Growing Quince – How to Grow Quince

How to Grow Quince – A Guide to Growing Quince

Quince grow on attractive trees producing fragrant, pear-shaped fruits. Quince trees start to produce fruit after three years or so. Suitable for cultivating in a large pot.

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Quince are easy to grow and the fruit has a unique perfume and flavour that complements other fruits like apples or pears in pies, jellies etc.

Growing Quince

  • Plant bare-rooted stock in November–December, during the dormant period.
  • Container grown trees can be planted at any time of the year, but during the winter is best.
  • Quince prefer a humus rich, neutral to acid soil in a sunny, sheltered position, avoiding frost pockets. They flower early and frost will damage the blossom.
  • Add plenty of well-rotted manure or compost to the planting hole and provide a stake to support the tree. Drive the stake into your hole before planting, to avoid root damage.
  • Fill the hole to the original planting level and water in well.
  • Keep free from weeds and water during dry periods.
  • In spring add a layer of mulch around the tree, ensuring it is not against the stem in order to avoid rot.
  • Prune in winter. Initially, prune back the leading stems by a third of the season’s growth to an outward facing bud. Quince fruit on year-old spurs.

Harvesting Quince

  • The fruits turn from green to yellow as they ripen. Leave them on the tree as long as possilbe but be sure to harvest them before the first frost.
  • Handle them gently as they bruise easily and store in a cool, dry, dark place, ensuring that the fruit are not touching.
  • Best left to mature for six weeks or so before using. They will keep for up to three months.

Pests and Problems with Quince

  • Quince are generally problem free, although they can suffer from leaf blight, brown rot, fireblight and the codling moth.

Varieties of Quince

  • Quince are self-fertile so don’t need a pollinator.
  • There are several varieties available from plant nurseries, some of them suitable for container growing. Be sure to buy the right size of tree for your growing space.

Eating

  • Harvest from October.
  • Freshly picked quinces are bitter and inedible but soften when cooked.
  • They make great jelly and jam, or add a few slices to apples before cooking to add their delicious flavour.
  • Quinces can be used in most apple recipes. The flesh turns pink when cooked.

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