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Gardener’s fig tree has ‘gone crazy’
9:46am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
AN EAST Yorkshire man was particularly pleased with the fruit of his labours thanks to the warm weather.
Cyprus-born Andrew Georgiou has been growing fruit since his childhood and noticed a vast improvement in his fig tree yield.
He said: “My tree had one, maybe two fruits last year, but now it’s gone crazy. I’d say there are about 15 to 18 fruits on this one.
“I think it’s clear the weather has changed.
I wouldn’t say it’s sunnier, but it’s definitely warmer. It’s a good thing for the trees, but we always panic about water if we get a few weeks of sunshine.”
Although commonly grown on the continent, figs are still a rare sight in UK gardens. They can grow successfully outdoors in cooler climates, usually against a sunny wall and given some protection in winter, but warmer temperatures are making them increasingly popular with gardeners in Britain.
Mr Georgiou 64, moved to Haxby in his teens and has lived with his wife, Judith, in Stamford Bridge for 31 years.
The semi-retired welder first became interested in growing fruit after his mother, Niki, grew fruiting trees in her garden in the Mediterranean.
Figs are not the only hothouse fruit that Mr Georgiou has had success with.
He said: “I’ve tried a lot here and there – lemons, melons, apricots. You can grow almost anything if you have the patience.”
For now, he is looking forward to tucking into this year’s fig harvest.
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