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scereghino:
Any update? I have been thinking about this and my guess is you don't get a lot of cold weather in Georgia. The Swiss Alps are very cold. esp up high where the mugos grow. I remember it being -10°F in town. It can be humid in the summers in the Alps but winds do dry out the peaks a little.
So my guess/assumption is the tree is not getting its natural winterization.
I have heard many folks repot in the late summer, I do so in the spring, more lime late winter (March) here in California.  My reasoning is we have 100°F days in Aug and Sept with little humidity. But...... I am also super cautious and only root prune 20% at a time.

twigboy2000:
Here's a little update on this guy.

We had a very hot and very dry summer/fall in GA last year.  I think we were at drought conditions for part of the year.  I ended up moving this guy under some shade cloth and it seemed to do a little bit better.  All in all, I think I lost maybe 10% of the branch tips.

This year the plan is to just water and feed and not mess with it too much until I see noticeable vigor.  Then maybe I'll work some of the leggy branches back in and approach graft some buds closer in to the trunk.

Thanks for the interest,
Chuck

VanceWood:
From your pictures I do not see evidence that the tree is in trouble.  There is a weevil that lays eggs in the unopened buds that can cause this. Just leave the tree alone for a while and give it a chance to grow.  As to grafting I don't do grafting on Mugos and grow a lot them. 

bwaynef:

--- Quote from: VanceWood on March 28, 2017, 09:25 AM ---As to grafting I don't do grafting on Mugos and grow a lot them. 
--- End quote ---

Is that because they bud so readily you don't find it necessary, or because you've managed to work around it in your designs?

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