Brown Turkey is the most reliable fig, and well-suited to growing in sheltered drier parts of the UK.
The fruit can be eaten fresh, and is becoming a popular ingredient for dessert cookery. It should ripen in late August.
Deliveries start in September 2020
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Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.
*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.
Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season.
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Brown Turkey is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.
Important: advice about pollination
The main issue with growing figs in the UK climate is that whilst the tree will grow quite happily and with little attention, it may be reluctant to fruit. To encourage fruiting, choose a sheltered situation in full sun, and restrict the root growth by planting in a large robust container, or lining the planting hole with paving tiles. Fan-training against a south-facing wall (either in a container or with the roots restricted) also works well.
If you are growing in a container you may wish to move the tree into a cold greenhouse over winter. If outside, a frost-fleece might help if very cold weather threatens.
Make sure the tree is well watered during late spring and summer.
In autumn remove any large green figs that have not ripened, and leave the small immature fruitlets - the large ones will never ripen whereas the smaller ones will ripen next summer.
Like all figs, Brown Turkey is fully self-fertile and usually untroubled by disease.
Brown Turkey is more cold-hardy than most figs, but even so it is not a good choice for areas where winter temperatures are regularly below minus 5-10C.
The origins of Brown Turkey are unknown, but it has been grown in the UK since Victorian times.
All our trees are grown in the UK.