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    I also love quinces, and planted one last year, variety Isfahan. It was a two year old tree and produced masses of blossom, but no fruit set. This year it again has lots of blossom, anything I can do to encourage the fruit? My neighbour has a quince tree that fruits well, so I didn’t think pollination would be an issue.

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    Quite likely your tree is a bit young to be producing fruit yet - I wouldn't worry about it as long as it s growing and getting bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrixC View Post
    I also love quinces, and planted one last year, variety Isfahan. It was a two year old tree and produced masses of blossom, but no fruit set. This year it again has lots of blossom, anything I can do to encourage the fruit? My neighbour has a quince tree that fruits well, so I didn’t think pollination would be an issue.
    Isfahan is the Iranian variety, mine is Serbian. Both should be ok with english weather except the ripening in september is not as good as in hotter climates. I do remember smaller fruits when my tree was younger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrixC View Post
    I also love quinces, and planted one last year, variety Isfahan. It was a two year old tree and produced masses of blossom, but no fruit set. This year it again has lots of blossom, anything I can do to encourage the fruit? My neighbour has a quince tree that fruits well, so I didn’t think pollination would be an issue.
    I bought a 2-year old Vranja a few years back. It didn't fruit till it was 5 or 6. Currently covered in blossom and I am looking forward to more crumbles and another bottle or two of brandy. Nom.
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    Interesting, I would have just assumed it was too young to fruit, except my neighbourís tree is similarly young, and his was covered in fruit last year. I think it might be on a more vigorous rootstock than mine - I opted for Quince C as I wanted a dwarf tree but it hasnít grown much since I planted it so Iím a bit worried my soil isnít good enough for this rootstock. Although, I know dwarfing rootstocks are normally more precocious... anyway, will see how it does this year, itís covered in blossom at the minute and looks stunning.

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    If the tree is not growing on as you would like a bit of extra compost or manure put on as a mulch will probably help. The other thing that can happen with dwarfing root-stocks is that they can't get enough water to support fruiting, if the soil is a bit dry. So if we have a spell without rain it would be a good idea to water it too,

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    I had no idea quince trees could fruit that much, 150lbs is impressive.

    I purchased a 3 year old potted champion quince tree only a few weeks ago and it has now blossomed, not if i will get any fruit this year but not in a rush really.

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    It was sold to me as a half standard but the main stem is only 60cm high, hopefully the variety and the rootstock (quince A) listed are correct though as I've read that some of the varieties don't crop every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruitz View Post

    It was sold to me as a half standard but the main stem is only 60cm high, hopefully the variety and the rootstock (quince A) listed are correct though as I've read that some of the varieties don't crop every year.
    Looks like a cracking tree - biennial cropping is in part about crop management (there are many factors but I'll just stick to this for simplicity).

    In a year when you get lots of fruit set, go round the tree in late June or early July and take off at least 50% of the fruitlets (can be as much as 90%). This will mean better and larger fruits that year and also allow the tree to have enough reserves left to crop the next year too. Don't stint on the watering in the Summer - quinces love fresh water, as long as its not stagnant.
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