Chaenomeles speciosa Geisha Girl - Japonica / Ornamental Quince
Arguably one of the most beautiful of all flowering shrubs. The species was originally introduced from China by Sir Joseph Banks in 1869 since when they have been an extremely popular part of the British gardening scene. This variety is perhaps one of the most beautiful. The vibrant apricot/peach double flowers are born in early spring just before the leaves appear. Traditionally grown against a wall but just as at home as a semi-prostrate plant in the border a Quince is a must for early spring colour. If you grow in a container use a good quality John Innes compost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types of compost eventually degrade become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer. We recommend Osmoscote pro 12-14 month applied in the early spring. One application gives all the nutrients the plant requires for the whole year. John Innes is a soils based compost. To display at its best provide some supports/wires and train the branches laterally. This plant is a fast grower so unless you have lots of room will likely require some hard pruning to keep it in check
This should be done immediately after it has flowered.