I candle-cut this pine on 7/1 hoping it would finish the new flush of growth in time for the September show. With 50 days behind and 20 days ahead, it’s going to be close. Typically it takes 100 days for JBP to grow and harden off a second flush after candle cutting. I’m banking on short needles, and not completely hardened off by show time.
Here is a shot from earlier this month:
And a close up from today:
It’s gonna have to hurry. We have had blazing heat in July, followed by cloudy days and intense rain in August, which hasn’t helped. Had it been the other way around, it may be different. I moved the tree to the sunniest place I have, and loaded up the soil with fertilizer.
I’ll know in a couple weeks if I blew the timing or not. Once the candles start showing needles, photosynthesis picks up, and growth accelerates. But, wish me luck.