So I bought this JBP in a weakened state last year (it wasn’t even in a pot at the nursery) Lat year all I did to it was pot it and let it grow. It was protected in winter and this year I have also just let it grow. now I have healthy long green needles on top of old week short 1 and 2 year needles as you can see from the pictures.
and close ups
Now my question is, would you cut off this years growth to last years needles hoping for adventurous buds at the node closer to the trunk or would you pull the 1 and 2 year old needles and hope for back budding. I’m contentious this tree is still in recovery mode so I’m leaning toward pulling old needles this winter and wire. what do you think?