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Like all Quinces, Meech's Prolific (Cydonia oblonga 'Meech's Prolific'), which was first introduced in the United States in 1880, has fruiting and ornamental qualities producing large subtle pink flowers and very large, pear-shaped fruit. The Quinces are yellow when ripe.
The Meechs Prolific Quince tree is also a tip bearing variety. This does not mean to say you can ask it which horse is going to win. It means that most of the fruit buds will be at the ends of the shoots which you need to be aware of when pruning. Meechs are also known for their heavy flowering and cropping characteristics. Due to the high amount of flowers and therefore pollen, Meechs Prolific is also a good pollinator for other Quince trees.
All our Meech's Prolific have a high resistance to disease. This is not because we feed them vitamin suppliments or send them out running every day, all Meechs Prolific quince trees have this quality.
Due to recent UK resident Americans whinging/whining/moaning/just saying (delete as appropriate) at our anti-American satire we have decided to amend the up and coming comment......by making it more prominent.
Due to the time it has spent in America, you may find this tree eats until its trouser size has more X's in it than a teenage love note and invades/forcefully visits/coincidentally sends thousands of troops on holiday (delete as politically correct) to oil rich countries. Should this cause upset or distress to any other Americans living in the UK, our best advice is to CALM DOWN Dear.
Type of Quince: Cooking
Time of picking: October, stores until December or later
Fertility: This Quince variety is self-fertile, so there is no need for another Quince to act as a pollination partner for it to produce fruit.
This Quince tee is supplied in a pot and can be planted any time of the year and with better results than either bare-root or rootballed trees.
Meech's Prolific Size Options
We usually have several options to choose from and these are:
125-150cm Usually Quince A and comes as a bush.
150-200cm Usually Quince A and comes as a Bush or Half Standard (contact us to confirm if shape is important)
200-250cm Usually Quince A and comes as Half Standard.
All of these are usually supplied as 2-3 years old, grown on Quince A rootstock (ultimate height around 3.5 metre) Half Standard shape which means they have a rounded head so they look a bit like a lollipop shape. If you are not happy to have minor variations in what will be supplied please specify at checkout. These would be the shape e.g. bush instead of Half Standard, pot size e.g. 7 litre instead of 12.
We will include a message card included at no additional cost if required.
What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Meechs Prolific Quince trees
Hello, Both the mulberry and the quince trees arrived last week. Both are lovely trees, extremely well packaged and very well shaped. Many thanks for two excellent plants. Carl 0418
Just wanted to say a big thank you to Alan. The Meechs Prolific Quince tree I ordered arrived today and is a lovely specimen, regards Iain 1114
Alan,Many thanks for asking. My tree was delivered in good condition and is now happy in the earth in my garden.It's a fine specimen, and I hope it will flourish there.Best wishes, Chriis Williams 0812
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Fruit Tree Life Expectancy
Most fruit trees will give you AT LEAST 40 years of fruit. Pears can go to 70. Records of 200 year old trees exist but this is the exception, not the rule.
Do I Need To Stake My Bare Root Fruit Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Growing Our Trees In The UK
To date, we have checked the passports of our trees and none seem to have sneaked off for non UK holidays so all are UK grown.
Warm and wet conditions from Climate Change have increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy.
Planting In The Corner Of A Garden
Air and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it unless the plant is very hardy.
Quince Tree Rootstock Explained
Quince A (Half Standard): This means that the stem or main trunk of the tree will be clear of branches for 1 metre or more. Ideal for most gardens as this enables the owner to gain easier access underneath the canopy for mowing and possibly companion planting. Ultimate height of the Quince tree will be around 350cm but can be pruned to any height you prefer.
General Quince Tree Information
Quince is an ancient ornamental and fragrant fruit known to the Greeks and Romans who dedicated them to the Gods Venus and Aphrodite. Seen as a symbol of love, happiness and fertility often used in marriage ceremonies. We wondered if they were thrown instead of rice and depending on where they hit you, could call your fertility into question, certainly make your happiness disappear.
The blooms appear quite early so if you suffer from particularly harsh frosts e.g. at the bottom of a valley, live in a cold storage warehouse or some tea towel/peg selling gypsy put a weather curse on you then you will need to take ant- frost measures e.g. horticultural fleece, move to a greenhouse or conservatory.
They were/are also used to combat fatigue, debility and as a laxative so if you are falling asleep on the toilet and unable to keep yourself upright then you could reach for a Quince. For legal reasons, this odd looking fruit is not advice as a replacement for qualified medical advice (you just know someone will challenge us on it) If you do decide to cause legal issues with our fruit write up, may we suggest you go suck on a Quince.
The perfect spot for a Quince will be a sunny but sheltered spot and give best results after a long hot summer.
Quince trees are good for the less than green fingered amongst us because it does not suffer from many of the diseases and issues found with other fruit trees. Champion Quince and Vranja are the two most popular in the UK (we are not sure why, maybe they appeared in a TV reality show?)
Watering requirements are a little higher than your average fruit tree, they prefer to have moist soil (not waterlogged) especially in the summer. Best to water in the morning or evening to reduce evaporation. Apply an organic 2-4 inch thick mulch mid-spring and a high potash fertiliser in late Winter. If you have particularly sandy soils then then a high nitrogen feed will benefit every 3 or 4 years.
Expect a final height of around 3.5 metres although some may grow a little taller depending on local conditions and weather.
As the Quince is high in pectin it is a valuable fruit for setting jams and jellies. Quince has a subtle flavour and is a great addition to other fruits such as apples. Leave the fruits on the tree as long as possible before picking. It has a very strong fragrance once picked so do not store next to other produce. The tough Quince skin maybe a pain to remove but this also slows the rotting process down making the fruits last well into the new year.
Quince Tree Pruning
Formative and maintenance pruning is all you really need to do with Quince trees. For those that have not spent a life time in the nursery trade or come from a 5 generation deep family of foresters then we shall explain. Formative pruning is where you prune the tree to the desired shape in the first 2-5 years and this is usually done in the winter. Maintenance pruning is just removing dead, diseased, broken or crossing over branches. Crossing over branches will rub each other in the wind and possibly allow nasties (we don't mean Nick Griffin, given the choice we prefer tree fungus) to get in. Maintenance pruning can be done any time of year.