Most work on Japanese flowering quince ‘chojubai’ is done in fall or spring, but one task – beyond watering and fertilizing – requires some attention year-round. Removing flowers.
Japanese flowering quince ‘chojubai’ in July
Chojubai mostly bloom in late winter and early spring, but some specimens can produce flowers – and fruit – year-round. I appear to have one of those specimens.
I adore the flowers and list chojubai among my favorite varieties but try hard to remove buds and blossoms whenever I see them. This prevents fruit from forming and draining the tree of energy I’d rather be applied to new branches.
After removing buds and flowers
The flowers in the first photo developed over two weeks after the previous plucking, and just days after removing the last remnants of color, new buds appeared.
As Michael Hagedorn has become quite taken with the variety, I recommend checking Crataegus.com for more about the variety, and do take note of some of the best the variety has to offer in Michael’s post, Diminutive Jewels.
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