Today I brought in the first of the larger pines for its annual pruning. Its gone completely bonkers and covered itself in 12" candles. This one was covered in flowers last year - this year there are 2 small ones - so I'm certain its no longer stressed. The watering and fertilser regime are working very well - the needle colour and vigour are fantastic.
I think the early hot start to the season certainly helped it along.
This will be the last year that this one is allowed to grow like this - I have the primary structure that I’m looking for - so next year is the full JBP candle removal and back budding.
This afternoon and tomorrow i will be trimming and wiring this one.
I think my timing for this is similar to the traditional time when the JBP's are done - so I'm getting better at it now.
Next up is the big Scots pine. It too has grown wildly and now looks like Don King's hair.