Seed Swaps

Take a Chance on Me

07 Feb 2011
Overcast 8°C / 46°F

I have planted some very old Chaenomeles seeds (probably 3-4 years) harvested from quinces a friend gave us in Lewisham. It is some form of flowering quince but I am not sure what species, let alone cultivar!

The polytunnel is often hitting the requisite 15ÂșC so I have soaked the seeds and pushed them into the surface of a container (made from a plastic milk carton – I have cut it so as to give an integral translucent lid, which can be removed later). I am not very hopeful of germination but, if it works, it will be a bonus!

There is plenty more old stuff in my stash to work through – one of my aims this year is to clear the decks so I will be trying a lot more seeds over the next few months on the chance that a few of them will make it through.






Folia Helper

United States6b

Good luck with these! Flowering Quince is beautiful.

Posted on 08 Feb 11 (over 5 years ago)

I’ve already got three (which I bought as plants last year rather than growing from seed). Those are Chaenomeles x superba ‘Crimson and Gold’. However, if my chance works, I know I’ll have some good fruit out of them – I still have most of the last jar of quince jelly we made from the crop we got the seeds from.

Posted on 08 Feb 11 (over 5 years ago)

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