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Duncan Blackwell

I have ordered 2 quince

1 is a 7ft tall Vranja variety and the other is a 4ft tall Chaenomeles Fire Dance

Now my initial plan was to put the 7ft by the front corner of my shed, my shed is 5ft higher than my patio and the soil is retained with gravel boards. When I first looked online for info on quince, I didn't find anything that said the tree was going to grow to a behemoth size. So I can't plant it by my shed   The 4ft was going in a half whisky barrel by the kitchen door, but now I'm thinking that it should go in the ground where the 7ft was originally destined to go.   So how easy would it be to keep the Fire Dance to a neat bush? Can I risk planting it by the gravel boards without risk of the roots destroying them? There is a 4ft retaining wall where my garden is located, could I plant the Vranja close to this wall, or again would the roots laugh in my face and bring it crashing down?   And why aren't I getting any emails when I get a reply
Edd

Sorry Duncan i can't help with the Quince but you will probably find that your e-mails will arrive in a few days time. There must be a glitch as i get e-mails even when i untick the box!

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Berghill

Chaenomeles may be pruned to keep it within bounds. We have a lovely one which is tied in to a trellis and thought it is 6 feet tall, it is no more than 2 inches wide at any point. Don't get much fruit on it, but it does flower well.

Vranja is prone to suckering as well, by the way. BUT I cannot see any reason for it to damage your wall as the roots are fairly shallow and not that spreading. There are no roots coming from our Queeches Prolific Quince tree under the lawn near to it.

Duncan Blackwell

Berghill, Thanks.

I may put the Chaenomeles by the kitchen window after all then

Dovefromabove

I agree with Berghill - chaenomeles can be trained to a wall https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&docid=8OF20YcRZSNlAM&tbnid=g0A54E-JI6jXgM:&ved=0CAUQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gettyimages.com%2Fdetail%2Fphoto%2Fchaenomeles-x-superba-trained-up-wall-high-res-stock-photography%2F128125001&ei=C4sQU6vGDsiQhQfY9YCYDA&bvm=bv.61965928,d.ZG4&psig=AFQjCNHSopXrySCAhwepKg106v6Le5l4Iw&ust=1393679494573319

As for Vranja, you can grow it as a free-standing specimen standard tree, or train it against the wall as an espalier http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/articles/fruit-tree-fans-and-espaliers .

As for notifications, I hadn't had any for ages then a week ago I started getting them, but all in one lump every afternoon.  Hey ho! 

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Duncan Blackwell

Dove, top bloke

Don't like the look of the picture though, looks a bit tatty.

If I grow the Vranja as a specimen tree, will that help stunt its growth? I actually don't mind it sitting behind the wall.

If it's not raining Sunday, I'll take some pics of the garden layout and you'll see why I'm not too sure about anything

We have what I think is Serbian Gold in our garden, growing as a bush interspersed by an early-flowering clematis.  It doesn't fruit much, but looks lovely.

Dovefromabove
Duncan Blackwell wrote (see)

Dove, top bloke .............

Erm............. I'm a girl 
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Don't like the look of the picture though, looks a bit tatty..........

I think it's probably been there a while - but I've seen some very smartly espaliered chaenomeles - just can't find any pictures of them 

Welshonion

If you grow something as a specimen tree it does the opposite of stunt its growth.

It allows it to grow to it's full potential, usually so that you can see it at it's best from every angle.

Dovefromabove
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Jim Macd

Your Vranja will be grafted so it depends what rootstock it's grafted onto. The rootstock is most likely Quince A but you should check with the supplier. I'd be surprised if you had any problems with it. The suckers if you do get them won't be Vranja though so bear that in mind if you think you can propagate it to give some away. You will be able to but you'd need to graft some Vranja on to the sucker. 

By the way, they are both called Quince but they are as different as apples and pears and need different treatment. The Vranja needs a long growing season and is not a good one for Northern gardens which is why I didn't get that one. If you're in the North then it will need a south facing wall and protection, but it supposed to be a good one.

Jim Macd
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We have what I think is Serbian Gold in our garden, growing as a bush interspersed by an early-flowering clematis.  It doesn't fruit much, but looks lovely.

I've got Serbian Gold, are the fruits on yours round and fairly smooth or are they pear shaped and nobly?

This is mine. 


 

Duncan Blackwell
I have a south facing garden so it's pretty good

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Jim Macd

Great, I wish I could grow Vranja, it's very popular. Never mine I got a good crop of the SB last year considering it was Year 1.

Jim Mcd - doesn't have any fruits, ever.  Maybe it isn't Serbian Gold then? I'll post a photo soon.

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