Oh, you're lucky, I'm sure you'll have no trouble growing a Cydonia in London. I can't wait to try my first crop. Keepers nursery has the biggest selection of varieties and are very reasonable. The link thingy isn't work so here it is long
Let us know how you go on.
We live in a very cold part of England (same isotherm as Newport which has recorded the lowest temps in England over the last few years) We have no South facing walls (no wallls with soil at the base) We have most of the avaliable Chaenomeles and they all (except for some reason C. j. Nivalis) produce lots of fruit. Never could tell the difference in taste from the true Quince.
Our Cydonia Queeches Prolific has had 1 fruit on it in 5 years, despite flowering well and is a martyr to Black spot. I think, as said, it is just too cold here for it. Sad really.
Thanks, Jim: the Keepers site is a real find. Much more informative than the other nursery sites I've looked at while shopping online for the new fruit trees I want to put in. My back garden is starting to feel more like an orchard with some flowering plants than the ornamental garden I started here 20 years ago but it makes up for my relative lack of success with the few vegetables I've tried.
(Glad to see that chaenomeles thrive where cydonia don't, which increases the options for gardeners in different conditions.)
You're welcome. And the Chaenomeles are easy from cuttings and will fruit the year after so they're a really boon for jelly makers. I recently made some crabapple jelly from Red Lantern which is a wonderfully aromatic crab anyway but added some Chaenomeles. Wow, I can't stop eating it.
...I also like that Keepers site very much... I find the way you can key in your preferred rootstock and it finds all those available, and then search for appropriate pollinators to go with it... I have my eye on a couple of apples, one called Herefordshire Russet and the other Charles Ross.... on M9 for container growing.... I've grown M9 in the ground before and I realise Mr Don suggested using a more vigorous rootstock recently, for containers, but I still think M9 is best for me... as they may get planted later on... it's fun searching these fruits out I think...it's a pity we cannot do a taste test, as there are so many I've not heard of that I might prefer...
Just committed to a Cydonia Isfahan (can't resist the thought of non-gritty, not solely culinary quinces) and an Egremont Russet from Keepers. A really helpful website and such a splendid (if tantalising) range to choose from!
Looking forward to seeing them sometime this winter, after I've got their planting sites clear....
Maybe I'll take a cutting from my current rather sluggish chaenomeles and see if it does better somewhere else in the garden, too.
I was very tempted by that one too, pardon the pun, the bit about not liking wet put me off though after last 'summer'.
You didn't share the drought we had in July, then? Just keeping the pots watered during that period exhausted the underground rainwater storage tank I got installed last year before we had any more rain. I've never been so glad of having done any other home improvement project, tiresome as it was to get done!