Quince trees were extremely popular, especially back in the colonial days, but eventually were replaced with other trees such as apple trees because the fruit couldn’t be eaten immediately. If you’ve ever lived in Europe for example, or even visited for a longer time, you may have noticed that quince is readily available at most markets. In North America, however, quince takes such a tiny part of agriculture (almost non-existent), that quince aren’t even tracked. But if you’ve ever eaten quince, you KNOW just how delicious they are as well as the many culinary uses they poses. So if you can’t get em, why not grow em? Keep reading to find out more on how to grow quince trees in your garden!
How to Grow Quince
Quince trees are best grown in USDA zones 5 through 9. As long you have the right conditions, growing quince trees isn’t really all that difficult.
Growing Quince Trees:
- Choose a spacious spot with plenty of sun.
- Make sure you have loose, well draining soil.
- Soil must also be fertile.
- Plant two trees for best results (pollination).
- Plant seeds directly into the soil and water thoroughly. Do this in the spring.
- Next spring, fertilize with a low-nitrogen fertilizer.
Caring for Quince Trees:
- Shape a small quince tree by removing all but five branches from the canopy. This way you won’t have to do any heavy pruning once the tree has matured.
So now that you know how to grow quince trees, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!