Quince for the Southern Gardener
Quince are one of those old time fruits, rarely seen in the markets of today’s world. Having lost popularity due to no fault of their own, it’s hard to believe that they occupied such an important place in the kitchens and gardens of almost every rural home at the beginning of the 20th century. Quince has a high pectin content is prized for jelly. The ripe fruit are used for traditional Christmas dinner sauces and added to spicy meat dishes, We’re pleased to offer some great fruiting varieties and have also included a couple of wonderful flowering quinces. These will bring joy to the dull winter garden and are often the sign of an upcoming spring. Fill your winter flower vases and enjoy your quince sauces on the long days of winter.
POLLINATION– Quince are self pollinating.
PRUNING– Although quince prefer to grow in a shrub-like habit, they can be trained into a small, graceful tree by keeping the suckers removed from the base of the tree. The open center pruning style is best in hot, humid climates like the Deep South.
FERTILIZATION– Adjust your soil to a pH of around 7. This releases extra calcium, preventing bitter rot on ripening fruits. Large amounts of nitrogen should be avoided on Quince as it promotes fire blight. Apply balanced fertilizer in January and June in Florida.
CULTIVATION- Quince prefer well-drained soils. Part to full sun.
Uniquely gnarled and twisted in form, the quince makes an unusual tree to add to the shrubbery border. Delicate, large pale-pink blooms resemble apple blossoms and are sweetly fragrant, as is the ripe fruit.
Allowed to sucker and planted closely together, their natural habit lends itself well to forming hedges.
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