Growing Flowering Quince

Growing Quince

Victory Quince

Victory Quince item #20262

An old-fashioned, early spring-blooming hardy shrub with attractive flowers. Good for massing, borders, flowering hedges, and cut flowers. Double Take varieties are floriferous, non-fruiting, almost thornless, and have large, double flowers. Hardy in zones 5 to 9. Plant outdoors after the last spring frost. Prepare a planting hole 12 inches deep and wide, amend with compost, and plant with the roots slightly deeper than in the pot.

Maintenance

Adaptable and easy-to-grow. Plant in full sun for strongest flowering, but also tolerates part shade. Prefers well-drained soils but tolerates heavy or clay soils. Flowering Quince is drought-tolerant once established. Regular pruning improves flowering. Cut back flowering shoots after flowers fade and prune out old canes and suckers.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other spring-blooming shrubs include new Bangle Genista (20497), China Rose Tree, and Nanking Bush Cherry (20772).

Complimentary Products

Low to moderate feeders that benefit from annual fertilization. Can use Floating Row Covers to protect plants from damage by late frosts. Good in combination with spring bulbs.

Product Recommendations

Use Azaguard Insecticide / Repellent (50008) to treat insect problems.

Quince Facts

Usually free of serious problems. Can be affected by aphids, mites, scale, scab, and fireblight. Susceptible to flower damage from late frosts in spring. Prone to leaf yellowing in alkaline soils. The Double Take varieties were developed at the North Carolina State University Extension Center.

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