rooting quince cutting

bigeasyjock(z8Ms)August 11, 2005

I know quince, an apple relative and apple cuttings are near impossible to root, will be a dilly of a cutting to root but any advice will be most welcome.

Thanks Mike

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Millie_36(Z6b MO)

Mike, if you are speaking of common flowering Quince, my book says that it will root easily in June/July using 1000 to 5000 PPM IBA solution and mist in a very well drained medium. without mist, I would still try it using a humidity chamber and bright light, but no sun. I also know that it will ground layer, because I dig them around the perimeter of the clump.

Oh yes, it says the cutting should be 1/4 inch diameter by 3" long.
If it is something other than what I have looked up, email me with a scientific name and I will see if it is listed in my book on woody plants.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2005 at 1:11PM
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opal52(z7b GA)

Mike, I live in zone 7B, Georgia. I took cuttings of Flowering Quince last year on August 20th and they rooted easily. The cuttings were about 3-4" long. I trimmed off all leaves but top two, dusted them with some Greenlight rooting hormone, stuck them into peat pellets which I had soaked in water and let drain until they were damp, not wet. Then I enclosed them in zip lock bags and "forgot" about them for a few weeks. I did not find it necessary to mist or add water since the zip lock bag helped retain the moisture.

I think you should still have time to root the cuttings this year if you want to in Zone 8. I planted the rooted cuttings in my "holding" garden last November before first frost and they made it just fine. Quince is slow grower (for me at least). They are around 10" tall end of first year of life.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 10:47AM
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No this is the fruiting type of quince. I've read that the type grown more for their flowers are somewhat easy to root while the fruit produces are another animal (o.k. plant ;o) all together.
I have yet to get together with the owner of this plant so will follow up with more details.
Wish me luck :o)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 6:18PM
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mkirkwag(Puget Sound)

Mike, I cut a branch and cram the bugger in the ground and it sprouts roots. My experience with them is that spread and take over the yard if you let them. I think if you treat it nicely, it should be no problem at all to get it to root.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2005 at 4:46PM
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maineapples(z4 ME)

According to the 1888 edition of W. W. Meech's book "Quince Culture":

" Propagation by cuttings is probably the best method of multiplying quince trees. Cuttings of large branches are better than those of small shoots. The amount of wood seems to measure the vital force to form both roots and tops. From twelve to fifteen inches is a good length, enabling us to plant deeply, and so guard against drought.

The chief thing is to guard against the exhaustion of sap by evaporation until roots are formed. Facilities for regulating light, heat, air, and moisture with precision will enable us to succeed with a succulent cutting furnished with a few leaves. When the air is warmer than the earth, buds are excited more than roots; and when the ground is warmest, root growth is most excited. Hence the custom of burying cuttings inverted during the winter, to keep the bnds dormant while a callus is forming for the emission of roots.

Holding the cutting in the hole at the right depth with the left hand, pnsh the earth firmly against the cutting with the dibble, as yon would in planting a cabbage. For lack of such firming the earth there are many failures.

The fall, after the leaves have dropped, is generally preferred for taking the cuttings; but they may be taken much later. I have had some cuttings grow in the open air, which were made in May, after the trees were growing.

Root Cuttings a foot or so long are best prepared before the buds swell in spring. I have trees from pieces of roots cut off by the plow as late as June. Plant at an angle of about forty-five degrees, or as near as you can to their natural position. "

    Bookmark   September 2, 2005 at 4:13PM
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mceller(z5 CT - east of Hartford)

I did a "clandestine" cutting of the most pecatcular quince I saw on the side of the road. Everyday I passed this beautiful show and just had to have some for myself. It didn't appear to be on anyone's property - outside a fence on a busy road. One day, I finally remberered clippers and in high heels, in the rain I jumped out to take some cuttings. I cut 4 or 5 good branches, put them in pots with starting mix. With high hopes I "watered the hell out of them" just like I have done with roses and forsythia. They look pretty bad... all of the leaves are dead but the bark when scratched is still green. Do I give up or keep trying with rooting solution etc.. ? I just have to have this plant!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 4:12PM
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If the Quince wasn't on your property it was on someone elses. How sad they must have been to find their "spectacular quince" cut. I suggest you visit a nursery or find the land owner for permission to cut.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 4:05PM
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Sorry for off-topic post. I'm a newbie and don't see a "subscribe" button anywhere so I can save this discussion thread.

I'm in NH, zone unknown, but my neighbor has beauty flowering quince and I want cuttings! This thread is great. Wish I knew how to subscribe.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 7:10PM
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Here is the link to join:

Here is a link that might be useful: Join GardenWeb

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 3:27PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

how did you post if you havent joined??

such are the mysteries of life, i guess


    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 8:19AM
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We have a very old Quince tree on the property. Has anyone had any luck with seeds?

    Bookmark   November 15, 2013 at 1:04AM
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putting this message so I will be able to find it next summer.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2013 at 1:21PM
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