Allotment delights and disappointments

Well, we can’t have a quince. The excellent David at Brogdale confirmed that we can’t get a decent fruiting quince on a quince C graft but only an A and an A graft which would mean a tree of 2-3 metres. The maximum height of trees on our site is 2.4 metres and a quince pruned down to that height would probably never crop.

I can’t tell you how sad I am about this. But I am a responsible allotment-holder, and a former committee member, and I know that breaking the rules, even with the best of intentions, leads to all kinds of problems. So with great regret I’m giving up the idea of a quince tree – and that is going to disappoint everybody who tried membrillo at our last workshop and was looking forward to picking quinces in a couple of years to make their own!

Instead I’m back to currants and cranberries as the staple elements of the perennial fruiting quarter of the allotment. That sector of the plot is backed by two espaliered apple trees and on the other side of the path are two rather ill-shaped but productive pear trees (planted far too close together by a previous tenant) so the fruit issue is well addressed even if we don’t have another cropping tree.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Blogger Chris Grogan said...

Are quince trees the same as quince bushes? I've got a bush (inherited) on my allotment and was wondering if I could use the fruit.

November 9, 2011 at 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Mark Hubbard said...

I can almost say I grew up on quince jelly, we used to have quince trees growing 'wild' on the farm. It's divine, but I don't think I've ever seen it at the shops, so hardly ever have it now, unless I manage to score the odd bottle at farmers markets that we have DownUnder, which is always a joy.

It is a shame you can't grow one. If you can't put a tree in at your allotment, can you plant one in your own garden at home?

(I guess not, otherwise you'd have done it already :) )

November 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Chris, same family, different variety - the ornamental quince does not produce the same glorious fruit as the tree quince, but they are usable, and better than nothing!

November 14, 2011 at 5:56 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Mark, we can't have one at home as we already have two apples and a pear tree, and a katsura. I would sacrifice an apple but OH insists on keeping our veteran trees even though they aren't productive!

November 14, 2011 at 5:57 AM  

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