Last winter I bought this young JBP . I’ve decide to build the tree from one of the lower branches but to keep the current top as sacrifice branch . I’m debating if to decandle the bottom branches to encourage back budding ; the branches are getting very leggy. However , I did half bare rooted the tree this spring, there are some needle cast and the candles aren’t the tallest . Should I wait or decandle? If I need to decandle, should I wait longer for the needles to harden ?