Also known as
Chaenomeles speciosa, flowering quince, Chinese quince, Japanese quince, zhou pi mugua and Chaenomeles speciosa
How to care for Chaenomeles speciosa
How often to water your Chaenomeles speciosa
Chaenomeles speciosa needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Jose, California.
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Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Chaenomeles speciosa in your home
Chaenomeles speciosa love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in San Jose, California ⛅.
Chaenomeles speciosa does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Chaenomeles speciosa
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chaenomeles speciosa after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Chaenomeles speciosa is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!
Chaenomeles speciosa prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Chaenomeles speciosa requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.
If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.
Chaenomeles speciosa does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Chaenomeles speciosa should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Chaenomeles speciosa grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Chaenomeles speciosa can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Chaenomeles speciosa can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:
- Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
- To get the cutting to root, you can either:
- Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
- Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.
Care Summary for Chaenomeles speciosa
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in San Jose, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.