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In my continuing effort to develop interior outbreaks in two of my black pines, I tried them decandling falling nearly two years ago. I decandled them again last year, and really push these trees, I cut back greatly after decandling. The result has been a very vigorous growth and a series of new outbreaks. Most new outbreaks, however, appeared at the ends of the branches near where I cut last summer. To keep pushing for more interior shoots, which decandled trees again this year.

Black pine before decandling

pine Black before decandling

After decandling half of the tree

Right side decandled

Decandling complete

Decandling complete

If the tree looks a little tired, that’s because it has almost no needles since last year. I cut more than the growth of a single season last year, so I ended up with nothing but falling tree shoots. I decandled spring growth this year near the base of these outbreaks, leaving little more than a few needles and protective bracts at the base of each branch.

I followed a similar approach with a second pine. Last winter the tree repotted in a larger pot because I want to become stronger. I intend to let some branches run for a few years to help thicken the upper trunk. Decandling not considered this year but wanted to keep the basic structure is already in place. As a compromise, which decandled all but a few branches so they can grow freely until the trunk reaches the desired size.

Black pine before decandling

Before decandling

After decandling

After decandling all but a few branches

If all goes well, the tree will look quite strange in a year or two – about par for the course in my backyard

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This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com


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