Are you thinking about planting a fruiting quince tree? Now is the time to order bareroot trees, or, in my case find an adoptive parent for the Limon Quince seedling I have been nurturing since 2009. The seedling came to me as a 18” stick from the USDA Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, OR. As you see, it’s time for the seedling to go into the ground.
Blueberries, raspberries, citrus, and leafy veggies grow in my small plot of land on the Monterey Peninsula, but quince needs more sunshine and heat that the 4 days of sun logged in from June to September that we’ve gotten during the last two summers. Most every living thing needs more sunshine and heat than that! But I digress…
Fortunately, there is a growing number of folks interested in growing and cooking quince. My seedling is being adopted by an orchardist located in the hills of Watsonville, CA. The grower has 60 quince trees and has a passion for all things Turkish.
Good thing, because Limon Quince is a variety of quince that hails from Turkey. The fruit is medium in size, pear-shaped, and symmetrical. Ripe Limon Quince is fragrant, although maybe not as fragrant as Smyrna Quince for instance. The fruit is attractive, free of blemishes, and its smooth, even shape makes peeling easy. Unlike apples or pears, which require grafting to get fruit that resembles the parent, quince can be grown from seed. A seedling will not be exactly like the parent tree, but it should be pretty similar.
For more information about Limon Quince and other quince varieties, the USDA Germplasm Repository web site is a wonderful source of accurate, up-to-date information. http://www.ars-grin.gov/