How to Propagate Red Flowering Quince

Overview

Red flowering quince is a deciduous shrub that is native to China. The shrub is hardy in USDA growing zones 5 through 8 and reaches a height and spread up to 10 feet. Red flowering quince has glossy green leaves and produces rose-like flowers in the spring season. Propagate the shrub by taking semi-hardwood stem cuttings in midsummer. Take the cuttings in the morning when the plant is hydrated and temperatures are cool.

Step 1

Clean cutting tools with rubbing alcohol. This will prevent the spread of disease through the open wounds on the plant.

Step 2

Cut 6-inch-long semi-hardwood stem pieces from the quince plant with a sharp knife. Semi-hardwood parts of the plant are current-year growth that is turning from green in color to firm and woody in appearance. The sections should be approximately 1/2 inch in diameter and contain at least three sets of leaves.

Step 3

Create a rooting mixture that is equal parts sterile peat miss, coarse sand and perlite. Dampen the mixture with water and fill a rooting tray.

Step 4

Remove all leaves and buds from the lower half of the stem. Dip the end into rooting hormone to stimulate root growth. Stick the stem into the rooting mixture to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Space the stem sections in the tray so the leaves do not touch.

Step 5

Spray the cuttings and soil mixture with water and cover the tray with a clear plastic bag to keep the humidity level high around the stems. Monitor the soil moisture to prevent it from drying out.

Step 6

Place the rooting tray in a warm location that has indirect bright light. Do not place the tray in a window as the sun will be too hot. Open the plastic covering daily to introduce fresh air around the cuttings and prevent a buildup of condensation which may cause the stems to rot.

Step 7

Pull lightly on the stem cuttings after four weeks to see if there is resistance from root growth. Remove the plastic covering once the roots reach a length of 1 inch and transplant the cuttings to individual 6-inch potting containers.

Step 8

Place the individual potting containers in a bright location and continue to grow them indoors for the first growing season. Plant the flowering quince plants outdoors the following spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Sharp knife
  • Sterile peat moss
  • Coarse sand
  • Perlite
  • Rooting hormone
  • Water
  • Water mister
  • Clear plastic bag
  • 6-inch potting containers

References

  • University of Connecticut: Common Flowering Quince
  • North Carolina State University: Plant Propagation by Stem Cuttings
Keywords: propagate red flowering quince, flowering quince cuttings, root flowering quince

About this Author

Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.