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It’s That Time Of Year Again

It’s a bittersweet time because the weather has started turning cold and doing this chore anywhere but outside is not an option for me.

As I look at how nice and full the JBPs are with all those needles I sort of cringe, but then I think of what they will look like after the plucking and the new wiring and I feel much better about it.

I’ll start this blog with the littler ones and save the bigger ones, the ones that are more refined for next time.

This first one and the few that follow are trees that were given to me as three year old seedlings back in 2009 I believe. Their shape was started by the original owner so I didn’t have much to say about the style that was chosen. All I could do was to try and refine them a little more each year and hope I would get something that would look halfway decent some day.

So here’s tree #1, first the before and then the after.



I wonder how many of you after looking at the first pic are saying are saying to yourself ” I think he should have left it the way it was because now it looks a little skimpy with all that nice foliage gone.” I too liked the fullness of the first pic, but when we get down to tree # 4 you will see why it’s important to not let your eyes decide for you what is right when it comes to JBP maintenence work.

Now tree # 2 looks like it needs some help for sure with all that foliage. The after pic shows a much better looking tree but with still some years of work needed to bring it where I want it to be. You can see that my design plans for this tree is to extend that bottom branch downward to give the tree a flowing motion if that’s the correct word for it, so that the viewers eye will naturally go there rather than at the untapered trunk which is quite a distraction.



This next tree has come a long way as far as I’m concerned. When I took this tree I said to myself, “this tree will never amount to anything”. Well with a lot of care and determination It turned out better than I ever thought it would.



It really looks a lot better in person than I can make it look with even a professional camera. I guess it’s that thing they call 3D. 🙂

Well here’s the last tree for this article and it’s the one I mentioned above about all that nice foliage having to come off. Even this tree is very full with nice small foliage.


But as with the others the foliage had to be greatly reduced for no other reason than to let light into the inner branches to help produce back budding and to give the artist a specimen that loks like a tree and not a bush.


Notice the real nice refinement of the branches on this little guy? You only get this with dedicated work on your JBPs twice a year, in summer and fall. Of course I don’t mean to belittle the fact that a good fertilizing program is also a must because without it you wouldn’t have much to work with since the summer work is wholly dependent on the strength of the tree at that time and that can only happen with a good healthy fertilized tree.

I would just like to add that this tree is now ready for a much more suitable pot, something a bit smaller for sure.

Next time I’ll be showing the work on the mature trees.

See you then.
Thomas J.

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