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Early ripening variety with high quality for cooking and preserving. Turns pink when cooked. Read more
Description: Portugal is an early ripening variety of high quality for cooking and preserving. Although not quite as hardy as others, it produces heavy and reliable crops of greenish-yellow fruits that have a soft texture and mild flavours. Particularly good for making Quince marmalade and Quince Jelly. The flesh turns a pink colour when it's cooked. Beautiful clusters of light pink blossoms in the Spring followed by greenish silver coated leaves.
History: It's origins are unknown but it was introduced to the UK in the early 17th century.
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.
Pollination Partners: Quince Aromatnaya Quince Meech's Prolific Quince Serbian Gold Quince Vranja
Large pale green-yellow fruit. Delicious flavours; bitter to taste. An incredible strong fragrance to the fruit.
Excellent crop of high quality, large fruits. Can be eaten fresh when properly ripe or used in cooking.
Smooth round shaped fruit. One of the few that have claims of fresh eating qualities. Heavy cropping.
Pear shaped fruit that are big, juicy and nicely acidic. Yellow flesh turns reddish when cooked.
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.
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 dependant.
If you are unhappy with your tree when it arrives, please email firstname.lastname@example.org within five working days and we will get back to you as soon as possible.