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JRob:
Good Morning All,

Could someone please post a pic of a JBP that has been well groomed over the years and has been recently had its needles thinned. Don, John, Jeff and others - any takers. I'd love to see a JPB what one looks like this time of year before it goes into its winter rest.

Thanks much,

JRob

Don Blackmond:
this photo is from last season
I have not started Fall needle work yet this season.

JRob:
Don,

When will begin your needle plucking and how much of the old needles do you remove?

JRob

Don Blackmond:

--- Quote from: JRob on October 16, 2009, 12:33 PM ---Don,

When will begin your needle plucking and how much of the old needles do you remove?

JRob

--- End quote ---

I usually do it late October and into November, just so long as they are not frozen.  How much to remove depends on the stage of development. 

For smaller, more refined trees, I leave between 2 and 4 sets of needles per tip depending on strength. 

On less refined material that is being developed I will leave more in case I want to chase back to a spot closer inward.  Some people rip off all the old and wait for adventitious buds to appear before chasing back.  I normally just leave some of the old and cut back to it, then the buds pop anyway.

John Kirby:
I don't work the trees as hard as don describes. We remove all of the old needles and leave at least 5 pairs of needles at the top of the tree, 6 in the middle and 7 to 8 on the lower branches. If you have a winter show, leave more.

John

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