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Brown Turkey fig trees

Ficus carica

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.

Brown Turkey fig trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG11-year 3L-4L pot-grown tree £29.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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  • PG21-year bush-trained 7L pot-grown tree £34.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • PG3Fan-trained 12L pot-grown tree £59.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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How to grow

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.

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History

The origins of Brown Turkey are unknown, but it has been grown in the UK since Victorian times.

Brown Turkey characteristics

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        Climate

        • Summer average maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)

        Identification

        • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit