Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Quince watch 2016: July update


And then there were nine...

There have been some developments since the May Quince watch update. The late May flowering has indeed resulted in some quincelets! Oh, the excitement.

There were ten, until one fell off the tree today. Ugh.

So now there are nine.

Here's one:

Here's another:

Oh the excitement, another!

Ok, I won't show you a picture of all nine. Nine quincelets. I felt a few of them up (ooh err) and they appeared to be firmly attached. Well, apart from the one that wasn't. So there is some hope here that a few might develop from quincelets to quinces.

In fact, a sudden late flowering, well a late flowering consisting of one flower, might take me up to ten quincelets again...

The blurriness of the photo is deliberate (of course) to represent the shaky foundation upon which all my quincelet hopes rest.


The tree has also put on a considerable burst in growth which is also nice to see. Coz potential for even more quinces next year. I've given it a summer prune to take out any branches that were crossing and causing it to be a bit congested. That should help it get more light and air and produce healthier fruit.


So, nine, maybe ten, quincelets. I'm dreaming of Quince jelly. Cautiously.


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I am growing Cydonia oblonga 'Serbian Gold', also known as 'Leskovac'. My tree is about 6 years old.

13 comments :

  1. I have quince-envy - what a lot of chubby little chaps you have there. I expect to see jelly by the end of the year :)

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    1. They are looking good now, but I'm keeping my hopes for jelly low...!

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    2. The quince cooperative may become a thing :)

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  2. Oh well done! I'm not familiar with quince but I'm guessing they're tricky.

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  3. awesome news thank you for sharing have a blessed day

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  4. I had about 20 fruits on my Meeches Prolific which seems to be living up to its name. I took 13 off as it's only been in the ground since the spring. An agonising decision. Should I take off more? Fewer? I feel your pain ;-)

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    1. I'm guessing that means your tree is younger than mine. I'd be tempted to leave what you have on the tree and see what happens, but then giving it's trying to establish itself, it might be better that all it's energy goes into developing roots and branches for the 1st year. Maybe ask on Twitter or Garden Bloggers to see what people think?

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  5. Congratulations!It will be interesting to see what you make with your nine quince!

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  6. I have a Serbian Gold too - it has 1 quince on and I am keeping it as damp as possible in the hope that that won't fall off. I also have a Vranja at the plot, and this is the first year that some of the quinces have stayed on. Oh the quiet joy! Am going to bypass jelly and use mine for infusing brandy.

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    1. Quince brandy sounds really good. A pity I cannot drink alcohol! Good luck with your quincelets becoming quinces :)

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  7. Ooh, how exciting! I really hope they come to fruition. Brandy sounds like a good option :)

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