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Specifying maiden whip trees vs feathered maidens


I am looking at purchasing maiden whips for espallier training. Is it possible to specify a maiden whip as opposed to a feathered maiden when purchasing 1 year bare root trees?

Asked by: Adam 28-Jan-2022


Hi Adam. This is quite a common question. In practice it is not possible to specify feathered maidens vs maiden whips - although some books on growing fruit trees may imply there is a choice.

Whether a tree produces feathers in its first year or not is largely varietal. To give you two of the more extreme examples, a maiden Bramley apple tree will never have feathers, whereas a maiden Cox apple tree will invariably have many feathers.

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