I know there are quite a few posts on his subject and I have read many but I’m still a bit confused on this subject as far as where timing is concerned. I think the books and most advice talk about date specific decandling and I think this is mainly based on US bonsai enthusiasts. Being a UK based enthusiast, I’m not sure if my climate is comparable to most in the US so equally, I’m not sure if I can decandle at the same dates that are suggested. Is there a way I can determine when to decandle based on anything else? I.e. What the shoot looks like? How long the shoot is etc?
Also, can I just shorten a candle without removing it? For example, say I’ve got two shoots next to each other of equal length, can I pinch one in half and the other in two thirds? Will this promote new buds on the ends of the remaining shoots? The idea would be to have branches of different lengths.