I would imagine this is probably a fairly simple question but I can’t seem to find the answer to it, either on this forum, in books or elsewhere on the internet.
Last year was my first attempt at grafting and of about 20 grafts I have managed to keep around 13 alive and going strong. All of the tree I grafted are still “whips”, that is, they do not have any laterals at all. I am hoping that when I “head” these trees they will then develop laterals but all the books speak of buying “well-feathered maidens”. If my 2 year old tree produces laterals, it will no longer be a maiden so my question is, how do I get laterals on newly grafted whips?
I know their has been discussion of notching on the forum recently but I wouldn’t have thought this was the done thing on new grafts?
Thanks for any help,