Fertilizing Your Established Fruit Trees


[music] Hi folks. I’m Elmer Kidd, Chief Production Officer at Stark Bro’s Nurseries & Orchards Co. Today, we’re going to talk about Stark® Orchard Fertilizer and how to use this terrific product to fertilize your trees that are three years or older. All you need to get started is Stark® Orchard Fertilizer a measuring cap, and a scoop. First, measure out the amount of fertilizer you need. We recommend using 1/4 of a pound of Stark® Orchard Fertilizer per one-inch of tree diameter. For example if a tree is 4 inches across it would require 1-lb of fertilizer. Once you have the amount you need spread an even band of fertilizer around the dripline of the tree. This is the area located under the outer circumference of the tree branches where the feeder rootlets best absorb moisture and other nutrients from the soil. You can apply Stark® Orchard Fertilizer any time prior to July but we recommend applying it two weeks before bud break. Orchard fertilizer is water-soluble so you can either water it in or just let the first rain take it down. Once properly applied, this will promote vigorous growth and even increase the size of the fruit and encourage regular heavy bearing. Stark® Orchard Fertilizer is available in 5-lb or 18-lb bags and can be purchased at starkbros.com. [music]

6 thoughts on “Fertilizing Your Established Fruit Trees

  1. Would this advice vary much depending on the type of fruit tree we're talking about? I've got a 4-year-old fig tree that has enjoyed vigorous leaf growth every year but steadfastly refuses to fruit, and I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to encourage it.

  2. Use a balanced fertilizer and prune and have a second tree to pollinate, even if it self pollinates. Organic fertilizer is best , water and at least 7 hours of sun. Mulch helps. will probably need to be prayed for pests and diseases.

  3. Using fertilizer generally won't encourage a mature fruit tree to fruit. It simply encourages more vegetative growth to support the fruit that develops. If your fig tree is not fruiting, it may be an issue with the planting site: not enough sun, not ideal soil drainage or nutrients. You might consider contacting your county extension there for local advice on getting your fig tree to fruit!

  4. Some apple varieties aren't very vigorous growers by nature, but if your tree is still rather small (keeping in mind the past couple years have had weather extremes in most places) you might want to reassess the planting site: Does it get good sun? Does the water it gets drain well or is the tree in standing water for some time after it rains? Fertilizer may help as well, but first decide if the apple tree is planted in an ideal spot.

  5. Great video! Maybe a silly question, at around 0:48 the gentleman was spreading the fertilizer on the grass, would the fertilizer get consumed by the grass or would it still get absorbed by the tree? I guess what I'm trying to ask is if it's okay to spread fruit tree fertilizer onto grass, regardless if the fertilizer is water-soluble or water-insoluble. Thanks in advance!

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