There’s a storm of confusion around these two techniques…and it’s one of those things we don’t want to get wrong. Pines take a couple years to get back on track, once off track, and so they make us look at our mistakes for a long time.
I’ll try to make this short and sweet. For starters, how do we distinguish decandling from breaking/pinching?
Breaking/Pinching means taking part of the shoot off, usually with fingers, as the shoot is extending in early to mid-spring. This is before the needles have come out.
Decandling means cutting off the entire pine candle off in late spring. Often the new needles have come out already.
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