How to Transplant Flowering Quince. The flowering quince is a twiggy shrub that can grow to 10 feet tall and wide. According to the University of Illinois Extension, this plant is native to China and produces showy pink, red or white flowers dependent upon the cultivar in mid-spring. In the fall, flowers mature into edible fruit. This shrub grows...
The flowering quince is a twiggy shrub that can grow to 10 feet tall and wide. According to the University of Illinois Extension, this plant is native to China and produces showy pink, red or white flowers dependent upon the cultivar in mid-spring. In the fall, flowers mature into edible fruit. This shrub grows from U.S. Department of Agriculture's hardiness zones 4 through 8. According to Michigan State University Extension, transplanting your flowering quince is easy.
Things You'll Need
Dig up your flowering quince with a shovel if transplanting from an existing area in your garden. Make sure to excavate at least 12 inches away from the center of the plant to remove as much of the root ball as possible. Early spring, before new growth has emerged and after the last threat of frost is past, is the best time to transplant your flowering quince.
Brush the roots free of soil and inspect for any broken or damaged roots. Trim these off with garden shears.
Select a location with full to partial sun. Flowering quince can tolerate wind and blooms better in full sun.
Dig a hole two to three times the size of the flowering quince's root ball. Add several inches of mulch to the hole. Mix the mulch with your garden soil. This will improve the drainage of your soil, as well as the acidity of alkaline soil and provide nutrients for your flowering quince.
Plant the shrub at the same level, or slightly above, where it was growing in its previous container or location.
Water well to collapse any air pockets and to get moisture down to the roots. Flowering quince can grow in dry conditions, but prefer moist, well-drained soil. It is particularly important to keep the soil moist the first year after transplanting to assure the root system recovers and acclimates to its new growing home.
Fertilize your flowering quince after transplanting with a general-purpose fertilizer that contains iron, zinc and other minor elements. Fertilize approximately every three months during the growing season. According to Just Fruits and Exotics, don't fertilize after July in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 7 or after August above USDA hardiness zone 7.
Spread 4 to 6 inches of mulch around your flowering quince to conserve moisture and regulate soil temperatures.
Tips & Warnings
Cut any suckers away from the base of your flowering quince as these will drain energy from your shrub.
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