Buying Maiden Fruit Trees: All our bareroot fruit trees are available as Maidens and most are also sold in larger sizes. To see which trees are grown on which rootstocks have a look at our page on fruit tree rootstocks.
A maiden is a single stemmed young tree, ranging from 1-2 metres tall (approximately) when it's delivered. The stems are roughly a finger thick.
You can't grow new fruit trees of a particular variety from a seed. It doesn't work.
We have to take a cutting of new growth from an adult tree (a scion) and graft it onto the roots of a young tree (a rootstock).
One year after these have been grafted together, they will be joined firmly and you can plant them as a Maiden.
This means that the Maiden tree itself is only 1 year old, but the bits that made it were at least a year old before they were put together.
A Maiden is much bigger than a year old fruit tree grown from seed would be.
|You can train a Maiden into any trained or untrained shape you want.||You have to wait a few years for your tree to grow up & make much fruit. Little trees will grow much faster if you remove the fruit from them for their first 2 years.|
|The cheapest way for you to buy fruit trees.|