Cutting Ponderosa Needles

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Cutting Ponderosa Needles

Post  juniper07 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:41 pm

Hello IBC,

I have a mature established Ponderosa pine that I intend to show next year. Since I have focused on strengthening this tree all this time, I need to know when is normally a good time to trim (slightly, not too much... I don't want to set-back the health) the needles to make the tree somewhat in proportion by next year's fall.

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Aman

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Re: Cutting Ponderosa Needles

Post  Vance Wood on Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:51 pm

A photo of the tree might stimulate some cogent replies from people that traditionally grow the tree for as a bonsai. I do not and don't imagine to tell you how to grow it. But_____Photos will help you get a reply.

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Re: Cutting Ponderosa Needles

Post  Leo Schordje on Fri Dec 26, 2014 5:41 am

Without knowing anything else about the tree, I would wait to cut the needles short. One or two days before exhibiting the tree would be the right time to prune the needles to a uniform length. The needles are the energy source for your tree, cutting them short will lower production of sugars, so avoid doing this until the "last minute" before the show.

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Post  juniper07 on Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:23 pm

Sorry, the tree is sold.

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:25 pm

Dunno how an old thread got revived, anyway.

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Re: Cutting Ponderosa Needles

Post  Leo Schordje on Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:05 pm

did it again, responded to a post without looking at the date. Rolling Eyes

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