Some cut off the small bud development on the lower parts to concentrate the energy to the top colas that are getting the light to help promote fatter, more complete top buds, or the little popcorn buds on the bottem can take away from that process.
"If what shone afar so grand,
Turn to nothing in thy hand,
On again; the virtue lies
In struggle, not the prize."--R. M. Milnes.
Hugh Miller said the only school in which he was properly taught
was "that world-wide school in which toil and hardship are the
severe but noble teachers."