I recently potted this nursery stock alberta spruce into a training pot. The tree is showing a huge increase in new buds opening at the tips of the branches.
My question is this: are the dark buds located more proximal to the main trunk dorment buds or dead buds? I’m thinking I should be pinching this new bud growth to move the growth energy inward and away from the tips. However, i don’t want to do this if these buds will never open up. Any suggestions?