Chaenomeles superba Lemon and Lime - Japonica, Ornamental Quince, Plant in 9cm Pot
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. Chaenomeles superba Lemon and Lime is a small spreading variety discovered in a Surrey garden sometime before 1989. The vibrant cup shaped, lemon and lime coloured flowers open in spring from ivory white buds, just before the leaves appear. Flowers are followed by aromatic yellow fruits. Traditionally grown against a wall but just as at home as a plant in the border or even as a hedge, 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 8-9 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.