October 22, 2020

Caring for My Quince Trees

It’s time to prune the quince trees.

Are you familiar with quince? Quince is a fall fruit that grows in a manner quite like apples and pears, but with an unusually irregular shape and often gray fuzz. Quince is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae. At my Bedford, New York farm, I grow both the European quince, Cydonia bologna, and its Chinese relative, Pseudocydonia sinensis. This week, my outdoor grounds crew pruned 16 Chinese quince trees located between my blueberry bushes and my perennial flower cutting garden. These trees have grown so well here, but needed to be trimmed and shaped, so light could reach the fruits and plants growing nearby.

Here are some photos, enjoy.