The flowering quince is an interesting plant that looks like thorny branches for most of the year, but during the spring, the plant will bloom with beautiful double blossoms which will turn into a delicious fruit in the late autumn that you can eat or turn into preserves or jelly.
Buying a Flowering Quince
Though you can grow a flowering quince from a seed, you can also purchased one at home and garden centers or nurseries. Make sure that the branches and the root ball are in good condition and do not show any signs of damage or disease. Though store locations may have a warranty program for your plants, you do not want to spread a disease to other plants in your garden.
Flowering quince plants come with a burlap pouch around the root ball and will have the branches wrapped in twine. It is important to keep your flowering quince well watered if you do not plant it right away.
The flowering quince does best when it is planted in a location that gets full sun, though it will still survive in partial shade. Place the plant in a location where it will have room to grow and spread out without getting in the way of any other plants.
Though the flowering quince can be transplanted into most soils, they do best in well-drained soil that is rich in nutrients. The only soils in which the flowering quince cannot survive are alkaline soils and soils that will retain moisture.
Preparing the Plant for Transplant
When you prepare your flowering quince for transplant, you will first want to trim the burlap pouch on the root ball. Do not fully remove it, but trim it to half the height of the ball. Also remove any plastic or other materials from the plant, including the twine or wire that is connected to the branches and the root ball.
After you have prepared the flowering quince, you will need to dig a hole in your yard or garden where you will like to plant your plant. Make sure that the hole in the ground is between 2 to 3 times the widths of the plant’s root ball. The depth should match the height of the root ball so that the top of the root ball will be on the same level as the soil around it. If you would like to dig it a little deeper and add mulch beneath the root ball, that would be beneficial to your plant.
Transplant Your Flowering Quince
Fill the hole with water and let the water seep into the soil. Then place your flowering quince into the hole, making sure that the root ball rests comfortably at the bottom. Fill in the original soil around the root ball, pausing occasionally to water it again. After all the original soil is around the root ball, water it once more and make sure that the ground is moist. Mulch the area around your flowering quince.
The flowing quince is a easy addition to your garden that you will enjoy for a long time.