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Just started decandling some of mine. It is a little early for me, but I am having a crazy busy summer with some travel planned.
 
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It always better early than late.

That is some super healthy JBP there. Wish I could shield the pot like Thomas on mine. How do you water your tree and still have the cloth look so clean?
 

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LOL, actually I just cut these this morning since the others I was using looked pretty bad from last year. Have to make a good impression you know. :)

So the cloth insulates the pots? I’m not sure I’ve seen that before. Can you elaborate on that a bit?
 

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So the cloth insulates the pots? I’m not sure I’ve seen that before. Can you elaborate on that a bit?
the cloth gives some protection from the hot Texas sun since JBPs need to be in full sun it protects the pot from getting excessively hot and cooking the roots.
 
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Just started decandling some of mine. It is a little early for me, but I am having a crazy busy summer with some travel planned.
I'm a n00b...so, I think I de-candled much too early? (always saw on YT, that mid-May to early June was the best time to decandle)...

I de-candled around mid-May iirc. Only the longest candles, 2-4" long. Not many at all, only maybe 10-20 candles per tree (probably only 5-10% of the candles, because it's a big garden/niwaki tree). I did it early because I noticed a few of the candles were starting to harden off already.

My 2 trees are 4-5' tall garden (trained) JBPs, 2.75-3.25" trunk, 6-7 levels of branch tiers, maybe 15-20 years old (not sure..they're pretty mature though).
(I also have 4 baby saplings, 7yo I think).

Since you're in the same OC area... when is the best time to de-candle? Late-June or early-July?
Did I make a grave mistake by cutting the (only a couple) candles too soon in May?
Are you supposed to decandle 100% of the tree and EVERY single bit of new-growth/new-candle (any candle with new needles) down to a closer node?
Or, is only decandling the most vigorous/longest and perhaps the medium ones too, sufficient (let's say, maybe only 10-20% of the tree)? (and just leaving the candles alone, the ones that are hardly even 0.5-1" long)

...My foliage right now looks pretty much exactly like the OP's picture... although, mine is niwaki style, very tall, and the branch pads/tiers have a lot more space between them (at least +1' of spacing between the branches).


Additionally... I performed "Momiage" (needle plucking down to only 3-6 pairs per tip) on them last late-December. I assume this is a good time for momiage (from my research), correct?
 
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At noob (sorry, can't read or type your screen name) - When you decandle JBP depends on the number of days before first frost for northerners, The warmer the climate the later in the year you should decandle. I am in zone 5b and have a growing season that is only about 110 days long, give or take a few days. We decandle during the first half of the month of June.

I tagged Adair because he can more precisely answer the question as to when you should decandle.
 

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