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As several approaches to decandling red and black pine needles involve pulling, I thought I had included some tips on how to properly start pine needles.

Why are we stopping pine needles?

  1. To reduce food production. The decrease in the number of needles on a tree food production slows down and reduces the force. It also encourages the tree to encourage new growth in its attempt to increase food production.
  2. To increase light and air available for the remaining foliage and branches. Sunlight can help stimulate new growth. Good light and circulation may discourage some insects take advantage of pines.
  3. To balance the force. Some techniques require different numbers decandling leaving needles in different areas (more on this shortly). Reducing food production in the strong areas by removing needles can help balance the force.

pulling needles also facilitates wiring, but that is not usually not a motivation for practice.

How do we stop pine needles?

threw pine needles by grabbing the base of a pair of pliers and pulling needles. This is typically done by pulling needle forward in the direction of needles grow, to prevent the skin from breaking branch. older needles tend to break easier than younger needles so care must be taken when removing the needles, healthy and vigorous.

Needle plucking

Preparing to start a pair of needles

Needle plucking

Needles and fasciculus removed

If the clamps grab needles above the bundle, it is easy to get out of it.

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Grabbing needles above the fasciculus

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needles removed, fascículo left behind

If this happens, simply remove the bundle with another plucking.

Read also:   How to Avoid burning leaves Deciduous Bonsai

Needle plucking

Grabbing Fascicle

Needle plucking

Fascicle removed

The bracts, the myelin sheaths that resemble flat sheets, it can also be removed. By keeping free of branches of bracts and fascicles, wiring is simplified and our work is clean.

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Removing a bract

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bracts removed

Sometimes bracts arise in the base pairs of needles. These bracts can be removed with needles or separately.

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pair of needles with the bracts

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Needles and bracts removed together

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needles removed, the remains of bracts

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remaining bracts removed

is not recommended Retiring on pine needles as it can tear the skin of the branch. This is especially true for younger needles. Avoid this forward pulling needles.

Needle plucking

Pulling back a pair of needles opens a tear in the branch

Needle plucking

needle and some branch removed

no need to cut and paste if a little skin, you run with the needle, but do not try to avoid this as many openings can weaken the tree.

This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com


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