Hiya! I purchased a 'Mutsu' whip at the UBC Apple Festival a few weeks back. I have decided that I want to train it into a stepover, very much like the ones I see at your Food Garden. I was wondering when I should cut the leader down and how far? I've read in books that I should cut it to three buds (30") if I was to train it into tiers. Should I cut it down to 24", 18" if possible for a stepover? And should I leave just two buds instead of three?? Thanks for all your help! And also, does anyone here know where I can buy some one year old whips of plum and pear trees? The people I met at the apple festival were from the Island and I'd rather buy in the Lower Mainland if possible. Thanks!