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Jason E

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Cork Bark JBP progression
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:02 PM »
Hi All,

Decided to wire this tree for the first time since I've owned it after doing fall maintenance this year.
I purchased this tree from our club auction last spring, the tree looked to have been somewhat neglected over the years.
I cut the candles last spring, and then in fall selectively removed a few branches while doing basic fall maintenance, (needle plucking, shoot removal etc.)
This year I did not decandle and fed heavily to build strength and health, with good results.
I know there are some very knowledgeable folks out there who have a lot of JBP experience, so any comments, suggestions, feedback appreciated.

thanks, Jason

1rst pic as purchased
next before starting work
last progress so far
 

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Re: Cork Bark JBP progression
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2013, 02:22 PM »
It looks like you're on the right track with this tree. I see when you pruned that branch, you left a stub. This is good. Ben Oki told me you can lose a lot of cork by trying to cut a branch flush with the trunk.
 

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Re: Cork Bark JBP progression
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2013, 02:33 PM »
Nice work on it so far it looks good. You've done well with it in two seasons.
 

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Re: Cork Bark JBP progression
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2013, 08:07 PM »
Thanks for the comments guys, nice nugget of info there Fred, thanks.
 

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Re: Cork Bark JBP progression
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2013, 08:09 PM »
Don't forget to wire to the tips. Makes a difference. Looks good though.
Qualicum Brian
 

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Re: Cork Bark JBP progression
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2013, 08:17 PM »
Does it look like it's not wired to the tips ???
On pines I wire to the tips creating a small loop that cradles the tuft of needles around the bud. this allows you to angle the bud where you want.
Thanks, Jason
 

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Re: Cork Bark JBP progression
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2013, 06:42 PM »
Jason,

It does look like there are some needles that point down.

Since you didn't decandle this year, you could probably pull some needles.

Pull some needles from strong buds, leave all needles on weak ones. This helps to balance the tree.
 

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Re: Cork Bark JBP progression
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2013, 10:15 PM »
Nice bark.  Do you happen to know the cultivar?

I do not decandle my corkbark black pines, it seems to either weaken them or they simply set new buds for next year.  I treat them more like white pine: protect the interior buds by thinning needles in the fall like Adair suggested, bud selection and break long candles as they elongate in spring, and prune back lightly to interior shoots in late summer/early fall.

Mine also seem to be a little more susceptible to needle cast than my standard JBP...copper fungicide keeps it at bay.
 

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Re: Cork Bark JBP progression
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2013, 07:59 AM »
Nice work. When you are sure the roots are right, you can go to every other year summer candle removal program.
 

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Re: Cork Bark JBP progression
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2013, 04:22 PM »
Thanks for the comments and suggestions. Brian, not sure about the cultivar. The most info I have on Cork Bark BP's is from your blog I believe. Thanks for that too. Do you have a guess at the cultivar?

 

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Re: Cork Bark JBP progression
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2013, 10:36 PM »
It would be a guess at best, but of the cultivars I have, the bark of yours most closely resembles my Kyokko.  My hesitation is the branches of yours seem slower to bark up.  Hard to know for sure, but I'll do some more digging and see what I find.
 

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Re: Cork Bark JBP progression
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2013, 07:59 PM »
thanks Brian, cork pattern does look similar. 
a closer look at the bark.