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For folks who can make the trip to the nursery, we're open year round except for part of July/August and Holidays. Come see us from Wednesday through Sunday, 9:05-5:08PM EST.

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Quince for the Southern Gardener

Quince are one of those old time fruits, rarely seen in the markets of today's world. Having lost popularity due to no fault of their own, it's hard to believe that they occupied an important place in the kitchens and gardens of almost every rural home at the beginning of the 20th century. Prized for jelly and added to many cooked foods and meat dishes, quince has a high pectin content and is not commonly thought of for fresh fruit consumption. We're pleased to offer some great varieties. We've also included a couple of wonderful flowering quinces, but these don't have an edible fruit.

Stuff to Know About Quince

POLLINATION- Quince are self pollinating.

PRUNING- Although quince prefer to grow in a shrub-like habit, they can be trained into a small, graceful tree by keeping the suckers removed from the base of the tree. The open center pruning style is best in hot, humid climates like the Deep South.

FERTILIZATION- Adjust your soil to a pH of around 7. This releases extra calcium, preventing bitter rot on ripening fruits. Large amounts of nitrogen should be avoided on Quince as it promotes fire blight. Apply balanced fertilizer in January and June in Florida.

CULTIVATION- Quince prefer well-drained soils. Part to full sun.

   Click Here for the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find out your areas hardiness zone.

Quince varieties (Cydonia oblonga)

Aromatnaya Quince AROMATNAYA Aromatnaya, a round yellow quince from southern Russia, has gained a reputation for being deliciously sweet when eaten fresh as well as cooked. Extremely aromatic (thus the name!), with a fresh pineapple-like flavor, it will have a dense texture when first picked (October) but will soften up in a few days. Beautiful small self-fertile tree with pale pink blossoms in spring will be hung with the golden globes of quince by fall. Ornamental as well as very productive and disease resistant. Self-fertile. Zones 5-9. $39.99 3gal(4-5ft).

CRIMEA Another good fresh eating quince from Russian! Crimea has large, round, bright yellow fruit that's crisp and juicy. Very good when sliced fresh and freezes well. Wonderful pineapple and citrus-like aroma. Self-fertile. Zones 5-9. $39.99 3 gal (4-5ft). Available in November.

ORANGE Medium size fruit are round with a golden-colored skin and tender orange-yellow flesh. Excellent cooked in sauces, butters or preserves. Self-fertile. Zones 8A-9B. $39.99 3 gal (4-5ft). Available in November.

Sorry, not available at this time. SMYRNA Large, elongated fruit are lemony yellow in color with a tender, highly fragrant flesh. Excellent flavor- one of the best for jellies and preserves. Self-fertile. Zones 8A-9B. $39.99 3 gal (4-5ft).


CAMEO Soft, apricot, peachy-pink double blooms appear in spring. Fruit not edible but the birds will love it! Grows to 3-4 ft with a 4-5 ft spread. Ungrafted. Zones 7-9. Self-pollinating. $29.99 3 gal (2-3ft).

Clarke's White Flowering Quince CLARKE'S WHITE FLOWERING Medium-sized, upright grower that has flowers but no edible fruit. Profuse white blooms in early spring and sporadically thereafter. Grows to 6 ft with a 4 ft spread. Ungrafted. Zones 7-9. Self-pollinating. $29.99 3 gal (2-3ft).

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TEXAS SCARLET Eye-popping fiery-red blooms will wake up your garden for spring. Moderate grower that only gets 3 ft tall with a 4-5 ft spread. Ungrafted. Zones 7-9. Self-pollinating. $29.99 3 gal (2-3ft).

Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince

Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince TOYO-NISHIKI FLOWERING Gorgeous combinations of white, pink and red in every blossom will delight you each spring. Can grow to 6 ft or more in time but is easily kept smaller. No edible fruit. Ungrafted. Zones 6-9. Self-pollinating. $29.99 3 gal (2-3ft).

Quince in the Landscape

Uniqely gnarled and twisted in form, the quince makes an unusual tree to add to the shrubbery border. Delicate, large pale-pink blooms resemble apple blossoms and are sweetly fragrant, as is the ripe fruit.

Allowed to sucker and planted closely together, their natural habit lends itself well to forming hedges.

Just the Facts

Not sure what to do with quinces or how to grow them right? DON'T PANIC! Push the panic button and we will give you "Just the Facts" you need to successfully grow them.

New to Growing Fruit? We send packets of fact sheets on each fruit with each order.

Are we out of what you are looking for? Email us at Justfruits@hotmail.com and we'll put you on the "Call When Available" list. We will call you!

Please come to see us if you can (Wednesday to Sunday, 9:05-5:08). We are located 19 miles south of Tallahassee, just off US Highway 98, 1 mile east of the intersection with US Highway 319 (South of Crawfordville center and actually in the village of Medart). If you need further directions, feel free to call us at 1-850-926-5644 or enter 30 Saint Frances St. Crawfordville FL 32327 (or Just Fruits Nursery) into Google Maps ( CLICK HERE).

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