I have a limber pine that I acquired from the RMBS auction last year. It was a very leggy specimen with a great trunk and deadwood.
1) Every time I have bought something at an auction and then style it, I see immediately why it was sold off. These trees are challenges! (I got it at a steal, luckily). Photo 1 is what it looked like when I took it home.
I like this tree, but the two or three tufts of foliage look awkward right now. I think limber pine are fairly robust budders, and I plan to fertilize and water heavy this year to push more growth. Any other suggestion? Pruning in the fall to generate? Any suggestions welcome.
Photo 1: raw stock
Photo 2: first style
Photo 3: today after repot
If you look close, check out how the needle length changed this last year. Long needles are from abundant water which I gave it. Year prior needles are from Bob Randall's excellent care and are quite a bit shorter!
Thanks Dan and Mike. Will do.
Fall foliar feedings on pines.
Looking good Andy. That's really it in my experience, just let it ramp up strength and it will put energy into back budding. Once the new buds have grown strong for a season or two you can cut back to those, but not until they are well established.