How To Grow Quince In Containers – Tips For Growing Quince In A Pot

By: Liz Baessler

Fruiting quince is a fascinating, little grown tree that deserves more recognition. Usually passed up in favor of more popular apples and peaches, quince trees are a very manageable, slightly exotic addition to the garden or orchard. If you’re short on space and feeling ambitious, a potted quince tree can be an asset to the patio. Keep reading to learn more about growing quince in a container.

Growing Quince in a Container

Before we get any further, it’s important to clear up which kind of quince we’re talking about. There are two major plants that go by the name “quince” – fruiting quince and flowering Japanese quince. The latter can be grown successfully in containers, but we’re here to talk about the former, also known as Cydonia oblonga. And, just to create confusion, this quince is not related to its Japanese namesake and shares none of the same growing requirements.

So can you grow quince trees in pots? The answer is… probably. It’s not a commonly grown container plant, but it is possible, provided you use a big enough pot and a small enough variety of tree. Choose a dwarf variety, or at least a tree that is grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock, to get a quince that is likely to stay small and thrive in a container.

Even with dwarf trees, however, you’ll want to choose as big a container as you can manage – your tree will likely take on the shape and size of a large shrub and will still need plenty of room for its roots.

How to Grow Quince in Containers

Quince likes rich, light, loamy soil that’s kept moist. This can be a bit of a challenge with pots, so be sure to water your tree regularly to keep it from drying out too much. Make sure it doesn’t become waterlogged, though, and ensure that your container has plenty of drainage holes.

Place the container in full sun. Most quince trees are hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9, which means they can tolerate winter in a container down to zone 6. If you live in a colder climate, consider bringing your container grown quince tree indoors for the coldest months, or at the very least protect the container with insulation or mulch and keep it out of strong winter winds.

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Can you grow quince in a container?

Plant your quince trees in the ground.

  1. Dig a hole that is about two times as big and deep as the pot in which the quince trees are growing.
  2. Put some compost or peat moss in the hole to enrich the soil.
  3. Loosen the root ball on the quince tree and plant it at or above the same level that it was planted in its pot.

Also, can you root flowering quince? Rooting Quince Plants from Flowering Variety Flowering quince propagation is easier than the fruiting varieties. In many cases, all you need to do is stick the cut end into soil and keep it moderately moist and eventually it will root. Plant cuttings outside in spring when soil warms up enough to work it.

In this way, are Quince self fertile?

Quince trees are self-fertile - so you can have just one and expect it to fruit - and grown on their own rootstock. Pears are almost inevitably grown on quince roots as well.

Are there different types of quince?

"Don't confuse these quinces with several other quince-like species grown for ornamental purposes. There are many varieties of Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica) and common flowering quince (C. speciosa, C. lagenaria), attractive shrubs bearing showy pink, red or orange flowers in early spring.

Many plants native to locations that have cold winters have a Chill Hour requirement to ensure uniform waking up of flower and leaf buds in the spring. The chill hour requirement of plants varies by species, by cultivar, and sometimes by the level of dormancy achieved.

Quince trees need to be planted where they receive at least 8 hours of direct sunlight measured in early summer (late June to early August). Sufficient sun exposure triggers the initiation of new flower buds for the next growing season, without which there will be no fruit. Fruit ripening and flavor development are also benefited by the carbohydrate production stimulated by the sun, as well as it’s heat.

Quince tolerate a wide variety of soils so long as they are well drained and moderately rich with a pH around 6.3-6.8. Improve your soil where you intend to plant by mixing an inch or two of plant based organic matter (manures are best for vegetable gardens), peat, or coconut coir into an area 1 1/2 to 2 times the diameter of the needed planting hole and up to a foot deep. A 2-4” deep layer of mulch (straw, leaves, or wood chips) applied after planting will continue to improve the soil.

Allow sufficient space for both the top of the tree and it’s roots when selecting the planting location. Refer to size descriptions for each variety, keeping in mind these are generally managed or pruned sizes, not maximum potential sizes. If you are planting an orchard be sure to include enough space between rows for transporting supplies in and fruit out.

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