For a long time forgotten, he is experiencing a comeback today: the quince tree. If you buy one, you also have to cut it. Our guide shows how it is done.
Quince trees were not widely used in German gardens for a long time. In recent years, however, the Quittenbaum has made a comeback, not least because it is quite undemanding and easy to maintain. In addition, its fruits can be used in a very versatile way. For example, you can make delicious jellies, juice or mush from quinces.
Of course, if you own such a wonderful fruit tree or plant the quince tree in your garden , you will have to cut it. This is important in order to curb the wild growth and of course, to prevent or combat infestation with the so-called leaf tan . It is a very persistent fungal disease that can severely damage the quince tree.
But when exactly does the quince tree have to be cut and what should the cut look like? All of this is explained in more detail below.
Best time for the cut
The best time for a pruning of the quince tree is in the spring before the onset of flowering. However, you should absolutely wait until no severe frost is expected, otherwise parts of the tree could freeze to death. If it is too cold, the wood of the tree also splits very easily. Spring is therefore also the perfect time for a cut, because the quince tree is then not fully in the juice. (reading tip: CUT PEACH TREE – THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE
If, however, you notice small, red spots on the leaves of your quince tree, or if the leaves even turn brown and die off, then you must immediately make a cut. Then her quince tree is attacked by the so-called leaf tan.
Instructions for the quince tree cut
➤ Step 1:
Before you can start, you should know that only sharp tools should be used for cutting. This is very important because it is the only way to prevent bruising and cracking of the wood and thus to prevent infections. Damaged areas on the wood are finally always ideal breeding ground for germs and fungi.
In addition, the tool should always be clean to prevent the transmission of diseases of other trees. Saws and scissors that you want to use to cut the quince tree should therefore always be disinfected before use.
➤ Step 2:
Now it is up to you to decide if you want to cover up or get your quince tree. Both are explained here in more detail.
Aus Treetop cover:
Compared to other fruit trees, you do not have to cut the quince tree very much. It is actually enough if you make it out from time to time. Every two to three years is enough. However, if the treetop is very densely overgrown, you should light your quince tree more often. This is important so that the leaves can dry better and the tan thus has no chance.
In Treetop into a broad shape:
If you want to shape the treetop, make sure that the crown stays as light and airy as possible. In the first few years you should try to make the treetop a bit wider, because then a lot of sun comes to the surface. So always cut out the appropriate branches and bring the tree so slowly in shape. In addition, in between, you must also remove all branches and branches that grow down and inside.
You can also bring the leaders in a broader form in the early years by adding weights. Three to four of these leaders should be in as horizontal a line as possible, so that the tree can grow nicely in width.
➤ Step 3:
When you are done with the quince tree cut, then you should necessarily treat larger cut surfaces with a miracle sealant. This will prevent the interfaces from drying out, dying off and even being attacked by fungi. (Reading tip: Handling interfaces on trees correctly )
Simply pick up some of the wound closure agent with a brush and completely seal the cut surfaces. It is best if you even apply some of the miracle sealant two centimeters beyond the edge of the wound. Incidentally, this is always an important step when cutting woody plants .