How to Care for a Flowering Quince Bush


Flowering quince, also called japonica, is an old-fashioned thorny shrub that was once planted extensively on farms as fence-like border hedges. They produce white, pink or red flowers in early to mid-spring. The leaves open after the flowers bloom, starting out red-bronze and turning dark green when hot summer weather arrives. They produce small, bitter, bumpy, pear-shaped fruits that can be made into jelly. Flowering quinces are hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8 and grow 6 to 10 feet tall.

Step 1

Grow flowering quince bushes in full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. Quince will tolerate dry soils once established.

Step 2

Prune in mid spring after it the blossoms fade. Remove any dead or diseased branches and any branches that cross another as they grow. Thin out about one-third of the branches growing from the base of the bush. Cut them off just above ground level with a pruning clippers.

Step 3

Mulch the soil around the bush with wood chips, landscape rocks or shredded bark. Put down a 3- to 6-inch layer out to the quince's drip line.

Step 4

Water the equivalent of an inch of rainfall per week until your quince bush is established. Thereafter, supplement rainfall only in times of drought.

Step 5

Fertilize in early spring. Remove the mulch and apply granulated all-purpose slow-release fertilizer around the base of the bush. Keep the granules from touching the crown of the plant or it can suffer fertilizer burn. Replace mulch.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning clippers
  • Mulch
  • Granulated fertilizer


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