Quince Trees
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Splitting of quince fruits

Zone Hereford. England | michael.bretherton added on October 5, 2015 | Answered

We have had the quince tree for about 4 years with no problems in previous years. They are now ripe and at least a quarter of the crop are split. I have searched web sites but cannot find any reason for the splitting. Can you help please?

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    Downtoearthdigs
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    Answered on October 7, 2015

    From my research I found that heavy rains just prior to ripening can cause fruit to split.
    Also and in correlation with this a Fire Blight or Leaf and Fruit fungus can be the problem. Specifically the Fabraea Maculata virus can cause leaf drop and fruit disfigurement.

    Here are some links for you that I found that may help you determine the cause.

    http://arnoldia.arboretum.harvard.edu/pdf/articles/2009-67-1-cydonia-oblonga-the-unappreciated-quince.pdf
    https://extension.psu.edu/plants/tree-fruit/diseases/pear-diseases
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/quince/growing-quince-trees.htm

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