[NAFEX] quince pollination

Kieran &/or Donna holycow at frontiernet.net
Wed Sep 16 23:30:09 EDT 2009

I've wondered about quinces and pollination myself.  TTU used to have some 
quinces that cropped like crazy every year.  They had the little white, red 
and orange ones from Hector's nursery, and they had Toya Nishiki which I 
adore anyway, so the nice fragrant fruits meant I just had to have one 
myself.  Well, it turns out they bloom too early for our microclimate.  Tech 
has all those nice big brick buildings to hold in the heat and stop the 
wind.  This year as usual despite the mild spring I have no fruit, but was 
thrilled to find a big old bush at a rental house in town with a nice little 
haul of fragrant fruit.  I don't think they need a pollinator, but might 
crop better with one nearby.  Have a good look inside your blossoms, make 
sure they don't have black dead centers, because no amount of pollination is 
going to overcome the effects of frost.  Donna 

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