wire and clip evergreens mid winter?

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wire and clip evergreens mid winter?

Post  bucknbonsai on Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:26 am

Can black pines, scotts, and junipers be wired and have some clipping done to them now. These are mostly stock trees that have become overgrown. It is getting below freezing every night now here, so I figure they are dormant enough that any clipping will not stimulate new growth. My goal would be to get a head start on some wiring now yet the trees are to dense with unneeded growth so I wanted to make some room on the tree to start working. Does anyone else work on these species this time of year.

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Re: wire and clip evergreens mid winter?

Post  digger714 on Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:49 am

Yes, you can do top work on your trees now. This is a great time to do some pruning and wiring to get ready for spring. I would wait for any major work, but refining, and definately wiring can be done.

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Re: wire and clip evergreens mid winter?

Post  drgonzo on Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:08 am

I believe You actually can carry out major branch pruning at this point as the sap flow is reduced, remember to leave stubs for jin..My juniper gets pretty stiff in winter so I don't wire it until it warms up a bit. I believe pines can be wired now as well but give older specimens a year to chill out before re-potting.
-Jay

(Disclosure....I'm no pine expert!)

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