I watched the two Mirai Live videos on Austrian Black Pine. It was interesting to hear the technique of de-candling in order to start the refinement process.
I was wondering what I should do if I have multiple branches on my ABP, where one is ready for refinement, but the other could use some developmental/structural work. If I de-candle all of the new candles which have hardened on one branch (but leave other branches’ candles in tact), how will the tree react? Will I get back-budding for that one branch? Or does the technique only really work if a significant total number of candles are de-candled in a growing season?
Additionally, on a side note, does anyone notice their ABP pushes candles out later than their other pines? I have a Scots/Mugo Pine which have needles that have started to harden, but this ABP’s candles aren’t really there yet.