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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.
pine Black before decandling
Right side decandled
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.
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
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com