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RE: White Pine Trees

i've been out for a while, don't know if you've already recieved a response
to this...

white pine trees flush out new growth in very late spring and the newly
expanding shoots are known as "candles."  most of the new growth is on the
top, as you mentioned, and this is caused by the presence of the same
hormones that supress lateral buds in most plants.  timing is EXTREMELY
important for what i'm going to suggest you do.  between June 15th and July
15th of the coming year the candles will have grown in length, but not be
completely open.  use a sharp tool and cut the ones on the top of the tree
in half.  after the plant finishes flushing out the needles it will form new
buds on those shoots and the tree will continue to grow and be healthy.  if
you cut those candles at a different time of year it will not be able to
form new buds, and will be permanently malformed, and be subject to breakage
and death.

Community Garden Coordinator
Atlanta Community Food Bank
970 Jefferson Street, NW
Atlanta, GA  30318

-----Original Message-----
From: BAKERS598@aol.com [mailto:BAKERS598@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2000 7:02 PM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] White Pine Trees

I have got a white pine that is about 4 to 5 feet tall.  The problem is that

it is bushing out on top, but not on the bottom.  The bottom branches do not

seem to be growing very fast, but the upper one are.  Is there a way to slow

down the top or speed up the bottom?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Chad Baker

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