I have two “mikawa” JBPs that I purchased a few years ago (they are grafted interestingly) when they were quite small. Over the past couple years they have turned into very vigorous growers and this season are ripe with buds and candles all over.
In this image you can see this branch with 3 buds ready to extend, as this tree is still in “development” mode and I’m trying to thicken the trunk for the next several years, should I touch these? I’m worried about creating reverse taper at this junction, but I do not want to inhibit any growth for this tree. I’ve read about this reverse taper issue on Eric Shrader’s site (http://www.phutu.com/black-pine-creation/).
There is another branch in the back with the same set of buds, and buds inside the mass of needles as well. Any thoughts on these vigorous clusters, or any other comments on the development of this tree thus far?
One other comment: I’ve wired the base of this tree in the past to create that slight bend there, should I try to introduce more at this point? I know younger-is-better, but it’s already quite hardened off!