Shy Fruit Emerges For The First Time At Abbotsbury
12:46pm 24th July 2014
LOQUATS have fruited for the first time ever at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.
The fruit first came from ancient south-east China but today they are mostly grown in Japan, Mediterranean countries and Brazil.
Steve Griffith, curator at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens told Wessex FM why he thinks the Loquats have fruited.
''It flowers in the autumn, right through into the winter and a mild winter last year meant that the fruit could develop without being frosted followed by a lovely hot summer and it rippened.
''It's a combination of mild winter and warm summer.''
Steve says that Loquat trees are usually only grown in this country for their foliage.
''In this country it's very, very shy to flower and fruit because we don't really have long, hot summers - but this year it's produced some fruits for the first time.''
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens have exotic plants from all over the world and will next year celebrate their 250th anniversary.