I'm still on the lower part of the learning curve for pines. But it seems that at least i am keeping them very healthy and full of vigor. Think Ive got a good grasp of the theory and some novel techniques of my own. But they do grow very slowly so its something you acquire over many years.
With this medium Scots pine that had been collected from the wild Ive had some challenges as there was growth at the end of some very long spindly branches. Its been repotted and is responding with loads of back budding - even onto old wood.
When the opportunity has arisen with some choice areas of budding Ive cut back to them.
Here are 3 choice buds all starting to grow as part of the second flush of growth.
Now i have a well positioned horizontal fork nice and close in. Going to need 3 or 4 more of these.
Back budding on old wood. And its a long way back.
Here is one of the new candles from the second flush. Ideally next year i will get a tree full of these. This year started slowly while i got to grips with the feeding requirements in sterile growth medium. I now feed the pine trees 4 times a week. I am amazed at how much they can eat.