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How to Grow Flowering Quinces

Updated on February 28, 2012
Flowering Quince
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Flowering quinces are a beautiful touch to any garden. The flowers resemble apple blossoms, and produce edible fruits. They are great for areas experiencing little rainfall as they are drought resistant. For those wanting to encourage wildlife to come and stay, birds love flowering quinces. Here are some tips for growing them successfully in the garden.

The first thing to do is find a spot in the garden or yard they will like. They enjoy full sun, but will also tolerate a light shady spot also. They can grow up to 10 feet in height, so they would appropriate for a background planting, or be used along a fence line or as a focal point shrub.

Measure the container the flowering quince is in. This is to gauge how big the hole in the ground needs to be. The hole should be about twice size of the rootball in diameter, and it is best to make the root ball at least level with the ground. Now take the shovel and dig the hole in the desired spot of the lawn.

Remove the plant from the plastic container. Place the rootball of the flowering quince inside the hole. Carefully replace the dirt surrounding the rootball. Water the plant slowly and well.

The flowering quince also can be trained as an espalier plant. As it is growing, just trim away any branches that are growing opposite from the wall or lattice work to keep it in line with the flat planting. Each year, prune the flowering quince in winter or late fall before any flowers have been spotted or after the plant has entered the dormant state. Flowering quinces can also be pruned at any time of the year to keep it in shape.

Fireblight can really decimate an entire plant. If fireblight is spotted on the flowering quince, immediately trim away the affected branches by cutting a few inches below the spot where fireblight was sighted. Be sure to sterilize any tools that have come into contact with the affected branches to prevent the spread of the bacterial disease onto other parts of the plant or other plants.

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