Monday, May 9, 2011

Propagation: Quince

I have a badly situated flowering quince in my backyard.  Before I remove it I'm going to attempt to make new babies from it.

For some plants, propagation can be a complicated process but for quince it's pretty easy.

First off you need a quince that is in flower.  Take as many 6" cuttings as you want from it.  Make sure each cutting has several leaves.

With a vegetable peeler or a paring knife, scale away the outer bark from the bottom 2" of the cutting.

Dip the exposed area in rooting hormone.

Insert the cutting into a 4" pot filled with potting soil.  Water.

Place the pot in a greenhouse or inside a clear plastic bag in the house.  After 6 weeks, remove the bag (if used) and repot in a larger container.

I'm going to plant the quince outside around the end of June if the cutting has taken hold and the weather is warm.

That's it.  Easy peasy.

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  1. You know what? I don't even know what a quince is. A fruit? I live in Arizona so maybe it's not a good place to raise one.

    Good luck when you transplant.

  2. It's like a hard pear. They need to be cooked to be edible. Not sure if they can grow in the heat of Arizona.

  3. For quince, dogwood, forsythia on this property I just bury stems around the bush, as in pull a branch back, stick shovel in ground, push branch into ground, cover it up and then walk away. They will pull roots nicely, then you just cut it away from the main bush and off you go.

  4. I would have done that if I wasn't going to cut it down a.s.a.p. I'll probably propagate the new ones by layering in a couple of years so I can sell some.

  5. This is a great technique - thanks for posting! I miss the quince I had in Iowa. I will see if I can get some here. Looks like move-in date (FINALLY) is May 31. About time!!!

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