I have seen the post that you did with regards to the JBP cascade back in February 2017. I set up a JBP cascade last year but being a novice, I made the mistake of leaving the needles on when I wrapped the wire round - I have a nice shape now, but it’s very busy with lots of older needles on the trunk and I think they are maybe shading out some new buds on the trunk.
Should I pull all these needles off? How many needles should I leave on? Will pulling the needles off damage any potential buds? Should I cut them off and leave a stub?