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white pine needle removal

Post  colin mackness on Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:46 pm

I have been told that removal of old needles by cutting is better than removal by plucking.The theory being that damage to new buds in the needle/branch axis is less likely to happen when cutting.Plucking is probably quicker,what say you folks?

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Post  marc74 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:01 pm

im no expert but have watched a few videos recent

they were all plucking to remove old dead, last season etc and the odd cut just to help make shorter


i think pluck was supposed to be the best method

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Post  63pmp on Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:00 am

You are only removing needles that will normally drop in autumn when plucking white pine, the theory is that these needles don't contribute much to the plant and removing allows light into lower branches and buds. Use scissors and cut when they are green and reluctant to come off, as plucking will damage the bark. If left to later in autumn, they will pluck off without disturbing the bark.

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Post  brett2013 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:33 am

For white pine ...

I just usually let them fall off by themselves.

But on certain occasions sometimes I follow the advice and use scissors.  The leftover will brown out and also fall off by itself.

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