Ok, this is one of my first mugos I have worked on, so I am not too familiar with the techniques used to induce backbudding on these trees. I decandled the tree along with all my JBP at the same time last year. As you can see, I have plenty of buds and shoots at the tips of the branches from decandling last year. However, it did not backbud along the branches as well as I would have hoped. I got some buds to pop on the trunk, but not alot along the leggy branches. The trunk is done and all the final branches are in place and at the correct diameter, so I want to begin tapering the branches and developing finer ramification. So, should I decandle again this year or should I prune each branch back to the most interior shoots as indicated with red lines? Also, is it correct to follow the calendar of the JBP when decandling/pruning? I know vance wood has discovered repotting in the summer is beneficial, but he never discussed pruning/decandling in detail in his article. Any info or past experiences would be nice, thanks.
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