Cydonia oblonga

Common Quince Bonsai

Native to Southwest Europe and Asia Minor, these deciduous produce distinct golden fruit. Its nectar-rich flowers are renowned for attracting pollinators and topping off stunning foliage. Cydonia oblonga have bright green oval leaves and sparkling pink and white flowers.

Common Quince Bonsai Care Tips

Common Quince need to be positioned for full sun at least 6 hours per day. They prefer hot summers and are at their strongest growth around 15 degrees Celsius. Hand in hand this is also a hardy species capable of withstanding up to -10 degrees Celsius. To avoid any mildew providing quality air circulation is advised. Positioning the tree in in shade may not produce fruits. 

Across the growing season, watering the Common Quince should take place daily. Outside of the growing season, this species is not drought-tolerant and should be watered as soon as soil is dry. A deep watering is advised once a month, consider outside temperature when doing so. 

Common Quince should be fed every two to three weeks during the growing season. In late winter liquid potassium makes a sound choice of feed for the Common Quince. 

Dead and damaged branches need pruning after the last frost. Branches showing little to no growth or overcrowding should be pruned. Any suckers around the base should be removed. Unwanted shoots from the main stem should also be disposed of. Pruning should be ceased after the middle of summer. Doing otherwise could impact growth for the coming year. 

Common Quince’s ideal wiring period is in the autumn. Young shoot wiring should take place in the summer. We recommend using wires with a thickness that matches the thickness of the branch: if the wire you choose is too thick you will damage the bark. If it is too thin, it won’t be effective.

Repotting your tree is an important way to provide a fresh and suitable soil mix and ensure appropriate root health. Young and Midage Common Quince require reporting every other year, older plants require repotting every five years. Any repotting should take place in early spring. 

Trees that are ready for repotting will require root pruning, a suitable new pot and appropriate soil mix.

When repotting, do not cut back the root mass by a large amount, and choose a well-draining soil mix that has a neutral or slightly higher PH value of 5-6 but not over 7. We tend to use a mixture of different speciality bonsai soils on our trees. Every species is different so please contact us for free soil-mix advice or to take advantage of our repotting service.

Bonsai trees aren’t only magnificent additions to an indoor oasis, they are more than capable of standing out in any garden. Many Bonsai species are incredibly hardy and withstand nature’s colder and damper turns with aplomb making them worthwhile outdoor plants. We have an extensive library of care guides for outdoor bonsai trees. It’s not about selecting the perfect bonsai, it’s about selecting the perfect bonsai for you. 

Common Quince Bonsai - Typical Queries

No, Common Quince bonsai is not suitable for indoor cultivation. It needs exposure to natural sunlight and seasonal changes to flower and fruit properly. Keeping it indoors will weaken its growth and make it susceptible to pests and diseases.

To propagate a Common Quince, you can use greenwood cuttings at the start of Summer or semi-ripe cuttings toward the end of Summer. Air layering or ground layering can be done at the end of Spring.

Yes, Common Quince bonsai is healthy and beneficial for both the environment and the human body. It produces oxygen and purifies the air, as well as provides beauty and relaxation. Its flowers attract bees and other pollinators, while its fruits are edible and rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. They can be eaten raw, cooked, or made into jams, jellies, or liqueurs.

Common Quince bonsai may be prone to fireblight, and midlew. 

Common Quince and Flowering Quince are two different species of the same genus, Cydonia. Common Quince (Cydonia oblonga) is a larger tree that produces edible fruits, while Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles spp.) is a smaller shrub that produces ornamental flowers. Both can be grown as bonsai, but they have different care requirements and characteristics.