'Brown Turkey' Fig Trees

General Info RHS AGM, Self fertile
Shade Full Sun
Soil Good, Well Drained, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Fruiting Mid Season Fruiting
Type Eating, Pot Grown

Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey'

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P9 (9cm Pot) OUT OF STOCK £6.99OUT OF STOCK £5.99
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Ficus carica Brown Turkey

Brown Turkey fig trees are the best figs for growing outside in the UK. It crops heavily every year, almost without fail, in a nice sunny spot. 
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All varieties of Ficus carica are fully self-fertile, so you only need one Brown Turkey to keep a family happy.

Features:

  • Sold year round in 1.5 or 3 litre pots.
  • The best for cropping outside in the UK
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit.
  • Needs full sun and sheltered site.
  • Roots must be restricted to control size. Ideal for containers.

Growing Brown Turkey Figs

Figs need special attention to crop well. If you think it needs more than you can give, then a medlar, quince or kiwi might be a better choice for something exotic. 

If you plant a fig tree into the ground without taking precautions, you will quickly realise just how big fruiting figs can grow. In the wild they can be very large trees indeed. So, here is what you do:

The principle is similar to Bonsai, where a small container restricts the size of the tree. In the case of figs, restricting the food supply limits the size of the tree while allowing fruit to form naturally. So, if planting in the garden, preparation is all important. Dig a hole no more than 60cm long x 60cm wide x 75 cm deep. Line the walls with material that roots cannot penetrate. Paving slabs are often used, or the thick plastic damp proof membrane used by builders when casting concrete floors. Put a layer of at least 20-25cm rubble or hardcore in the bottom of the hole and then fill with ordinary garden soil. Plant the fig in this.

If you want to put your fig in a container, choose one of a similar size to the hole outlined above and make sure it is sturdy.

As long as you follow the rules above, figs can be grown freestanding as a low bush or larger standard tree, but they are more generally grown trained in a fan shape against a wall or fence.

Brown Turkey is tremendously vigorous and requires pruning every year. Figs crop on last year's wood, which means they should be treated like summer fruiting raspberries. Any wood that has fruited is cut out and older structural branches can be removed without fear of hurting the plant. In spring, it is a good idea to cut out crossing branches and suckers. Depending on growth, sometime in the summer cut back new growths to 5-6 leaves to encourage fruit formation the following year. Before winter sets in remove any large fruits that have not ripened. However, leave the little marble sized figlets for the following year. Always leave 5cm (2in) long stubs when removing any branches.

How to Harvest figs in the UK

Did you know?

This variety is called San Piero in Italy, Aubique Noire in France, and the American names include San Pedro Black and and Black Spanish. In older British literature, you might see it listed as Negro Largo. 

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