Is the tree getting enough sun! I just had a sudden urge to reply and because it’s about that time of year to be working on our pines. This might be a lengthy post for me.
At the beginning I was trying to figure out the stages of pine development and magazines and drawings didn’t quite exceed my needs of a more visual approach. So here goes, and please correct me as I proceed.
I typically graft every year and my failed ones always get wired up, some a bit more crazy than others of course. And this time the tree is now either 3 to 4 years old.
By the following year, the wire is now really biting the tree and it’s time to take it off.
The tree is then left to grow free for a year or two, to heal the scar. At this time, which is about 6 or 7 years I start to become really impatient and start my decandling in summer and primary wiring in fall. Sometimes two years of decandling before any wiring.
As you can tell, sometimes we all have the urge to cut something but the best thing to do is give it what it needs to grow which is soil, food, water, and lots of sun for pines.
The one on the top left was wired crazy but you can see the sacrifice branch which is to thicken the trunk while work is done to the rest. And the other two photos is what happens when you use small gauge wires and forgot, which is now part of the tree. Talk about growing over the wires and then some.
Hope this helps.