I'm new to this forum, sorry if this has been discussed, but I'm finding conflicting info on the web about pinching, using scissors, or neither. I know not to believe what I read on the internet so I thought I'd ask you all instead.
Thanks Chris. That helps. Especially about the brn. tips. Vance I'm not testing anyone, and by posting in the catagory "junipers" I thought that would mean I was asking about Junipers. I'll be more clear next time.
By the way you do not get brown tips if you pinch correctly, you do not pinch in the classic sense as in pinching someone on the arm but you pull the tips straigh out. Point is you can only wire so much of the foliage before you have to start doing something to hinder its lengthening. With Shimpakus you have to go into the interior of the tree with scissors and start removing upward and downward growing growth and anything that is starting to bud in the crotches and along the trunk and branches in places you don't want them. If you don't thin the very dense growth on a Shimpaku you will at some point start to lose any or all growth on the inside of the tree.
I have never seen pinched shimpakus or procumbens without the tiny brown tips. I'd like to see that.
And cleaning out the weak or dead stuff is absolutely important, but sometimes those buds in the crotches are much stronger than what you have already and can be the basis of a new branch to replace the old and reinvigorate the tree.
Chris, I also don't get brown tips on my junipers. (well maybe an oddball one or two if I got lazy after a two hour session) I'm not sure of Vance's method, but I twist between the finger and thumb applying pressure at the same time. Works like a charm. Your right that a crotch shoot maybe better someday than what you have now but your talking a long, long time and then again it might not be as good as what you have. So in my opinion that option might be a bit counter productive when the big picture is looked at.
True. Not separating at the joint, no matter the method used will cause brown tips. Brown tips are the result of improper technique and without proper technique, you might as well be using scissors.
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