Who's growing Quince?


Can you comment on the ripening order of the quince varieties you grow?


Crimea usually ripens in October here in Portland, but over a long time, because it sets so much fruit. It’s still ripening now mid November. Kaunching same? Kuganskaya a bit later, maybe starting mid october.


Smyrna is the latest for me, they were still partially green before we got hit with our first frost a couple weeks ago. Van Deman was a few weeks earlier and ripened to the point of falling off the tree. I didn’t write down dates, I just know Smyrna hasn’t turned totally yellow this year or last before freezing temperatures.


Wow. Would you share the varieties names?


I take back my previous bashing of Smyrna. Last year it was horrible tasting, but this season after a month on the counter it lost all astringency despite still being partially green before our first frost, was edible fresh although probably not to the degree most would like their fruit. It also is my most resistant to rust, haven’t had an outbreak on it yet whereas Van Deman seems to always get hit the worst. Van Deman also remained astringent despite being fully ripened and even after sitting a month on the counter. Cooks nicely though, but I prefer dual purpose quince. Smyrna also is more fragrant. Crimea is still my favorite, so far.


The actual Russian names of these varieties are:

Crimea — Krymskaya Rannyaya (Крымская ранняя), name translates as Crimean Early.

Aromatnaya — Krymskaya Aromatnaya (Крымская ароматная), name translates as Crimean Aromatic.

Kuganskaya — this name has been misspelled at some point, the actual name is Kubanskaya (Кубанская). Kuban (Кубань) is the name of a river and the respective region in southern Russia.


Thanks for clarifying Stan. I don’t know Russian personally. The information that we got from the National Clonal Germplasm office was apparently a little off.
John S


Clark, how is your quince grow now ? I noticed that you have grafted quince on a callery pear with a Kieffer pear interstem, did you run into any incompatible issue?
I have a seeding pear tree , more likely is Asian pear seeding, and I would like to graft quince on to the seeding. Did you try to graft quince directly to callery pear and noticed any growth differences without the interstem?


The quince are delayed incompatible in every case. They failed by the third year every time. I tried mutiple times using interstems only. In addition quince harbor diseases like quince rust i do not want in the pear orchard.


On the topic of quince, my FB-resistant seedlings I got a long time ago finally have one producing this year. The tree still gets a little fireblight, but not like the named varieties did. Hopefully they will taste good enough for cooking. I already sprayed it for quince rust, the other bugaboo with growing quince in my climate.