2 Japanese Black Pine Questions

mrcasey

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1. When is it too late to do fall needle plucking, shoot selection, and wiring?

2. Is there a wrong time of year to do major branch pruning/trunk reduction?
 

Brian Van Fleet

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Never too late, but you’ll need to protect the tree from really hard freezes if you do much work once nights are hovering near freezing. Fall work is done just as the new needles are hardened off, and don’t release easily from their sheaths when gently pulled.

Major pruning is best done when the tree is growing, late spring and late summer/early fall.
 

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