New Quince Tree Plant

guava62(5)October 19, 2013

Hello from Nova Scotia :
Just picked up two quince tree plants for my mother and myself.
I am a bit alarmed to see dark spots on the leaves and fear it is blight.
I just read about this possibility after getting home with the trees.
The trees are guaranteed for a year and they have not been planted.
Should I go ahead and plant and see how it goes or demand a return for fear of infection. Trees were about 70$ each.
It is night or I would include a photo of the leaves.

I am worried - the two saplings were obtained two hours away and I would not relish having to drag them back to the nursery. They were quite tall for a small car.

Sincere thanks for guidance, Aileen

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Aileen, it is October, anything bothering the leaves is not going to last long. When leaves senesce (get ready to drop), lots of things show up that might have been there. Also, new fungus move in, getting the almost dead leaves ready to decompose.

Best thing is to plant those 2 and wait for the spring. A few black spots are nothing. Even if the whole leaf looks weird in October, I wouldn't worry. Winter is coming and the old leaves are done for. If you do find you have blights, the best remedy is to clean up the area under the trees of the foliage and fruit.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 9:05AM
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Agreed, and dark spots on quince leaves are very common, sometimes occurring on the fruit also. Has not harmed my tree or fruit harvest in many years, although my spotting only occurs on fewer than a quarter of the leaves. Spotting tends to cluster on certain areas of the tree.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 11:29PM
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