plants. Here are some creative tips from gardening expert, Melinda Myers.
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Thinking of growing your own hops? Here are 8 questions about hops & their answers »
Discover hops: a versatile, vigorous bine (not vine)! Famous for flavoring beer, find answers to 8 common questions and learn all about hops.
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Triploid apple trees: what to know and why to grow »
Most apple trees are diploids, meaning they have 2 sets of chromosomes. Some are triploids – with 3 sets. See what that means for fruit production.
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Stark Bro's offers quality nursery products and helpful advice for the gardening enthusiast. Order trees, plants, and supplies online now or request a catalog.
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We grow fruit trees, nut trees, berry plants, roses, and more – and we ship them right to your front door, so you can grow them in your back yard!
 
Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co. is one of the oldest businesses in the United States (founded in 1816). Well before the westward expansion, in a time when agriculture was the foundation of prosperity in this country, James Stark moved from Kentucky to a plot of land in the Louisiana Purchase. Five years later, that plot of land became a part of the state of Missouri (1821). Here, Stark planted a superior apple orchard that became his family's livelihood.

From the Civil War to the invention of the automobile, both World Wars, a Great Depression, sending a man to the moon, the technological explosion of the 20th century... Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co. has thrived for almost 200 years.