Pitch Pine second flush

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  1. Paradox

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    I experimented with one of my pitch pines a couple of weeks ago and candle pruned some of its candles.

    Ive noticed my JBP forming buds already so I checked the pitch pine

    and it is also forming second buds below the cut candle. Pic is a bit blurry because of zooming in but you can see it.

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  3. M. Frary

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    Those buds will open this year and extend?
    Or is it just setting buds for next year?
     
  4. Wilson

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    My pitch pine will grow a second flush even if you don't cut candles. I think I will be able to decandle next year. I hope yours grows strong, I love the pitch pines!
     
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    A beautiful thing!!!:):):):):)

    Update any progress on those buds.....nice!!!:cool:
     
  6. Paradox

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    Good question and yea its actually too early to tell.
    Its the first time I tried this so I guess we will see.
    But it did respond like a JBP and started some new buds.
    People have speculated that Pitch pine were 2 flush which is why I figured I would try it.
     
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    Why did you leave that much candle when you cut it? Just curious. I didnt know if there was a reason.
     
  8. Giga

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    I should post a pic of my pitch pine - I de-candled it july 4 and I have buds all over the place - 3rd flush of the year
     
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    I followed the procedure for doing candle cutting all at once rather than stages over 3 weeks.

    You leave a longer stub on strong areas and shorter on weak areas. The theory being that the auxin signal to produce buds takes longer when the stub is longer.
    This gives the weak areas a jump start on producing buds and new candles so those areas can become stronger.
     
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    Ryan Neil lists this species as a two flush pine.
     
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  11. I imagine location would be a factor, in Georgia it may be a 2 flush pine, in Mike Frary's northern Michigan cool short summers it may barely get a single flush of growth.

    So far in my zone 5 they seem single flush, but I have not done any candle pruning. They are young seedling and I am not paying close attention. So time will tell.
     
  12. Wilson

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    I get consistent second flushes of growth, even without decandling. They are super interesting trees to grow.
     

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