I live in New England (6b) and feel like I'm in between two pieces of instruction in your decandling blog.
On one hand, I should be decandling based on the calendar because the growing season here is shorter than other areas and I need the new shoots to harden off before fall. On the other hand the candles are still pretty immature and haven't started extending their needles yet. Feels like I should decandle? I don't fully understand the importance of waiting for needles to extend.
Super jealous of Zones 8+ right now! Thank you!