A flowering quince or chaenomles superba is often referred to as the Pink Lady; this is because of the pink flowers that bloom in the spring. There are different varieties of flowering quince plants, which will produce white, orange, or scarlet blossoms. A quince shrub will make a welcome addition to any garden and can be grown and maintained very easily in a container.
A flowering quince plant can grow up to 6ft tall so it is essential that its container will be able to support this growth whilst also providing good drainage. Choose a large container, this can be either plastic or ceramic. If a ceramic pot is being used, ensure that it has a hole in the bottom of it to allow for the water to drain effectively.
A quince shrub will thrive in moist soil, for best results the soil should have a springy texture and should not be too wet. If the soil is too wet then the quince plant will not grow and there is an increased chance of it developing root rot. For optimum performance add compost or mulch to the soil as this will improve essential water retention whilst also improving drainage. Water a quince plant regularly but allow a day or two between sessions to allow for the drainage. It is best to water a quince every 2 to 3 days as this will allow the plant to absorb the correct amount of water.
A flowering quince will flourish in plenty of sunshine although it can also withstand cooler climates. A quince plant should receive a minimum of 2 hours of sunlight a day. During the winter months the plant will shed its leaves, and for extra care cover the base of the plant with a layer of mulch as this will protect it from the freezing and thawing process.
A quince plant can be trained with an espalier to grow against a wall if there is limited space in the garden or if it is being grown as a border plant. Training a flowering quince is a simple task that requires a regular amount of pruning to ensure that it maintains a desired shape.
A flowering quince will need to be pruned annually during the late fall and early winter months before any flowers have been produced. When pruning a quince it is important to first remove all dead leaves and shoots as this will minimize the likelihood of viruses or diseases developing. A flowering quince can also be lightly pruned during the year to maintain its shape.
Different pruning techniques are effective on a quince shrub. The main technique is pinching; this is used to remove the stem tips from young branches to encourage stronger growth and reduces the need for severe pruning. Another popular pruning technique for a quince is thinning; this involves removing whole branches from the trunk to allow more light exposure and increases air circulation around the flowers.