In Midoritsumi or ‘green picking’ the pine-trees I first wrote about this annual mandatory “bud pinching” activity. This year, with our first Frost damage due to minimum temperatures as low as -22,9 °C (-9.2F), growth of most plants, including the Pinus densiflora, Japanese Red Pine started a few weeks late.
The photo to the left shows the Pine prior to the annual autumn midoritsumi.
This year I used a small scaffold, rather then a ladder, that makes this job a lot more relaxed and less dangerous. I only need to climb into the tree to remove the top-centre buds. I also spread a cotton sheet under the work in progress area, which reduced the required tidy-up time.
Use of the scaffold also makes it far more easy to combine the act of midoritsumi with momiage, removing dead needles from pine. Because the growth is becoming more and more dense, dead needles get stuck and pile up in the steps, danzukuri.
De procedure is described in detail in the first post on this subject and in the related main-site pages. On the main-site pages you can also see how this tree looked some 5 years ago and how it developed.
This bottom photo shows how the tree looks after a full days work.