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Mugo Pine 1 week 5 days ago #65861

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How do you get a mugo pine to backbud? I have a beautiful trunk, but the branches and needles are a distance from the tree. First time with a pine.

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Mugo Pine 1 week 5 days ago #65864

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My method ( works in my climate, on my trees, so dont take my advice as absolute truth)
Make sure your tree is vigorous first, don't do this on a weak tree, or recovering from a repot or heavy pruning.
In spring, when buds have opened, but needles ar not hard yet, remove all of them simultaneously. I get backbudding even on very old wood.
Cut back the next year, let the tree recover, repeat
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Mugo Pine 1 week 5 days ago #65865

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My experience is that they backbud quite good if one decandles in spring.
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Mugo Pine 1 week 5 days ago #65867

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Forgot to say I am in zone 6a/b in the USA

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Mugo Pine 1 week 5 days ago #65868

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I am in similar to zone 7 in Sweden. My trees are protected in unheated greenhouse during the winter as we dont get much snow. I think that the longer growing season I get is beneficial for the backbudding.

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Mugo Pine 1 week 5 days ago #65871

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Mine is currently in a heated greenhouse. Heater comes on when the temperature is less than 35 degrees F. Plan on taking it out middle of March.

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Mugo Pine 1 week 5 days ago #65874

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Sounds like the pine will have a good start with you. Just be careful when sun heats the greenhouse in spring. Ideally you dont want the temperature to raise above 10 c in the days before you move it outside in spring.

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Mugo Pine 1 week 5 days ago #65878

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When the outside temperature is above 35 degrees f, I open the door and roof window to keep temps lower. I have a thermometer is the green house that tells inside and outside temps. When it is above 40 degrees f in the greenhouse and outside, it gets opened up.

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