This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
For pear-stocks, quinces grown from cuttings are in many respects preferable to those grown from stools; although I succeeded well enough in growing them according to Fuller's method, that is, the cuttings taken off in the fall or early winter and preserved in sand or soil till spring, are put with their lower ends two or three inches deep in soil made into mud by the addition of water, in which they are kept two or three weeks before planting.
They seemed to require considerable care after planting, and either copious waterings or mulchings to prevent their succulent rootlets from drying up. Having been in the habit of propagating my Paradise apple's by putting them in the soil about a month before planting, I tried the same plan last spring to propagate the quince. I tied the cuttings, which were about six inches long, in bundles of fifty each, and put them in the grounding their upper ends downward, after the lower ends had been puddled about two inches deep in a mixture of clay and water of the consistency of common paint. I covered them four inches deep with soil, some under a glass frame, some in the open air in a sheltered and sunny place. When I planted them, very few had made rootlets, but every one of them grew without any further care, so that I now have two hundred fine plants from as many cuttings I had made. I procured enough water in the little ditch which was to receive them to make the soil, when stirred with the hoe, semi-liquid. I stuck them into it, packing the clay soil firmly around them.