if needles are food making machines .....
and if they were damaged this winter.... thereby theoretically reducing the sunlight they can process to the plants benefit ....
then they will not be able to add the food to the plant as they normally would.. for the 1 to 3 years they usually hang on .. what else could their job be????
if so.. then we have stressed plants ... yes???? no????
ergo.. ipso.. presto ... shouldnt we be seeing a plethora of cone buds this fall ... and perhaps a monstrous cone show.. next year????
and am i worng to say a pollen cone is no different in this hypothetical?????
in very simplistic terms [so resin can understand.. lol] .... wouldnt this winter be a trigger ... an 'event' for increased cones????
what do all you tree doctors think ... you collectors too!!!!
ps: he is just sitting there.. minding his own business.. and poweee .. lol .. actually i just wanted to make sure he chimed in ... but hoping he can dumb down his answer so i can retain it .... though i do want everyone's input.. for sure ....