Japanese black pine experienced friends!
I’ve been trying to figure this guy out in the last year and I think I know a couple things but there’s one bugging me:
The shoot on the tip of each branch, is it a shoot or cone, does it normally open when you decandle, or it’s dormant till spring? Do I remove it early spring or late winter or how should I do to get at least 2 terminal buds?
Also, I got done long and some short needles, I want to build energy to have a strong flush in spring but I was thinking of cutting the long needles down to the small size ones around late fall. Is it counterproductive? I think at that point most energy was already storage but need to confirm
Thank you in advance