Late June through mid-July marks the end of the decandling season in my area. This means it’s time to start working on the smaller pines in my garden.
The tree below is sixteen-years-old. It grew strong this spring which is a reflection of the fact that the tree is still young and not fully ramified. In time, I hope for the spring growth to be less than half as vigorous.
Shohin black pine – Gyozan pot
The work this time of year includes decandling, needle-pulling, and minor cutback. I’ll postpone the wiring until fall or winter and will repot the tree in a shallower container around the end of the year.
Here’s the tree after decandling, needle-pulling, and cutback.
After decandling and pulling needles – 7.5″
I’ll hold off on fertilizing the tree for one-to-two months but will make sure the tree gets a moderate amount in fall. In November, it will be time to prune, pluck, and wire. Will provide an update when I do!
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