Hi all. I am a newbie to pine species and have found it difficult to find local support on the species due to our climate in Johannesburg, South Africa (hot, dry summers; low humidity; relatively high altitude).
I have been growing JBP from seed for a few years and have been thinking about branch placement and development. From what I have read on pines, I understand that many pines do not back bud easily and hence my belief that I need to start placing and developing branches early on, rather than relying on buds or new growth in the future.
I have trawled the internet for information on pad development but still feel unsure. *How do I develop a good, thick-looking pad from this early stage of development? I am worried about developing lateral shoots in to a pad shape over 4 seasons or so but do I then rely on back buds to create pad density closer to the trunk?
Any resources or advice will be appreciated. Thanks.