Originating from the warm temperate regions of Southwest Asia, the quince is a small deciduous tree that produces strongly fragranced golden yellow pear shaped fruit. The quince makes a great ornamental with its gnarly twisted trunk, pretty display of white or pink flowers in the spring and its rather unusual lumpy appearing fruit. Generally considered as too bitter and astringent to be consumed fresh from the tree, the quince is often used to make stews, preserves, jams and jellies.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Quince is rather tolerant to various climates from the cooler parts of the subtropics to cool temperate regions.

    Grows best in a full sun and wind protected location.

    Will handle various soils except light shallow soils that are likely to dry out. Trees tend to produce best when grown in deep, heavy loams.

    Quince is resistant to frost and requires a winter chilling for proper flower and fruit set with plants being hardy to -10°c.

    During fruit production ensure your quince receives an ample supply of water.

    Provide protection against vermin for young trees.

    Prune to the shape of an open centred vase, as you would apple and pear trees.

    It is preferable to plant when your quince is completely dormant during the latter part of June or early July. Planting techniques are similar as with most other deciduous fruit trees.

    Typical plant spacing is 5 x 3m. However, trees planted where soils are deep and fertile tend to grow much larger requiring a planting distance of 6 x 4.5m.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Planting

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1-3 cups (200-600g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 750g

    Comments: Mix in thoroughly with soil and also on the soil surface. It is best to split the application so that half is in the hole and half is on top.


    Stage: Young & Mature

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2-10 cups (0.4-2kg)

    Commercial Use: Up to 2.4kg

    Comments: Start with 400g and increase the application by a further 200g with each year of growth until the maximum rate is reached. Apply post fruit set and again prior to the wet season.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.