Quince trees are an attractive addition to any plot or garden with its fragrant pear-shaped fruit following beautiful blossom. Quinces are not readily available to buy but are a delicious sweet treat when cooked as they cannot be eaten raw.
Quince trees are best grown when they are dormant as bare roots in November-December or alternatively, container plants can be planted any time.
Quince trees require a sunny and sheltered position in non-acidic soil. The early blossom can die from the frost, therefore protect from cold weather and late frosts where you can.
Fill the hole with rotted manure or compost and a stake for support and water in well when planting. Mulch around the tree yet not against the stem to avoid rotting.
Keep well-watered during dry spells and weed-free. Prune the tree in dormant, winter months. It will take approximately 3 years for the tree to produce fruit.
The fruits turn from green to yellow as they grow and ripen. They are better left as long as possible but to pick before the first frost in autumn. They do bruise easily, so handle with care. They can be stored in a cool and dark place for a few months; discard any damaged fruit and avoid them touching. After six weeks they should be at their best and fully matured.