[nafex] Speaking of quince

Anton Callaway marillen at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 17 09:10:34 EST 2017


That quoted text is poorly written and confusing, in my opinion.  Quince flower formation is much like their apple and pear relatives.  It is true that there is a greater tendency for terminal flowers and solitary flowers compared to apples and pears, but the fat flower buds form on previous year's wood, so there are flower buds in the winter.

They look fatter than vegetative buds.  I removed my last C. oblonga, so I can't send a picture.  Are your trees growing vigourously?  Maybe they just haven't set flower buds yet.  Your climate should be pretty similar to mine, so I don't think the winters would be harsh enough to wipe out the flower buds.

Precocity does seem to vary widely by cultivar and nitrogen availability.

Best regards,

Piedmont, NC

-----Original Message-----
>From: Jay Cutts <orders at cuttsreviews.com>
>Sent: Jan 16, 2017 11:46 PM
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>Subject: Re: [nafex] Speaking of quince
>I'm trying to find pictures of the flower buds in the winter but here's 
>an interesting quote:
>/The flowers are not from fruit buds formed in the autumn; after a woody 
>shoot has grown several inches, a flower is produced which terminates 
>the season's growth of that shoot.//
>So that makes it sound like there are no flower buds during the winter - 
>that they would only form in the spring after growth has begun. So why 
>am I not getting flowers??
>Jay Cutts
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>On 1/16/2017 6:20 PM, Richard Moyer wrote:
>> Jay,
>> Have you considered clipping some twigs and forcing some buds, inside in
>> water?  We've done that before with Chaenomeles quince.  They work well for
>> us here in the S. Appalachians, where we have significant fireblight and
>> rust pressure.
>> Richard Moyer
>> Russell Co., SW VA
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