Meech’s Prolific

Quince

From £32.00

Large subtle pink flowers and very large, pear-shaped fruit. Yellow when they're fully ripe. Sweet and strong scent. Read more

Attributes

  • Storing: December
  • Tip-bearer
  • Pollination group 2
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Ornamental
  • Picking month: Early October
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Relatively trouble-free

Container Options

Rootstock
Size Form Price
Rootstock
Size Form Price
Rootstock Quince A Size 12L container Form Half-Standard £62.00
Rootstock Quince Eline® Size 12L container Form Bush £54.00

Bare root Options

Rootstock
Size Form Price
Rootstock
Size Form Price
Rootstock Quince Eline® Size 1 year Form Maiden £32.00
Rootstock Quince A Size 1 year Form Maiden £32.00
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Full Description

Description: Meech's Prolific is a very popular Quince variety that like all quinces, has fruiting and ornamental qualities. A heavy and reliable cropper with very large, pear-shaped fruits that are yellow in colour when they're fully ripe. The fruit has a distinctive scent; sweet and strong! Best when cooked into a smooth puree or Quince cheese (Membrillo), the flesh turns rose pink and softens nicely. Producing large, subtle pink flowers in the Spring and dark green curled leaves thereafter with unqiue twisted branches.

History: Introduced in the USA around 1880. Named after Reverend William Wilter Meech from New Jersey who was a Quince enthusiast. He introduced the variety as the 'Pear-Shaped Orange Quince' in 1883 in his very interesting book, 'Quince Culture'.

Quince Growing Tips: Perform at their best when planted in a sunny position. Happy in most soils as long as they are particularly moist yet well-drained. Easy to look after and not prone to many of the more common fruit problems, although some varieties can be susceptable to Quince Leaf Blite. The fruits can be stored in a cool, dry and dark place on shallow trays for up to three months. Allow the fruits to mature for six weeks before using.

Some FAQs

Tree Care

Your tree will have been pruned prior to despatch so there should be no need to prune straight away. The only exception is a bare root maiden which will not have been pruned. Some varieties will benefit from being pruned later – please see the variety specific information.

We would advise watering your tree when planting and then regularly during the first summer in the ground. Thereafter the level of watering will depend on the soil and weather conditions. It is best to not let young trees dry out.

A free booklet with simple instructions will also be included with your order.

You can also find more information in the ‘Advice’ section of our website. Click here for ‘How to Plant a Container Tree’ and here for ‘How to Plant a Bare Root Tree’.

Trees should always be planted as soon as possible. The only exception would be bare root trees if the soil is very frozen or waterlogged, in which case heel the trees in until the ground is ready. Bare root trees must be planted before new growth appears in spring, this is usually in March.

If your tree is to be kept in a container, then we’d advise repotting into a larger container as soon as possible. Please check to see whether the tree is suitable for a pot before purchasing.

Delivery

Yes, you can collect the trees from the nursery. Please select the ‘Collect’ option when placing the order. We will email you as soon as your order is ready for collection, we will then need at least two working days to prepare your order.

The delivery charge is calculated according to the number of boxes needed to send the trees. One container grown tree will need one box; bare root trees vary but we can usually get about three in a box. The total delivery cost will be shown when you place the order.

We currently do not deliver to any addresses outside of mainland Great Britain.

We will notify you by email when your order has been despatched. It will usually be delivered within three days from notification.

Our boxes are 2 metres tall and 30cm square.

We are unable to offer a scheduled delivery service as we cannot guarantee an exact delivery date. We can aim for a specific week if you let us know.

Our courier company will leave the package in the safest place if there is no one there, so there is no need to sign for the delivery.

Container grown trees are available from August and bare root trees are available from November. We always aim to deliver your order as soon as every item is ready for despatch.

If the whole order is ready when purchased, it usually takes between 5 and 10 working days to arrive.

See below for a guide on when bare root trees are usually ready for despatch.

Early November – Two year old plums, cherries, apples and then pears.
Late November – One year maiden plums, cherries, apples and then pears.
Late November/Early December – Ornamental prunus, sorbus, thorns, malus and then pyrus. 

This is an estimate as the lifting of bare root trees is very weather dependent.

Returns

If you are unhappy with your tree when it arrives, please email sales@fpmatthews.co.uk within five working days and we will get back to you as soon as possible.