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Quince 'Champion'

Cydonia oblonga 'Champion'

Kweper (Afr.)

Champion quinces produce very large rounded fruits with a good aroma and flavour - making it perfect for jam, jellies and wine. Quinces are often regarded as intolerant of wetter soils; fortunately Champion is far more forgiving and will perform in all but the wettest soils. In fact Champion is possibly the most reliable of all Quince varieties, suffering from very few pests and diseases (though like other Quinces, Quince Blight can in some years be a problem). The tree is self-pollinated, but it produces better yields when cross-pollinated.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Champion quinces are harvested in March and April. Pick the fruit before they drop to the ground.

Propagation

Seed
Sowing time - Winter; Spacing - 4-6cm apart; Sowing depth - double the seed size; Graft cultivar on growing quince when about 1-2cm thick.
Cuttings
Take hardwood cuttings 15 to 30 cm in length in winter or early spring, dip into rooting hormone powder and plant in moistened horticultural sand, 8 to 10 cm into the sand. Because the cuttings take months to root and need to be kept moist, this soilless medium helps prevent rot and encourage drainage. Keep cuttings in a warm area with bright light until spring, when you can plant them out into trenches 15 cm apart. Cuttings should be rooted and well established in year.

Special features

Hedge plant
Small trees with an untidy tangle of branches that resist formal training, the Quince makes a great hedge screen in any garden. Popular in old days to plait the branches to make beautiful hedges.

Geography

Origin
South-West Asia, Armenia, Turkey, Georgia, northern Iran to Afghanistan.
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Peat
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
Fruits are almost never eaten raw, but stewed, preserved and made into jellies and jams with pink colour developing when cooked.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
Flower buds are pink and lighten when opening to a very pale pink almost white colour., Pink, White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Champion quince is possibly the most reliable of all Quince varieties, suffering from very few pests and diseases (though like other Quinces, Quince Blight can in some years be a problem). Monitor for Codling Moth.
Codling Moth
Codling Moth
Cydia pomonella

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