Icelandic Nonagenarian Grows Delicious Pears - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandic Nonagenarian Grows Delicious Pears

Published October 3, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Friendly Bolungarvík resident, 92 year old Sigurður Gíslason, has garnered local fame for his delicious and fruitful efforts in the greenhouse, reports

“It all started when I was installing new glass windows and needed to find some kind of use for the old glass,” the sprightly Sigurður told BB. “That’s when I got the idea to build a greenhouse extension.”

Sigurður built the greenhouse four years ago and has since been most successful at growing pears.

“They have been very delicious and this is the second year the tree’s producing fruit,” said Sigurður. “Pears don’t self pollinate so last year I painted the flowers with a little paintbrush to pollinate them. But then this summer some huge flies got into the house, I call them jumbo, that’s how big they were and they took care of pollinating the flowers for me so I didn’t need to paint them.”

Sigurður has gotten some new equipment in the greenhouse which will help matters this year including an automated window opener which cracks a window when the temperature rises above 25 degrees Celsius.

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