Prune Your Pines Now—In Early Fall-

Michael Hagedorn

If we’re very busy with fall things like getting kids back to school and thwarting cold weather with insulation, we may have limited time to wire our pines. And yet simply pruning pines in the early fall will greatly enhance the vigor of interior shoots and will likely create new buds.

  • The stronger one prunes, the more buds will form
  • New buds created in the fall will be set up to grow in the spring
  • Spring is not a good time to prune a pine, for the tree will lose time creating new buds and may simply skip that and elongate the buds that are already there

Fall pine pruning brings new buds. New buds brings more ramification. More ramification means shorter needles. In short: Fall Pruning = Bonsai Happiness.


Japanese Red Pine before fall pruning.


Red Pine after fall pruning. Long and strong shoots were removed, leaving the moderate…

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