Hi - I followed the advice for handling multi-flush pines given by Mirari last year and everything worked out great. I got a second flush and it did fine through the winter. This year in early June I completed a 2nd round of fertilization, cut the candles and did some styling. As you can see the tree pushed a second flush but 90% of the growth looks juvenile.
My question is now what is the best way to care for this tree from this point? Since the tree went into recovery mode should I start fertilizing again? Do I do shoot selection in the fall or just wait until it has regained normal health to do any further work on the tree?
I think my mistake was taking too much off the tree after the first flush. I missed the shoot selection last fall so I tried to cut back to 2s at the same time I did the styling. I guess too much foliar mass came off the tree and it responded with panic mode. Either that or I removed too many needles from each location.
Any input would be appreciated.