I have a couple questions for you, I have been waiting to prune my Monterey pines, Just wondering about timing as all the shoots on one of my trees have flushed out, hardened off and set buds at the tip of those shoots. Have I missed the window if buds have already appeared at the tips of those candles? Will those buds likely push again this year seeing as we are only just about to enter summer here in NZ?
The reason I ask is that I bought a tree earlier in the year that currently has some shoots with buds at the tip and others that have a cluster of shorter needles at the very tip with no buds (comparison below). Are these shorter needles likely to be a second push of growth from these tip buds present elsewhere on the tree or have they maybe just not set buds at those tips yet? I’m a bit confused as my only other Monterey pine has buds at the tip of every shoot, albeit still in the development phase where as this tree should be transitioning to refinement this year. In either case, I need to keep a closer eye on the new tree to delineate exactly what the growth habit is.