This Han Kengai JRP Akamatsu will get its share of Autumn pruning soon.
I will post the progression, once done.
Ah, in the foreground the flowers of a Manacá, a São Paulo native from the rain forest that blooms in the fall.
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Any suggestions about the apical crown?
I think will bend it strongly, or chop it.
I'd rather just wire it down (bending it), and let it there to be a sacrifice to be chopped later; but I am not sure this trunk will thicken more than it already is, in a short time. In fact, it's thick enough for this cascade design, being this a young pine.
What do you think about this apex?
Keep, don't bend too much, shorten it, use the top and side branches for the apex.
Thanks for commenting, Auk.
Yes, I agree, this seems the best plan for now.
I'll bend it backwards (in the direction of the center of the pot) and slightly to a side, and then up a little.
As soon as I wire it I'll let you guys know.
That's a very nice tree Clicio!
I am still quite a newbie so my opinion could be totally wrong; however, from a pure aesthetics standpoint, I would do without that protruding apex.
You would obtain a full cascade-style pine.
Or what about modelling it into a jin?