This week I learned a lot about when, how and why to de-candle various types of Pine trees, including Cork-Bark Japanese Black Pine trees (Pinus Thunbergii Corticosa Group). We remove the candles ( new growth) in early June to help balance the tree’s distribution of energy. We do not want “hot spots” on our tree, where there are really strong, healthy areas and really poor, weak areas. By cutting off the strongest areas of new growth, the tree can focus its energy on the weaker areas and hopefully we can create a balance, where each part of the tree is equally as vigorous. It is a fairly straightforward process whereby we snip the new growth off flush to the old growth as cleanly as possible. Although, great care must be taken as to when this process takes place, as well as the amount that is removed. Get your timing wrong, or cut with an overzealous clunky hand, and you will regret it!