I have a few 4-5 year old black pines that I hope to develop into shohin trees. This is my first foray into shohin and I’m curious how to manage the lower branches while working to develop a thick trunk. I understand branch development should be pursued only after adequate trunk development has been accomplished, but how do I avoid lower branches from getting too large while at the same time maintaining them for future development? Should I avoid decandling altogether? I’m enamored by the 10-11 year old trees I see in the blog that have such fine branch structure so close to the trunk.
Thanks in advance,