When decandling pines throughout decandling season – late spring and early summer where I live – at any given time one can find summer buds at many different stages of development. The most recently decandled trees in my garden are barely showing signs of summer growth, while some of the first trees I decandled now have quite large shoots.
Some of these shoots sprang from adventitious buds, others from needle buds. I typically decandle pines to stimulate adventitious buds – the buds that emerge from the stub left behind after making the cut.
Needle buds usually show up after decandling when pines are extra vigorous. Needle buds are new shoots that emerge between needles.
Needle buds flanking an apical bud
Removing the most vigorous spring shoots can yield a profusion of buds.
Profusion of buds
Rather than thin the buds at this stage, I’ll leave them alone and consider removing the entire branch in fall to slow down growth.
Lots of summer growth
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