Growing Quince Trees

The quince is such an attractive tree that it looks well in the flower garden or as a specimen on the lawn, and need not be grown in the section of the garden devoted to fruit trees. It bears beautiful large white flowers in June, and the fruits, which are golden in the autumn, may be allowed to hang on the trees until well into the winter. Bush trees are convenient because it is easy to pick the fruit. Standards are taller and more decorative, but take longer to come into bearing.

Buy two-year-old plants for bushes and three or four-year-olds for standards, and plant as for apples in any ordinary soil.

Apply bone meal in February at the rate of 4 to 5 oz. per sq. yd. All round the tree as far as the branches spread, and apply a mulch of compost or peat over the same area in May.

Quince foliage and ripening fruit

Quince foliage and ripening fruit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the first three or four years cut back the one-year-old growths on each branch by a good half and the stronger one-year-old side growths by about three-quarters, leaving the weaker ones below. After the fourth year no pruning is required except to remove an overcrowding branch or two in December if necessary.

Pick the quince fruits in October or November if desired. Do not store them with other fruits, for their aroma will taint apples and pears.

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12. June 2013 by admin
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