I would like to get a Quince tree but don’t know what variety is best for my zone 8a And which one has better taste based on your option.
I have only tasted two of my own quince so far, Crimea was edible fresh and a keeper and Smyrna was inedible fresh. I recommend choosing the sweeter Turkish or Central Asian varieties over the American ones.
Ekmek is the most popular Turkish variety and others I am adding are Kaunching and Kuganskaya which I have read many positive reviews on.
@jxz7245 Thanks for the information! Do you know by any chance where can I get some of them?
Raintree sells Ekmek and OneGreenWorld sells Crimea, Kaunching, and Kuganskaya
You should know that fireblight can be very bad on quince. They are not commonly grown in the southeast for that reason. They can also get quince rust. I had both problems in spades on mine so I pulled them. Quince rust can be controlled with sprays but fireblight is best avoided by culling sensitive things.
That was going to be my next question! But Thanks for pointed out for me Scott, I guess I need to find something else instead.
Good call. I was just coming back here to say my recommendations were on taste alone and not zone. I do get bad quince rust unless I spray my trees.
I planted a Smyrna, which was about all I could find at the time, about six years ago.
Pretty blooms, haven’t seen any fireblight. But, also just a few fruits … and inedible off the tree, though don’t know if storage would change that. Planted for someone else—for ‘edible landscaping’. (Blueberries and honeyberries and gooseberries and serviceberry were ‘winners’…the other things I think were disappointments).
What do you use to spray your trees with? How often do you spray them?
I’m just wondering if it’s worth it for me to get a plant and spray it. I’ll ready have some apples and pears that I might need to spray as well!
I am an inexperienced grower that just started a couple of years ago, so I would seek knowledge elsewhere, however the year I did not spray at all all five of my quince trees were completely covered with rust galls and I had to hack the trees back severely. As far as spray goes, I spray all of me trees with a fall copper spray (not sure this is needed for quince, I just spray all my trees at once) and I use a few sprays in the spring of Pristine on all of my trees as well. I spray the quince whenever I do my spring sprays for the apples, even though the quince bloom later. I’m usually done spraying by the time they flower but this seems to be sufficient as I haven’t seen any disease on them ever since. I find Smyrna to be very productive for me although I really didn’t like the fruit compared to Crimea, I didn’t try processing it though. I like tart fruit but Smyrna is too astringent to eat raw. I would remove the tree since I don’t care for it compared to the others I can eat fresh, but it’s growing well and producing so I’m keeping it for now.
I am new at this so I don’t have a tailored spray program, but I haven’t had any disease issues so far this year on anything. I do get fireblight on my apples and pears but I have not seen it on any of my quince yet, despite being planted right next to the other pom fruits.
Thank you for your response and for the information you have giving me. I just started growing fruits this year so I’m learning a lot from helpful members like you!