I’ve been pruning and wiring my young quince twice a year – once in spring and once in fall or winter. I’ve been doing this work to set the shape of the trunk before I let the trees grow on and thicken up.
Five year-old Chinese quince
Reducing sacrifice branches early keeps wounds small so they heal quickly. I start by shortening these branches but leave small stubs that I can clean up later.
Sometimes I leave the stubs in place for up to a year before removing them. Other times I remove them right away. I generally leave stubs that are near the base of weak branches or along thin portions of the trunk. If the trunk is big enough in relation to the stub, I remove it.
Branch reduced to a stub
After removing the stub and cleaning the wound with a grafting knife
After applying cut paste to the wound
Here’s the quince after cutback and wiring a few branches.
After wiring and cleaning wounds – 13″ to top of highest wire
I’ll let the tree grow freely until May or June at which point I’ll repeat the process.
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