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Nursery Flowering Quince

Post  juniper07 on Thu May 12, 2016 6:52 pm

I had posted a question in the Questions Forum (http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t17464-flowering-quince-hard-prune) on when to hard-prune a Flowering Quince I got from the nursery. Below are some pictures of that tree.

So that the branches have a better chance of survival, in the last picture I left around 2 to 4 shoots on each branch.




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Re: Nursery Flowering Quince

Post  augustine on Thu May 12, 2016 8:17 pm

The "Double Take" quinces are a very nice variety, resistant to disease (unlike some of the older varieties)

Was it repotted this year? If so, I would just leave it be to get established. Full sun and you cannot allow Japanese Flowering Quince to dry out.

Take good care of it. Don't be surprised at more flowers this year. Next year you can prune more drastically after spring flowering.

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Post  juniper07 on Thu May 12, 2016 8:26 pm

Yeah, it's been throwing flower buds continuously and I've been busy plucking them. I've been watering and fertilizing it well, and it's in a good sunny spot.

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Re: Nursery Flowering Quince

Post  Leo Schordje on Fri May 13, 2016 11:33 am

Nice choice of material. I have a double take myself. It has not grown much yet this year since blooming, I'm ''cooler by the Lake'' this spring. Lake effect puts me a week or more behind with some trees. I prune hard at 2 times, right after flowering, and or in early August. Quince tend to have a growth spurt toward the middle of August, pruning just before then is good opportunity. Provided it needs to be pruned for design.


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Post  juniper07 on Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:35 pm

Here's an update of the flowering quince. The foliage filled in quite nicely though I need to remove some 90deg branches in the fall, and shorten some leggy ones. Removing suckers on a daily basis has been driving me nuts; I never knew this variety would be that high maintenance.



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Re: Nursery Flowering Quince

Post  augustine on Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:57 pm

You're in good shape now. You can prune drastically next spring either early or after flowering whatever fits in with your training plan. (but if you do it early you will remove most of the flower buds.)

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Post  augustine on Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:26 pm

should have added:

I live in Central MD and can pretty much depend on my quinces getting spider mites every year. I spray with a mix of neem oil and gentle soap and it does not harm the quinces. (But never spray oil mix in the sun, place your plant in a cool place with complete shade). Again, the Double Takes are more resistant than some of the older varieties.

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Re: Nursery Flowering Quince

Post  juniper07 on Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:21 pm

This plant got a lot of aphids this year along with the Red Chojubai in my collection. I just depended on spraying high-pressure water, but it doesn't remove all the aphids. Once or twice I also tried spraying with a very dilute solution of lime-sulphur, and that partially did the job.

Neem oil sounds like a great idea; I'll try it next year.

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